love! Charlie didn’t ask the official clockers in the press box for a time on his half-bay with the white marking on his left hind ankle that had just floated by.
Charlie returned 45 minutes later to observe his second set of horses working. Meanwhile, I hadn’t seen a horse work anywhere near as brilliantly as his half-bay with white under his left hind ankle. It was the type of work that stuck in my craw. “Yo Charlie!” (I could say that because years ago when I first met Whittingham Apples introduced me) “What was the name of the bay with the left hind under that worked a half in your first set?” “What did you get him in?” Charlie asked. "46-2," I replied. He gave me the name. “You liked that one,” he said and bounced away.
A week passes and Gosden wins by a pole with a first time starter who pays $30.00. All the clockers are catching hell from their betting clients because not one clocker had pushed that Gosden’s maiden winner off of his workouts. Every clocker checks his back notes on the Gosden maiden winner, and concurs that Gosden’s maiden winner has repeatedly worked moderately.
Early the next morning, right after Whittingham’s first set has worked, Charlie yells up to the official clockers in the press box, "What did you get?" (he shouts the name of the half-bay with the white marking under his left hind ankle whose workout I liked last Friday, (CW ½ LHU 46- 2). Damn! I remember one bay working for Charlie in his first set, but it had no markings and didn’t float over the cool surface. So when Charlie’s first set passes within twenty feet of me to return to the barn area through the tunnel to the saddling paddock, I double-check the hind legs of the half-bay that had worked, and it has no markings!
"Yo Charlie!" Now, I have my head down, thumbing back in my notebook to the page with the start of last Friday’s workout session. I point to the scribbling in my notebook. “That bay that you just worked had no left hind under but you gave me that same name for a bay that had a left hind under.” Charlie replies, "The horse you’re looking for was the maiden for Gosden that won yesterday."
The windup is: Charlie tells me that some owners like to bet and if a trainer wants to keep the betting owners’ horses in his stable he has to set a horse up to not only win for the betting owner but at a price. Gosden, being British, folds his arms and says, “He had a big house payment to meet.”