savoring his California stay
Friday, November 21st, 2014 - Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
Steve Crump is making his first trip to Cal Expo and the 65-year-old Saskatchewan native and his wife Shannon are enjoying the racing and the mild weather.
“My wife and I love it, and so do the horses,” said Crump, who came down from Alberta with eight performers and plans to stay through the end of the meet.
“I originally got involved with harness racing in 1969 through Chuckie Lewis,” Steve related when asked about his beginnings in the game. “I was 19 at the time and while I’d been around horses all my life, this was the first time I was exposed to racing.”
After putting in several years learning about the game from the ground up in the Lewis barn, Crump elected to concentrate on his marriage and home life and spent five years working as a carpenter.
“We always had some horses, though, and in 1982 we came back in and opened a public stable. I guess the most we ever had was about 16, and that’s when we raced out all-time favorite, a mare named Tangle High who did real well for us.” More ---
giving it everything he has
Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
The record shows that Mar Dream has had to settle for the runner-up spot in his last four starts, but it certainly hasn’t been for lack of trying.
The 6-year-old son of Cambest, who races for the team of owner William Neumeister, trainer Bob Johnson and pilot Mooney Svendsen, won his first two starts at this meet while racing with modest conditioned company and has spent his last four outings squaring off against the best on the grounds in the Open Pace.
“Bill bought him back in September in Indiana from Gregg Wright,” Johnson informed. “He was a little disappointing for us back there, but he’s thrived since he’s come out here and gone some really nice miles.”
Two weeks ago, Mar Dream played the role of stalker and came up a neck short of catching heavily-favored A Real Miracle. In his most recent appearance, he turned in a solid first-over effort and fell a half-length short of holding off the Canadian invader Cenalta Power.
“I thought he could have won that race two back if he got out just a bit earlier, and his last race was very game because he was taking the worst of it,” Johnson noted. “Mooney said he absolutely raced his guts out last time. More ---