Day At The Track

Magee retirement left void

03:41 AM 14 Mar 2015 NZDT
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Those Dave Magee and Mike Brink chats in the paddock are now a thing of the past
Those Dave Magee and Mike Brink chats in the paddock are now a thing of the past
Photo courtesy of R.E.B. Photo

The recent retirement of National Hall of Famer Dave Magee leaves an obvious and enormous void in the circuit’s driver colony. There’s something like 1,000 drives that that will have to be filled by others this year.

The most notable vacuum for some trainers will be with young horses, , a specialty that Magee certainly enjoyed.

For Springfield based conditioner Mike Brink, Magee was his “go-to” guy for a number of years. The Magee-Brink link was one of mutual respect and it had developed in a successful relationship for both driver and trainer.

“I’m going to miss Dave,” said Brink. “Gosh, he was good to me. He picked a lot of my horses and we had a lot of successful. We had 2 or 3 Illinois horses of the year together. Heck, we had a pretty good run.

“On the other hand I wanted the best for him. Dave’s a great driver and a great person. I wish nothing but the best for him. “

With Magee moving on to his new career as a steward at Hoosier Park, I asked Brink if he made a choice on his replacement to drive is horses?

“I haven’t,” Mike answered. “I’m still looking for a regular driver for my horses and I’m struggling to make that decision. I may try a few different drivers and see what happens.

“I’ve got a lot of young trotters that I’ll be taking up to Balmoral and I could always count on Dave bringing them along for me. We would talk about those young horses after a race. Sometimes Dave would have a suggestion and that would be fine with me. Heck I don’t pretend to know everything and I’m willing to listen to anybody that wants and try to help.”

“I’ll just have to wait and see how it plays out without Dave.”

Happy Ending:: The 6-1 longshot Cee Cee’s Delight (Brian Carpenter), winner of last night’s nightcap at Maywood Park was a Mike’s Price’s Shot selection. The Hosea Williams trainee paid $14.60 in the tenth race.

By Mike Paradise

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