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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, October 29, 1998 19 ess your[ ill Thl greatj le we~ u-~ kn~::~- : n Praises Coach t For ,a ,:hbardl at ng do~ akfast Ni ;ID ~ Breeders Classics. Pictured with Green at right .resident Sam Huff. or lmmm---adison Fame member and f mer quar- ~ '=[irgmia Breedersterback with the Philadelphia Pictured left to right ollowing the running on Saturday 3~ last of Champions Eagles and Redskins, took the f ~T] with nothing but floor after Lincoln s introduction, night of The F & M National Corporation Cavada Breeders r O " " l~ ~g f fun at the ce- He began by trying to explain Classie were Bebe Dalton (owner of Cavada), Wilbur Feltner ~d, and a meal of the Redskins season. "No Redskin (Chairman of the Board of the F & M National Corporation), e I.t fan could figure on this kind ofJohn M. Casey, C.H. Marquez, Jr. (Jockey on Marcy Marcy, -- (Y here were some season. On the radio, we have H--a pl~loments. That is nothing to say anymore. I can t --[pient of the money explain it. I don't have any an- )reakfast was back swers Either the players are as k~ ! good as they were supposed to be an ll-year boy fibrosis who )eration to trans- lungs, had gone care unit in Jordy's reported that he the night before, with fluid as his rejecting the report of Jordy's was the only 3 that is until the eaker, Sonny Was asked his Washington Red- the mi- former Redskin Valuable Player St. Louis ~al Sonny Randle, ~adio broadcaster Breeders Classics Huff would follow s would Jordy's the Rotary Town for its spon- He then ~t-hand knowledge )sis, having dealt ;ase at northern O'Connell High e family had four first because he ~ommitment and it. a racing analyst a de facto modera- of keeping egos Randle, a of both Huff and ~nked the United ng the golf tour- Hills Golf before the break- ached into stories ays with the small losing Cardi- eing hammered mg a pass and , back for tuff smashed him mg up in a hos- m attendance, the Giants !ine- he still hadn t de- hit he had in ~dio broadcaster He said he the team's mentioned promi- ith both Huff and )ositive experi- ing his 20 years m games. the Classics of- aner dance that ay.in conjunction racing. an NFL Hall of and there is no coaching, or these players were not as good as adver- tised and the Redskin officials made mistakes of their evalua- tions of the talent on hand." Sticking to the topic, Jurgensen continued, "They can't fire Norv Turner in the middle of the season because he is the offensive coordi- nator. They wouldn't have anyone to run their offense." Jurgensen then moved to a sub- ject seemingly dear to his heart -- his playing days with the Red- skins under Vince Lombardi. "Lombardi's great skills were in communications. He could mo- tivate his players better than any of the other eight coaches I played for in my 18 years in the league. "Lombardi never mentioned my wmght to me. Every other coach did. He said he was going to jump on me more than anybody else be- cause I was the leader. If he jumped on me, the others would fall into line. He was right." Then came an interesting opin- ion. "It is a coaches' game now. It used to be a players' game. The quarterback needs to motivate people when in the huddle. You can't motivate anybody by calling their number because you can't call the plays any more. The plays are relayed in from the sidelines. The game is taken away from the quarterbacks." Why don't you see any dynas- ties in the NFL? Jurgensen said, "They don't build chemistry in the league now. To build chemistry the players have to be together a long time. In today's game there is constant player movement with free agency. The players aren't to- gether long enough on the same team." An audience question posed, "Why didn't you go into coaching?" The redhead fired back, "They couldn't afford me," even though he said his top salary as a player was $100,000 a season and that had signed out of Duke University for $9,000. Huff, the coordinator of the weekend events, spoke next. He said that Lombardi had told him Jurgensen was the greatest passer ever in the NFL. MEN'S SOCCER (5-7-3, 0-3-2 WVIAC) On Thursday, October 22, the Shepherd men's soccer team hosted Concord in a makeup of a previously scheduled contest. The Rams fought the Mountain Lions to a 2-2 tie. Shepherd will finish regular season play this weekend as they travel to face Alderson-Broaddus and Wheeling-Jesuit on Friday and Saturday in a pair WVIAC matchups. By Ted Black On a picturesque fall after- noon, the Charles Town Races hosted the 12th renewal of the West Virginia Breeders Classics, the centerpiece event of its year- round racing calendar. A near capacity crowd of 5,317 fans packed the clubhouse and grandstand to take part in Charles Town's showcase event, eight races primarily for West Vir- ginia-bred horses of all ages and both genders. One night earlier, the track hosted the $75,000 Cavada Stakes for fillies and mares. The premier event on the West Virginia Breeders Classics card was the $150,000 Classic, a mile and an eight event for three-year- olds and up which has typically been dominated by the Casey fam- ily. Trainers James M. and James W. Casey had won six of the previ- ous 11 Classics, and they had the four best horses heading into this year's event. Laurel-based James M. Casey sent out the entry of horses that VOLLEYBALL (19-6, 9-4 WVIAC) The Shepherd Ram's lost to West Virginia Wesleyan by the count of 3-0 last Tuesday. Amanda Schmidt has 11 kills and 19 digs for the Rams. Cassie Leonard had 30 assists in the losing effort. Shepherd put a stop to their losing streak by winning a pair of matches on the road over the weekend. The Rams defeated WVU-Tech, 3-1, last Friday to end the skid. Playing without Schmidt, the Rams got outstanding efforts from the other members of the team. Jenica Brown and Christine Wiseman combined for 20 kills and nine digs to help the Rams to victory. Charity Greenfield had 16 kills and seven digs to further help the Rams cause. With Schmidt once again watching from the bench, the Rams defeated the Pioneers of Glenville 3-1 on the road. Brown had 17 kills, while Greenfield added 16 to help Shepherd in the victory. Leonard had 50 assists to help propel the Rams to victory. he bred for his mother Eleanor. Bold Dreamer, with Mich Kuykendall aboard, had already won four times from 14 starts against much less competition. However, Step Out Dancing had won twice from six starts and he had finished second in the Frank Gall Memorial behind Gypsy Out- fit on a night in which speed domi- nated the proceedings. The West Virginia Breeders Classics XII, the state's richest weekend of racing, will be fea- tured on ESPN2's "Thrifty Car Rental Racing Across America" se- ries on Sunday, November 1 at 2:30 p.m. ESPN2's coverage will include the call of the featured $150,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic by Dave Johnson with analysis and commentary by Chris Lincoln. ESPN2 can be seen locally on GS Communications Jefferson channel 36, Martinsburg channel 62 and Berkeley channel 55. III, Certainly the track could not host the Classic without the aF- pearance of Me No Sissy, the indefatiguable ten-year-old Light Years gelding trained by Ronney Brown. Over the years, Me No Sissy has started seven times in the Classic, having finished sec- ond twice and third three times. With Leslie Cromer aboard, Me No Sissy was looking for his first Classic triumph. Five others looked to upend the Casey's and Me No Sissy: Cold Harbor (Mark Rosenthal); Take Every Chance (Larry Dupuy); P.A.'s Iron Man (Greg Hutton); Loudoun Years (Rafael Arroyave), and Weshtrum (Joanne Black). Charles Town is known prima- rily as a speed-favoring track, but on this day the racing surface was notoriously biased for horses with a late-running, plodding style. Horses who showed speed tired noticeably, while those who trailed early had a distinct advantage. It was as if the track had been com- pletely transformed overnight. When the gate opened in the West Virginia Classic, P.A.'s Iron Man, Mystical Dance and Me No SiSsy all broke alertly to vie for command heading into the first turn. Take Aim was i'eserved well the winning horse), James W. Casey (trainer of Marcy Marcy), Eleanor Casey (owner of Marcy Marcy), Jack Huyett (Direc- tor of F & M National Corporation), Betty Carroll (President of F & M Bank of Winchester), and Charles Curtis (Vice- Chairman of F & M National Corporation). James W. Casey was the trainer of the $150,000 West Vir- ginia Breeders Classic winner Step Out Dancing. His wife, Eleanor, is the horse's owner. Casey had trained Taylor Mountain, a two-time winner of The Classic. off the early pace, as was the Eleanor Casey entry of Bold Dreamer and Step Out Dancing, who were last and next-to-last go- ing past the finish line the first time. Under steady pressure, P.A's Iron Man set honest fractions of :24.1, :48.2, and 1:13.4 for the first three calls, but the tempo seemed to be unimportant on this day. Regardless of the pace, horses near the front appeared to be run- ning on sand, while horses racing widest of all appeared to be travel- ing over pavement. P.A.'s Iron Man led the field down the backside and into the far turn, then the late runners began to take dead aim on him. Mystical Dance, stalking the leader throughout, surged to the front entering the far turn, with Me No Sissy staying right with him. Take Aim put in his run nearing the quarter pole, but called it a day shortly thereafter. But from the back of the pack, Step Out Dancing began closing furiously, weaving his way through horses in Arazi-like fashion. At the top of the lane, Mystical Dance held a short lead, but his hopes of victory were quickly dashed by the stout bid of Step Out Dancing, who collared the leader leaving the furlong pole, then went past him with relative ease, drawing clear to a five- length victory in 1:54. "I saw them spread out on the first and second turn, so I took back even farther," remarked jockey Travis Dunkelberger on his first Classic victory. "They were al[ riding for position. I knew they would come back (to the pack). They were coming wide and high all day. I went out on a limb and decided to come from way out of it." Winning trainer James W. Casey was pleased with the effort of his winner. "I liked his chances going into the race," he said. "He's had his problems over the years, but he's been doing fine recently. I liked the way the track was playing to- day. I wasn't too worried when I saw him trailing the field today. That's the way he runs. I really thought Take Aim was the horse to beat, but this horse ran a big race today." Owner Eleanor Casey, celebrat- ing her third Classic victory, noted "I love all of my horses, but he's one of my favorites. He tries hard every time. We never get tired of coming back for this race each year." $5,000 cash drawing every Thursday* in our Stars Bar-- $1,000 on the hour from 6 to 10 p.m. " One en Coming Sunday, November 8 The Coasters Two Shows: 6 pm & 8 pm "Yackety Yak Charlie Brown" O Enjoy ~ire racingjbur days a week, along with a fu# card of simukasting seven days a week. For fun and entertainment, Charles Town Races is a sure thing. ~Be a ~layer. . . S~lverscrcenGamin~Co~mle~xl~la~r~!o!a Thu!a 9~a.m WF~rida~ ~fi [ 800-362-9298 ~A oeln Na,ona, 2amln;ompan~"Char':s T wn'Ywest Virg~iia "'80i.795.7;01 "" ~v. fit~d2;!i~iionrr~e~,3clu2~u:::2n::~:222 ')" '