The following 6 trainers are infrequent winners with imported
turf newcomers, but they frequently hit the board. When and if they
finally do get their pictures taken, it is usually
at the lower rungs of the turf class ladder. We’ll
continue with our A to F gradings in this installment and this will
complete the IMPORTED TURF NEWCOMER’S trainer’s list.
PINFIELD (D) Tim wins races every now and then and is a capable
conditioner (of Big Jag fame), but he just doesn’t get enough
really good runners to make his presence felt on this circuit.
His imported turf runners are rarely any factors past the conditioned
allowance races of other-than-1, 2 and 3 or the mid-claiming ranks.
horses usually hold excellent flesh and color and are obviously well
cared for. He uses a lot of jockeys, but Jose Valdivia seems to end
up on many winning horses and surely more than other riders.
STEIN (D) Stein brings in his share of imports from “down
under” (New Zealand), but none have turned into “stars”.
Like Tim Pinfield directly above, Roger can get a horse to win. But
also like Tim, his winners are on the bottom and mid rungs of the claiming
can use any jockey at any time! There is
no rhyme nor reason necessary. When Stein does win, the mutuels
are usually more than generous!
CASSIDY (D-) The only thing that saves Jim
Cassidy from our “F” classification is an outstanding ride
now and then by Eddie D on an afternoon when Eddie
D happens to “feel” like riding, and just happens to be
sitting upon a member of Cassidy’s endless and
nauseating stream of cheap imports!
Cassidy gets these horses for a “song and a dance”, whomever sells to
Jim, sees him as a walking “fire sale” capable of buying
anybody if the “Price is Right”.
the past 9 years of publishing, very few of his horses have ever stood
out “physically’ and earned high marks in our weekly SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA HORSES TO WATCH. If anything, most have been highly
problematic and usually in need of more flesh and muscle.
they are ALWAYS placed so far over their heads
that they stand very little chance of winning.
Jim Cassidy isn’t making a living from winning purses,
one can only assume that his per usual gyrations up and
down the class ladder without winning, only serve
to keep him in “day money” (flat training rate per day/per horse) at
the expense of his extremely gullible owners.
seem to take it all in stride and more or less expect this nonsense
before the horse is eventually dropped to a winning level and Eddie
D shows up to ride.
GALLAGHER (F+) Before going out on his own, Pat Gallagher was
first assistant trainer to Bill Shoemaker. When Bill Shoemaker gave
up conditioning, Pat picked up a few clients, but never seems
to get too many good horses. And the few he gets, all seem to
be run so far over their heads (like Cassidy), where
defeat is a “given” to all but Pat Gallagher
and his owners.
even a “broken clock is correct twice a day” and Gallagher wins now
and then. However, you’d be well served to keep you wagers to the lower
claiming ranks and the first allowance condition of other-than-1.
thing of note is whenever a “named” rider shows up in the saddle out
of nowhere! Eddie Delahoussaye normally has first
riding call, so there is nothing strange seeing him on most of the Gallagher
runners. But whenever a McCarron, Stevens,
Nakatani or Pincay shows up on any of his horses, loooooook
will run very well on that specific afternoon and it’s not uncommon
to see these “special” situation horses win races and do so at generous
JACKSON (F) It seems that this trainer has far too many problematic
imports (almost as if he were a bad ankle “magnet”). This wouldn’t
necessarily be a problem if he had the rehabilitative
skills of somebody like a Vlado Cerin or a Bobby Frankel (who can get
horses to run from “memory”).
handicapping any turf race with a Bruce Jackson entrant, I
toss his horses right out of wagering consideration. Should
one of his runners beat me, they beat me!
in over 9 years of daily play on the major Southern California circuit,
it has never happened and I’m not holding my breath for it to occur
SHULMAN (F-) It is too bad being so close to Hollywood that
we can’t get some movie people together and film a flick entitled “Whatever
Happened To Sandy Shulman”?
get Sandy to play himself, because only he has the real answer!
wasn’t all that long ago that Sandy was winning
training titles! Forget his win percentage in the high 20’s,
he was literally winning training titles and Clear Valley Stables
(his main client) was a very powerful force to
be reckoned with-------especially with their turf imports!
change, Clear Valley Stables’ holdings have been greatly reduced
and at the time of this writing, Sandy is 0 for 38 thru
the early part of May 2001.
Shulman 2001: A “Trainer” Oddity!
and sadly put, poor Sandy can’t “catch a cold”! You’d
be well advised to toss out EVERY ONE of his turf
imports until he “finds” himself
once again and starts winning races!
5---Next Week---Putting it all together!