Save the date! If you missed last year’s Hoedown at Hagyard, held the evening of Rolex cross country day just down the road at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, you have another shot to attend this year.
This year’s event takes place on Saturday, April 29, from 6 p.m. until the music stops. Enjoy BBQ, dancing, friends and, most importantly, a celebration of OTTBs in eventing sport. Tickets available soon — keep an eye on the Retired Racehorse Project website for more info!
Here are three available Thoroughbreds that caught our eye this week:
Bawana Jake (Forestry – Starship Miss, by Twining): 16-hand 2006 New York-bred gelding
We love this gelding’s hind end, his uphill build, and his bright copper coat that makes him look like a shiny new penny! Although he is a little out of practice, Bawana Jake has a solid dressage foundation and is so easy and fun to ride. He needs a person who believes in him and who will dote on him, and he will try his hardest when he finds that special individual. And his connections at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center are committed to finding Jake’s person, wherever you may be!
Havlicek (Majestic Warrior – Roxelana, by Boundary): 16+-hand 2010 Kentucky-bred gelding
Retired by his breeder post racing to watch weanlings and be at the farm. Second Stride is helping him start a path towards a new job. Out of a Boundary mare, Roxelana, who was G1 placed and a G3 winner with over $264,000 in earnings! Well loved and raised his whole life, he’s a race winner. He rode fabulous for us. He’s kind and enjoys a job. Lovely RRP prospect!
Miss Valued (Congrats – Greenbackhasvalue, by Yankee Gentleman): 16-hand 2012 New York-bred mare
This very attractive, well put together and balanced, and very well bred big filly, who sold for $65,000 as a two year old, is just not showing it on the track this year after being a winning machine at the allowance level last year for another trainer. Her current connections would like to find her a new career while she is still sound.
They say she is a good girl, nice to handle with no vices. She posed perfectly for her photo session and jogged politely, showing good, even and well balanced movement, with good reach from the shoulder. As FLF’s volunteers took her photos and interacted with her, they all remarked on what a nice big filly she is. She has bled after some of her races this year, but once horses are off the track, and no longer asked to run at full racing speed, this issue is rarely any problem at all for any new career.
Miss Valued has good bone, an uphill build and strong sloping shoulder, which suggests good jumping ability. She has excellent potential for any sporting discipline, and with her pedigree she should also attract serious interest from breeders. She is by AP Indy’s son Congrats, a rising sire star in his own right. Her dam is a half sister to multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Hilda’s Passion, who sold for over $1 million as a broodmare prospect. She has a direct female line to the dam of the immortal Damascus, and her fourth and fifth dams are stakes winners and stakes producers. Indeed, her entire female family is full of graded black type winners and producers.