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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:51 pm
by Miss Woodford
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.

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:17 am
by Sparrow Castle
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

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:16 am
by Miss Woodford
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.

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:36 pm
by WarBiscuit
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...

WarBiscuit

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:41 pm
by WarBiscuit
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.

WarBiscuit

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:02 am
by serenassong
WarBiscuit wrote:
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.

WarBiscuit

I just found this out- I'm heartbroken.
Rest easy, Classy

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:47 pm
by Miss Woodford
Classic Wildcat finished 1st by 2 lengths, on November 25, 2017, at LAUREL PARK in Race 4.
Off odds: .30

http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pd ... 17USA4.pdf

Leatherbury has a knack for finding easy spots for this guy in sprints taken off the turf, lol. Classic Wildcat has had a great year, 4 wins and on the board in 10 of his 12 starts.

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:28 am
by tachyon
15yo Bullet Liner(JPN), Sunday Silence(USA) x Countess Steffi(CAN) by Geiger Counter(USA), finished 7th (of 9) at Mizusawa R5 850m dirt on Nov 26th 2017.
175-21-18-24

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He looks fine! :D

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:50 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
I just can't believe that this Sunday Silence horse (who I believe is still intact) is still racing instead of standing at stud. :shock:
Does Japan have any rules mandating retirement at a certain age? IIRC, even Standardbreds can't race past 15 in this country.

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:48 pm
by WarBiscuit
tachyon wrote:15yo Bullet Liner(JPN), Sunday Silence(USA) x Countess Steffi(CAN) by Geiger Counter(USA), finished 7th (of 9) at Mizusawa R5 850m dirt on Nov 26th 2017.
175-21-18-24

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He looks fine! :D


Thanks, tachyon, for the update on Bullet Liner! I was about to ask you what was going on with him, as I have not heard anything in some time - thought maybe they finally retired him. Hope he stays safe.

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:I just can't believe that this Sunday Silence horse (who I believe is still intact) is still racing instead of standing at stud. :shock:
Does Japan have any rules mandating retirement at a certain age? IIRC, even Standardbreds can't race past 15 in this country.


Frankly, it scares the hell out of me to see a horse this old still competing, even if they are sound and running well. Personally, with regard to Bullet Liner, I don't think that I would be tempting the fates anymore at this point. 175 races under his belt, and still healthy - retire him. He's been too good of a boy.

WarBiscuit