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Fan Favorite Fagedaboudit Sal Ready To Run

Posted Saturday, Sep 8, 2012

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When the term “hard-knocking, old horse” is used, New Jersey-breds Fagedaboudit Sal and Who’s the Cowboy immediately come to mind. The former, who is 9-years-old, and the latter, now in the 10th year of his life, are still fan favorites at Monmouth Park. Even better, the equine senior citizens can still best their rivals.

Fagedaboudit Sal, who beat open company in a $25,000 claiming race two starts back on August 16 and lost by just a nose against the same class in his last race here on September 3, will next showcase his talent and toughness on the special day devoted to state-breds, the New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival, here on Saturday, September 15.

“They only write one race on the turf for twenty-to-sixteen claimers for boys ad he’ll be in it,” said Chuck Spina, who claimed the horse for owner George P. O’Malley for $20,000 here last October. “He should be pretty tough in there. He’s a really cool horse and he really tries hard every single time.”

The grey gelding’s record speaks volumes about that. In 77 starts, he has 14 wins, 13 seconds, and 10 thirds for career earnings of $662,056 and he isn’t done yet. Spina also had Who’s the Cowboy in his care, but he lost him through the claim box when the 10-year-old last raced here on August 31.

“I had him for 13 months and he made $120,000. He went over the $1 million mark on the day we claimed him last year,” said Spina, who has been training at Monmouth for 42 years.

Losing one of the stable favorites is never easy, but the blow was softened when Spina learned his long time friend and fellow trainer Skip Einhorn was the one who took him for Law Legacy Stable.

 “Why did we claim a 10-year-old horse?” asked Einhorn. “The answer is that he’s still been running competitive races and he’s a still a good horse.”

Einhorn said that he’s going day-to-day with Who’s the Cowboy, who is a cool customer and doesn’t require any care outside of the normal routine, and is letting the horse tell him his needs. His status for Saturday’s New Jersey-bred Festival of Racing is up in the air with a week to go.

“I’m considering him for the Hesse (the $75,000 Charles Hesse III Handicap at 1 1/6 mile on the main track) and we’ll see if he’s ready. But I also have Uncle Otto, who beat him a couple of lengths (recently). He deserves a shot as does ‘Cowboy’, so we’ll see how it goes.”

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