Re: Older Horses - 2017
Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:11 am
Bloodlines: A Cowboy And His Students
More: https://www.paulickreport.com/features/ ... -students/The victory of Fear the Cowboy (by Cowboy Cal) in the Dec. 16 Harlan's Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park poked holes in the aspirations of some horses looking at next month's $12 million Pegasus World Cup.
But the 5-year-old's victory brought cheers from fans and partisans as far apart as Kentucky and South Korea.
Fear the Cowboy was bred in Kentucky by the University of Kentucky, raised at UK's Maine Chance Farm on Newtown Pike north of Lexington, and then sold at Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky winter mixed sale across the road from Maine Chance in February 2013 when Fear the Cowboy was a short yearling.
The leggy bay didn't bring much, selling for $1,500 to Alexandro Centofanti.
Laurie Lawrence, professor of animal and food sciences at UK, noted that “unlike most of the other farms, our horses aren't the principal product. Instead, the primary focus and end goal are our students. Each semester, we employ eight to 10 students to work on the farm. They handle the mares, clean the stalls, fix the fences, go on breeding shed runs, and do foal watch.”
Those skills are an important part of UK's contribution to educating these young people, Lawrence said, because “few of the students come from a Thoroughbred background, and it's a good introduction to Thoroughbreds.” The Maine Chance operation raises 15-20 yearlings annually and sells them at Fasig-Tipton “because it's right across the road, and the shorter sales fit into the students' schedules more easily,” Lawrence said.
The education for and introduction of young people to the Thoroughbred business is one reason the farms and owners in the region support UK, its Maine Chance Farm, and the overall equine program so enthusiastically.
In the case of the Harlan's Holiday winner, both the dam and the season to the sire were donated to the program.