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Horse Racing

Steinbrenner May Have Another Winner

October 15, 1998| From Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — While George Steinbrenner may have the reputation of a meddling owner, there are two people he leaves alone--Joe Torre and Bill Mott.

Most people know Torre guided Steinbrenner's New York Yankees to a World Series title in 1996 and the American League pennant on Tuesday night.

Mott might not be as familiar. He's a member of the thoroughbred Hall of Famer who trains horses for Steinbrenner, and he'll be under the watchful eyes of Steinbrenner on Friday night when Concerto runs in the $500,000 Meadowlands Cup.

"I very seldom get to talk to him, he's so busy," Steinbrenner said Wednesday of working with Mott. "I don't tell him and Torre. They are separate. I stay away from them."

A big reason Steinbrenner leaves them alone is they are successful, and there is a good chance that will continue for Mott on Friday in the Grade I race for 3-year-olds and up.

Concerto, who scored an impressive victory in the Brandywine Handicap at Delaware Park on Oct. 3, has been made the 7-2 second choice in the field of nine that was entered for the 1 1/8-mile race.

A 4-year-old colt by Chief's Crown, Concerto has a victory and a second in his last two starts.

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