The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Sparrow Castle » Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:04 am

Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: No Brakes Finds A New Speed
The 12-year-old gelding's name still suits him. “No Brakes” doesn't like to do anything slowly, from eating his dinner to moving across his pasture at the Virginia Tech Foundation's Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MARE).

“Brakey” developed quite the fan following during his eight years on the racetrack. In 111 starts, the Maryland-bred son of Parker's Storm Cat won 22 times, finished second 24 times, and 17 times finished third. In all, No Brakes earned $437,978.

He earned it the hard way. Fifth on debut for a claiming tag of $16,000, No Brakes broke his maiden at the same level in his fifth career start. By 2011, the gelding was racing for a $5,000 tag.

Wayne Potts first met No Brakes when girlfriend Katherine Sancuk claimed him in March of his 6-year-old season. Three starts later, the gelding won a $25,000 starter stakes on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.

He ran 34 starts under Sancuk's care, with Thomas Freed joining the ownership during that time. No Brakes then changed hands another eight times before Potts and Freed claimed him for $4,000 on Aug. 29, 2015.

“When you watch this horse in the morning, he's like a little kid,” Potts told the Maryland Jockey Club. “You can't jog him in the morning. You have to gallop him. You have to back him up about a quarter mile and turn him around, and he's all business.”

In February of 2017, Potts made the difficult decision to retire No Brakes when the gelding put in several bad starts in a row.

“He's like my kid,” said the veteran trainer. “I was with him on and off for six years. I miss him every day.”

More: https://www.paulickreport.com/features/lost-and-found/lost-found-presented-horseware-no-brakes-finds-new-speed/
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Miss Woodford » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:16 am

Standardbred files: Grecale As, the winningest aged trotter in North America this year (17!) made his last start a winning one at Monticello Raceway this past Wednesday. Both he and the other 14yo in the race Schalom G were given a nice little retirement ceremony after the race and Grecale got a Happy Retirement blanket courtesy of the folks at Monticello :D .
http://xwebapp.ustrotting.com/absoluten ... 7&zoneid=1
Replay https://monticelloraceway.com/video-racing-results (race 5 on the 27th)
Notably, Grecale raced barefoot most of his career.
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:56 pm

Notably, Grecale raced barefoot most of his career.

I can think of a few tender-footed TBs who are really envious of Grecale's sturdy hooves, like Big Brown, 'Chrome and Arrogate? ;)
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby WarBiscuit » Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:16 pm

One of the true War Horses followed on this thread was the great grey, 13 yo g Doctor Titilo. He ran his entire career in Puerto Rico, and could be counted on to show up in the entries every few weeks. When he didn't show up this past spring after his first 6 races of 2017, I had a bad feeling. Rumors were beginning to circulate with regard to an impending and well deserved retirement, but that was not to be as Doctor Titilo succumbed to colic in late March. Too many of his fellow warriors passed into history this year and those that were mentioned many times in these chronicles are listed below:

10 yo g Tap It In (Tapit). Euthanized after taking a bad step at Golden Gate on the very first day of the year. 11 - 1-1-2, $33,350. 1st race after 3 year layoff.

10yo h Partyallnightlong (Put It Back). Pulled up in distress/Vanned off/Euthanized at Gulfstream (3/31/17). 38 - 11/5/4, $572,270. MSW.

13yo g Doctor Titilo (Run Turn). Succumbed to colic (3/22/17). 189 - 14-25-22, $107,978. RIP.

11yo g Allie's Event (Wild Event). DNF/Broke down/Euthanized at Delaware Park (10/7/17). 67 - 14-17-6, $491,042. GSP.

10yo g Salientito (Trust N Luck). Euthanized due to chronic laminitis after surviving two hurricanes. Had just retired to sanctuary. 125 - 21-27-17, $127,129.

12yo g Shakeyogroovething (Dance Brightly). Went wrong/Pulled up/Vanned off/Euthanized at Turfway Park (3/25/17). 106 - 15-13-17, $357,103. MSP.

10yo m My Honey Laurie (Mayakovsky). Survived two hurricanes, euthanized after foundering in Puerto Rico. 106 - 13-22-20, $264,969.

11yo g Legal Tendora (Louis Quatorze). DNF/Pulled Up/Vanned Off/Euthanized at Finger Lakes (9/21/17). 118 - 14-18-12, $128,425.

10yo g Lawyer Daggett (Primeordial). DNF/Clipped heels/Fell/Euthanized at Oaklawn Park (3/2/17). 76 - 12-16-6, $351,392. SW

10yo g Indio Rooster (Indian Charlie). DNF/Broke Down/Euthanized at Camarero (7/21/17). 95 - 21-25-15, $174,271.

10yo g Ryan's Gift (Bernstein). Succumbed to colic/founder in Puerto Rico after surviving two hurricanes (10/29/17). 80 - 19-18-9, $439,805. SW.

10yo g Classic Reward (Grand Reward). DNF/Pulled up/Euthanized at Mahoning Valley (11/22/17). 70 - 18-13-11, $211,257.

10yo g Papa Freud (Freud). DNF/Pulled up/Vanned off/Euthanized at Aqueduct (11/3/17). 51 - 2-6-8, $148,800.

In addition, a few from last season from this thread that are not forgotten:

11yo g Skimasco (Skimming). Broke down at Sunray Park in his 61st race, (6/12/16).

11yo g Uno Pecador (Texas Glitter). Collapsed after race at Arlington/Cardiac arrest. (8/11/16).

11yo g Times Concern (Time Bandit). Sudden death/race 3 at Louisiana Downs (9/7/16).

11yo g Truly Amazing (Wekiva Springs). Exercise induced pulmonary hemorrage at Presque Isle Downs (6/28/16).

Farewell to these old Warriors. Rest Easy, Rest Well.

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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:42 pm

Thank you for providing this roll call of those we've lost, but who won't be forgotten.
We will remember them, thanks to efforts by folks like you, WB.
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Miss Woodford » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:55 pm

Last jughead post:
Lots of bittersweet stories on Standardbred Canada on some more 14yos who ended their careers yesterday.
14yos Intrepidus[]b] and [b]Sharon the Moment won their last races at Truro Raceway on the 31st.
http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/1 ... nners.html
Those two along with another 14yo named Bagel Man had their official retirement ceremony at Truro earlier this month.
http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/1 ... orses.html
Meanwhile at Western Fair on Sunday the traditional Auld Lang Syne Trot and Pace were held. As it is often hard to get full fields of 14yos for these year-end events, the conditions for each were $8500 claiming with 14yos AE and the oldest 8 horses entered drawing in. 14yo Weskey won the trot while 14yo Pacific Oak won the pace.
http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/1 ... rious.html
Finally, a great story about Thundering Bay, a 14yo who has been bred, owned, trained, and driven by the same man for his whole life.
http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/1 ... teran.html
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:36 pm

I got to watch those Western Fair races on TVG, and it was so cool to see those two veterans, Weskey and Pacific Oak, go out winners. IIRC, one reached 57 wins and the other a whopping 60 victories. I hope they have comfy retirement quarters awaiting them all.
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Sparrow Castle » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:37 pm

WarBiscuit wrote:One of the true War Horses followed on this thread was the great grey, 13 yo g Doctor Titilo. He ran his entire career in Puerto Rico, and could be counted on to show up in the entries every few weeks. When he didn't show up this past spring after his first 6 races of 2017, I had a bad feeling. Rumors were beginning to circulate with regard to an impending and well deserved retirement, but that was not to be as Doctor Titilo succumbed to colic in late March. Too many of his fellow warriors passed into history this year and those that were mentioned many times in these chronicles are listed below:

10 yo g Tap It In (Tapit). Euthanized after taking a bad step at Golden Gate on the very first day of the year. 11 - 1-1-2, $33,350. 1st race after 3 year layoff.

10yo h Partyallnightlong (Put It Back). Pulled up in distress/Vanned off/Euthanized at Gulfstream (3/31/17). 38 - 11/5/4, $572,270. MSW.

13yo g Doctor Titilo (Run Turn). Succumbed to colic (3/22/17). 189 - 14-25-22, $107,978. RIP.

11yo g Allie's Event (Wild Event). DNF/Broke down/Euthanized at Delaware Park (10/7/17). 67 - 14-17-6, $491,042. GSP.

10yo g Salientito (Trust N Luck). Euthanized due to chronic laminitis after surviving two hurricanes. Had just retired to sanctuary. 125 - 21-27-17, $127,129.

12yo g Shakeyogroovething (Dance Brightly). Went wrong/Pulled up/Vanned off/Euthanized at Turfway Park (3/25/17). 106 - 15-13-17, $357,103. MSP.

10yo m My Honey Laurie (Mayakovsky). Survived two hurricanes, euthanized after foundering in Puerto Rico. 106 - 13-22-20, $264,969.

11yo g Legal Tendora (Louis Quatorze). DNF/Pulled Up/Vanned Off/Euthanized at Finger Lakes (9/21/17). 118 - 14-18-12, $128,425.

10yo g Lawyer Daggett (Primeordial). DNF/Clipped heels/Fell/Euthanized at Oaklawn Park (3/2/17). 76 - 12-16-6, $351,392. SW

10yo g Indio Rooster (Indian Charlie). DNF/Broke Down/Euthanized at Camarero (7/21/17). 95 - 21-25-15, $174,271.

10yo g Ryan's Gift (Bernstein). Succumbed to colic/founder in Puerto Rico after surviving two hurricanes (10/29/17). 80 - 19-18-9, $439,805. SW.

10yo g Classic Reward (Grand Reward). DNF/Pulled up/Euthanized at Mahoning Valley (11/22/17). 70 - 18-13-11, $211,257.

10yo g Papa Freud (Freud). DNF/Pulled up/Vanned off/Euthanized at Aqueduct (11/3/17). 51 - 2-6-8, $148,800.

In addition, a few from last season from this thread that are not forgotten:

11yo g Skimasco (Skimming). Broke down at Sunray Park in his 61st race, (6/12/16).

11yo g Uno Pecador (Texas Glitter). Collapsed after race at Arlington/Cardiac arrest. (8/11/16).

11yo g Times Concern (Time Bandit). Sudden death/race 3 at Louisiana Downs (9/7/16).

11yo g Truly Amazing (Wekiva Springs). Exercise induced pulmonary hemorrage at Presque Isle Downs (6/28/16).

Farewell to these old Warriors. Rest Easy, Rest Well.

WarBiscuit

Thanks for the wrap-up, War Biscuit. It's very sad, but they do deserve a tribute in passing too. May they all rest in peace in green fields and contentment.
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Sparrow Castle » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:05 am

I just love this guy and think we should follow him in this thread now.

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Soi Phet has his 1st gallop as a 10yo @santaanitapark and we wish all a Happy and Healthy New Year 2018 – at Santa Anita Park
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Your comments for this horse: 2008 G Tizbud - Summer Jersey, by Siberian Summer; 5/23/13 clmd by Powell for $16k

Starts: 55
Firsts: 13
Seconds: 6
Thirds: 6
Earnings: $876,170
Earnings Per Start: $15,930
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Dusty » Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:04 am

Sparrow Castle wrote:I just love this guy and think we should follow him in this thread now.

Leonard powell @Leopowellracing
9h9 hours ago
Soi Phet has his 1st gallop as a 10yo @santaanitapark and we wish all a Happy and Healthy New Year 2018 – at Santa Anita Park
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Your comments for this horse: 2008 G Tizbud - Summer Jersey, by Siberian Summer; 5/23/13 clmd by Powell for $16k

Starts: 55
Firsts: 13
Seconds: 6
Thirds: 6
Earnings: $876,170
Earnings Per Start: $15,930


Love Soi Phet and have followed him for years - He needs to be well cared for - but my goodness - HE LOVES to run!
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