Yet another chapter in the touching and improbable story of pacer Sports Reporter was written on Monday evening, May 21 harness racing program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano.
The 8 year old gelding was saluted along with his groom, Ingrid Glassmeyer, as the recipients of the Horse And Groom Of The Month award winners for April by the Florida chapter of the United States Harness Writers' Association (USHWA).
"For all of the adversity he's overcome and the way he lays his heart out there on the track every start, he's the greatest claim that we or anyone could ever make" Ingrid Glassmeyer explained in a live trackside TV interview with John Berry.
"In his career he's overcome so many serious challenges ranging from lameness to systemic ailments. To us, he's always been an awarding winning horse because of his heart and determination and it's great to see him get recognized this way," she added.
"The story behind Sports Reporter is that he didn't race until he was four. We bought him really inexpensively from (trainer) Virgil Morgan Jr. and his connections who had sunk almost $100,000 into him and pretty much given up on him," trainer Shawn Glassmeyer explains.
"At one point in his career we lost him in a claim but we got a call from Dover Downs that Josh Green and Tony Morgan had also given up on him. Last Saturday night he won and paid $2.10, and no $4,000 claimer should be doing that without at least five claims entered on him. So I guess his problems are pretty well known but we're so proud of him just the same. Plus, we're thankful that (owner) Larry Baron decided to leave him with us after he claimed him off us a few months ago."
In April at Pompano, the-Dexter Lobell gelding started 4 times and racked up 3 wins and a runner-up finish for earnings last month of $6,350.
"This horse will always have a special place in my life" Ingrid Glassmeyer added.
"When I was learning about harness racing and first learning to jog horseshe took great care of me on the track. He loves his work and a lot of Saturday mornings he even lets me throw a saddle on him and ride him. So the contribution Sports Reporter has made to my career is really invaluable."
by Frank SALIVE
Sports Writer's last start win at Pompano Park on Saturday May 19: