2010 was a great year; I graduated from college, landed a job, and started leasing an OTTB of my own. It was just me living my best life, yo. In this week’s edition of our OTTB Wishlist we have three bay gelding prospects for you, all of whom started living their best lives in the great year twenty-ten. Check ’em out:
“Mr. Sombrero” as he is affectionately known around the barn was very successful at the track, finishing in the money in many of his 39 career starts and earning $187,149. His connections call him a brave, been-there-done-that kind of guy and think he would be as amateur-friendly as an off-the-track horse can get. Mr. Sombrero is one of the last sons of leading international sire, El Prado, who has been hailed for passing on clean legs, athleticism, and trainability to his offspring. He’s retiring sound and without injury or vices and is sure to make whoever is lucky enough to snatch him up a very happy person!
This classy bay boy started racing as a four-year-old and then had most of the 2017 season off to recover from bone chip removal surgery in his knee. With that, Councilman only has 20 starts over the span of his racing career but he did pretty well for himself in that time; 12 out of those 20 starts were in-the-money finishes with 5 wins. After his surgery, he recovered well and made a few more starts (he won his first race back after surgery!) and has raced as recently as this February. He has no issues with the knee in question and is otherwise sound. His owner has free jumped him at her farm and says he has nice form, plus his jog video shows a lovely reaching trot.
At 70 starts, Cinco de Mario is ready to retire from his long racing career and start a new one one in a different discipline. He is by the very successful stud, Candy Ride, and sold for $150,000 is a yearling! Described by his connections as a horse with tons of heart and try in him, Mario certainly has plenty left to give to his new person. He is sound on an old osselet, but hat certainly hasn’t stopped him from being competitive at the track and shouldn’t keep him from finiding success in a second career.