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Back In A Blaze Of Glory
William Leggett
April 22, 1985
Destroyed by fire, New Jersey's Garden State Park has been lavishly rebuilt by bustling Robert Brennan
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April 22, 1985

Back In A Blaze Of Glory

Destroyed by fire, New Jersey's Garden State Park has been lavishly rebuilt by bustling Robert Brennan

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Ready now? And-a-one-and-a-two-and-a-three:

S is for self-confidence. Recognize how truly special you are.

C is for courage. Be a risk taker.

H is for honesty. Don't take credit for other people's success

R is for responsibility. Be accountable for your own actions.

I is for impatience with yourself, not with others.

D is for determination. When you're exhausted, drive harder.

E is for enthusiasm, the greatest moving force in a human being.

The horse, however, was a bum. Poor Schride never won in 10 starts. Lacked certain things—self-confidence, courage, honesty, responsibility, determination and enthusiasm. In Newkidontheblock, though, Brennan had his first winner. That was in '80. "She was running on a cold September night at The Meadowlands in a 12-horse field," Brennan says. "While they were all maidens, the 11 other horses had more experience, and some looked pretty good.

"This was a big thing for me. I had paid $20,000 for this horse, and I was going to go for it. So I went up to the windows and bet $2,000 to win on her. She went off at 33-1. She was 12th most of the way. They open up into the stretch, 11 horses in front of her, but then something miraculous happened. Moses himself appeared at the Meadowlands that night—he parted the crowd like the Red Sea. Down the middle comes Newkidontheblock, wins and pays $68. I walked away with $68,000 on the bet and I said, 'Boy, this is a terrific business!' " Newkidontheblock never won again.

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