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Postby Sparrow Castle » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:08 am

Another in Patricia McQueen’s series on Secretariat’s offspring:

Children of Secretariat: the son who ran 144 times - and is still thriving at 31
Some of Secretariat’s best offspring lived long lives – Terlingua and D’Accord to the ripe old age of 32, General Assembly to 29, and 27-year-old Tinners Way is still hanging out at Old Friends in Kentucky. That longevity is also evident in a couple of not-so-notable sons still enjoying life more than 27 years after their sire succumbed from laminitis at the age of 19.

I recently wrote about Innkeeper, a (now) 29-year-old son of Secretariat living at Virginia Tech’s MARE Center. Remarkably, an even older son – the stakes winner Fast Market – is currently thriving in Western Pennsylvania. The chestnut gelding celebrated his 31st birthday yesterday, having been born February 4, 1986.

These two horses’ paths to old age couldn’t have been any more different, but they share one big thing in common – people who care and who made sure they live out their days happy and healthy.

https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/articles/children-secretariat-son-who-raced-144-times-and-still-thriving-31/
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Postby Diver52 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:18 pm

He looks just like Pops! Thanks for posting.
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Re: Random Retiree News

Postby Sparrow Castle » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:37 pm

Pensioners on Parade-Learned Jake
Written by Maggie Kimmitt
When trainer Annette Eubanks told her son Dan that she was bringing a former trainee home to her farm for retirement, he wasn’t surprised. She’d done it before. But when she mentioned the horse’s name, he couldn’t imagine what would possess his mother to even entertain the idea.

“My mom has the biggest heart in the world,” Eubanks said. “But I said to her ‘What are you bringing this horse home for? His nickname was Jaws!’ ”

Deep down, though, Eubanks knew why. Rugged and durable, Learned Jake had been a memorable character not just for his churlish demeanor but also for a career that spanned nine seasons on the racetrack.

“He had a great, long iron-horse campaign,” Eubanks said. “He won at least one race every year he ran – 133 starts, 23 wins, 23 seconds, 18 thirds and earnings of $612,118. You just don’t see too many horses like that anymore.”

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Re: Random Retiree News

Postby BlindLucky » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:05 am

Here's a slideshow from Maggie Kimmitt with tons of photos of Main Sequence and his buddy Afleet Bandit (Better Talk Now's half brother) in retirement, as well as Researcher, Awesome Pearl (stakes winning half brother of American Freedom and Gottcha Gold), and some others :D

http://thisishorseracing.com/news/index ... middleburg

One of the lovely photos from Maggie Kimmit of Main Sequence (left) and Afleet Bandit with Andrew Motion:
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Re: Random Retiree News

Postby Miss Woodford » Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:51 pm

BlindLucky wrote:Here's a slideshow from Maggie Kimmitt with tons of photos of Main Sequence and his buddy Afleet Bandit (Better Talk Now's half brother) in retirement, as well as Researcher, Awesome Pearl (stakes winning half brother of American Freedom and Gottcha Gold), and some others :D

http://thisishorseracing.com/news/index ... middleburg

One of the lovely photos from Maggie Kimmit of Main Sequence (left) and Afleet Bandit with Andrew Motion:
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Sur La Tete is the biggest star in that photo set ;) He certainly still has the "look of eagles" at age 19.
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Re: Random Retiree News

Postby BlindLucky » Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:14 pm

Miss Woodford wrote:Sur La Tete is the biggest star in that photo set ;) He certainly still has the "look of eagles" at age 19.


I know exactly squat about steeplechasers. I'll be honest, I had never heard of Sur La Tete.
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Re: Random Retiree News

Postby Izvestia » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:01 pm

Mr. Commons looking really good in his new career.

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Re: Random Retiree News

Postby Sparrow Castle » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:48 pm

Terry Finley@TerryFinley11
Our old buddy, Awesome Gem enjoying retirement. Earned almost 3 mil on the track. His BFF is Daisy!
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Re: Random Retiree News

Postby WarBiscuit » Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:18 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:Terry Finley@TerryFinley11
Our old buddy, Awesome Gem enjoying retirement. Earned almost 3 mil on the track. His BFF is Daisy!
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Awesome photos of Awesome Gem. Thanks for these - I was thinking about him a few days ago. The first one is a priceless picture of a happily retired horse.
There are days when I'd like to be laying right there with those two! That boy sure got around, racing from border to border and coast to coast - and Asia too!
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Re: Random Retiree News

Postby Sparrow Castle » Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:31 pm

WarBiscuit wrote:
Sparrow Castle wrote:Terry Finley@TerryFinley11
Our old buddy, Awesome Gem enjoying retirement. Earned almost 3 mil on the track. His BFF is Daisy!
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Awesome photos of Awesome Gem. Thanks for these - I was thinking about him a few days ago. The first one is a priceless picture of a happily retired horse.
There are days when I'd like to be laying right there with those two! That boy sure got around, racing from border to border and coast to coast - and Asia too!
Thanks again...

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Yeah, I can picture me laying in that sunny field with them too, lol. He's definitely a personal favorite of mine, my type of hard knocking guy. Got to visit him a couple of times after he retired when he was still stabled at the track. And, of course, the last two times he came up for the Longacres Mile. Not surprised the Gemster would choose a cow as his best friend! Really glad that Mr. Finley gave us an update on his well-being.
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