Forty Niner

Forty Niner

Postby Paseana » Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:40 am

Is Forty Niner still alive? If he is, he's 30 years old this year.

I know that there's members here who have knowledge of the goings-on in Japan, so I'm hoping to get an answer.

I had a conversation today with a couple of trainers here at Santa Anita that pretty much scoffed at me for suggesting that Forty Niner was still a horse can't live to 30 years of age.

Forty Niner was a horse with a name in No America, and I can't believe that he would have died without any mention in stateside media. Ferdinand was an abject failure at stud and drifted into oblivion...ultimately to a slaughterhouse. Forty Niner had some success in Japan. He was certainly no Sunday Silence, but he did enough there to keep him from being served up on somebody's dinner plate.

Sorry for the rambling Forty Niner still alive, and if so, where is he now? That's my question.
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Re: Forty Niner

Postby Flanders » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:35 am

He is alive as far as I know. I've not seen otherwise.

He is pensioned at Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan and was alive as of October 2014.
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Re: Forty Niner

Postby Izvestia » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:01 am

I love that horse. Hope someone can find out.
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Re: Forty Niner

Postby Life At Zen » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:19 pm

Tachyon posted a 2014 picture of him in the Stallions thread. He looks fantastic.
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Re: Forty Niner

Postby Izvestia » Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:55 am

Built like a sh*t-brickhouse.
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Re: Forty Niner

Postby Paseana » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:02 am

Thanks for the responses. I realize that I probably should have posted this question in the "Stallion News" thread, so I apologize for that.

I love Forty Niner. I have to say that I've never been able to forgive Stephens for sacrificing him in that 1988 Preakness. And the thing that makes it really bad is that he said that that was his intent and his strategy before the race. It isn't about Winning Colors for's about Forty Niner. He was a champion, and he deserved to be treated better than that. Nobody was beating Risen Star that day, so it made little difference in the outcome.....but still...

I'm a huge lover of Claiborne, but when they sold Forty Niner over the Pacific Pond, it broke my heart. I do know that Michael Blowen of Old Friends tried for several years to bring him home, but Japan was having none of it. Blowen probably gave up when Forty Niner's age made it impossible to for him to make the trip.

Anyway, thanks again. I really appreciate it.
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Re: Forty Niner

Postby tachyon » Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:11 am

Naoya Yoshida (of Winchester Farm at Lexington KY) has posted a new pick of Forty Niner(USA) which turned 30.
As Yoshida tweeted, Forty Niner is in good shape and looks very young! WOW!!
(Thanks Mr Yoshida for posting the photo!!!) :D :D

Forty Niner(USA) in July 2015
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Re: Forty Niner

Postby BlindLucky » Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:37 am

Wow, he looks amazing!
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Re: Forty Niner

Postby Northport » Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:56 pm

On a somewhat related note, is Naoya Yoshida related to the Yoshidas of Shadai/Northern/Oiwake Farms?
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Re: Forty Niner

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:13 pm

I'm glad that Forty Niner is clearly a pampered pensioner....and also glad that he wasn't shipped back to Old Friends.
With all due respect to Blowen and the dedicated staff at OF, I've never been in favor of shipping senior stallions halfway around the world, just so some fans can see them in Kentucky.
IMHO, Silver Charm could have stayed in Japan, where he was treated like a star, instead of being moved away from a place HE had come to know as HOME. Is a drafty old barn and muddy field in Kentucky really better for him?
Alysheba only lived a few months after he was shipped back to Kentucky. Would it have been better for him to have stayed in the Royal Stables in Saudi Arabia, even if it meant not getting a few cute photos of him with his former jockey or trainer?
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