In memoriam 2017

Catalina
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:40 am

Poor Unstoppable U.
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:56 pm

For Immediate Release--
Press Statement from Paul and Zillah Reddam/Reddam Racing LLC Regarding Champion Irap.
October 20, 2017
It is with great sadness that we heard today that Irap has developed laminitis. Not wanting him to suffer, we have made the decision to euthanize him. We would like to thank Dr. Dean Richardson and his team at New Bolton for doing their best with Irap, as well as Dr. Ryan Carpenter for showing his compassion by jumping on a plane when he learned of Irap’s injury. We also want to thank Doug O’Neill and his entire staff for the wonderful care they took of Irap throughout his racing career. Irap provided many thrills over the past year and he changed from maiden to graded stakes winner overnight. He developed into a top race horse who carried himself with tremendous dignity and a level of class that is rare. We count ourselves lucky to have been part of his life for an all too brief time. - The Reddams
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:08 pm

Aw #$^$%&. :(
Such a quick decision...the laminitis must have been really bad.
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:23 pm

On crap. How sad.
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:49 pm

Goodbye Irap you courageous boy. :(

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Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:58 pm

stark wrote:For Immediate Release--
Press Statement from Paul and Zillah Reddam/Reddam Racing LLC Regarding Champion Irap.
October 20, 2017
It is with great sadness that we heard today that Irap has developed laminitis. Not wanting him to suffer, we have made the decision to euthanize him. We would like to thank Dr. Dean Richardson and his team at New Bolton for doing their best with Irap, as well as Dr. Ryan Carpenter for showing his compassion by jumping on a plane when he learned of Irap’s injury. We also want to thank Doug O’Neill and his entire staff for the wonderful care they took of Irap throughout his racing career. Irap provided many thrills over the past year and he changed from maiden to graded stakes winner overnight. He developed into a top race horse who carried himself with tremendous dignity and a level of class that is rare. We count ourselves lucky to have been part of his life for an all too brief time. - The Reddams
What a shame.
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Sparrow Castle
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Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:20 am

Social media star Horsey McHorseface dies
Social racing star Horsey McHorseface has sadly passed away at his new home in Queensland.

Horsey McHorseface’s social account reported that the 4YO had sadly passed away during the week.

Horsey McHorseface was no star on the track but he took social media by storm primarily because of his name which was based on a poll that ran for the Polar Research Vessel in which Boaty McBoatface headed the polls but did not stick with organisers who later called the vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough.

Horsey had six starts for a win and two placings.

Horsey McHorseface’s new owner posted the below message to his Facebook account yesterday:
https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/news ... ies/410137

Horsey McHorseface
Yesterday at 7:53pm ·
RIP Horsey. Below is a tribute from the new owner Rangi who loved Horsey dearly.

My beautiful Horsey

Thank you, my boy for coming into our lives and being a part of our family. I am missing him so much and he has left such a huge hole in my heart

There’s just not enough words to explain how much he meant to me, the tears will eventually stop but my love for him won’t.

I feel so proud and privileged to have had him in my life, if only for a short while. People laugh at me for buying him but I didn’t care. The joy and happiness he gave us over the past few months was priceless.

Horsey had a gentle and friendly nature with the kindest and warmest eyes. He also had a playful and cheeky personality. But what stood out the most about him was his fighting spirit.

Horsey arrived on the Gold Coast in July to our trainer Mary Ann Brosnan and husband Arron. He settled in really quickly and adapted quite well to his new home and new family.

It was such a joy to watch him training with Mary and Arron over this time, he did everything that was asked of him. He even enjoyed his early morning swim in the canal while being towed by Arron in his tinny.

As I have a stable hand license this allowed me to bond more closely with him and be more hands on with him. Which I absolutely loved and now miss terribly.

That’s why this is really hard, yes he was a horse but he was so much more than that. I will never forget him and will cherish every moment and memory we shared.

He was truly loved by everyone at the stables and anyone who met him.
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Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:56 pm

This one hurts a lot to put on here...

Sassagoula Springs (ARG), G1 winning daughter of Grand Reward in Argentina, lost her battle with laminitis yesterday. She had been injured in a race back in January and was recuperating with the hopes of being a broodmare, when she developed laminitis in her good front leg.

It's funny how a horse you're never going to meet and is a whole continent away can find such a place in your heart, but that's what she did to me. She was brilliantly fast and capable of exhibiting that speed on both turf and dirt. Sassa had a big following in Argentina and was known as "La Reina de la Recta" (The Queen of the Straight). She was also a "family" horse, in that her breeder/owner has a small racing stable and broodmare band, and she was very special to them.

I would highly recommend watching this video that was put together after her retirement. Maybe you'll see just how special she was...

https://youtu.be/nFDmP5W2-kk
BaroqueAgain1
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Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:52 pm

Vegas Vic. :(
Abel Tasman had just left the gate for her workout during the 6:30 a.m. Sunday training session as Vegas Vic was wrapping up his own. In the process of galloping out, Vegas Vic broke down, just in front of Abel Tasman and a workmate, but the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) contender was able to avoid any incident.
Read more: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... s-cup-work
Catalina
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Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:08 pm

Condolences on your loss, Neighhey. I wish the vets and researchers would find a way to treat (or better even, prevent) laminitis, especially when it occurs in the other front leg. RIP Sassagoula Springs.
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Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:51 pm

Catalina wrote:Condolences on your loss, Neighhey. I wish the vets and researchers would find a way to treat (or better even, prevent) laminitis, especially when it occurs in the other front leg. RIP Sassagoula Springs.
Thanks, Catalina.

I wish so too.
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Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:42 am

neighhey wrote:This one hurts a lot to put on here...

Sassagoula Springs (ARG), G1 winning daughter of Grand Reward in Argentina, lost her battle with laminitis yesterday. She had been injured in a race back in January and was recuperating with the hopes of being a broodmare, when she developed laminitis in her good front leg.

It's funny how a horse you're never going to meet and is a whole continent away can find such a place in your heart, but that's what she did to me. She was brilliantly fast and capable of exhibiting that speed on both turf and dirt. Sassa had a big following in Argentina and was known as "La Reina de la Recta" (The Queen of the Straight). She was also a "family" horse, in that her breeder/owner has a small racing stable and broodmare band, and she was very special to them.

I would highly recommend watching this video that was put together after her retirement. Maybe you'll see just how special she was...

https://youtu.be/nFDmP5W2-kk
Between this and finding out about Srta Aleidy C just recently, Serena's family lost 2 very bright stars- both were the darlings of their corner of the world.
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Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:01 pm

Beverly Lewis- owner of Serena's Song among others
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... qus_thread

Hoping that her son and the trust continues to race in the Lewis colors.
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Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:13 pm

serenassong wrote:Beverly Lewis- owner of Serena's Song among others
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... qus_thread

Hoping that her son and the trust continues to race in the Lewis colors.
It sounds like they'll continue to maintain the operation at the current level. She was an amazing lady!

The Beverly Lewis You Didn’t Know
...Lukas said that there came a time when Bob Lewis had decided to sell Serena’s Song, who, while a good broodmare, was not a superb one.

“This was when Serena’s Song was about 14,” Lukas recalled, “and Bob said to me, ‘Wayne, maybe we should hedge our bets and send Serena’s Song down the road.’ I’ll always remember him saying that because ‘send her down the road’ was not an expression you hear every day. We were at dinner and there was a long silence and then Beverly said, ‘Bob, if you send Serena’s Song down the road, you’re going with her.'”...

...So Beverly and Jeff Lewis decided to downsize the stable, but one thing was off limits. Not only would Serena’s Song never be sold, but neither would any of her daughters. It was very important to the family to keep her legacy in tact. Though she has been pensioned as a broodmare, there are daughters and granddaughters of Serena’s Song still owned by the Lewises and they represent the cornerstone of what’s left of their operation. Jeff Lewis said his family still owns 12 horses, four broodmares, four racehorses and four yearlings or weanlings. All, in some way, are connected to Serena’s Song.

One of those horses is the filly Miner’s Cat (Mineshaft). Her dam is Pure Symmetry, who is by Storm Cat out of Serena’s Song. Saturday, the day after Beverly Lewis died, Miner’s Cat won an allowance race at Keeneland.

“That happened one day after my mother went to heaven,” Jeff Lewis said. “I can see my parents up there cheering her on and my dad using his magic pixie dust. I like to think he made it happen.”

While some have described the passing of Beverly Lewis as the end of an era, her son disagrees. He says he has no plans to increase the size of the stable, but is not about to let it go out of business. He said he would like to maintain the sort of numbers they already have and keep the focus on preserving Serena’s Song’s bloodlines.

You can bet that’s a plan that was made with Beverly Lewis’s input and blessing before her death. Now that we know what we know, it seems obvious that she would not just stand on the sidelines and quietly acquiesce without having a say. Not her.
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/th ... idnt-know/
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Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:16 pm

serenassong wrote:Beverly Lewis- owner of Serena's Song among others
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... qus_thread

Hoping that her son and the trust continues to race in the Lewis colors.
I had the good fortune to meet her at the 2002 HOF ceremony. She was the epitome of kindness to me, a nervously awkward college student who had spent several minutes just getting up the.courage to walk over and say "hello". I'm so glad I had the chance to tell the Lewises how much Serena's Song meant to me and to thank them for being such gracious ambassadors for the sport.
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Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:01 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:
serenassong wrote:Beverly Lewis- owner of Serena's Song among others
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... qus_thread

Hoping that her son and the trust continues to race in the Lewis colors.
It sounds like they'll continue to maintain the operation at the current level. She was an amazing lady!

The Beverly Lewis You Didn’t Know
...Lukas said that there came a time when Bob Lewis had decided to sell Serena’s Song, who, while a good broodmare, was not a superb one.

“This was when Serena’s Song was about 14,” Lukas recalled, “and Bob said to me, ‘Wayne, maybe we should hedge our bets and send Serena’s Song down the road.’ I’ll always remember him saying that because ‘send her down the road’ was not an expression you hear every day. We were at dinner and there was a long silence and then Beverly said, ‘Bob, if you send Serena’s Song down the road, you’re going with her.'”...

...So Beverly and Jeff Lewis decided to downsize the stable, but one thing was off limits. Not only would Serena’s Song never be sold, but neither would any of her daughters. It was very important to the family to keep her legacy in tact. Though she has been pensioned as a broodmare, there are daughters and granddaughters of Serena’s Song still owned by the Lewises and they represent the cornerstone of what’s left of their operation. Jeff Lewis said his family still owns 12 horses, four broodmares, four racehorses and four yearlings or weanlings. All, in some way, are connected to Serena’s Song.

One of those horses is the filly Miner’s Cat (Mineshaft). Her dam is Pure Symmetry, who is by Storm Cat out of Serena’s Song. Saturday, the day after Beverly Lewis died, Miner’s Cat won an allowance race at Keeneland.

“That happened one day after my mother went to heaven,” Jeff Lewis said. “I can see my parents up there cheering her on and my dad using his magic pixie dust. I like to think he made it happen.”

While some have described the passing of Beverly Lewis as the end of an era, her son disagrees. He says he has no plans to increase the size of the stable, but is not about to let it go out of business. He said he would like to maintain the sort of numbers they already have and keep the focus on preserving Serena’s Song’s bloodlines.

You can bet that’s a plan that was made with Beverly Lewis’s input and blessing before her death. Now that we know what we know, it seems obvious that she would not just stand on the sidelines and quietly acquiesce without having a say. Not her.
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/th ... idnt-know/
I feel the same way, Beverly. Hope that you are chatting up Penny and walking hand in hand with Bob
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Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:31 pm

RIP My Honey Laurie.

Shelley Blodgett‏ @ShelleyBlodgett
Replying to @ShelleyBlodgett @CaribbeanOTTB
We @CaribbeanOTTB are very sad 2 report My Honey Laurie was euthanized today. She arrived w hind abscess, but dev founder in both hind feet.
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We’re sorry we couldn’t heal My Honey Laurie & go to 4ever sanctuary home in NY. She was fed, bathed, given pain meds & loved while with CTA.
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Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:28 pm

"AND ALYSHEBA AMERICA'S HORSE HAS DONE IT!!!" ~ Tom Durkin 1988 Breeder's Cup Classic
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Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:16 am

Full release here:
https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/ch ... ops/306001

The above article about Fayonagh also mentions that 4yo G1 Hurdler Mega Fortune brokedown earlier this month and was euthanized.
https://www.racingpost.com/news/grade-1 ... ick/303816
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Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:46 am

Updated list. The new additions start with Ryan's Gift (80-19-18-9 Earnings: $439,805). :cry:

Shelley Blodgett‏ @ShelleyBlodgett
Sadly, we have report from equine vets that 33 TBs euthanized in PR since hurricane Maria, mostly due to founder & colic RIP @CaribbeanOTTB
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