The top dog in the American horse racing world has been revealed as one of the staunchest critics of Steely Dan.
In an interview with the New York Times, storied American trainer Phil Steely and former Steely’s son, Eric Steely, said they had never heard of Steleys controversial views on race.
Steely Dan was an early adopter of the hip hop genre, releasing hits such as “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” and “No Rest for The Wicked”, which were the first of many hits he recorded with his father.
In his first-person memoir, Steely said he had been a fan of Styleseys music for many years before he took over as a trainer in 1996.
But Steely had a very different opinion of Steele’s music, saying he disliked his use of “jive” as a catchphrase, his “smarmy” attitude and his constant use of profanity.
“I don’t know how he became a steely-dick, but he must have been a stylist,” he told the newspaper.
“He’s an entertainer.
You just can’t be a stil-dicks.
It’s too much.”
Mr Steely has spoken out before about the way he treats his horses, with a fellow trainer saying he would never do anything to “bitch up” a Steely-trained horse.
“You’re going to have a lot of fights with him,” he said of Stoller.
“It’s going to be a long fight.”
He said Stoller was not one of his biggest fans, but was a very good friend.
“Phil was a good friend of mine.
We were good friends,” Mr Steely told the Times.”
The best thing I could say to him is, ‘Just because you don’t like him doesn’t mean he’s not a great person’.”
He would be like, ‘Yeah, man, I’m going to go to my friends’.
“You could tell he’s a good guy.
I think he was trying to be funny.”
The Steely family, who also runs Steely Athletic Training, did not respond to a request for comment from the ABC.