Before we embark upon our weekly OTTB shopping (or at least window shopping!) spree, a quick reminder that the deadline for 2016 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover trainer applications is next Monday, Jan. 31. To find out if you and your ex-racer are eligible and for entry/competition details, check out the website or my quick-reference guide for eventers.
Don’t have a Makeover project yet? There’s still time! While you must turn in your trainer application by Jan. 31, some trainers will already have horses identified and others will begin a search after they are approved.
Here are a few Makeover-eligible OTTBs to get the ball rolling.
Our first featured horse this week is Moon, Jockey Club alias Moon Director (Malibu Moon – Social Director, by Deputy Minister), a 16.1-hand 2012 gelding. He is eligible with RRP because he has published times on the track but never raced. He sounds like a great candidate: “He is a blank slate and retains everything, as he is very intelligent.
Located in Yulee, Florida.
Chestnut mare beware? Pffft, whatever. La Activa, a 5-year-old, 15.2-hand redhead (Indygo Shiner – Slick Road, by Mud Route), is BUILT, with a barrel that is going to take up a lot of leg, plus an uphill build and nice shoulder. She was lightly raced (13 starts) and her trainer describes her as “very calm” when she has access to turnout, doesn’t crib or kick and is good with kids. Sounds like a horse that should transition well into post-racing life!
At age 4 La Activa had a chip removed from her knee and while her trainer describes her as sound on it, she just hasn’t done well running on the dirt at Hawthorne. As such, this girl is looking for an exceptional new home away from racing.
Located at Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago.
Sleeping Tiger is a 2008 17.1-hand gelding (Lite the Fuse – Urban Sprawl, by Concern) is described as a prime choice for the RRP Makeover. Tiger’s trainer can’t say enough great things about him, raving at what an incredibly clever and willing prospect he is. Solid and leggy boy, would be make an awesome eventing prospect and has just been started off the track. On his first ride post racing, he hacked out nicely in a field under western tack, making him about as versatile as they come. No known issues or vices: “Just the nicest horse!”
Located in Pennsylvania.