The Friday Show Presented By Monmouth Park: B. Wayne Hughes Remembered; Illinois Racing’s Future

Mark Toothaker, Spendthrift Farm‘s stallion sales manager, recalled a conversation he had with farm owner  B. Wayne Hughes just a few months ago after noticing that the 87-year-old visionary was still going full speed, working on new ideas and projects, while others his age might spend their time in a rocking chair, traveling or on hobbies.

“Wayne, what in the world?” Toothaker asked him. “Why do you want to keep doing what you’re doing?”

“Mark, I’ve got so much that I want to accomplish but I’ve got so little time left,” Hughes told him. “So I don’t have time to do anything but work.”

Toothaker joins Ray Paulick in this week’s Friday Show to pay tribute to Hughes, who passed away on Wednesday while leaving an enormous legacy as a businessman, philanthropist, horseman and innovator.

In a second segment, Paulick speaks with trainer Chris Block, whose family has been breeding and racing horses at Arlington Park for a half century, about the future of Illinois racing should this be the suburban Chicago track’s final year.

Olympic Runner, coming off a victory in the Grade 2 King Edward and looking ahead to the G1 Woodbine Mile, is this week’s Woodbine Star of the Week.

Watch this week’s show, presented by Monmouth Park, below:

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