Editor’s word: For the Dreamers will likely be scratched Saturday, however search for him on Pennsylvania Day on the Races at Parx Aug. 22.
On Saturday at Monmouth Park, TwinSpires participant Bob Hutt will likely be cheering on a lightly-raced three-year-old with the percentages stacked towards him within the six-furlong Jersey Shore S., which options Bowman Mill S. hero Nakatomi and Lightening Larry, shock winner of the Chick Lang S. (G3) on the Preakness undercard.
The runner Hutt hopes to win on Saturday is a chestnut by the identify of For the Dreamers, a 12-1 selection on the morning line within the Jersey Shore, the primary stakes try for the Edward Coletti Jr. pupil.
Hutt just isn’t solely a horse racing aficionado pulling for the two-time Parx winner. He is the founder and president of Uptowncharlybrown Stud LLC, owner-breeder of the Expertise Search gelding. For the Dreamers is out of Avery’s Smile, a mare by their flagship horse, Uptowncharlybrown.
Whereas For the Dreamers stands out as the longest shot within the area, Hutt is not involved about his probabilities. In reality, he relishes underdog tales, as a result of his life, at occasions, has embodied one.
From a $2 present wager to a prize-winning steady
The 76-year-old Bronx, New York, native first developed his ardour for horse racing on the age of 16, when he visited Monticello Raceway, a harness racetrack in New York.
“I wager $2 to point out…the horse broke stride, disappeared on the Monticello Quickway…by no means noticed it once more, and now right here I’m 60 years later, $10 million poorer, nonetheless attempting to get the $2 to point out I wager (again),” Hutt quipped.
Regardless of the loss, he was hooked on the game and have become a daily on the racetracks in New York.
“I believe I’ve paid for each seat they’ve within the grandstand,” Hutt mentioned.
Many years later, whereas working because the nationwide claims director for CIGNA, an opportunity encounter helped Hutt entrench his foot additional into horse racing when a colleague invited him to Belmont, the place the person had a horse operating.
That horse, Mugatea, ended up profitable a stakes race that day, and Hutt’s colleague then supplied to convey him again to his barn, the place the likes of champion Slew o’ Gold was stabled.
“I turned to this one that was good friend, and I mentioned… ‘I’m stepping into what you are promoting,'” Hutt recalled.
In 1985, Hutt purchased his first horse at a sale at Belmont and ultimately began CalHutt Steady. However the place life instantly modified for him was when he was launched to coach Alan Seewald, who would grow to be one among his greatest pals.
“Truthfully, we have been as shut as brothers. … it was a particular bond,” Hutt mentioned.
“I obtained into horses, and I discover out in the future that my dad, who I by no means went to the racetrack with, he had moved to Florida, and he was in the home studying the Day by day Racing Type,” Hutt defined. “And I mentioned, ‘Dad, what are you doing?’ And, he goes, ‘I’m going to the races each Wednesday and Saturday.’
“He was a $2 participant, that’s all he ever wager….Once I discovered he liked it, I began shopping for horses with Alan.”
When Hutt’s father handed away in 1998, Seewald proposed an concept to Hutt that will take the present Pennsylvania resident on a whirlwind of a journey.
“Alan says to me, ‘Bob, why don’t you begin a public steady, how a lot time may it take you? Two claiming horses, 10 individuals, and you would do this in your father’s reminiscence to provide the common John and Jane an opportunity to get into Thoroughbred racing at Monmouth Park,” Hutt mentioned.
“So reluctantly I did it, and little did I notice how life would change.”
Hutt’s first horse to race, Lisa’s Step, received, as did his second horse, Siftaway, a 30-1 longshot. The fast begin was an indication of success to return. Uptowncharlybrown Stud LLC, which traces its origins to 1999, would go on to develop to greater than 400 restricted companions and greater than 100 horses, together with two stallions, 20 broodmares, in addition to quite a few weanlings and yearlings.
“It’s all due to Uptowncharlybrown,” Hutt famous.
Now a 15-year-old stallion, Uptowncharlybrown was bought by Hutt for $57,000 as a juvenile at OBS March in 2009. He went on to race within the 2010 Belmont S. (G1), received by Drosselmeyer.
“One evening, Alan calls me and says…’The Chestnut’ — that’s all he ever known as him — ‘It’s the perfect horse you’ve ever owned.'”
Seewald had a imaginative and prescient for Uptowncharlybrown and mapped out a plan to race him on the Triple Crown path. The Limehouse colt received his first two races at Tampa Bay Downs and proceeded to put within the Sam F. Davis S. (G3) earlier than coming house fifth within the Tampa Bay Derby (G3).
Then on April 12, 2010, in a merciless coincidence, Seewald handed away in his sleep. Hutt was pressured to discover a new coach and determined to ship Uptowncharlybrown to Kiaran McLaughlin, now the jockey agent of Luis Saez.
After ending third within the Lexington S. (G2), Uptowncharlybrown entered the Belmont and positioned fifth however was disqualified for shedding the eight-pound lead pad on the backstretch. He ran seven extra races earlier than he retired to stud in 2012, however Hutt had preliminary bother convincing breeders to make use of “Charly” as a sire.
Regardless of the “no’s” he heard, Hutt endured. He devoted his life to the horse Alan mentioned was the perfect of his era and ultimately discovered Diamond B Farm in Pennsylvania to convey on Uptowncharlybrown.
Hutt’s dedication paid off. “Charly” turned a profitable sire in Pennsylvania, the place he ranks on the prime for his share of black-type performers. His progeny embrace Grade 3 winner Dixie Serenade, a number of stakes scorers Look ahead to It and Midtowncharlybrown, and stakes victor Midnightcharly.
Now, Hutt is hoping For the Dreamers can be a part of the listing.
Out of Broadway, a ‘dream’ is born
Hutt had the three-year-old’s identify picked out earlier than he was ever born, because of one other unexpected twist by the hands of Uptowncharlybrown LLC.
“One of many individuals who buys a share in our horses, he (Donovan Mannato) is a Broadway producer,” Hutt mentioned. “Donovan mentioned, ‘You assume Uptowncharlybrown Stud companions want to put money into the Again to the Future musical?'”
Lina and Bob Hutt stroll the Blue Carpet on opening evening of Again to the Future the Musical in Manchester, England. (Courtesy of Bob Hutt)
Hutt, a longtime fan of musicals rising up close to Broadway, was intrigued and attended a workshop for the present at Mannato’s home. Hutt was blown away, particularly within the second he heard one track, “For the Dreamers,” sung by the character Emmett “Doc” Brown.
“I’m a romantic at coronary heart. I like Broadway musicals, a boy from the Bronx, who has all the time…gotten extraordinarily fortunate,” Hutt mentioned.
Thus, Hutt turned a producer of the Again to the Future musical, which opened in Manchester, England, in 2020 and can come to Broadway in 2023. The present has already received greater than a dozen awards, together with the Olivier Award for Greatest New Musical.
However earlier than Marty McFly and Doc premiere on The Nice White Method, Hutt’s three-year-old For the Dreamers will look to make a splash in his first stakes effort on Saturday.
The colt obtained his first begin at Parx in June 2021 and got here house a neck second to Dance Code, who positioned third within the Sanford S. (G3) subsequent out. For the Dreamers then broke his maiden in a 4 1/4-length victory on the Pennsylvania monitor in a five-furlong maiden particular weight.
Accidents and sickness sidelined him for almost a yr, till For the Dreamers returned to Parx on June 20, when he once more misplaced by a neck in an allowance optionally available claimer. On July 19, he made it again to the winner’s circle in a $40,000 allowance optionally available claimer he received by almost two lengths.
With a transfer up in school on Saturday, he’ll have an opportunity to show his mettle towards some seasoned veterans within the ninth race on Monmouth’s Saturday card.
“He’s nonetheless inexperienced, he’s solely had 4 begins in his life,” Hutt admitted. “However we knew that he was the perfect two-year-old final yr, and you already know, it’s important to overcome adversity, which is a part of the sport. If you happen to imagine, and also you’re a dreamer, something is feasible.
“The one unhappy factor is Alan Seewald isn’t right here to be a part of it….Each day that goes by I thank Alan for forcing me to do it.…Out of adversity, nice issues are born.
“If you happen to can dream it, it might probably occur. It is a real-life fairy story. There’s no different strategy to put it.”