Well-known racehorses who went on to second careers

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Sparrow Castle
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Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:16 pm

The closest thread we have for these kinds of postings is Whatever Happened To? > Random Retiree News. If you haven't already, you may want to scroll through it and see what's there. I post a lot there when I think the horse may have fans on TBC, but not everything I hear about OTTBs in second careers. There really are a lot of these ex-racers, and "well-known" is somewhat subjective.

For example, I recently heard about the Eventing career of a very successful former MSW Washington bred gelding, named Margo's Gift. He won just about every 2 year old stakes at Emerald Downs in 2007, as well as the Favorite Trick Breeders' Cup S. at Monmouth. He earned $356,507 in a 28-9-3-4 race record and was very well-know in my corner of the country. He retired in 2011 and is now owned by a former Washington resident who has moved east to continue their Eventing careers. Britt Roden is on Facebook and posts picture of them competing. :-)
http://useventing.com/competitions/prof ... r_id=44820
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Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:51 pm

sweettalk wrote:
mariasmon wrote:Songster is now a stable pony for Albertrani, after some other stops in between.
i wondered where he was. glad he's safe :)
https://twitter.com/TARacingLLC/status/ ... 4766909442

http://m.westpointtb.com/blog/2016/07/2 ... old-friend
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Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:14 pm

mariasmon wrote:
sweettalk wrote:
mariasmon wrote:Songster is now a stable pony for Albertrani, after some other stops in between.
i wondered where he was. glad he's safe :)
https://twitter.com/TARacingLLC/status/ ... 4766909442

http://m.westpointtb.com/blog/2016/07/2 ... old-friend
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(edit; he's registered black but looks very very bay to me in the twitter picture?)
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Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:31 pm

Five-time Horse of the Year Kelso competed as a hunter/jumper after being retired from the track:

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Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:06 am

greyhorse wrote:Lava Man
Pointsoffthebench
Funny Cide
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Kona Gold
Didn't Points Offthebench suffer a fatal breakdown in a pre-BC work?
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Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:02 am

Very good interesting thread. Appreciated.
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Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:45 am

mariasmon wrote:Didn't Points Offthebench suffer a fatal breakdown in a pre-BC work?
He did. Greyhorse must have been thinking of someone else.
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Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:46 am

Starine wrote:
mariasmon wrote:Didn't Points Offthebench suffer a fatal breakdown in a pre-BC work?
He did. Greyhorse must have been thinking of someone else.
Now I'm curious who she meant.
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A friend of mine owns I'mawildandcrazyguy and just started him back over jumps :D

And someone in that OTTB group on FB owns Spa City Fever--forget what her name is.
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mariasmon wrote:
greyhorse wrote:Lava Man
Pointsoffthebench
Funny Cide
Awesome Gem
Well Armed
Road to Slew
Perfect Drift
Kona Gold
Didn't Points Offthebench suffer a fatal breakdown in a pre-BC work?
Sorry, I meant his full brother, graded stakes winner Bench Points.
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BlindLucky wrote:A friend of mine owns I'mawildandcrazyguy and just started him back over jumps :D
Pictures! We demand pictures! :D
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Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:26 pm

5-time Breeders Cup Steeplechase winner McDynamo became a foxhunter following his retirement from racing. He, like many 'chasers already went hunting in the offseason while he was actively racing so it wasn't much of a change.

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Mine That Bird is a ranch/trail horse now for his owner.
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I'm told that BC Dirt Mile winner Furthest Land is now a jumper, but I don't know of any pics or articles about him in his 2nd career.
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Insane Crazy wrote:
TouchOfGrey wrote:In the Saratoga Special, they have a Photo of the Day feature that highlights retired racehorses that have went on to other careers.

From today's issue:

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Oh! This is a lovely feature. Thanks for sharing! I'm gonna go peek every day.
Doing much better without Naughty New Yorker biting him :D

He looks lovely!
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Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:21 pm

New story about Twilight Eclipse embarking on his 2nd career....

https://www.westpointtb.com/news-and-bl ... orse-trial
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mariasmon wrote:New story about Twilight Eclipse embarking on his 2nd career....

https://www.westpointtb.com/news-and-bl ... orse-trial
That is awesome, he's such a cool horse.
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Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:40 pm

Dry Martini gets a mention.

Millionaire racehorse is Mr. Cool off the track
Nothing could shake Dry Martini.

Not the dogfights of horse racing, where he won $1.3 million dollars, and certainly not foxhunting and jumping, where he dashed through the wilderness of the Pennsylvania foxhunting territory with the cool-headed aplomb of James Bond.
http://offtrackthoroughbreds.com/2013/0 ... the-track/
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