Charlie Manuel to make racing debut

Posted: August 08, 2014

CHARLIE MANUEL will get inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame tomorrow evening before running in the first race at Parx Sunday afternoon. The race, in fact, will be the first of Charlie's career.

A 3-year-old colt, named for the former Phillies manager, will attempt to honor Charlie by winning his first time out. The horse is owned by Cash is King Stable, three of the five owners (Chuck Zacney, Joe Lerro and Barbara Judge)who oversaw the career of 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex.

"He's a really big horse," said Charlie the horse's trainer, Butch Reid. "He's a monster."

They are hoping to get Charlie the man out to Parx to see the horse and/or the race, but are not yet sure of his schedule. If he does make it, he will see a son of the only possible sire for his namesake, Indian Charlie. The colt cost $250,000 at a 2012 yearling sale.

Charlie Manuel is not just big, Reid said. He is fast.

"You never know until they run," Reid said. "He's got to be 17 hands, 1,100 pounds, a giant. But he moves like a gazelle. He looks fantastic."

Whether Charlie Manuel shows or not, expect the Cash is King crew to be loud. They have a 2-year-old son of Afleet Alex making his debut in the third race.

His name? Awesome Alex.

- Dick Jerardi

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