"Commander and Flaming Star blood worked well out here in KS."
I bought a son of Flaming Star from Ed Niles out of old pie McIntyre's Blue Heather. I raised him in the house and I loved that little dog. He was killed by a truck while chasing a deer. One of the saddest days of my life. I got a letter from his trainer in the middle of the month and my first thought was "Somethings wrong!" It was, the first three words were "Bandit is dead." (I had registered him as Heather's Star Bandit because he had a black mask, his only markings.) I worked him from foot as a puppy, then sent him to a trainer in the spring before his derby year. He was breaking himself, placed as a derby that spring.
Shortly thereafter, Gene Uhlman turned pro and I bought Counterdrive and Countercharge, then George Tracy offered to let me have Foxfire's Rhea and the rest is history.
I sometimes think about what might have been....