By Teresa Genaro, Hello Race Fans Contributing Editor
Teresa Genaro is a full-time educator residing in Brooklyn, NY. She grew up in Saratoga Springs and went to the races for the first time at age 4; her first Thoroughbred experience was General Assembly’s Travers in 1979. A historian more than a handicapper, she writes regularly about New York racing at Brooklyn Backstretch, contributes to The Rail at the New York Times, and covered the Saratoga meet for the Saratogian in 2009.
I used to work on the track, back in 1968 , Aqueduct Barn 4, Walter Kelley. He was shrewd. Claimed a mare; Peony , from PJ Johnson for $ 8, 0000, kept her a month, ran her in allowance race vs the boys and she won, and paid $ 20. Turcotte was riding. Ran her back 6 days, vs fillies 7th race, Robert E. Wholey was the jock. 5 lb bug. He won, and beat Max Hirsch’s filly who was 8to5 the bug helped, won by neck. Short note, in 1970 Jock Wholey committed suicide. He lost the bug, was riding in Liberty Bell, was in Philly then, couldn’t get a mount.
Larry adams, Ussery, Cordero, Rotz, Jorge Velasquez, Gustines and Baeza, they where the core jockey
s then and won most races.
Thanks for checking in and sharing those stories, and for visiting this site! Would have loved to have been around the racetrack in those days–