You can’t beat a good mare. Get one on your side and she’ll do anything for you. Mix in some Thoroughbred heart and athleticism and the sky is the limit.
For this edition of the Weekly OTTB Wishlist, we’re spotlighting three mares we’d love to see sprinting out of a cross country startbox.
Xena’s Cat (Catienus – Mygoldenticket, by Gold Token): 2014 15.1-hand New York bred filly
Homebred Xena’s Cat is unraced and is not showing enough promise at this point in her career for her doting owners/breeders to continue on with her race training. Xena has a compact and very well proportioned build and, although she is likely to still be growing, may top out a tad taller but she won’t be a big horse.
Because she hasn’t been in training for about a week she was quite on the muscle for her photo shoot but FLF is confident that, once off the track and in an environment that she prefers, she will settle right down and be a cute prospect for retraining your way. Xena is very good in turnout with her buddies and has had the winter turned out on her owner’s farm. She is said to be without vices and is sound. We think this cute, well-built filly with a nice toe-pointing jog is a promising young prospect for just about any discipline.
Sommerville Miss (The Daddy – Gaye’s Locket, by Ogygian): 2011 16.2-hand Kentucky bred mare
Sommerville Miss is correct through the legs, uphill and athletic, with exquisite features. This is a powerful mare with potential take you to the top of any sport horse career.
She’s reportedly retired sound, and she is sound at liberty. She was a winner and consistently in the money. This mare is not for an amateur — she’s athletic and wants a purposeful career. She has the looks of Rolex or beyond! Serious jumpers/eventers should take note of her.
Slip and Slide (Freud – Saint Kris, by Kris S.): 2013 15.2-hand New York bred mare
Although Slip and Slide is only 15.2hh, she has a BIG horsenality. She is always active, very talented, and never met a stranger — imagine a combination of Lady Gaga and Paula Dean! In the field, she is the indefatigable party girl. In the barn, she greets everyone who walks in. She keeps us laughing with her ceaseless sense of fun and her constant desire for interaction.
That said, there is nothing harebrained about this mare. She is very, very smart and knows it. She likes to learn and does so quickly. She is easily bored and doesn’t suffer fools. She is a lovely mover loaded with athleticism. Whoever can tap into her abundance of talents will have a fierce competitor. But this will only happen if you can earn her respect first and then her heart.