In Loving Memory of them ALL...
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Author:  AfleetTreet [ February 17th, 2011, 5:54 pm ]
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So many loved and many wonderful horses who have thrilled us to the roots of our hairs and no they are but memories of a time when they stood or ran on the track before us. So much time passed as broodmares or stallions or many lost but th ememories NEVER fade....I figured when I saw this WONDERFUL story written by Barbara Livingston (what a gift she has with a word and a camera lens) it was only fitting to start an "In Memoriam" thread where we could remember those we have lost (instead of having them scattered from post to post and thrad to thread)...Please keep the memories of these glorious horses alive here and post remembrances in the future here so we can keep the mall together. THANKS! None more fitting than the wonderfully talented Spectacular Bid to "start the show"!

Rest In Peace Bid!! We will NEVER forget you and all those wonderful horses who have touched ur lives and stirred our imaginations and memories and the thrills they invoked and left behind!

Rest In Peace to ALL!

(Courtesy of Daily Racing Form)

Spectacular Bid's 25th birthday - February 17, 2001

Barbara Livingston

There's a quote in the movie Meet Joe Black that gets me every time. Anthony Hopkins, when giving a speech on his birthday, says, almost more as a statement than a question: "65 years. Don't they go by in a blink?"

It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed since Spectacular Bid turned 25 and even harder to believe he was born 35 years ago. Some of my friends weren’t alive yet when 'The Bid' retired from racing. I was in college.

By the time I presented a cake to Spectacular Bid on February 17, 2001 - in celebration of his quarter-century - my college years were a distant memory. The grey stallion's racing days were the same. He lived at Milfer Farm in New York and, there, he still attracted some mares and adoring fans. It was a long way from his glory days but, oh, what glory days!
Many consider him the last truly great American racehorse. Some consider him the best they have ever seen, myself included. Young fans have never seen anything like him - nor are they likely to.
Spectacular Bid's trainer, Grover 'Buddy' Delp, called his charge “the greatest horse to ever look through a bridle." The steel-grey colt did his best to live up to the moniker. Consider these stats: Spectacular Bid won 26 of 30 starts, including 23 stakes races (13 Grade Is). He set or equalled eight track records, broke a 30-year-old world record for 1 1/4 miles (1:57 4/5) and toted 130 or more pounds five times. He won from New York to California at distances from 5 1/2 furlongs to a mile and a quarter. He was the champion 2-year-old, champion 3-year-old, and at 4 he was the Horse of the Year and champion older horse. Spectacular Bid finished his career in singularly beautiful style with a walkover in the 1980 Woodward.
Three of his four losses could be attributed to either inexperience (two races at 2) or a bad ride and an infamous safety pin incident (1979 Belmont Stakes). The fourth? Blame the Triple Crown winner Affirmed, one year Bid’s elder, for proving superior on 1979 Jockey Club Gold Cup day.
If money talked, The Bid prompted screams. He earned a then-record $2,781,608 on the track and was syndicated for a then-record $22 million for stud.
In other words, he really earned his birthday cake.
Not that he cared for it. The 25-year-old, his coat still heavily flecked with black, grey and chestnut spots, snuffed at the cake for a moment and whisked up a few carrot ‘candles’ - ignoring the bran cake, sugar frosting and peppermint garnishes. Manager Joel Reach and his son Justin gently pushed the cake toward the champion and guided his soft grey nose toward the goal…but no dice. Bid realized I was no cook.
Perhaps he was just too chilled to eat. While it was comfortable in his barn, the wind chill outside was about ten below. Although he had dried from a light sponge bath, he shivered a time or two.
With that photo op clearly over, and weather so cold it was uncomfortable, it didn't seem fair to ask for too much. Justin must have wanted to slap me when I asked him to lead Bid out for a conformation shot, but he gamely obliged.
I wanted to record what the great racehorse looked like at 25. He was grand. His right front ankle, fused for years, didn’t match his left, but his body provided few hints of his age – no evident ribs, sunken features or swayed back. His winter coat wasn't unusually thick for an older horse, and only the coat's color reflected his age - the once near-black colt was now a light grey stallion.
Bid knew that he was ‘all that’ and his patience sometimes had limits. He could nip or send out gentle warnings that he was a powerful stallion. But on this miserably cold winter's day in New York, with crunching snow underfoot and biting winds shifting his gold-traced mane and tail, Spectacular Bid stood patiently and proudly.

Spectacular Bid died two years later of a heart attack, on June 9, 2003, and he was buried near his Milfer Farm barn. The other titans of his era – Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed – had died before him. There has been no successor.
I remember February 17, 2001, as if it were last week rather than ten years ago. And it has been nearly eight years since Spectacular Bid's death. Haven’t they gone by in a blink.

Author:  karendeebee [ February 17th, 2011, 7:52 pm ]
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he died on my 39th birthday.

Author:  Ta Wee [ February 17th, 2011, 8:45 pm ]
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Well, that made me cry. He was a beautiful horse.

Author:  AfleetTreet [ February 19th, 2011, 12:53 am ]
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(Courtesy of Bloodhorse)

Barbican, Digamist Euthanized

ByBlood-Horse Staff

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 2:57 PM

Pennsylvania stallions
were euthanized in February. Eight-year-old Barbican suffered from a respiratory infection, and 26-year-old Digamist was euthanized because of complications from old age. Both stood at Ron and Barbara Rickline’s Xanthus Farms near Gettysburg.

Barbican, who entered stud at Xanthus in 2009, covered 30 mares in 2010. Sired by
A.P. Indy
, Barbican initially raced for his breeder, Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley, before being acquired by Tea Party Stable. Barbican placed in the 2008 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes for the latter outfit. During his career, Barbican won or placed in seven of 16 races and earned $126,255.

Barbican, produced from French group II winner Colour Chart (by Mr. Prospector), was a half brother to four stakes winners, including 2001 champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Tempera.
Digamist, bred by Seahorse ’84, sold for $625,000 at the 1986 Keeneland July yearling sale. For owner Khalid Abdullah, Digamist won the Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) for 2-year-olds. He was retired with three wins from seven starts and earning of $247,956.
Digamist (Blushing Groom—Disconiz, by Northern Dancer) sired 19 stakes horses, including Panamanian champion Romanono and Austrian highweight Kalaf. His North American stakes winners included Second Chance, winner of the British Columbia Premier's Championship Handicap.

Author:  AfleetTreet [ February 19th, 2011, 12:54 am ]
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Young Sire Najran Euthanized

By Blood-Horse Staff

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 5:04 PM

, who experienced one of his best seasons at stud last year, was euthanized Feb. 9 after suffering a paddock accident. The 12-year-old stallion, who stood in 2010 at Rick Trontz’ Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky., was scheduled to be sent to Jay Adcock’s Red River Farms near Coushatta, La., for stallion duty.

Najran’s daughter,
Wasted Tears
, was a leading turf runner last year. She won four graded stakes on grass, including the John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. IIT) and the Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIT). Najran’s other stakes performers in 2010 included grade III winner
, plus
Snow Top Mountain
, who ran second in three graded stakes, including the Garden City Stakes (gr. IT).

To date, Najran is represented by eight stakes winners and five stakes-placed runners. His runners have earned more than $5.7 million.
Najran, by Runaway Groom, was bred by Irv and France Weiner and was produced from the
mare Line Command.

Racing for Mahmoud Fustok’s Buckram Oak Farm, Najran equaled the American track record for a mile with a time of 1:32.24 in the 2003 Westchester Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park. The time also was a track record.
Najran also won the Phoenix Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. III) and the Perryville Stakes and ran second to subsequent champion sprinter
in the 2003 Forego Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Najran, who was trained first by Kathleen O’Connell and later by Nick Zito, was retired with seven wins from 15 starts and earnings of $483,448.

Author:  AfleetTreet [ February 22nd, 2011, 4:56 pm ]
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Just saw this...SO SAD! Another one gone all too soon...

Rest In Peace Giant Moon. :cry:

(Courtesy of Daily Racing Form)

Giant Moon, New York-bred champion, dead

David Grening

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Giant Moon, a five-time stakes winner and the New York-bred juvenile champion of 2007, died last week at his owner Albert Fried Jr.’s farm in upstate New York, succumbing to a bout of lamintis. He was 6 years old.
Trained by Richard Schosberg, Giant Moon won 8 of 19 starts, including the Grade 3 Excelsior Stakes in 2009, and he earned $502,586. He won his first four career starts, including the Sleepy Hollow and Damon Runyon in 2007 and the Count Fleet in his 3-year-old debut in 2008. After getting beaten two lengths by Tale of Ekati in the Wood Memorial, Giant Moon ran in the Preakness, finishing eighth behind Big Brown.
Though plagued by foot problems throughout his life, Giant Moon came back to win the Excelsior at Aqueduct in 2009 and the Evan Shipman at Saratoga in 2010. Following a fourth-place finish in the Alex M. Robb at Aqueduct on Dec. 31, Giant Moon was sent to the farm for a freshening with the expectations that he would return to Schosberg in the spring.
“He was on one of the classiest horses ever to walk through my barn,” Schosberg said. “He looked so good when he left here, he was healthy. When you saw him leave you couldn’t wait till spring. This came totally out of the blue. It’s really, really tragic for everybody in our barn and on the farm. We’re all walking around in a daze right now.”

Author:  AfleetTreet [ March 4th, 2011, 1:21 pm ]
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Aurora with her 2005 Empire Maker filly, future grade I winner Acoma.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Aurora, Dam of Arch, Dies at Age 23

By Blood-Horse Staff

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 2:10 PM

, a stakes-winning daughter of Danzig whose four stakes winners include successful stallion
, died March 3 after producing a filly by Empire Maker.

The 23-year-old mare was in good condition after an uneventful delivery at Middlebrook Farm near Lexington and was turned out in a paddock with her foal following a post-foaling examination, according to a release from the farm. But she died a few hours later due to a suspected hemorrhage of the uterine artery, the release said. She will be buried at Middlebrook Farm.

Produced from 1983 champion 2-year-old filly and successful broodmare Althea, Aurora was bred and raced by the partnership of Helen Groves, Helen Alexander, and David Aykroyd, Aurora won seven of 15 starts, including the Aqueduct Budweiser Breeders’ Cup Handicap, and earned $285,286.

The first foal produced from Aurora was Arch, a son of Kris S. whose five wins from seven career starts included the Super Derby (gr. I) and Fayette Stakes (gr. III) in 1998. Arch, who stands at Claiborne Farm, is the sire of 2010 champion older male and Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner

Aurora produced 11 other foals including millionaire and 2010 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) winner
, United Arab Emirates Horse of the Year
Festival of Light
, and multiple stakes winner
. In addition to her 2011 Empire Maker filly, Aurora is the dam of Arania, a 2-year-old daughter of
who has not started.

Author:  AfleetTreet [ March 10th, 2011, 3:20 pm ]
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(Courtesy of Thoroughbred Times)

Silver Goblin dies at 20

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 3:57 PM

by John D. Ferguson
Multiple graded stakes winner Silver Goblin was found dead in the gelding’s pasture in Bache, Oklahoma on Monday. The multiple stakes winner died of apparent natural causes, owner Al Horton said.
The 20-year-old Silver Ghost gelding earned $1,083,895 in six seasons from 1993 to 1999. Silver Goblin had 26 career starts with 16 wins, four seconds, and three thirds. Bred in Oklahoma out of the Zonic mare Molly O’Horton, Silver Goblin posted wins in the 1995 Razorback (G2) and Essex (G3) Handicaps. He also won the Fairmount Derby (G3) and Omaha Gold Cup Stakes (G3) in 1994.
Horton’s horse ran mainly at Remington Park and Oaklawn Park, but also traveled to New York, Texas, Nebraska, Maryland, Colorado, and Illinois to compete.
The gray runner perhaps will be best remembered for finishing second to Cigar in the 1995 Oaklawn Handicap (G1).
After finishing eighth in the 1994 Preakness Stakes (G1), Silver Goblin went on an eight-race winning streak over the next nine months, a tear that included seven stakes wins. The streak ended at Oaklawn after Silver Goblin finished second, beaten 2 ½ lengths, to Cigar.
“It was a total surprise,“ said Horton of the death of his most successful runner. “We buried him where he died. We were fortunate to have him.”
John D. Ferguson is a Thoroughbred Times correspondent

Author:  AfleetTreet [ March 24th, 2011, 4:23 pm ]
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Old Friends loses one of their old friends....REST IN PEACE to The Wicked North.

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The Wicked North

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Champion The Wicked North Euthanized

By Blood-Horse Staff

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 5:03 PM

Eclipse Award winner
The Wicked North
was euthanized March 24 at Hagyard Equine Medical Center near Lexington because of complications from an intestinal lipoma strangulation.

Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center near Georgetown, Ky., made the announcement the morning of March 24. The Wicked North had resided at Old Friends since 2008.
“He was a great champion," said Blowen about the 22-year-old horse. "He was fine last night, but Kent Ralstin, our assistant farm manager, discovered his discomfort early this morning. The Wicked North had a ton of class. And it was all on display at the end.”
The Wicked North (
Far North
--Wicked Witchcraft, by Good Behaving) won eight of 17 starts and earned $1,180,750 while trained by David Bernstein. He was bred in Kentucky by Edward Zurek.

Racing for Philip and Sophie Hersh Trust his champion season in 1994, The Wicked North captured the Californian Stakes (gr. I) in track-record time, the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I), and the San Antonio Handicap (gr. II). He finished first in that year’s Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) but was disqualified for interference and placed fourth.
After the Californian, The Wicked North suffered a suspensory injury in the 1994 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) that ended his racing career. As a stallion, The Wicked North stood in California, New York, and lastly at True North Farm in Kentucky. He sired two stakes winners. In 2006 he suffered a near-fatal bout of EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis) that ended his stud duties.
At Old Friends, the handsome chestnut was known for his kind demeanor and easy-going personality, and he quickly became a fan favorite. Kent Desormeaux, who rode The Wicked North in the horse’s biggest wins, was among his frequent visitors.

Author:  AfleetTreet [ April 15th, 2011, 2:59 pm ]
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(Courtesy of Daily Racing Form)

SOOO SAD...I feel bad for Old Friends who has lost several in the last year or two and now is facing financial troubles.



Glitterman euthanized at age 26

Glenye Cain Oakford

Glitterman, a world record-setting sprinter who sired such Grade 1 winners as Balto Star and Glitter Woman, was euthanized late Thursday afternoon because of increasing age-related arthritis. A 26-year-old Dewan stallion, Glitterman had been pensioned at the Old Friends equine retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.

“He was just such a pro,” Michael Blowen, the president of Old Friends, said Friday afternoon. “He had such stature. We took him out and fed him grass, and that was the last thing he did, was eat that grass. He’d been getting a little slower over the past few months because he had these bone chips. You can put up with that stuff when you’re younger, but it gets worse when you’re older. So we picked a sunny day, late in the afternoon.”
Glitterman won five stakes between 1988 and 1990, most notably the Grade 3 Philadelphia Park Budweiser Breeders’ Cup Handicap in 1990. He placed in six other stakes, including the Grade 1 Vosburgh, also in 1990. But he was best remembered for setting a world record on May 20, 1989, when he won a 5 1/2-furlong allowance race on Hialeah’s turf course in 1:01.6.
Glitterman went on to sire four millionaires. They were Balto Star, who set a Monmouth 1 3/8-mile course record of 2:12.78 in 2003; Glitter Woman, winner of the 1997 Ashland Stakes; and multiple graded winners Champali and J J’sdream. His progeny earnings stand at more than $39 million.
Glitterman was pensioned from stud duty in 2005.

Author:  Swale1984 [ April 17th, 2011, 4:41 pm ]
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RIP Tokubetsu....

Jockey Garcia Thrown From Mount

By Tracy Gantz
Updated: Sunday, April 17, 2011 5:30 PM
Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2011 5:13 PM

Martin Garcia took off the rest of his mounts at Santa Anita April 17 following a spill in the third race.

Garcia’s mount, even-money favorite Tokubetsu, was leading into the stretch of the 5 1/2-furlong maiden race when he appeared to take a bad step and fell, throwing Garcia to the ground.

Tokubetsu fractured his left foreleg and had to be euthanized. Garcia went to first aid, and initial reports indicated that the jockey did not suffer any major injury. However, he took off the rest of the card as a precaution.

A 3-year-old son of Congaree —Fort Lauderdale, by Montbrook , Tokubetsu was making his fourth lifetime start. Owned by Peachtree Stable and trained by Bob Baffert, the colt had finished second in three maiden races, including two earlier in the meeting at Santa Anita.

Garcia had returned to his Southern California home base after riding at Oaklawn Park April 16. He won the Instant Racing Stakes aboard May Day Rose and finished seventh on favored The Factor in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I).

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Author:  AfleetTreet [ April 17th, 2011, 8:33 pm ]
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UH!!!! I just read this!!! I hope Martin is going to be okay and am so sad Tokubetsu lost his life. Poor Boy!


Author:  AfleetTreet [ April 18th, 2011, 4:38 pm ]
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Broodmare of the Year Primal Force Dies at 24

By Blood-Horse Staff

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 12:12 PM

Primal Force
, the 2000 Broodmare of the Year and foundation mare for Frank Stronachs’s Adena Springs, died on the morning April 17 as a result of complications during foaling at the Paris, Ky. farm. She was 24. Her foal, a full sister to
Macho Uno
, survived and is doing well.

A daughter of
Blushing Groom
out of the Mr. Prospector mare Prime Prospect, Primal Force was the dam of Breeders’ Cup winners
Awesome Again
Macho Uno
and is one of only three broodmares to produce multiple Breeders’ Cup champions.

Primal Force, bred by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone, won four races from eight starts for her owner Mrs. Firestone. She was purchased by Stronach for $95,000 as a broodmare prospect from the Three Chimneys consignment to the 1992 Keeneland January sale.

Awesome Again, the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner, was Primal Force’s second foal. He retired with $4.3 million in earnings and has sired four Breeders’ Cup winners to date. Primal Force was represented by her second Breeders’ Cup winner when Macho Uno won the Juvenile (gr. I) and voted champion 2-year-old male. Both Awesome Again and Macho Uno stand at Adena Springs.

“Primal Force was the foundation mare for Adena Springs,” said Stronach in a statement. “She was part of our family and is responsible for much of the success we have had as breeders. She will be greatly missed by all of us.”

“Sunday, April 17th 2011 will be a date that this farm will always remember,” said Eric Hamelback, general manager of Adena Springs Kentucky, in a release. “Today we lost a family member. There are many of us that have been with Mr. and Mrs. Stronach for many years, giving us the opportunity to work with every foal Primal Force ever had. Losing her will be like losing a part of us. ‘Primal’ touched everyone in some way, and this loss will only be overcome by the fond memories we all have of her, and the years we spent together.”

Author:  Swale1984 [ April 26th, 2011, 10:38 am ]
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RIP Sadler's Wells..... </3 :(
Sadler's Wells Dies

By Blood-Horse Staff
Updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 1:27 PM
Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 1:17 PM

Leading international sire Sadler's Wells died of natural causes the afternoon of April 26 at Coolmore Stud in Ireland where he has resided since retiring to stud in 1984.

Coolmore manager Christy Grassick said: “He was undoubtedly the best sire Europe has ever seen and through his sons Galileo, Montjeu, High Chaparral and Yeats along with grandsons Hurricane Run and Rip Van Winkle he has left a wonderful legacy at Coolmore and his influence looks set to continue for many years to come. We all feel privileged to have been involved with such a special horse.”

Sadler's Wells was retired from stud duty in May 2008 due to declining fertility.

The 30-year-old son of Northern Dancer was bred in Kentucky by Robert Sangster’s Swettenham Stud and Partners. Sadler’s Wells raced for Sangster, winning such events at 3 in 1984 as the Airlie Coolmore Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I), and Phoenix Champion Stakes (Ire-I). In France, where he ran second in that year’s Prix du Jockey-Club (Fr-I), he was a champion miler. He was trained by Vincent O’Brien, father-in-law of Coolmore managing partner John Magnier.

Sadler’s Wells was the leading sire in England and Ireland a record-breaking 14 times, including 13 years in succession (1992-2004). He has sired 323 stakes winners to date.

In addition to dominating Europe with wave after wave of group I winners and champions, Sadler’s Wells achieved plenty of fame in North America. His offspring have won a record six Breeders’ Cup (gr. I) events, including the 2003 John Deere Turf, in which High Chaparral finished in a deadheat for first. They also won two runnings of the Arlington Million Stakes (gr. IT). A son of Sadler’s Wells, El Prado, was leading sire in 2002 and second the next two years.

Sadler’s Wells was out of the Bold Reason mare Fairy Bridge, whose half-brother Nureyev also was a champion and major sire.

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Author:  AfleetTreet [ April 26th, 2011, 10:41 am ]
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JUST saw this!!!!!! *Sigh* So sad...the sport lost a true influencial sire for sure!!! Isn't Master of Hounds a Sadler's Wells son???? Wouldn't THAT be something if he won the Derby for his illustrous sire??

Rest In Peace Sadler's Wells...You will NEVER be forgotten!


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