If you ever read anything that Phil or his buddy Hawthorne Sal posted you know that both relish the apt naming of thoroughbreds. Phil’s still waiting for a progeny (if Bobby Allen’s reading prodigy) of Curlin to be named Home withtheHammer, Hurry Hard, To The Button, Clean Sweep or Eight Ender. Phil’s still waiting for someone to cross Istan with a Holy Bull mare or Constitution with a City Zip mare.
On Sunday, March 14, 2021 a thoroughbred filly named Up SeventyFour broke her maiden in a $40,000US maiden claiming race at Aqueduct AQU 0314 21 USA 9, one of 4 wins on the day for trainer Rob Atras of Assinibioa and Northlands Park past. Now you may ask yourself how you get Up SeventyFour out of that lineage, but it’s not the lineage it’s the person being honoured.
Highway 74 in California is more of a twisting mountain back road than a highway and was one of Richard Yates favourite drives when heading to visit the breeder who named the horse in honour of Richard Yates.
If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.
Phil’s reprising a comment from the past:
Mat Monaco March 24, 2019:
The HBPA of Alberta wishes to pay tribute to HBPA of BC Manager Richard Yates. The news of his sudden passing is both shocking and devastating. To think we had our customary jovial conversation discussing matters facing both our jurisdictions on Wednesday afternoon and to learn that he was no longer with us a short 2 days later is a hard pill to swallow.
Take it from someone who knew Richard for many years, he was a classy gentleman and had a true passion for everything thoroughbred and was totally dedicated serving his Board, members and workers in BC. Richard & wife Barb bred and raced horses and Richard usually had a small string of horses he trained. He was a crack handicapper and made a significant score wagering on a Pic 6 at Gulfstream a couple of seasons ago. To show his honesty he confided that the win about broke him even for all his wagering over the years!
Richard visited us at San Luis Rey Downs 4 years ago while making his way to the mid US. I suggested he could take California Highway 74 a dangerous and winding mountain road to Palm Desert and save about 1 hr in his travels. I impressed that this is a white knuckle drive having made the trek many times. The Yates were on their way and at the end of the journey could not give me enough praise for recommending the route which they found “spectacular” – go figure!!
As a tribute to Richard we plan on naming our Yearling Gio Ponti filly – Up Seventy Four. Good bye my friend.
Mat Monaco – HBPA of Alberta
Phil M Stockmen