The following is an excerpt from an article in the Preakness issue of ZATT the magazine, which will be available online Friday at http://www.zattmag.com/:
“Maryland in the 70’s had a vibrant breeding and racing industry populated by colorful small owners, breeders, and farms, many of them homebreeders who raced their produce at Pimlico and Laurel, as well as at Bowie and Timonium. One character from that era was restaurateur Robert Beall, who bred, trained, and raced his horses around his day-time schedule. Beall, by the way, also stood his own stallion back then, a 1966 son of Crimson Satan named Friend’s Choice who’d won 8 of 46 races and earned $50,000 without stakes form.
“Beall bred his 1967 mare Duc’s Tina, a daughter of Duc de Fer who’d won four of 19 starts and earned $23,000, to Friend’s Choice in 1974 and got a colt named Dave’s Friend the next year. This was the same 1975 foal crop of Affirmed and Alydar, who were the offspring of higher-quality stock. Beall’s colt was weak on the front end of his pedigree, but he was inbred 3×3 to speed influence Crimson Satan and 4×4 to Count Fleet and this must have helped. Dave’s Friend didn’t tangle with the big two in the Preakness, but he did win several Graded stakes races in Maryland at 3 and 4 with Beall as his trainer and was eventually sold to Louisiana oilman John Franks for a nice sum. In total, Dave’s Friend won 35 of 76 starts and earned more than a million, racing in stakes races until age 10. Throughout his career he was a particularly good sprinter, and he was a true Marylander from that era, blue collar and as distinct to the area as the bushels of blue crabs steamed in Old Bay.”