This week’s edition of OTTB Wishlist is dedicated to former California racehorse Blackfoot Mystery (Out of Place – True Mystery, by Proud Truth), who is in Rio with Boyd Martin and Team USA repping OTTBs on the world’s biggest stage!
Good friend of EN, CANTER Mid-Atlantic Vice President and “OTTB Angel” Allie Conrad shares a synopsis of his story:
Blackfoot Mystery raced for trainer Jesus Mendoza at Hollywood Park. After racing three times without breaking his maiden (check out a video we posted last week of one of his races here), Jesus called Leigh Gray of Thoroughbred Rehab Center, an accredited organization of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, to see if she might be interested in a “sporty chestnut.” Leigh came out to see him and adopted the horse from Jesus that day. After being campaigned by Lisa Peecook, Kelly Prather and now Boyd Martin, “Big Red” is at the Olympic Games!
Could your next event horse be flying under the radar on some West Coast race track, just waiting for someone to give him or her a chance to excel in a new career? This week we’re shining the spotlight on three horses from CANTER California:
D D Dancer (Chhaya Dance – Water Trade, by Cee’s Tizzy) is a 2011 16.1 1/2 hand mare.
California bred and raced, “Diva” earned $25,123 in 21 starts and is now ready to take on a new career. She has strong sporthorse bloodlines that include AP Indy and Cees Tizzy and is described as having tons of class and presence. She’s forward without being strong and has zero buck, bolt rear, or spook. Her handlers say she’s a doll on the ground as well, a sweet mare who really wants to bond with you. Check out a video of her being ridden and even popping a few crossrails here.
Great Decision (Good Journey – Cantina’s Rose, by Decarchy) is a 4-year-old chestnut geldin, who stands around 15.3 hh
Decarchy fans, this one’s for you! CANTER California has sold other Decarchy offspring on its site, and boy are they nice — if you missed out on Deckacards (we featured him back in June) this Decarchy grandson is your second chance! Fun fact: Decarchy was the leading sire in California for his first three years! That makes this boy somewhat of California racing royalty; however, Great Decision does not to take after his famed relatives and his trainer said he just decided he didn’t want to race anymore.
At only four years old, he has a “been there, done that” attitude and is said to be easy to work with. His trainer says he is a very athletic horse who is sound and just looking to go another direction. Eventing, perhaps?
Rondo Hondo (Lucky Pulpit – Flash the Field, by Green Tune) is a 2010 16.1-hand gelding.
Retiring in 48 starts with $35,814 in earnings, this son of Lucky Pulpit is looking for a new career. He’s described as being a sweet guy with giant overstep and cute personality. Check out his jog video here.