From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans, white with foam! There are many things to be inspired by in the good ‘ol US of A so of course the country’s features and regions make their way into the Jockey Club names and characteristics of our American Thoroughbreds.
This week we’re spotlighting three “stately” OTTBs ready to head home with you and start a new career:
Rocky Mtn Freedom had a lovely upbringing at his breeder’s place in Idaho, where he was started on the trails and introduced to all sorts of things like bikers, hikers, and wildlife. He started his racing career as a three-year-old and ran through July of last year, racking up a total of 31 starts before retiring sound and moving into CANTER Colorado’s aftercare program. This gelding has been restarted under saddle and is just starting over fences. He’s a touch toed-out in the front but still has lovely movement and is staying sound as he starts his eventing education with his current caretakers.
It may not be reflected in his name, but this gelding is a Chicago boy through and through — all but one of his 59 career starts were run at Illinois’ Arlington and Hawthorne race tracks. This big-boned gelding was competitive and sound enough to go on to earn almost $140,000 at the track and now he’s looking for a new sport to succeed in. As a been-there-done-that racer, Paddy is a consummate professional and barn-favorite due to his good manner and sweet personality.
OK, so this nice little filly has never been to her namesake state, but her name is fitting for her laid-back Cali attitude. This chill girl is sweetheart who aims to please, but made it clear that racing was not her jam. She’s sound with no vices and ready to explore a new sport!