'Dewey' Still In Doubt

Published: November 24, 2008 02:28 pm EST

Ray Schnittker, driver, trainer and co-owner of Deweycheatumnhowe, has said that his colt is still not quite right.

The Muscles Yankee colt was on the track in Goshen, NY Monday morning (November 24) and at 12:15 p.m. Schnittker reported to Moira Fanning of the Hambletonian Society that Deweycheatumnhowe did not feel that the trotter was 100 per cent. He still was not sure what he would do.

The news puts the colt’s last career start -- the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Trot on November 29 at the Meadowlands -- in jeopardy. A throat abscess was detected late last week and 'Dewey' was taken to the clinic at Cornell University for treatment.

Schnittker may ship the colt to the Meadowlands for a Wednesday morning workout over the mile track if he thinks that Dewey is better. He will make that decision on Tuesday.

Scratch time for the race is Wednesday morning and his starting fees are due whether or not he makes it to the gate. Scratch time is Wednesday morning but there are no also eligibles. Reporting time for the detention barn is 9:00 p.m. on Friday night.

(With files from the SBOANJ)



Nothing to do with who's better. He wants the horse healthy. Remember Dewey is a trotter Beach a pacer. They are both great horses! Good Luck to both connection no matter the out come.

To the 7:30pm post, what the hell are you saying?? I highly doubt that Schnittker is making up a throat abscess to have an excuse if dewey doesn't pull it off. It would be just as easy to wait until the race is over and if he loses to say that he was sick and they didn't realize it, or something else. He wouldn't fake this for the media attention, and bring the horse to an Ivy League school if something wasn't wrong. Dewey and Beach have raced on the same program before, so I fail to see the significance of you pointing that out. Despite 45% of people saying that the Breeder's Crown will decide their pick for horse of the year, the truth is that Beach could finish dead last in his race, and Dewey could race in :48 and Beach will still take the prize. Schnittker isn't making excuses, he's letting everyone know, so that when he (most likely) scratches Dewey that people don't start speculating as to why.

No Excuses Mr Schnittker, sounds like your are trying to drum up a bit of media attention for your horse because "THE BEACH" is racing on the same card. No matter the outcome of Saturdays races Somebeachsomewhere is the best horse that has ever put a harness on and easily wins horse of the year over Deweycheatnhowe. How many horses have you seen win by open lengths on a continual basis and setting speed records as he goes?