November 1, 1990 |
As unsung heroes go, Steve Erck ranks right up near the top. Erck, a 43-year-old outrider for the New York Racing Assn., was at his post just past the finish line at Belmont Park last Saturday when Go For Wand broke down in the stretch of the Breeders' Cup Distaff. As quickly as his palomino quarter horse could carry him, Erck made a beeline for the stricken filly. His job, as it is every time a horse throws a jockey or falls, is to get the loose animal under control to prevent further havoc.