The Warriors that Keep Horse Racing Going

Handicapper Art ParkerBy ART PARKER

Last Saturday I notice the entry of a horse named Dance Floor Maniac in a $6,250 claiming race at Prairie Meadows. It has been a while since I ran across his name and I knew he was an older gelding. I looked at the past performances and remembered him more clearly. He is one of those that captures my admiration and respect as much as a graded stakes winner.

Dance Floor Maniac left the gate for the 100th time in the race at Prairie Meadows. He stalked and pounced and did his job with the same enthusiasm as a promising, high- priced, three year old. The best part of the race was that Dance Floor Maniac got to the wire first.

Dance Floor Maniac entered the Winner’s Circle for the 23rd time and certainly behaved like he had been there before. Winning 23 races out of a 100 is a pretty good percentage for any horse and he has won 3 of 8 this year.

Dance Floor Maniac is 10 years old. The Kentucky bred son of Eurosilver is 23-17-17 overall, which means he gets a check in 2/3 of his starts. He has over $250,000 in career earnings. He is owned by Greg Frye and trained by Karl Broberg.

No one will ever remember Dance Floor Maniac like famous geldings such as Kelso, Forego and John Henry. But guys like this are just as important, if not more so, because the racing game depends upon them a great deal. Whenever you see one of these old geldings run don’t look at them like a cheap horse. They are the warriors that keep the game going and their presence at the race track is just as important as any horse you do remember.

AGOS Claimer of the Week: Prairie Meadows runner

Prairie Meadows runner shines

Hancock County made very pole a winner and scored a 6 length victory in the fifth race at Prairie Meadows last Friday night. Hancock County has been named the Claimer of the Week. The 7 year old defeated a field of $4,000 claimers over the one mile main track and stopped the timer in 1:39.29. The son of Good and Tough paid $7.80 to his backers when his 9th career victory was made official. Trained by Karl Broberg and ridden by Glenn Corbett, the chestnut now has career earnings of $100,000. The tough gelding is owned by End Zone Athletics and has finished in the money 17 times from 46 career races.