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Stall Street Journal Entry 11

Thursday, March 14, 2013

McMahon’s Stall Street Journal – Entry #11

News, Notes….and More!

STOP THE PRESS! OBS Sales Results just in:

-Hip #105, Bay colt by Teuflesberg out of Tackalac was sold by Wavertree Stable to Vince Foglia for $135,000. He worked a quick 1/8 in :10 flat...this stallion’s progeny continue to impress buyers!

-Hip # 108, Bay colt by Utopia out of Thunder Babe (foaled raised and sold by McMahon’s) sizzled 1/8 in :10.1, fast enough to impress buyer Ken Geren (and agents Sallusto and Albina) enough to spend $150,000 on the purchase. Southern Chase Farm did a nice job preparing this NY Bred, who should be a stand-out in state bred competition.


In racing news:

-Touch Gold’s 3/7 debut winner, CC Gold has the Laurel backstretch abuzz. The three year old filly won by 9 ¼ emphatic lengths, after a slow start and having to steady down the backstretch. The Lawrence Murray trainee is owned by longtime owner Howard Bender. Looks like they may have a nice one.

-Ultimate Empire (Utopia) continues to “knock on the door” with another placing at Aqueduct on 3/7 to increase his earnings to $31, 450 for West Point Thoroughbreds. His race record now stands at 5-0-1-3…maybe next time.

-This One’s For Nina, a Teuflesberg three year old filly, dug in tenaciously to prevail in a maiden victory on 3/9. It was a dramatic improvement, and trainer David Jacobson may have some more fun with her as the year progresses.

While the horse business is, of course, our primary focus for this column, we also promised to entertain. Thus, with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we’ve opted to forgo some of the equine news for the week and share a good Irish joke. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you, and may the luck be with you always!

Here it is:

An Irishman moves into a tiny hamlet in County Kerry, walks into the pub and promptly orders three beers. The bartender raises his eyebrows, but serves the man three beers, which he drinks quietly at a table, alone.  An hour later, the man has finished the three beers and orders three more.  This happens yet again.

The next evening the man again orders and drinks three beers at a time, several times.

Soon the entire town is whispering about the Man Who Orders Three Beers.

Finally, a week later, the bartender broaches the subject on behalf of the town.
  "I don't mean to pry, but folks around here are wondering why you always order three beers?"

'Tis odd, isn't it?" the man replies, "You see, I have two brothers, one went to America, and the other to Australia. We promised each other that we would always order an extra two beers whenever we drank as a way of keeping up the family bond."

The bartender and the whole town was pleased with this answer, and soon the Man Who Orders Three Beers became a local celebrity and source of pride to the hamlet, even to the extent that out-of-towners would come to watch him drink.

Then, one day, the man comes in and orders only two beers. The bartender pours them with a heavy heart. This continues for the rest of the evening - he orders only two beers.

The word flies around town. Prayers are offered for the soul of one of the brothers.

The next day, the bartender says to the man, "Folks around here, me first of all, want to offer condolences to you for the death of your brother. You know-the two beers and all..."

The man ponders this for a moment, then replies, "You'll be happy to hear that my two brothers are alive and well.  It's just that I, myself, have decided to give up drinking for Lent."


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