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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: 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

Posted: 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 ... 8-makeover

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: 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 ... 8-makeover
He's quite handsome. If only every old warhorse in this thread got a happy ending like that.

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: 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 ... 8-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

Posted: 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

Posted: 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

Posted: 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

Posted: 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.
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He looks fine! :D

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: 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

Posted: 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.
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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

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:32 pm
by Miss Woodford
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.
I know there have been efforts to reverse the STB retirement rule with many STBs continuing to race well through their teenage years (mandatory retirement is after 14). 14yo Grecale AS has the most wins of any trotter in the country this year with 16. The richest Standardbred in history Foiled Again (earnings of over $7.5 million! Hard to do in a sport without sheikh and Stronach money) recorded his 97th career victory at age 13 a couple weeks ago. If a horse is still racing well and is sound and enjoys their job then their age shouldn't matter.

It is a shock that an intact son of Sunday Silence is still racing at this age though. Was he found to be infertile?

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:03 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
I agree that SBs can be raced into their teens, but their situation is a bit different than TBs. They're not carrying a rider at a 40 mph full gallop. Their gaits spread the stresses out more evenly than running, where all the weight lands hard on one slender, fragile ankle. The nature of harness racing also tends to protect the horses from clipping heels or being body-slammed off balance by another half-ton horse during a race.

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:27 pm
by Sparrow Castle
After surviving two hurricanes, serious colic, horrible conditions in Puerto Rico, and a long ride across the country, he's finally back home in Washington State to the gal who foaled and helped raise him, and to his original owner who was there to greet him. Welcome home, Catty, and much thanks to all who made this happen!

Shelley Blodgett‏ @ShelleyBlodgett
UGOTTABCATTY (11y WA-bred gelding) is safely home after a journey of 4,500 miles. He arrived stateside Oct 19, and spent a little time in Ocala and a month in Lexington. His adopter Alaina, who foaled him, and his former owner Jim are tickled to have him home. @CaribbeanOTTB
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm
by WarBiscuit
The spirit of Ben's Cat must be pushing his stablemate to do well for King Leatherbury, as 11yo Classic Wildcat has just won his 3rd in a row edging this years earnings toward the $90,000 mark. For obvious reasons, this should make alot of people very happy.

Visitors to the Winners Circle include:

11yo g Classic Wildcat (Forest Wildcat - Affirmed Class, by Affirmed), 1st at Laurel Park (12/11/17). 94 - 28-16-13, $465,098.

12yo g Bank of Dad (Valid Expectations - Starlit City, by Carson City), 1st at Mountaineer (11/22/17). 125 - 25-12-26, $374,207.

10yo g Gentleman Jackson (Alert - Somethingquiet, by Quiet American), 1st at Woodbine (11/22/17). 71 - 20-12-9, $423,613.

11yo g Khan of Khans (Storm Boot - Mondra, by Digression), 1st at Finger Lakes (11/14/17). 105 - 28-20-7, $386,797. Stakes Placed.

11yo g I Am The King (Indy King - Star of the Ball, by Risen Star), 1st at Mountaineer (11/20/17). 85 - 22-18-9, $372,634.

10yo g Island Sunset (Vronsky - Bora Bora, by Numerous), 1st at Mountaineer (11/20/17). 96 - 14-20-9, $245,606.

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Placed: Country Flavor - 11g, Its Mr. Slew To You - 10g, Big Tall Paul - 10g, Amerocko - 10g, Roarin Missile - 10g,
Toccets Charm - 10g.
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3rd: Straight Thunder - 11g, Strike A Spider - 11g.


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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:42 pm
by Miss Woodford
What a great old horse Classic Wildcat is - moved up in class and beat the odds-on favorite in his race today. His line for the year is 13 starts, 5 wins, 2 places and 3 shows. That's the kind of horse every trainer wants in their barn.

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:06 pm
by Sparrow Castle
WarBiscuit wrote:The spirit of Ben's Cat must be pushing his stablemate to do well for King Leatherbury, as 11yo Classic Wildcat has just won his 3rd in a row edging this years earnings toward the $90,000 mark. For obvious reasons, this should make alot of people very happy.
WarBiscuit
It does seem like Ben whispered in his ear that he's the #1 old guy now, passing the baton.

Classic Wildcat finished 1st by 1/2 lengths, on December 11, 2017, at LAUREL PARK in Race 2.
Off odds: 3.50
Your comments for this horse were: 2006 Forest Wildcat - Affirmed Class, by Affirmed; Leatherbury
http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pd ... 17USA2.pdf

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:41 am
by WaquoitNBroadBrush
With Woodbine and Finger Lakes headed into their extended winter breaks and Mountaineer to take a shorter one, I wonder which of these great old-timers will be back in the spring and which will get that well-deserved retirement. Bank of Dad -- always loved that name -- coming back at 13 would be kind of cool, especially since he's going so well at the end of his 12-yo year, and I'm also looking forward to seeing Khan of Khans run on one of my Suffolk visits next summer/fall.

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:31 am
by PJMIII
WaquoitNBroadBrush wrote:With Woodbine and Finger Lakes headed into their extended winter breaks and Mountaineer to take a shorter one, I wonder which of these great old-timers will be back in the spring and which will get that well-deserved retirement. Bank of Dad -- always loved that name -- coming back at 13 would be kind of cool, especially since he's going so well at the end of his 12-yo year, and I'm also looking forward to seeing Khan of Khans run on one of my Suffolk visits next summer/fall.
Here's hoping that Bank of Dad bounces back from his last outing.

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:42 pm
by WarBiscuit
PJMIII wrote:
WaquoitNBroadBrush wrote:With Woodbine and Finger Lakes headed into their extended winter breaks and Mountaineer to take a shorter one, I wonder which of these great old-timers will be back in the spring and which will get that well-deserved retirement. Bank of Dad -- always loved that name -- coming back at 13 would be kind of cool, especially since he's going so well at the end of his 12-yo year, and I'm also looking forward to seeing Khan of Khans run on one of my Suffolk visits next summer/fall.
Here's hoping that Bank of Dad bounces back from his last outing.
Yeah, I neglected to mention that after his Mountaineer win, Bank of Dad finished 9th at Mahoning Valley a few days ago. Looking over his results of the past few years, it would appear that he really doesn't care for Mahoning that much and races much better at his regular Mountaineer home. Hopefully, he'll get his customary two
month break this winter and return healthy and sound in the spring. He's had a pretty decent year.

WarBiscuit

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:29 pm
by Miss Woodford
WaquoitNBroadBrush wrote:With Woodbine and Finger Lakes headed into their extended winter breaks and Mountaineer to take a shorter one, I wonder which of these great old-timers will be back in the spring and which will get that well-deserved retirement. Bank of Dad -- always loved that name -- coming back at 13 would be kind of cool, especially since he's going so well at the end of his 12-yo year, and I'm also looking forward to seeing Khan of Khans run on one of my Suffolk visits next summer/fall.
Classic Wildcat was running in bottom level ($5k) conditioned claimers earlier this year and as I mentioned has moved back up the ladder to $7.5 and now $11k open claimers which are pretty competitive at Laurel. He'll probably be back next year too.