The WAR HORSE Chronicles

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Miss Woodford
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Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:57 am

The annual stories about the 14yo harness horses who will be sent off to their mandatory retirement are starting to pop up. Always great to read, these are the war horses on the other side who keep going week after week bringing home their relatively small paychecks.

"She's the definition of a professional" (Soapy Sap)
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Miss Woodford wrote:The annual stories about the 14yo harness horses who will be sent off to their mandatory retirement are starting to pop up. Always great to read, these are the war horses on the other side who keep going week after week bringing home their relatively small paychecks.

"She's the definition of a professional" (Soapy Sap)
http://xwebapp.ustrotting.com/absoluten ... 6&zoneid=1
LOL, “We’ve lasted longer than most marriages.” What a sweet article. Thanks for posting it.
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Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:38 pm

Woohoo, celebration time!

New Horizon for a Racetrack Warrior
Last Wednesday, a 12-year-old gelding named Bartletts (Mr. Greeley) arrived at the Michalson Farm, its 180 acres contoured by the rolling hills east of Columbia, Missouri and turned to its purpose by the Michalson family–Greg, Gena, and their daughter, Marian. As the van turned off the highway and made its way along county road WW, Bartletts was surely stirred from the somnolence of his long journey by the unmistakable feel of horse country.

Like so many riders drawn to the challenge of the Retired Racehorse Project, Marian Michalson recently began her search for a horse to enter in the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover, to be held in early October at the Kentucky Horse Park. The RRP differs from programs oriented toward the rescue of horses that have fallen into perilous circumstances. It’s a program of renewal, rather than rescue. The typical approach is to find a sound, healthy 4- or 5-year-old close enough to the end of its racing career to qualify as an off-track Thoroughbred–in the parlance of racehorse retirement, an OTTB. This was exactly what Marian was looking for–until the photo of a 12-year-old racehorse with 23 wins in 111 starts popped up on her newsfeed.

Bartletts is far from the typical OTTB. He’s been raced in each of the last 11 years, including 10 races in 2017 as a 12-year-old.
More: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/ne ... ck-warrior
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Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:51 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:Woohoo, celebration time!

New Horizon for a Racetrack Warrior
Last Wednesday, a 12-year-old gelding named Bartletts (Mr. Greeley) arrived at the Michalson Farm, its 180 acres contoured by the rolling hills east of Columbia, Missouri and turned to its purpose by the Michalson family–Greg, Gena, and their daughter, Marian. As the van turned off the highway and made its way along county road WW, Bartletts was surely stirred from the somnolence of his long journey by the unmistakable feel of horse country.

Like so many riders drawn to the challenge of the Retired Racehorse Project, Marian Michalson recently began her search for a horse to enter in the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover, to be held in early October at the Kentucky Horse Park. The RRP differs from programs oriented toward the rescue of horses that have fallen into perilous circumstances. It’s a program of renewal, rather than rescue. The typical approach is to find a sound, healthy 4- or 5-year-old close enough to the end of its racing career to qualify as an off-track Thoroughbred–in the parlance of racehorse retirement, an OTTB. This was exactly what Marian was looking for–until the photo of a 12-year-old racehorse with 23 wins in 111 starts popped up on her newsfeed.

Bartletts is far from the typical OTTB. He’s been raced in each of the last 11 years, including 10 races in 2017 as a 12-year-old.
More: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/ne ... ck-warrior

Hallelujah, indeed! I've been waiting a long time for this news. I think Blindlucky reported back in June that a retirement was in the works, but he kept showing up at the races until just a few weeks ago. Happy retirement to Bartletts - a true War Horse!

Final racing stats for those interested - Bartletts (Mr. Greeley - Prior Park, by Silver Deputy). 111 - 23-19-14, $497,293.

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Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:44 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:
Miss Woodford wrote:The annual stories about the 14yo harness horses who will be sent off to their mandatory retirement are starting to pop up. Always great to read, these are the war horses on the other side who keep going week after week bringing home their relatively small paychecks.

"She's the definition of a professional" (Soapy Sap)
http://xwebapp.ustrotting.com/absoluten ... 6&zoneid=1
LOL, “We’ve lasted longer than most marriages.” What a sweet article. Thanks for posting it.
Those sorts of stories seem to be more common with Standardbreds. Maybe because the bottom rungs of their racing don't require them to be up for a tag (there are claiming races but condition races are more common) so the horses often stay with their same owner/trainer for life. That, and they last much longer on the track. At little Scarborough Downs in Maine last month for example 12 local 14yos were sent off in a retirement ceremony. There are just a few 14yo TBs who raced in 2017 in the entire US, and none that I know of in flat races.

Standardbreds older than 14 can still compete in fairs or non-betting races, and this year 15yo Orchard Street was quite successful on the fair circuit.
"Mr. Longevity"
http://harnessracingfanzone.com/mr-longevity/
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Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:18 am

Miss Woodford wrote:
Sparrow Castle wrote:
Miss Woodford wrote:The annual stories about the 14yo harness horses who will be sent off to their mandatory retirement are starting to pop up. Always great to read, these are the war horses on the other side who keep going week after week bringing home their relatively small paychecks.

"She's the definition of a professional" (Soapy Sap)
http://xwebapp.ustrotting.com/absoluten ... 6&zoneid=1
LOL, “We’ve lasted longer than most marriages.” What a sweet article. Thanks for posting it.
Those sorts of stories seem to be more common with Standardbreds. Maybe because the bottom rungs of their racing don't require them to be up for a tag (there are claiming races but condition races are more common) so the horses often stay with their same owner/trainer for life. That, and they last much longer on the track. At little Scarborough Downs in Maine last month for example 12 local 14yos were sent off in a retirement ceremony. There are just a few 14yo TBs who raced in 2017 in the entire US, and none that I know of in flat races.

Standardbreds older than 14 can still compete in fairs or non-betting races, and this year 15yo Orchard Street was quite successful on the fair circuit.
"Mr. Longevity"
http://harnessracingfanzone.com/mr-longevity/
Another nice story. Sounds like I'd fit better in the world of Standardbreds. I detest the claiming game. Really hard to lose one to a barn that's not up to our standards, which really just means good horsemanship and caring. Wish TBs had more condition-type races and fewer claiming at the mid and lower ends of the sport. I'd happily keep a horse for his/her whole race career!
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Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:27 pm

Well, I was pretty sure that I had this guy safely removed from the active list more than a year ago, but lo and behold, here is 12yo g Iron Sway back to the races tomorrow, after not having run for more than a year. Lightly raced for his age (27 career starts) with 1 win and $11,250 in earnings, he'll head back to work at
Portland Meadows tomorrow in Race 5 - a low level claimer as the longshot. I'm guessing that he was bored with whatever he has been doing for the past year and needs a little excitement, although personally I may have picked a less stressful job for him at this point. At any rate, the best of luck to Iron Sway!

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Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:56 pm

Also on the Standardbred side: The war horse of all war horses, Foiled Again got the 98th win of his career last night! NW8000L5 at Saratoga Harness is a long way from the Grand Circuit but he won without breaking a sweat.
http://xwebapp.ustrotting.com/absoluten ... zoneid=118
https://saratogacasino.com/race-replays/ Click race 8 on the 16th
The richest Standardbred in history now has a record of 29-7-3-2 in 2017 and a lifetime record of 302-98-65-43. He'll continue his quest for 100 wins (or more) next year and will be making several meet-and-greet appearances along the way including Breyerfest 2018. If you have a chance to come out and see him in person make sure to do it. It's hard to compare him to any Thoroughbred, maybe Exterminator? Roseben? You'd have to go back a long long way, that's for sure.
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Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:33 pm

Nice stories on those Standardbreds. I see a lot of them competing at the endurance rides and they do very well.
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Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:49 pm

Foiled Again has his own coffee named after him and sold as a benefit for New Vocations:
https://www.eriecoffeeroasters.com/prod ... dium-roast
He also has a Breyer horse in his honor
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Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:04 am

Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: No Brakes Finds A New Speed
The 12-year-old gelding's name still suits him. “No Brakes” doesn't like to do anything slowly, from eating his dinner to moving across his pasture at the Virginia Tech Foundation's Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MARE).

“Brakey” developed quite the fan following during his eight years on the racetrack. In 111 starts, the Maryland-bred son of Parker's Storm Cat won 22 times, finished second 24 times, and 17 times finished third. In all, No Brakes earned $437,978.

He earned it the hard way. Fifth on debut for a claiming tag of $16,000, No Brakes broke his maiden at the same level in his fifth career start. By 2011, the gelding was racing for a $5,000 tag.

Wayne Potts first met No Brakes when girlfriend Katherine Sancuk claimed him in March of his 6-year-old season. Three starts later, the gelding won a $25,000 starter stakes on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.

He ran 34 starts under Sancuk's care, with Thomas Freed joining the ownership during that time. No Brakes then changed hands another eight times before Potts and Freed claimed him for $4,000 on Aug. 29, 2015.

“When you watch this horse in the morning, he's like a little kid,” Potts told the Maryland Jockey Club. “You can't jog him in the morning. You have to gallop him. You have to back him up about a quarter mile and turn him around, and he's all business.”

In February of 2017, Potts made the difficult decision to retire No Brakes when the gelding put in several bad starts in a row.

“He's like my kid,” said the veteran trainer. “I was with him on and off for six years. I miss him every day.”
More: https://www.paulickreport.com/features/ ... new-speed/
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Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:16 am

Standardbred files: Grecale As, the winningest aged trotter in North America this year (17!) made his last start a winning one at Monticello Raceway this past Wednesday. Both he and the other 14yo in the race Schalom G were given a nice little retirement ceremony after the race and Grecale got a Happy Retirement blanket courtesy of the folks at Monticello :D .
http://xwebapp.ustrotting.com/absoluten ... 7&zoneid=1
Replay https://monticelloraceway.com/video-racing-results (race 5 on the 27th)
Notably, Grecale raced barefoot most of his career.
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Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:56 pm

Notably, Grecale raced barefoot most of his career.

I can think of a few tender-footed TBs who are really envious of Grecale's sturdy hooves, like Big Brown, 'Chrome and Arrogate? ;)
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Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:16 pm

One of the true War Horses followed on this thread was the great grey, 13 yo g Doctor Titilo. He ran his entire career in Puerto Rico, and could be counted on to show up in the entries every few weeks. When he didn't show up this past spring after his first 6 races of 2017, I had a bad feeling. Rumors were beginning to circulate with regard to an impending and well deserved retirement, but that was not to be as Doctor Titilo succumbed to colic in late March. Too many of his fellow warriors passed into history this year and those that were mentioned many times in these chronicles are listed below:

10 yo g Tap It In (Tapit). Euthanized after taking a bad step at Golden Gate on the very first day of the year. 11 - 1-1-2, $33,350. 1st race after 3 year layoff.

10yo h Partyallnightlong (Put It Back). Pulled up in distress/Vanned off/Euthanized at Gulfstream (3/31/17). 38 - 11/5/4, $572,270. MSW.

13yo g Doctor Titilo (Run Turn). Succumbed to colic (3/22/17). 189 - 14-25-22, $107,978. RIP.

11yo g Allie's Event (Wild Event). DNF/Broke down/Euthanized at Delaware Park (10/7/17). 67 - 14-17-6, $491,042. GSP.

10yo g Salientito (Trust N Luck). Euthanized due to chronic laminitis after surviving two hurricanes. Had just retired to sanctuary. 125 - 21-27-17, $127,129.

12yo g Shakeyogroovething (Dance Brightly). Went wrong/Pulled up/Vanned off/Euthanized at Turfway Park (3/25/17). 106 - 15-13-17, $357,103. MSP.

10yo m My Honey Laurie (Mayakovsky). Survived two hurricanes, euthanized after foundering in Puerto Rico. 106 - 13-22-20, $264,969.

11yo g Legal Tendora (Louis Quatorze). DNF/Pulled Up/Vanned Off/Euthanized at Finger Lakes (9/21/17). 118 - 14-18-12, $128,425.

10yo g Lawyer Daggett (Primeordial). DNF/Clipped heels/Fell/Euthanized at Oaklawn Park (3/2/17). 76 - 12-16-6, $351,392. SW

10yo g Indio Rooster (Indian Charlie). DNF/Broke Down/Euthanized at Camarero (7/21/17). 95 - 21-25-15, $174,271.

10yo g Ryan's Gift (Bernstein). Succumbed to colic/founder in Puerto Rico after surviving two hurricanes (10/29/17). 80 - 19-18-9, $439,805. SW.

10yo g Classic Reward (Grand Reward). DNF/Pulled up/Euthanized at Mahoning Valley (11/22/17). 70 - 18-13-11, $211,257.

10yo g Papa Freud (Freud). DNF/Pulled up/Vanned off/Euthanized at Aqueduct (11/3/17). 51 - 2-6-8, $148,800.

In addition, a few from last season from this thread that are not forgotten:

11yo g Skimasco (Skimming). Broke down at Sunray Park in his 61st race, (6/12/16).

11yo g Uno Pecador (Texas Glitter). Collapsed after race at Arlington/Cardiac arrest. (8/11/16).

11yo g Times Concern (Time Bandit). Sudden death/race 3 at Louisiana Downs (9/7/16).

11yo g Truly Amazing (Wekiva Springs). Exercise induced pulmonary hemorrage at Presque Isle Downs (6/28/16).

Farewell to these old Warriors. Rest Easy, Rest Well.

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Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:42 pm

Thank you for providing this roll call of those we've lost, but who won't be forgotten.
We will remember them, thanks to efforts by folks like you, WB.
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Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:55 pm

Last jughead post:
Lots of bittersweet stories on Standardbred Canada on some more 14yos who ended their careers yesterday.
14yos Intrepidus[]b] and Sharon the Moment won their last races at Truro Raceway on the 31st.
http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/1 ... nners.html
Those two along with another 14yo named Bagel Man had their official retirement ceremony at Truro earlier this month.
http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/1 ... orses.html
Meanwhile at Western Fair on Sunday the traditional Auld Lang Syne Trot and Pace were held. As it is often hard to get full fields of 14yos for these year-end events, the conditions for each were $8500 claiming with 14yos AE and the oldest 8 horses entered drawing in. 14yo Weskey won the trot while 14yo Pacific Oak won the pace.
http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/1 ... rious.html
Finally, a great story about Thundering Bay, a 14yo who has been bred, owned, trained, and driven by the same man for his whole life.
http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/1 ... teran.html
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Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:36 pm

I got to watch those Western Fair races on TVG, and it was so cool to see those two veterans, Weskey and Pacific Oak, go out winners. IIRC, one reached 57 wins and the other a whopping 60 victories. I hope they have comfy retirement quarters awaiting them all.
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WarBiscuit wrote:One of the true War Horses followed on this thread was the great grey, 13 yo g Doctor Titilo. He ran his entire career in Puerto Rico, and could be counted on to show up in the entries every few weeks. When he didn't show up this past spring after his first 6 races of 2017, I had a bad feeling. Rumors were beginning to circulate with regard to an impending and well deserved retirement, but that was not to be as Doctor Titilo succumbed to colic in late March. Too many of his fellow warriors passed into history this year and those that were mentioned many times in these chronicles are listed below:

10 yo g Tap It In (Tapit). Euthanized after taking a bad step at Golden Gate on the very first day of the year. 11 - 1-1-2, $33,350. 1st race after 3 year layoff.

10yo h Partyallnightlong (Put It Back). Pulled up in distress/Vanned off/Euthanized at Gulfstream (3/31/17). 38 - 11/5/4, $572,270. MSW.

13yo g Doctor Titilo (Run Turn). Succumbed to colic (3/22/17). 189 - 14-25-22, $107,978. RIP.

11yo g Allie's Event (Wild Event). DNF/Broke down/Euthanized at Delaware Park (10/7/17). 67 - 14-17-6, $491,042. GSP.

10yo g Salientito (Trust N Luck). Euthanized due to chronic laminitis after surviving two hurricanes. Had just retired to sanctuary. 125 - 21-27-17, $127,129.

12yo g Shakeyogroovething (Dance Brightly). Went wrong/Pulled up/Vanned off/Euthanized at Turfway Park (3/25/17). 106 - 15-13-17, $357,103. MSP.

10yo m My Honey Laurie (Mayakovsky). Survived two hurricanes, euthanized after foundering in Puerto Rico. 106 - 13-22-20, $264,969.

11yo g Legal Tendora (Louis Quatorze). DNF/Pulled Up/Vanned Off/Euthanized at Finger Lakes (9/21/17). 118 - 14-18-12, $128,425.

10yo g Lawyer Daggett (Primeordial). DNF/Clipped heels/Fell/Euthanized at Oaklawn Park (3/2/17). 76 - 12-16-6, $351,392. SW

10yo g Indio Rooster (Indian Charlie). DNF/Broke Down/Euthanized at Camarero (7/21/17). 95 - 21-25-15, $174,271.

10yo g Ryan's Gift (Bernstein). Succumbed to colic/founder in Puerto Rico after surviving two hurricanes (10/29/17). 80 - 19-18-9, $439,805. SW.

10yo g Classic Reward (Grand Reward). DNF/Pulled up/Euthanized at Mahoning Valley (11/22/17). 70 - 18-13-11, $211,257.

10yo g Papa Freud (Freud). DNF/Pulled up/Vanned off/Euthanized at Aqueduct (11/3/17). 51 - 2-6-8, $148,800.

In addition, a few from last season from this thread that are not forgotten:

11yo g Skimasco (Skimming). Broke down at Sunray Park in his 61st race, (6/12/16).

11yo g Uno Pecador (Texas Glitter). Collapsed after race at Arlington/Cardiac arrest. (8/11/16).

11yo g Times Concern (Time Bandit). Sudden death/race 3 at Louisiana Downs (9/7/16).

11yo g Truly Amazing (Wekiva Springs). Exercise induced pulmonary hemorrage at Presque Isle Downs (6/28/16).

Farewell to these old Warriors. Rest Easy, Rest Well.

WarBiscuit
Thanks for the wrap-up, War Biscuit. It's very sad, but they do deserve a tribute in passing too. May they all rest in peace in green fields and contentment.
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Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:05 am

I just love this guy and think we should follow him in this thread now.

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Soi Phet has his 1st gallop as a 10yo @santaanitapark and we wish all a Happy and Healthy New Year 2018 – at Santa Anita Park
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Your comments for this horse: 2008 G Tizbud - Summer Jersey, by Siberian Summer; 5/23/13 clmd by Powell for $16k

Starts: 55
Firsts: 13
Seconds: 6
Thirds: 6
Earnings: $876,170
Earnings Per Start: $15,930
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Sparrow Castle wrote:I just love this guy and think we should follow him in this thread now.

Leonard powell @Leopowellracing
9h9 hours ago
Soi Phet has his 1st gallop as a 10yo @santaanitapark and we wish all a Happy and Healthy New Year 2018 – at Santa Anita Park
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Your comments for this horse: 2008 G Tizbud - Summer Jersey, by Siberian Summer; 5/23/13 clmd by Powell for $16k

Starts: 55
Firsts: 13
Seconds: 6
Thirds: 6
Earnings: $876,170
Earnings Per Start: $15,930
Love Soi Phet and have followed him for years - He needs to be well cared for - but my goodness - HE LOVES to run!
May they run with the WIND
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