Callmetony is a 2001 Kentucky bred dark bay gelding born April 26th, 2001 (Runaway Groom – Firey Comet, by Red Ransom). In his eight-year career, Callmetony (or Call me to New York as some people like to call him!) raced 85 times. He built a strong race record of 21-22-17 earning $666,446. He raced at Golden Gate, Bay Meadows, Emerald Downs, Hastings, Hollywood Park, Monmouth, Belmont, Aqueduct, Saratoga and Philadelphia Park (and Parx, too). Tony was claimed eight times and last raced in 2012. Tony had been claimed by and from Roddy Valente three times in his career, lastly in November 2011, when Valente lost him in a race at Aqueduct. He’d won in his last start for Valente and trainer Bruce Levine and had gone winless for his new connections, though he had at times been competitive in his eight races after the claim. On June 5, Tony was entered in a $5,000 claiming race at Parx, and when Valente heard on race day of the horse’s scheduled start, he made a phone call to his trainer at the Bensalem, Pennsylvania track. Valente, who comes from upstate New York and who campaigned the undefeated, Grade 1 Carter-winning Bustin Stones, claimed Callmetony for the fourth and last time that afternoon, and when he did, Akindale was waiting.
Erin Pfister, our Barn Manager, had kept an eye out for Tony since the winter of 2011, making several unsuccessful attempts to have him retired to the farm. Two days after his last race, he arrived in Pawling in 2012.
“He is here and the coolest horse ever!” she texted when he stepped off the van. “He is such a classy horse.”
“I’ve had a lot of horses in my life,” said Valente, “and this one is so cool I can’t explain it.”
Bruce Levine, who trained Tony for 45 of his 84 starts, agreed. “He was pretty mellow for a war horse,” he said. “He’s got that disposition, that nothing bothers him. Nothing. He never gets hot, never gets excited.”
Valente was tempted to run Tony one more time, convinced that back in Levine’s barn, the horse would be able to go out with a victory. “There was a bond between this horse and Bruce,” Valente asserted. Ultimately, though, Valente decided not to take one more shot. “There’s so much satisfaction in getting him back,” he said. “I’m so glad to know that he’s OK.”
Tony has now joined the ranks of Evening Attire, Greeley's Legacy, Hotstufanthensome, and the rest of our famous friends, as an Akindale retiree. In fact, he quickly became the best friends with Hotstuf, who decided that Callmetony was cool enough to be his friend. Tony is nothing but a pleasure to have on our farm and we treasure every day with him.