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Re: RIP John Forbes (250 Views)
Posted by: richiebee (IP Logged)
Date: February 08, 2021 10:40PM

Too many memories, from back in the day when I was a dual threat, live racing
at both whatever downstate NYRA track was open and nights at the Meadowlands
flat meet, three or four days a week, four months a year.

Hey, you're young, you're healthy, what do you need a real job for?

Back then John Forbes and JJ Crupi ruled the Jersey roost, and before Krone and
Antley arrived on the scene the top riders were Bill Nemeti, "Hollywood" Herb
McCauley, and Jake Nied.

The John Forbes story I remember was from opening day of the Monmouth meet,
1984. I was working for Bob Scanlon, an Irishman who had a string of horses at
Monmouth for Robert Sangster, one of the dominant Euro owners at the time.

A friend of mine had told me that he had breezed a horse for John Forbes, a
horse that was to be entered opening day, and that the horse had gone super
fast, super easy. He told me the name of the horse.

When the entries came out I was surprised to see that super fast super easy was
entered in race one, a bottom claimer. The horse as I recall had run for 30-20K
claimers in Florida and was getting beaten consistently, but had enough form
that there may have been a lot of interest in him at the claim box.

Therein lies the rub. A leading trainer can always expect certain
accommodations from the racing office, and that was what happened here: the
race that super fast, super easy was in "somehow" came up as race one of the
meet. Under the old rules of claiming in NJ, which may have been revised, an
owner could only claim a horse if they had started a horse at that meet. Claims
have to be dropped before post time -- so how many owners have started a horse
at a meet that hasn't officially begun yet?

The Forbes horse was 2/1 ML and went off at 4/5. Drew off in the stretch. The
jockeys were on strike at the time so the winner was ridden by a "replacement"
jock with a rather unforgettable name....J.C. Penney.

There is a brick pillar on the second floor of the Monmouth Clubhouse where
there is a "wall of fame" which is set aside to honor some of the great people
that made Monmouth what it was in its heyday. The wall is dedicated
to top horseman Virgil "Pop" Raines. John Forbes is on that wall, and will
certainly be honored in some way by Monmouth...maybe a graded stakes
race to be named for him?

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RIP John Forbes (456 Views) TGJB 02/02/2021 03:25PM
Re: RIP John Forbes (372 Views) hellersorr 02/03/2021 11:51PM
Re: RIP John Forbes (420 Views) TGJB 02/04/2021 12:30AM
Re: RIP John Forbes (258 Views) portbay711 02/07/2021 05:09PM
Re: RIP John Forbes (236 Views) portbay711 02/07/2021 05:25PM
Re: RIP John Forbes (229 Views) portbay711 02/07/2021 05:32PM
Re: RIP John Forbes (237 Views) portbay711 02/07/2021 05:46PM
Re: RIP John Forbes (204 Views) shanahan 02/08/2021 06:09PM
Re: RIP John Forbes (214 Views) portbay711 02/08/2021 08:04PM
Re: RIP John Forbes (208 Views) P-Dub 02/08/2021 08:34PM
Re: RIP John Forbes (250 Views) richiebee 02/08/2021 10:40PM
Re: RIP John Forbes (193 Views) shanahan 02/09/2021 06:13PM

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