The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Miss Woodford » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:51 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:I've noticed that many war horses who are still doing well run at Woodbine or Presque Isle. IMHO, their synthetic surfaces may contribute to a horse's longevity by being a little kinder to older joints and bones.

I mentioned the Presque Isle thing earlier ITT.

The golden oldies sure do like running at Presque Isle though, don't they? Seems like I see a lot of teenagers running up there after their stints on other circuits. Is the surface easier on them?


The other places you see lots of old horses are Charles Town and Mountaineer though that's more due to how soft the competition is. Old horses with back class can do quite well in the bottom level claimers there.
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Sparrow Castle » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:17 am

Nice update on a War Horse followed here.

Rider Teams Up With 73-Start Warhorse for 2018 Makeover
A hard-knocker who gave his all on the track, Saratoga Boot earned $267,372 in his 73 starts. Racing from ages 2 until 10, the gelded son of Storm Boot compiled an impressive 16-10-13 record. Not wanting to see the horse break down, trainer Eddie Clouston retired him after he ran fourth in a claiming race in October at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, & Resort.

"He runs every single time, he tries every single time, you lead him over there and he tries," Clouston said, adding that he had the horse for about a year. "He's one of those old classy horses. He doesn't hurt anybody, he doesn't have a bad bone in his body, and I didn't want to see him break down.

"I told (jockey) Megan Fadlovich, 'Find him a home and I'll give him away as long as it's a good home.'"

Fadlovich, who moves retiring racehorses into new off-track homes when she's not riding at the racetrack, knew Saratoga Boot meant a lot to Clouston and those who worked with the dark bay runner at the track. However, his many years spent in training didn't come without some injuries, which is why Clouston asked Fadlovich to make sure he got settled in a good place.

"He's got a big ankle. It doesn't bother him, but I hope whatever (a new owner) wants him to do that he turns out (well) because he deserves it," Clouston said. "He has a lot of personality and he's very laid back, he's a very loveable horse."

After one possible new owner fell through and others passed on him because of his not-so-perfect ankles, Fadlovich reached out to Joy Campbell. Campbell competed in this year's Thoroughbred Makeover Presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America as a professional with a younger horse and was looking specifically for a warhorse to take to the 2018 Makeover.

More: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/224868/rider-teams-up-with-73-start-warhorse-for-2018-makeover
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Miss Woodford » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:16 am

Sparrow Castle wrote:Nice update on a War Horse followed here.

Rider Teams Up With 73-Start Warhorse for 2018 Makeover
A hard-knocker who gave his all on the track, Saratoga Boot earned $267,372 in his 73 starts. Racing from ages 2 until 10, the gelded son of Storm Boot compiled an impressive 16-10-13 record. Not wanting to see the horse break down, trainer Eddie Clouston retired him after he ran fourth in a claiming race in October at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, & Resort.

"He runs every single time, he tries every single time, you lead him over there and he tries," Clouston said, adding that he had the horse for about a year. "He's one of those old classy horses. He doesn't hurt anybody, he doesn't have a bad bone in his body, and I didn't want to see him break down.

"I told (jockey) Megan Fadlovich, 'Find him a home and I'll give him away as long as it's a good home.'"

Fadlovich, who moves retiring racehorses into new off-track homes when she's not riding at the racetrack, knew Saratoga Boot meant a lot to Clouston and those who worked with the dark bay runner at the track. However, his many years spent in training didn't come without some injuries, which is why Clouston asked Fadlovich to make sure he got settled in a good place.

"He's got a big ankle. It doesn't bother him, but I hope whatever (a new owner) wants him to do that he turns out (well) because he deserves it," Clouston said. "He has a lot of personality and he's very laid back, he's a very loveable horse."

After one possible new owner fell through and others passed on him because of his not-so-perfect ankles, Fadlovich reached out to Joy Campbell. Campbell competed in this year's Thoroughbred Makeover Presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America as a professional with a younger horse and was looking specifically for a warhorse to take to the 2018 Makeover.

More: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/224868/rider-teams-up-with-73-start-warhorse-for-2018-makeover

He's quite handsome. If only every old warhorse in this thread got a happy ending like that.
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby WarBiscuit » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:36 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:Nice update on a War Horse followed here.

Rider Teams Up With 73-Start Warhorse for 2018 Makeover
A hard-knocker who gave his all on the track, Saratoga Boot earned $267,372 in his 73 starts. Racing from ages 2 until 10, the gelded son of Storm Boot compiled an impressive 16-10-13 record. Not wanting to see the horse break down, trainer Eddie Clouston retired him after he ran fourth in a claiming race in October at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, & Resort.

"He runs every single time, he tries every single time, you lead him over there and he tries," Clouston said, adding that he had the horse for about a year. "He's one of those old classy horses. He doesn't hurt anybody, he doesn't have a bad bone in his body, and I didn't want to see him break down.

"I told (jockey) Megan Fadlovich, 'Find him a home and I'll give him away as long as it's a good home.'"

Fadlovich, who moves retiring racehorses into new off-track homes when she's not riding at the racetrack, knew Saratoga Boot meant a lot to Clouston and those who worked with the dark bay runner at the track. However, his many years spent in training didn't come without some injuries, which is why Clouston asked Fadlovich to make sure he got settled in a good place.


"He's got a big ankle. It doesn't bother him, but I hope whatever (a new owner) wants him to do that he turns out (well) because he deserves it," Clouston said. "He has a lot of personality and he's very laid back, he's a very loveable horse."

After one possible new owner fell through and others passed on him because of his not-so-perfect ankles, Fadlovich reached out to Joy Campbell. Campbell competed in this year's Thoroughbred Makeover Presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America as a professional with a younger horse and was looking specifically for a warhorse to take to the 2018 Makeover.

More: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/224868/rider-teams-up-with-73-start-warhorse-for-2018-makeover


That's good news. I wish more trainers thought as clearly as Eddie Clouston when dealing with these older runners. Kudos to everyone involved in the retirement
of Saratoga Boot. Another one successfully and safely removed from the active roster...

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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby WarBiscuit » Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:41 pm

serenassong wrote:Classic Reward
Your Comment: Grand Reward x Amarata(Water Bank)

Date: October 20, 2017
Track: Thistledown
Distance: Three Furlongs
Time: 40:20
Track Condition: Fast
Surface: Dirt
Rank: 8/9


Very sorry to report that 10yo Classic Reward broke down in Race 4 at Mahoning Valley yesterday (11/22/17), and was euthanized. The number of 10+ year olds that have perished on the track this year is indeed sobering. A list that is much too long will be posted here next month.

Classic Reward (Grand Reward - Amarata, by Water Bank). 70 - 18-13-11, $211,257. Fasig - Tipton Fall Yearling Sale- 2008, $7000, RNA. RIP.

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