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Looking Back to Black Shadow (02/28/13)

Posted Thursday February 28, 2013

                                                   By Mike Paradise


                                         Looking Back



                                         Black Shadow


  This son of Shadow Wave is shown here in a 1983 Sportsman’s Park photo winning his Orange and Blue elimination by nine lengths with his driver and trainer Dwight Banks at the lines in 2:00 flat.

  Black Shadow would overcome the outside nine-slot to capture the $164,700 O&B Final for ICF 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings with a 1:58.3 mile on the five-eighths oval. The colt would finish his freshman season with 9 wins in 13 starts and earnings of $166,695.

  “Black Shadow was a small but very quick horse,” recalled Dwight. “He had a big motor and always gave you his best. His only downfall was bad legs, and that’s why he only started 10 times the next year.

  “His owner wanted him to begin his 3-year-old season out in California in the Shelly Goudreau (Memorial Series), so we went out there. Black Shadow raced good but he ran out of race track. That final was won by a pretty good horse by the name. His name: On The Road Again who I think he went out to be named the Pacer of the Year.”

  That he did winning18 of 26 starts including the $1.29 million Meadowlands Pace and over $175,000.

  Black Shadow later raced out of Bob Farrington stable and in 1986 and 1986 won 13 races both years and over $100,000 each season.

  “Ronnie (Marsh) and Lavern (Hostetler) also drove Black Shadow and won some big races with him,” added Dwight.

  Black Shadow ended his racing career with 41 wins and $474,825 in purse earnings. He took his mark of 1:55.3 in 1986 as a 4-year-old at Hawthorne.

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