Bringing It All (Closer to) Home (613 Views)
Posted by: richiebee
Date: June 06, 2022 03:46AM
Belmont Stakes week.
Looks like TAP's Mo Donegal and Nest will both be going. I do not think enough
is being made of the fact that the same partnership (Ashview Farms and Colts
Neck Stables) bred and sold Mo and Nest, winners of the 2021 Remsen and
I do not know where Mo and Nest were foaled and prepared for sale, but Colts
Neck Stable has long operated a training farm on Rte 537 in Colts Neck NJ.
Its a small world. Back in Nest's pedigree one finds Deputy Minister, top notch
racehorse in the 1980s and leading stallion in the late 1990s. DM was majority
owned by Robert Brennan. In the early 1980s, Brennan built Due Process Stables
across from Colts Neck Stables. This was a Kentucky quality breeding and
training facility at a time when Rte 537 was NJ horse country.
We all know how Brennan's story ends--his lawyers were apparently not as
skilled as Bob Baffert's--Brennan is arrested at Due Process in 2001 and
lifetime barred from the financial markets. Due Process is still there,
expensive residences built on a very exclusive golf course. The main drag in
the Due Process development is called Deputy Minister Way.
Since I am on golf and Rte 537, go west on 537 for a couple of miles to Hominy
Hill Golf Course, a Monmouth County course which was left to the county by
will. The story goes (I saw it in print but can not find) that the man who built
Hominy Hill could not find a country club that would allow him to entertain
Japanese guests so he built his own course. The last time I played there
someone pointed out an underground bomb shelter, I think between the 16th green
and 17th tee; an entrance door and vent were clearly visible.
Since the horse farms on Rte 537 are fast disappearing, Rte 537 might have to be
added to the FrankCruiser 2023 Tour.
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