Day At The Track

Owner Ted Gewertz speaks to Harnesslink

08:45 AM 01 May 2013 NZST
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Ted Gewertz - Lawyer and prolific racehorse owner
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Without people like Ted Gewertz harness racing in North America would struggle. The former United States Owner-of-the-Year has loved harness racing all of his 74 years but only ventured into ownership in 1983.

This year he has about 70 horses in training – 40 of which are 2-year-olds.

“I have always loved harness racing. I enjoy the fun of winning. I have a few home-breds which I own fully, but most of the horses I am involved with I usually have a quarter, third or 20 per cent share,” New York based Gewertz told Harnesslink.

Gewertz graduated from the College of the City of New York with a B.A. in 1958 and followed up with a law degree from New York University School of Law.

Now a semi-retired lawyer, he specialised in litigation and creditor’s rights. Gewertz had extensive experience in bankruptcy-related litigation, as well as in other business, commercial and corporate litigation.

Gewertz has been a racing fan since he was an enthusiastic 10-year-old peering through the fence at Roosevelt Raceway.

He’s owned some giants of the game including tripe millionaire trotter, Deweycheatumnhowe, Windsongs Legacy and Giant Victory.

All three won the Hambletonian for Gewertz. In 2005 Gewertz was elected to the Hambletonian Society’s Board of Directors.

The first racehorse he purchased was the 13-win Nero mare, Antholena D, a pacer who later foaled one of Gewertz’s first ‘Giant’ horses - Giant Defense, as well as the 1:51.3 winner Sister Tami.

Since Giant Victory won his first Hambletonian in 1991 Gewertz many top performers followed, including Breeders Crown winner Giant Chill, Giant Hit and Giant Motion. He also had the joy of a Trotting Triple Crown winner - when Windsong's Legacy captured the Kentucky Futurity in straight heats.

“I still love getting a long to the track. I have a few nice ones going around again this year. It’s way too early to single out any of my 2-year-olds because the stakes season is still some way off.

“Everyone might tell you they have a 2-year-old champion but at this stage I never pay too much attention to that. The moment you start talking up babies they end up not much – and then the ones you don’t mention turn out to be nice horses,” Gewertz said.

He did however say the 2-year-old son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Harry The Horse was one to keep an eye.

As for 3-year-olds Gewertz said he was especially fond of Shebestingin (1:52.3) – a Bettor’s Delight – Armbro Tussle filly who has won all five of her starts for $56,576 in purses.

The Joe Holloway (Freehold) trained bay won three races as a 2-year-old and is unbeaten in two starts this year at Pocono Downs on April 2 and 9.

Then there’s another 3-year-old filly – Somwherovrarainbow (1:51.2), who has won seven of her 11 starts and $522,437. She is a daughter of two Horse-of-the-Year winners. Her sire, Somebeachsomewhere, was Horse of the Year in 2008 and her dam, Rainbow Blue, was the 2004 honoree.

“I’m looking forward to some of my horses being competitive in 2013. Harness racing has always made me happy and I have no intention of ever giving it away,” Gewertz said.

Since 1987, Gewertz has been a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy, 15th Edition, and is the author of that treatise's chapters on Part VII of the Bankruptcy Rules, which deal with adversary proceedings and procedure therein.

He has lectured and participated in panels and educational programs relating to bankruptcy topics and was a member of the Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 1978 through 1981 and 1988 through 1994.

He also served as a member of the National Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association from 1967 to 2000.

Mr. Gewertz graduated with a B.A. cum laude from the College of the City of New York in 1958 where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

He obtained his LL.B. cum laude in 1961 from New York University School of Law, where he was a John Norton Pomeroy Scholar, a member of the Order of the Coif and associate editor of the New York University Law Review.

By Duane RANGER (editor)

Ted Gewertz talking about his former champion Deweycheatumnhowe:

The Ted Gewertz co-owned Deweycheatumnhowe winning the $1.5 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands in 2008:

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