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pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S DVOCATE S I:::)O IS Wednesday, February 22, 2012 B3 Genuine Risk came to Hunt Country ATHLETES OF THE WEEK BOB MADISON Spirit Staff What a history she had. And almost all of her story came to pass before the time of her fourth birthday. Her name was Genuine Risk. She was a blue blood all right. She was a comely daughter of Exclusive Native and a grand- daughter of Raise A Native. Her dam was Virtuous and from that side of her family tree came her other grandfather, the famous classics winner, Gallant Man. Diana Firestone was most in- strumental in securiog her for a $32,000 bid at auction. Genuine Risk was a, thick-chested filly with the richest of reddish coats. A wide arrow of white cascaded the length of her head and didn't quit until it swallowed her muzzle. Diana Firestone took a particu- lar interest in all her early educa- tion that pertained to becoming a race horse. Doing the educating was trainer LeRoy Jolley... and every other week or so he would personally report to Mrs. Fires- tone that Genuine Risk was pro- gresing quite well indeed. The well favored and grace- ful chestnut not only showed a smooth flowing gait but was easy enough to rate and could possi- bly be raced successfully using a variety of styles. Her wide and muscular chest led Jolley to train in the morn- ings alongside colts. But there were no plans,, either short- range or for the future, to try her against males in actual races. Af- ter her debut race yielded a win, she was placed in a pair of New York-based stakes races that also yielded wins. When she completed her two- year-old campaign with a four- for-four record, Jolley was sat- isfied and his talks with Diana were mostly positive. Back home to Virginia for the winter months of the 1979-80 pe- riod, she was'allowed long walks through the paddocks of the undu- lating hills of Diana's Catoctin StucL When serious training com- menced anew, neither Jolley nor Diana held thoughts of races against colts. In Florida, Genu- ine Risk made her two wins over other fillies look all too easy. Still, trainer Jolley harbored no enthusiasm for any of the Triple Crown classics. When lightly questioned by race writers, Jolley told them she didn't have the type of body to bear up under the pounding she would receive in a three- race series of little-rest-in-be- tween Triple Crown tests. Diana was a bit more' posi- tive about seeing and testing colts. She wanted a chance to have a horse of hers in the Ken- tncky Derby. And she was not impressed with the field of colts that would be the competition. When Jolley acceded to Di- ana's wishes toward a possible Kentucky Derby start, he sent Genuine Risk to the Wood Me- morial as a possible test case. The all-winning female was third in the Wood. Was Diana ready to settle for the Kentucky Oaks, where an all-female field was en- tered? No, she wasn't. In fact, she informed Jolley of her belief that if Genuine Risk was given anoth- er chance, improve- ment could be expected. Jolley did not find himself coming to the same conclusion. He told the race writers she would not be placed against colts in her future. Diana and Jolley went south to Lexington to see first-hand the Blue Grass Stakes. when the Blue Grass entry liked most by Jolley was beaten by nearly 35 lengths -- and the race's winner was not impressive -- Diana had the trainer's ear about possibly sending Genuine Risk against the colts again -- this time in the Kentucky Derby. It was 1980. The last female to win the Run for the Roses was in 1915 when Regret swept home in front. Diana told Jolley that no filly had even entered the gilt-edged race since 1959, so the lack of a female winner was not what it seemed at first glance. Over 139,000 people were at Churchill Downs the first Satur- day in May in 1980. Most of them knew the race's history, a history without many ripples being made by fillies. So, Genuine Risk went to the post as a 13-1 longshot. The main competition until the deep stretch turned out to be Plugged Nickel and Rockhill Na- five. After Genuine Risk forced her way to the front, there was a charge from behind made by Ja- clin Klugman and Rumbo. When challenged, Genuine Risk briskly moved ahead to a higher gear and clicked off the fastest finishing quarter mile in Derby history other than Secre- tariat's time in 1973. Was Diana's wish to be have a Kentucky Derby trophy on her Upperville mantel satisfying enough to. bring Genuine Risk back to racing against only fil- lies? Or would she give the pub- lic what it desired.., and that wish was a run for all of the Tri- ple Crown by the electric female? The Preakness it would be. Although it couldn't be detect- ed and nobody had an inkling, the Preakness was the beginning of a down- ward trend for Genuine Risk. Unat- tached luck would not play a part in the trou- bles to come. Human in- tervention would rear its ugly head and bring the dark clouds of misfortune AP with it. As with the Kentucky Derby, there had never been a disqualifi- cation of any apparent winner in the Preakness Stakes. In Baltimore, Genuine Risk faced Codex, a thoroughbred trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Hall of Famer Angel Cordero, Jr. Codex was ineligi- ble for the Kentucky Derby but his presence in the Preakness would roll the waters of racing for many moons thereafter. Two-thirds of the way through the race it was Codex with a short lead over the oncoming Genuine Risk. As the two leaders approached the last turn and the stretch, Genu- ine 'Risk loomed up on the outside of Cordero, Jr. and Codex. The "Wall of Noise" that is a proper nickname for the gutteral roar let loose by the grandstand crowd at any important thor- oughbred race greeted the two side-by-side rivals. And then the horses were mo- mentarily pressed together. Cor- dero, Jr. abruptly moved Codex to the right, thrusting both ani- mals off the rail. And then with his stick, he whacked Genuine Risk across the white swath of hair below her eyes. The blow to Genuine Risk's head ended the closeness of the race and Codex continued on to the finish with a five-length lead over the bold chestnut. Vasquez lodged an objection, talking to the three stewards about the strike to his mount's head. The stewards stared blankly at the jockey as if to say: "DOn't you know there has never been a dis- qualification in the Preakness?" There was nothing done. Codex had crossed the finish line ahead of Genuine Risk. And nothing was going to change that verdict. Diana was livid. The Wash- ington Post story on the out- come was headlined "A Lady Mugged". Pimlico, host to the Preakness, received its second unwanted and nationally re- ported black eye in seven years. When Secretariat won the Preak- ness, the track management re- ported the official timer had mal- functioned and inked his time as being two-fifths of a second over the stakes record. Hundreds of inside racing peo- ple watched replays of the race and timed it themselves. They reported "Big Red" had broken Pimlico's record by four-fifths of a second. The stench rising from the rotting corpse of Pimlico had barely cleared that section of the city in the seven years since Sec- retariat's Preakness when the overpowering smell of the de- caying place came on a second time with the whip-across-the- head to Genuine Risk. In the three weeks between the odious Preakness and the Bel- mont Stakes barely a racing word was written about anything but the assault on Genuine Risk. The Belmont was all but forgotten by the media and race writers. Genuine Risk was second again in the Belmont. That race was contested over a muddy track and won by 53-1 longshot Temperence Hill. As a four-year-old, the plucky chestnut had three more races and she won twice. And then she got loose in her stable, found the race track, and ran headlong through the night. She only stopped after colliding with a fire hydrant and badly cutting a leg. That incident ended her racing career. Diana drew up plans to have Genuine Risk bred to Secretariat. It would be the first-ever mating of Kentucky Derby winners. But the downward spiral in Genuine Risk's life continued. Her colt conceived through the mating with "Big Red" was still- born. The next year, she was bred to Secretariat again. She didn't get pregnant. It was only after she hadbeen 41 See GENUINE page B4 TIRE, TOWING & AUTO CARE CENTER, INC. presents tile Patriot Female Athlete of the Week! Basketball Player: Alycia Lambert Alycia is one of Washington's leading scorers and rebounders as the Patriots enter Sectional play against Musselman. She is the Patriot Female Athlete of the Week. Congratulations, Alycia/ Complete Vehicle Repair Center I Bridgestone/Firestone Dealer j Computerized Diagnostics TIRE, TOWING & AUTO CARE CENTER, IN{:. Alignments Shuffle Service 304.876.6835 Towing Service Mon. - Ffl. 8am to 6pm Saturday 8am to 12 noon I Sunday Closed ....  ..... 00Altstate, Yoffre in good hands, Ray Kohlhepp 304-725-7100 presents the Patriot Male Athlete of the Week! Wrestling Player: Ashby Heath Ashby won the 220-pound weight class at the Region II tournament. He will take a 37-16record to the state tournament. He is the Patri- ot Male Athlete of the Week. Congratulations, Ashby! Pinning FROM PAGE B1 Reynolds ran his record to 48-8 with a pin fall over Hedgesville's Steve Hite in 2:54. Reynolds has a first-round match at the state meet against Region In fourth-place finisher Rodello Cerda (31-19) from Beckley Woodrow Wilson. At 132, it was Gunnar Wilt giving Coach Codie Gustines an- other weight-division champion. Wilt posted a 9-3 decision over Fairmont Senior's Anthony A1- varo. The win gave Wilt, a se- nior, a 51-7 overall record to take against Wheeling Park's Jonny Davis, the Region I fourth-place finisher whose record is 28-12. Washington's fifth individu- al champion was Dylan Cerava- lo at 145 pounds. Ceravalo, a ju- nior, had a 9-0 major decision win over Musselman's Danny Arndt that improved his overall record to 52-3. At the state meet in Hun- tington, Ceravalo's initial match will pit him against Region IV fourth-place fmisher Chris Rolly- son of Hurricane. Rollyson had a 14-13 overall record. Micah Skubon was Washing- ton's 195-pound champion when he won by decision over Jaron Summers "of Fairmont Senior. Sknbon's 13-7 win pushed his overall record to 36-9 and sent him to Huntington where his first match will be against Region HI's Daniel Nolte from Buckhannon. The sophomore Nolte compiled a 29-8 overall record. At 220, Washington's Ashby Heath became another of the Patri- ots' individual champions. Heath registered 4-2 decision over East Fairmont's Logan Bowman. When he goes into his first match in Hun- tington, Heath (37-16 overall) will be in against Region IV's fourth- place wrestler, A.J. Covert, a ju- nior from Winfield High, whose record was 30-9. Also qualifying for the state meet from Washington were se- nior Jonathan Wimer at 126 and Zane Bradbury at 160. Wim- er finished third and will take his 45-15 record against Region IV runner-up Chance Donahue (19-14 overall) from Huntington High. Bradbury fmished fourth in the Region 1] tournament. The sophomore has a 20-27 record to carry to Huntington where he faces unbeaten Region III cham- pion Elijah Hull (53-0) from Lewis County. Jefferson High qualified three wrestlers for the state tournament. The Cougars' highest finish came from 182-pound Keynan Wil- liams. Williams was second when he lost a 6-4 decision in the divi- sion. finals to Preston's Terrance Fanning. At Huntington, Wil- liams will go against third-place finisher Nate Constante (Univer- sity High), whose record is 37-8. Lane Harder was third at 220 in the Region II tournament. His overall record is now 43-9 and in Huntington his first-round op- ponent will be Nigale Cabell, a sophomore from Huntington High whose record is 28-10 Cabell is the runner-up from Region IV. Chris Yenchko, a junior, was fourth at 145 pounds. Yenchko has a 23-30 overall record to take to the state tournament where he will wrestle George Washington junior Jake Smith, the Region IV champion with a44-5 record. Backyard FROM PAGE B1 Jim Carlen, Bobby Bowden, Frank Cignetti, Don Nehlen, Rich Rodriguez, Bill Stewart, and Dana Holgorsen at the north- ern brawlers. Beginning in 1943, Pittsburgh countered with its hordes coached by the likes of Clark Shaughnessy, Wes Fesler, Mike Milligan, Len Casanova, Tom Hamilton, Red Dawson, John Michelosen, Dave Hart, Carl DePasqua, Johnny Ma- jors (two different stints), Jackie Sherdll, Serafino "Foge" Fazio, Mike Gottfried, Paul Hackett, Sal Sunseri (one game), Walt Har- ris, Dave Wannstedt, Michael Haywood (who never actually coached a game), Todd Graham (one season), and as of December 22, 2011, Paul Chryst. That list may seem like a lot of coaches for the 58-year time pe- riod. But you have to understand that expectations are high in foot- ball-favored and flavored west- ern Pennsylvania and "Pitt" does have a fabled football history that includes nine national champion- ships, a Heisman trophy winner in Tony Dorsett (Dor-SETI'), and a 13-9 win over WVU and Coach Rodriguez on December 1, 2007. For now, people on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line will have to be content to sit in their rocking chairs on their front porches and ruminate on the many hills and valleys the Old se- ries produced. West Virginia won the last meeting, a 21-20 major-bowl sav- er that Coach Holgorsen and com- pany used to eventually roll into the Orange Bowl as a Big East tri- champion.., and then roll out of Miami on the smiles brought by a 70-33 win over Clemson. The country's college foot- ball-showing networks always jumped on the "Brawl Bandwag- on" when national coverage was drawn to the WVU-Pittsburgh game. "So close together", "Re- cruit the same high school play- ers", "high school opponents", "Both sides have had high school teammates that are now on the opposition team", "bragging rights for a year", "They just plain don't like each other", and "like nothing better than to spoil the other team's season". It seemed like the appeal of the game had lessened on both sides and in both states as time flew past on its speed of light wings. Both camps sought national prominence instead of only paro- chial praise. Football shown on cable outlets five nights a week gradually weakened the game's significance. Beating the other side became a means to get to a larger stage.., and a possible na- tional championship. For Pittsburgh or West Virgin- ia University, a win over the oth- er side was not a season-maker or season-breaker. A possible 2-10 season in Morgantown that had wins over Pittsburgh and Marshall would mean little or nothing. A possible 3-9 season in Pittsburgh that had wins over WVU, Mi- ami of Ohio, and Miami of Flor- ida would be akin to having par- tial season-ticket plans in the left- field upper deck to Pirates games. And the Pirates have endured 19 straight losing seasons. West Virginia will be in the Big 12 and soon Pittsburgh will be in the Atlantic Coast Confer- ence. West Virginia will be hard- pressed to build another "Back- yard Brawl" series when the nearest conference opponent is 1,300 miles away. Pittsburgh's nearest conference opponents will be in College Park, Mary- land and Blacksburg, Virginia. Finding common feuds between the Panthers and Terrapins and Panthers and Hokies might take a few dozen seasons to work their ways under the skins of each side. Travel between Morgan- town and Lubbock, Austin, Fort Worth, and Waco in Texas won't  be a dream-filled Interstate trek. Travel between Pittsburgh and Miami and Tallahassee in Florida or Clemson, South Carolia will be more than a puddle jump or cruise over the Star City bridge. The "brawl" -- for now -- is as extinct as an All-America quarter- back from Harman High playing for the Mountaineers... or Beano Cook taking an impartial stance when the subjects of Myron Cope, Jack Fleming, or Iron Mike Ditka are brought before him. I , ..... k " You're in good hands. Ray Kohthepp 304-725-7100 Auto Home Life Retirement presents the Cougar Female Athlete of the Week! Swimming Player: Luisa Holland Luisa finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke, eighth in the 200 freestyle, and swam a leg on the 12th place 200 medley relay for the Lady Cougars at the state swim meet. Great job, Luisa/ TIRE, TOWING & AUTO CARE CENTER, INC. presents the Cougar Male Athlete of the Week! Wrestling Player: Chris Yenchko Chris qualified for the state wrestling tournament with a fourth-place finish at 145pounds at the Region II tournament. He is the Cougar Male Athlete of the Week. Way to go, Chris/ Complete Vehicle Repair Center Bddgestone/Firestone Dealer Computerlzed Diagnostics TIRE, TOWING & AUTO CARE CENTER, INC. Alignments : Shuffle Service. 304.876.6835 Towing Sewice Mon.- Fri. 8arn to 6prn I Saturday 8am to 12 noon [ Sunday Closed