In memoriam 2018

BaroqueAgain1
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Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:29 pm

She died last year. From this Bloodhorse article:
It's Tricky had only one other foal before she tragically died from the complications of laminitis in 2017, according to Spaulding. She has a still unnamed 2-year-old filly by Ghostzapper who is in training with Eddie Woods near Ocala, Fla.
Read more: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... ide-legacy
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Ballerina
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Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:33 pm

Can't trust anything as gospel anymore.
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Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:00 pm

Flanders wrote:
Ballerina wrote:"We are sad to report the loss of the Mineshaft mare, It's Tricky, she passed away due to complications of foaling, she left us with Gotham Stakes winner, Enticed, who will continue her legacy on the track, Acorn Stakes winner, It's Tricky..."
She was in Barbara Livingston's In Memoriam video for 2017 and mariasmon posted she had passed sometime before that(she saw it on another forum I think).

Its weird that this Bloodhorse article said, "It's Tricky had only one other foal before she tragically died from the complications of laminitis in 2017"
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... ide-legacy
I just saw the death report in JC Interactive Registration when someone asked me if she was bred last year and I dug a little deeper when I saw she wasn't.
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Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:20 pm

Elusive Quality has passed at 25...Smarty Jones derby call still gives me goosebumps. Elusive quality has produced many fine horses but to me smarty was one of the best

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... -at-age-25
BaroqueAgain1
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Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:55 pm

Its weird that this Bloodhorse article said, "It's Tricky had only one other foal before she tragically died from the complications of laminitis in 2017"

Regarding the above sentence from the Bloodhorse article, if you read the whole article, the 'one other foal' is the now-2yo Ghostzapper filly she had after she had her two MdO offspring. She had a MdO filly who never raced, then had Enticed, followed by that last filly.
Stonerside's Spalding said this about the Ghostzapper filly. "She may be better than anything (It's Tricky) has had yet...She is a gorgeous filly that I always quite liked."
I hope he's right, giving It's Tricky an even greater legacy.
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Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:34 pm

Tom Benson, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner and self-made billionaire, dies at 90
Tom Benson, the powerful and at times polarizing owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, who delighted fans in his early years with his Benson Boogie and at times frustrated them with his frequent demands and threats to relocate the team, died Thursday (March 15), the teams announced in a statement. He was 90.

Benson was admitted to Ochsner Hospital in mid-February with flu-like symptoms that multiple sources said included a bout with pneumonia. He was moved to the intensive care unit days later and remained there until the time of his death. Benson's condition appeared to be improving in late February, according to a report issued by team officials, but his health took a downturn in recent days.

A self-proclaimed workaholic, he had reduced his work schedule and travel in recent weeks because of his declining health. His last regular day of work at the Saints-Pelicans Metairie offices was before the Mardi Gras holidays. He did not attend Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis and was forced to miss several Pelicans home games. A trip to his Paris, Kentucky, horse farm over Carnival weekend was cut short because he wasn't feeling well.

Born in New Orleans' 7th Ward, Benson ascended from his hardscrabble roots to become one of the wealthiest men in Louisiana by building a $2.8 billion business empire, according to a 2017 estimate by Forbes. After buying the Saints in 1985, he became one of the state's most influential and controversial figures.

To supporters, he was a kind and compassionate philanthropist who loved God, his family, the military and his hometown. To detractors, he was a cunning and cold-hearted businessman who valued money above all things. To the team's passionate fans, he was a lightning rod, alternately praised for rescuing the Saints from marauding out-of-town interests and pilloried for his bottom-line management style and awkward public relations skills.

"Tom Benson has invested his time, money and efforts into this great city for many, many years and because of his efforts and the work of countless others, New Orleans is back and better than ever," former Gov. Bobby Jindal said in 2014. "He believed in the Saints when not many people did, and his support for the team proved to be a game changer. The success of the Saints and Pelicans is due in large part to Tom's leadership and management over the years, and his contributions throughout this community represent multiple chapters in Louisiana's economic success story."

His finest years occurred late in his tenure. The hiring of Coach Sean Payton and signing of quarterback Drew Brees in early 2006 changed the course of the franchise, and, with it, Benson's perception in the community.

The Saints' magical run to the Super Bowl XLIV title in the 2009 season gave New Orleans its first major sports championship and cemented Benson's legacy.

"Tom Benson has been an outstanding owner of the Saints and a strong leader and contributor on various league matters for many years," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in 2015. "He created moments in NFL history that the city of New Orleans and football fans across the country will never forget."
More: http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/20 ... nts_2.html
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Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:50 pm

Coxswain broke down in the 4th at Gulfstream and was euthanized on the track. Jockey Ramon Gutierrez was moving, but was placed on a back board and transported to the hospital.
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Kenny McPeek @KennyMcPeek 29m
I’m sad to share that The Truth Or Else died suddenly walking back to the barn following his race today. Looks like a heart attack, but not certain. I’m sick to lose such a solid horse. 36 starts and $640k in earnings.
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Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:18 am

carole wrote:Kenny McPeek @KennyMcPeek 29m
I’m sad to share that The Truth Or Else died suddenly walking back to the barn following his race today. Looks like a heart attack, but not certain. I’m sick to lose such a solid horse. 36 starts and $640k in earnings.
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OMG - I am heart broken Rest in Peace - gone far too soon - condolences to connections
May they run with the WIND
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Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:55 am

G1 winner and promising sire Poet’s Voice is gone at only 11:

https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/b ... -11/323931
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Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:57 pm

Dusty wrote:
carole wrote:Kenny McPeek @KennyMcPeek 29m
I’m sad to share that The Truth Or Else died suddenly walking back to the barn following his race today. Looks like a heart attack, but not certain. I’m sick to lose such a solid horse. 36 starts and $640k in earnings.
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OMG - I am heart broken Rest in Peace - gone far too soon - condolences to connections
Condolences to his connections, who undoubtedly are agonizing whether easing the horse a bit sooner would have changed the outcome.
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Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:45 pm

Sad to hear about the losses of The Truth Or Else and Poet's Voice. Condolences to their humans.
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:54 pm

I'm sure there will be articles up soon...

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Thunder Gulch due to the infirmities of old age. He was a champion on the track and at stud and will be greatly missed.
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:05 pm

Boom Boom Bango was euthanized on the track when she broke both legs in the last race at Santa Anita on Sunday. Bejarano will be out for several weeks with a broken wrist due to the incident.
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/peop ... uthanized/

She broke in the air when she left the gate, and I wonder if she injured herself when she came down hard from that high leap. She started running like she was bucking soon after the break, and I have to think she was reacting to injuries...which she made worse when she didn't quickly come to a stop. :(
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:25 pm

RIP Thunder Gulch, the little red horse that could! He was one of my favourites growing up.
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:26 pm

I wanna do bad things with you.
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:41 am

Poliglote has died at age 26. He was the sire of Arc winner Solemia.
https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/b ... -26/324052
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:27 pm

AIROLO

From Mike Wharton's FB page:

"Airolo went to horse heaven this morning. Foaled in Europe and raced lightly there, in 2006 he came to Calvin Hoagland and Bruce Miller, for whom he ran over hurdles and eventually timber. He came to Alicia Murphy and me in 2008, and I had a blast hunting him and racing his quirky self in foxhunter timber races and team chases. He ended his career as a schoolmaster for budding jockeys Sara Katz and Brett Owings, carrying them safely and dutifully around Senior Field Master Chase courses. He lived a well earned retirement at Duck and Glennie Martin's Worthington Farms, living out with the broodmares on the Maryland Hunt Cup course. Thank you to the Owings family and everyone at the barn who made his last years so comfortable. Thanks to Rachel Westerlund who ministered to his needs. And thanks to Carol Fenwick for capturing him on his way to a meet--hunting was his favorite thing--throwing in little bucks till the end. I love you " Rollie." Thanks for the ride."
"AND ALYSHEBA AMERICA'S HORSE HAS DONE IT!!!" ~ Tom Durkin 1988 Breeder's Cup Classic
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:48 pm

Make it stop...

Unencumbered Passes Away at Six
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Australian Group 3 winner and young sire Unencumbered (Aus) (Testa Rossa {Aus}–Blizzardly {Aus}, by More Than Ready), who stood at Three Bridges Thoroughbreds in Eddington, Victoria, Australia, has died, Three Bridges announced via Twitter on Tuesday. The Jeep Magic Millions 2-Year-Old Classic hero succumbed to complications from throat surgery to treat progressive chondritis.

“Unencumbered was a special horse with such a great personality, everyone that has ever come in contact with him will miss him terribly,” Peter Liston of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds told Racing And Sports. “He put his trainer Bjorn Baker on the map and his memorable win in the 2014 Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast, with Nathan Berry in the saddle, was a fairytale result for his big group of owners.”

Trained by Bjorn Baker, the bay won half of his 10 starts as a juvenile, beginning at first asking, in a Randwick 1000-metre maiden in October of 2013. After a third going 1100 metres in a Rosehill plate race, he then won his next four starts in succession, among them the Wyong Magic Millions 2-Year-Old Classic and Doomben’s G3 J.J. McLachlan S. both in December of that year, before his A$2-million win on the Gold Coast in January of 2014. Runner-up in the G2 Todman S. later that season, Unencumbered was retired to Three Bridges with $1,720,909 in earnings.
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/un ... way-at-six
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