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balmoralfan

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Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« on: May 21, 2020, 08:45:09 AM »
We were arguing at the farm recently about the time Balmoral had a charity race. 4 celebs were drivers. Ditka, Gary Fencik, Willie Gault, and I say the 4th was George Steinbrenner (who had a piece of the track back then (late 80s ?).

Who can confirm this. I say too they did NOT tandem race and each was in the bike by themselves.

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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2020, 09:17:45 AM »
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1988-01-19-8803230647-story.html    In the middle of the article it talks about it

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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2020, 09:34:06 AM »
CELEBRITY RACING ALWAYS A BAD IDEA. I REMEMBER WHEN RICK BARRY THE HOOPS PLAYER AND BIG JOHN STUDD HOOKED WHEELS AND GOT DUMPED MANY YEARS AGO AT SARATOGA, NEITHER ONE HAD A CLUE WHAT THEY WERE DOING OUT THERE
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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2020, 09:41:25 AM »
How about George Steinbrenner?

Understand it was at Saratoga Harness back in 90's where he finally decided to trade Jay Buehner to Seattle for Kenny Phelps.

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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2020, 09:47:52 AM »
1986 The Plimpton amateur  series at Pompano.... George Steinbrenner, Steve Mizerak, Ken Snake Stabler, Kim Bokemper, and George Plimpton

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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2020, 10:11:59 AM »
Oleg Cassini

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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2020, 10:31:02 AM »
here is video of steinbrenner driving at PPK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRNScXO2KhQ

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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2020, 11:05:42 AM »
Thank you! Great video - not a bad drive by George. Luv the horse name - Pinstripes.  tmbz1

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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2020, 11:26:27 AM »
Totally correct, Duke, key word is DECIDED to trade for Phelps...but it was Billy Martin who talked him into it..
Martin was in love with Phelps( who by the way was a left handed DH)..which ended up being a HUGE bust for Yankees
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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2020, 12:09:22 PM »
I watched this race from Maywood. late '87 or '88.I won $20 off vampire Tony betting on Willy Gault. I figured he was the lightest on the bike and the best in shape. so long as his horse kept stride I thought it was a good bet. no one bet Fencik. most everyone bet Ditka and a few bet Steinbrenner. Willy got away 3rd or 4th but there was a duel up front so when he made his move it was obvious no one would catch him.
well, it's game over here at Maywood. thanks johnny Johnston for giving us fans the shaft!

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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2020, 01:08:19 PM »
  This goes out to comeonman or Njbest..I remember Oleg Cassini driving at freehold...I remember his colors and they weren't what he's got here...anyway..di d George ever drive at freehold? I wanna say yes..not sure..

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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2020, 01:14:04 PM »
Ditka was a BIG FCKIN JERKOFF

AND STILL IS
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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2020, 01:41:19 PM »
Ditka was a BIG FCKIN JERKOFF

AND STILL IS
Correct.

His place on Chestnut with the upstairs Cigar bar was pathetic.  Filled with half-fags.


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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2020, 01:52:29 PM »
Correct.
His place on Chestnut with the upstairs Cigar bar was pathetic.  Filled with half-fags.
DID YOU GET ANY OF THEIR NUMBERS?  :1 11.bz 11.tb 11.htcrl
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Re: Who remembers Mike Ditka driving in a harness race?
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2020, 09:26:00 PM »
How about Wade Boggs as a celebrity driver? So drunk he needed help getting on the cart.

 

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