Anything for the horses is okay with the Newmans by Francis LaBelle
Adam Newman had just finished the 5K Run for the Horses at Saratoga’s Spa State Park on Labor Day Weekend. His time of 21:08 placed him 10th in the field of 308. It also made him the top finisher in his family, and ahead of his twin nephew and niece, Joshua and Sarah, and his brother, Richard.
But Richard beat them all to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s sponsorship table.
A placard with information about the TRF’s sponsorship program was prominently displayed, but it was the photo of Quick Call that got Richard’s attention. He was told that the 35-year-old Quick Call, who won half of his races at Saratoga Race Course and came within a nose of winning the track’s prestigious Forego Handicap three years in a row, was well cared for at the TRF’s Second Chances Farm at the Wallkill, NY Correctional Facility.
Richard, however, already knew about Quick Call.
“Quick Call is a legend in Saratoga,” said Newman, a physical therapist from Massapequa, Long Island. “Wow, and he’s still around? That’s great. I cashed a bet the other day, and I said that, if I won, I would give the winnings back to the horses.”
Richard pulled out his checkbook, and at first, figured to sponsor Quick Call. But when TRF’s Jennifer Stevens informed him that Quick Call already had plenty of supporters, Newman said, “I love Quick Call, but I want to sponsor a horse that doesn’t have a sponsor.”
Newman left the selection to Stevens and the horse she chose for Newman was Jaystone. A gelded 9-year-old son of 2004 Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone, whose victory in that race ruined the Triple Crown hopes of Smarty Jones, Jaystone won three of 16 starts before he was retired.
“Anything for the horses,” said Richard, who owns, breeds and races Thoroughbreds in partnership with his stepmother, Gail, and brothers Adam, Matthew and his sister, Rebecca. “That’s what my family is all about. My brother will be over here in a minute.”
Sure enough, Adam showed up, swiped his credit card and instantly became a sponsor for C.L. Rib. Now 16, C.L, Rib made 94 starts at 10 racetracks, had a record of 12-17-22 and earned nearly $330,000.
The Newman family’s love for horses traces directly to the patriarch, Donald Newman, who owned horses for years and raced them all over the country. The Roslyn, NY sportswear manufacturer bought his first horse in 1974 and four years later, won Keeneland’s prestigious Ashland with Mucchina. Other top runners included First and Only, winner of the1993 Longfellow at Monmouth Park; and So N So, winner of the 2009 Lucy Scribner at Saratoga Race Course.
In his later years. Donald Newman focused on new York-breds and among his trainers were Tom Bush and Hall of Fame trainer Frank “Poncho” Martin, and Martin’s sons, Jose and Carlos.
Donald Newman died on December 23, 2014 at the age of 85, but his family has continued Newman Racing Stable. This year, the stable had won five of 14 starts with two third-place finishes as of October 5.
“We have a nice filly named Tricky Zippy with (trainer) Jimmy Jerkens who ran fifth in the Prioress at Saratoga and should have been third,” Richard said.
As much as racing as been part of the family business, so too has been Thoroughbred aftercare.
Adam, a 54-year-old financial services expert who lives in Charlotte, NC, was a lock to be a sponsor. Years ago, after his mother saw a newspaper ad, Adam purchased a Thoroughbred named True Charger.
“He was almost completely white, and he had bowed a tendon,” Adam said. “We sent him to a friend’s farm upstate, let that tendon set and brought him back to Long Island. He lived large as a show hunter. I also brought back a home-bred named Tough Jake. He’s 10 years old and he is now my riding horse down here in Charlotte. It’s all good.
“I think people have to keep an open mind about retired Thoroughbreds. People, I think, have heard how Thoroughbreds are high-strung and difficult. But people who really know and are involved understand that you can’t underestimate the ability of Thoroughbreds to adapt to other jobs. They are special animals.”