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Illinois Benefits on Clinard's Decision (05/11/13)
Posted Saturday May 11, 2013
By Mike Paradise
It’s not often these days an Illinois owner will spend six figures on a 4-year-old horse, and bring him to our state to compete. Nonetheless, that’s exactly what veteran trainer Tom Simmons owner David Clinard did and it could turn out to be a very wise move for the Mount Sterling businessman.
Clinard purchased Time To Roll for $105,000 at the January Meadowlands Sale. The pacer was coming off a 2012 campaign where he took on the very best 3-year-olds in North American last year and put $519,625 on his card for his previous owner.
Time To Roll has millionaire bloodlines. His sire is Rocknroll Hanover ($1.48.3, $2,754,038) and his dam Kikikatie (1:50.3, $$1,268, 463). Both were multiple open stakes champions.
I asked Simmons about Clinard’s six-figure purchase and the decision to bring the colt to Illinois to race.
“Dave wanted a real good horse,” said Simmons. “He wanted one that can race in the opens here and it’s not often use get the opportunity to get one, especially a colt with the impeccable breeding of Time To Roll.
“Actually I thought this horse would go for even more at the sale.
“Time To Roll held his own with the best 3-year-olds in the country last year. He didn’t win a lot of races (four) but he raced in some fast times and the word was that he did so despite some occasional respiratory problems.
“Since he was a colt with such outstanding breeding we thought that down the line he could also make a good stallion in Illinois. If Time To Roll is bred 50 mares at just $2,000 a pop Dave will get his investment back. And of course if the slots do come to Illinois racetracks that’ll just make a Rocknroll Hanover colt like him an even more desirable stallion for mares.
A week ago Clinard’s Time To Roll powered his way to a 1:49.2 clocking in the circuit’s Invite.
Simmons, who has over 3,200 career winners as a driver and is closing in on 1,500 as a trainer, wasn’t surprised by the fast time.
“The 1:49.2 mile had us smiling but it wasn’t unexpected,” continued the Springfield, IL based horseman. “He’s a very good horse and he was starting to put it all together. He had some respiratory issues that he got over and is getting back to his top form.
“I believe he’ll be factor in Illinois Opens for a long time and Dave can get his money back that way, too. “
Time To Roll raced out of the barn of Jimmy Takner in his first two seasons, making only three starts as a freshman. He captured an $18,700 New Jersey Sire Stake at The Meadowlands before finishing third in the $150,000 Final.
Last year $367,500 of his earnings came when he was second in the $1.47 million North America Cup at Mohawk. The horse also pulled down another $75,000 when he won the $175,000 NJSS Final at The Meadowlands.
Clinard has been one of the prominent owners in Illinois for many years with Simmons. His Clinard Properties, Inc. currently owns 13 horses that includes Saturday’s 10th race starter Kansas Wildcat (1:50.3, $351,880) and some other solid pacers such as Sports Gypsy, Mystical MJ, Boo Bug and Daretodogreathings.
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Time To Roll (Dave Magee) heads-up tonight's $17,000 Invitational.
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