I was curious how many trainers, jockeys and thoroughbreds are in Ed’s Novel Libraries, Yellow Cheese Sandwiches and 38,880 Running Lines so I made a list. As I did I was enjoying a walk down memory lane. Since many of our friends are in the racing industry I thought I’d share here who is in Ed’s book (in no particular order). Maybe you’ll see your name 🙂
Vinny Blengs Edgar Prado
Bobby Frankel Mario Pino
Graham Motion Billy Passmore
Howard Wolfendale Mark Johnson
King T. Leatherbury Jerry Bailey
Bill Mott Julie Krone
Woody Stevens Lafitte Pincay
Allen Jerkins Kent Desormeaux
Richard Small Mike Smith
Juan Serey John Velasquez
Mike Hushion Patrick Valenzuela
Shug McGaughey Gary Stevens
Linda Rice Chris McCarron
Alan Iwinski Chris Antley
Ron Ellis Eddie Delahoussaye
Paul Assinesi Joe Bravo
Richard Mandella Andrea Seefeldt
Joe Devereaux Joy Scott
Paco Gonzales Larry Reynolds
D Wayne Lukas Steve Cauthen
Kieran McLaughlin Alberto Delgado
Richard Small Greg McCarron
Ben Perkins Sr David Flores
Robert Bailes Thoroughbred Horses:
John Robb Thunder Gulch
Gerald Delp Jameela
Bob Baffert Gulch
Charlie Whittingham Lord at War
Jeanine Sahadi Nureyev
Ron McAnally Timber Country
Mike Mitchell Star Minister
John Shirreffs Golden Tent
Ted West Sunday Silence
Michael Dickenson Easy Goer
The one jockey who was in Ed’s book three times was Joy Scott, who owns the title of The Best Long Shot Jockey there ever was.
Excerpt from Libraries, Yellow Cheese Sandwiches and 38,880 Running Lines. Part Fourteen Neil The Wheel & Other Characters, including Kent J Desormeaux
Hollywood’s race 9 has a 10-horse field. There were two scratches in my exacta combination, so I had no exacta to bet. I could not come up with any other worthy horses to fill the exacta. No matter how regimented my decisions could become, each race offered a different set of issues that I’d never encountered. I considered passing, but I had a great stat on Paul Assinessi’s claim 1 route exacta: 7-6-85%. His morning line odds were 6/1. The stat was still the reason for the bet but the scratches had altered the path to a decision.
These stats are especially powerful for small-stable trainers. It had taken Paul Assinesi two years to produce 7 claim 1 routes. That’s one claim every three and a half months. This was the needle in the statistical haystack.
Such a bet on a big-stable trainer like Mandella becomes more difficult to determine because of the volume of qualifying horses.
Given the small number, I could assume that Paul Assinesi only claims a horse when he knows he can score. I pushed myself back from the table and crossed my arms. Jesus Christ, I had never handicapped this particular scenario.
I looked up at the TV monitor. The horses were coming on to the track for the post parade. The Assinesi horse was the 9. He came out on the track with his neck curled, his ears pointed to the front as if he were listening to salsa music, his coat shiny and his tale was flowing away from his body. He looked great.
I had to play him. Such stats don’t arrive every day, nor every week.
I moved back to the table. Race 9 was the first half of the late daily double. I looked at race 10, a maiden claiming event. I decided on three horses, including a debut-3 exacta stat of 18-6-33%. He was also the 9/5 morning line favorite. For my next possibility there was a 4 furlong workout on the horse with 60 horses working out that morning and this horse had run the second fastest of the 60. This race was six furlongs. This was a maiden claiming race. This horse had five starts with two thirds, but no other stat. Lafitte Pincay was riding. He was in with a morning line of 6/1.
Joe Devereux trained the third horse. Devereux had made a surprise move from Maryland to Southern California. Kent Desormeux was in the irons. Desormeux had raced about three years in Maryland. He set a national record for races won in 1989 when he won 598 races. After handicapping a race and coming up with my play, if Desormeux was not in my selections I would add him into my exacta or trifecta bet.
When Desormeux first came to Maryland the first bet I made on him had something to do with the names Devereux and Desormeux, two Cajuns. They had won that day. It was apparent to me, and everyone who watched Kent Desormeux race that he was a star. He was about 17 and looked like he was 14 and there was some concern that they did not really know how old Desormeux was. He was known in Maryland as the “Kid”. When the “Kid” left Maryland for California, he faced the best colony of race riders I’d ever seen. This particular Desormeaux horse was 4/1 in the morning line.
“Sober up Kid. You’re not as good as you think you are!”
I recalled a day when I was on the rail at Laurel and two handicappers were harassing Desormeaux during the post parade. They were shouting, “sober up Kid. You’re not as good as you think you are.” Jockeys are not allowed to talk or respond to the jerks yelling at them during the post parade. Then one of the guys yelled, “you can’t ride Desormeux, you can’t ride.
Desormeux turned in the saddle. He had had enough and yelled back at the two idiots. “I had two wins today. It’s not that I can’t ride. It’s that you can’t handicap.” The railbird crowd burst out in laughter. The two idiots shut up and walked away. I am a gambling man. I bet that they bet on Desormeux in that race.
Excerpt from Ed’s Novel