This is the third part of a series of question and answer sessions with Meadows horsemen.
Q: You’ve had a lot of success over the years breeding your own horses. What’s the secret to success in the breeding game?
A: Hard work and luck. You just have to try to find the right bloodlines and to pick the right cross, then have some luck training them.
Q: You have a successful business outside of racing, how do you balance your two lives?
A: I work a lot of hours every day. Plus, I have a lot of good people working with me. You can’t do what I do without a good staff and good co-workers. That’s absolutely imperative.
Q: Sometimes you drive your own horses and sometimes you use catch drivers. How do you make that choice?
A: I usually try to drive my two-year-olds because I want them educated the way I want them educated. Then once they get to be three, they pretty much know the routine. And because I have other interests, I can’t always commit all of my time to the horses. That’s when I have other people drive, normally.
Q: We saw you at a few fairs this past summer. Do you still enjoy that atmosphere once in a while?
A: Oh, I love the atmosphere. I miss it. I really miss how the fairs used to be. Unfortunately today they aren’t the way they were. Today, it’s a hit-and-miss game. You’re in, you’re out. The comradery that we enjoyed in the generations of yesteryear is not there today, although most of us that are my age were part of that generation growing up. I hope that the younger fellas get to enjoy it like we did.
Q: Your dad, Fritz, was a longtime horseman. What is the most important thing he taught you about the business?
A: Integrity, honesty, hard work.