Day At The Track

Domenico Cecere creates a career in the US

06:20 PM 16 Apr 2012 NZST
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Rosalind Domenico Cecere and John Duer Rosalind (foal of 1933) Domenico Cecere and Bristy Crinkley
Rosalind - Won the 1936 Hambletonian at Good Time Park
Domenico Cecere and John Duer
Rosalind (foal of 1933) - Took a record of 1:56.75 in 1938
Domenico Cecere and Bristy Crinkley
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Despite winter standardbred training winding down in South Florida, there remain interesting human and equine stories that illustrate what's good about the harness racing industry, people and horses, dreams of future stakes wins and career development. A case in point is Lindy Racing Stable, capably trained by Frank Antonacci, Domenico Cecere and John Duer.

The focus of today’s news is Cecere. The native of Locorotondo, Italy was introduced to harness racing by his grandfather at age six and began working with trotters at age 16 in southern Italy, later working for the powerful Baroncini Stable.

During seven years there he became second trainer and began driving at age 19, winning at Milan, Florence, Rome and Turin. Domenico moved to the US in 2006, first working for Jan Johnson’s Continental Farm stable, and then joining the Lindy Racing Stable team, where he has worked for over five years.

Cecere has occasionally driven Lindy’s stock, having posted 10 wins from 58 US drives.

Recently he won at Pompano Park with a horse he now owns, Bristy Crinkley, a six year old daughter of CR Commando-Leather Hocklear-A Worthy Lad.

The mare’s performance and her selection reflect Cecere’s horsemanship. Now sporting career earnings of over $60,000 and a time badge of 1:57.4f with Cecere driving, the interestingly named mare’s first dam won over $156,000 with a record of 1:55.4f. The second, third and fourth dams produced little, but the fifth dam (unraced) from 14 foals produced nine winners, three of which were double-gaited.

The real story is the sixth dam, Rosalind, arguably the greatest trotting mare ever. Rosalind (foal of 1933) took a record of 1:56.75 in 1938, won the 2-year old Junior Kentucky Futurity, the 1936 Hambletonian at Good Time Park and the Sr. Division of the Kentucky Futurity that fall. Next year at age four she captured the All America Trotting Handicap over 1-1/2 miles, overcoming an additional 240 ft. distance to set a world record 3:12.25 trotting the last mile in 2:01. She also won the Transylvania, winning three heats, the last in 1:59.25 to equal Greyhound’s record for fastest average time in three heats.

In 1938 Rosalind lowered the mares all-time record by a full second with a 1:57.25 speed badge at Syracuse and then she lowered the mark twice at Lexington, the last effort in 1:56.75 to become the second fastest trotter of all time.

At age six in 1939 Rosalind culminated her racing career with two wins and a third in three starts. The real coronation was her two-hitch team records, paired with Greyhound, at Syracuse in 1:59 and then in 1:58.25 at the Indiana State Fair. The daughter of Scotland was bred by Ben White, dean of colt trainers, and presented to his son, Gibson, to help his recovery from a serious illness. Rosalind was a star trotter from the start and in many ways represents the culmination of Ben White's career as trainer, breeder and driver.

Perhaps Cecere and Bristy Crinkley can relive the heritage of Ben White and Rosalind!

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