Kim Roth has joined the exodus of Chicago trainers bringing horses to the Meadowlands this winter.
Three of her charges – Woody Woodrow [sixth race], Paragon Of Virtue [eighth race] and Jazzbo Brown [tenth race] -- are competing Friday night at the Meadowlands.
“I’ve got a half dozen stabled at the Smith Farm, a public training facility in Crete, Illinois,” she explained. “My other horses are at Mount Hope Training
enter [near Middletown, New York]. Things seem to be deteriorating fast here in Illinois. The more people I talk to, the more I hear people are leaving. Nobody is going to stick it out for three months like last time [when there was a horsemen’s strike]. It looks like I’ll be racing in New Jersey for some time. I’m bringing some more horses down there. There’s no sense leaving them here.”
During the recently concluded Meadowlands Fall Meet, Roth trainees posted four wins, two seconds and four thirds from 44 starters and earned $68,753. A couple of those wins came with Jazzbro Brown.
“Jazzbro Brown has won two in a row, but he had a tough trip last week,” she explained. “Pat [driver Pat Berry] used him three times to go the lead. His 34-1 upset [in a lifetime best of 1:51] before that wasn’t a surprise for me. He’s got a lot of potential and just needed a break. The race set up for him. He won in 1:51.2 at Balmoral Park, and he’s still learning to race. Richard Dorsch [the owner] had this horse with another trainer out here, and he just gave me a chance with this one. I already had Woody Woodrow and Hopeful Ideal for him.
“Woody Woodrow is strictly a front end horse, and he’s not the kind of horse you can grab into and rate,” she noted. “He won’t put up with it. He will choke himself down. That’s what happened last week when he made a break after letting that longshot clear [Sir Valahad at 28-1]. He was running over that horse in front of him. You have to get him to the lead and let him roll. He’s quick off the gate and likes to leave. He also cocks his head to the right a little. If you are not in the position to let him drift out down the lane, and you have to hold him to the left, he will cross fire and hit himself. Post nine on Friday or not, we have to send him.
“Paragon Of Virtue had some lameness problems prior to me getting him,” she added. “I’ve had him for about six and a half months. The owners [Joel Warner and John Fincke] have another horse with me, No Hassle. He didn’t get in this week. This one’s last two races at Saratoga gave him some confidence, and he needed that. He had been racing over his head. He was racing in too tough week after week. He needs a spot where he can prop himself up.”
Roth, 38, was born in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and involved with Chicago racing all of her life.
“I got involved with my parents, Marlyne and Kurt, so I was raised in it,” she said. “They just had their own horses, and my dad was a driver. I got into it and couldn’t get it out of my blood. My parents still have a farm in Canton with about 35 acres and some turn outs. They got out of the racing end of it. I have a sister, Kelly, in the military. She’s in Florida right now. She was over in Iraq three times but never on the front lines. She’s a computer programmer.
“I worked for Ken Rucker for about 10 years, starting when I was about 18 or 19-Years-Old,” noted Roth, who is the mother of 3-Year-Old Evan. “I’m not surprised at all by his success. He’s a good trainer who certainly knows what he’s doing. I learned so much from him on rigging a horse, shoeing, basic training and managing a stable.”
FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SHUTS TRACK ON SUNDAY
The Meadowlands will not be open for simulcasting on Sunday, January 8 because of the Giants-Panthers playoff game at Giants Stadium. Simulcasting will be available at Monmouth Park or through New Jersey Account Wagering, www.4njbets.com.
Courtesy Of The Meadowlands Media Relations Department