In celebration of the amazing athleticism of the Thoroughbred breed, we here at EN love to promote their accomplishments in their second careers as Event horses. With Rolex coming up, there’s nothing more exciting than thinking about the ex-racehorses who will be contesting the toughest 3-day event in North America. There’s just something about being able to take a horse who for the first part of his/her life knew only how to canter on one lead and possibly gallop in a straight (ish) line, and then teach them the intricacies of one of the most complex and athletically challenging sports possible. CANTER Mid-Atlantic compiled this list of all seventeen entrants who embody the breed from one country or another, and I thought I’d share it with all of you. Who do you think was the most successful racehorse of the bunch? The least? Read on to find out!
PARKER: ridden by James Alliston (GBR)
Parker, formally known as Eastside Park (Marquetry—Hello Mom). Parker raced 15 times, with earnings of $8,145, ending his career at Monmouth Park (N.J.).
HERE’S TO YOU: ridden by Emily Beshear (USA)
1999 U.S.-bred gelding by Will’s Way out of China Sky, formally named “Supplize.” He ran four times and won just under $2,000.
INMIDAIR: ridden by Jan Byyny (USA)
1999 New Zealand Thoroughbred
SYD KENT: ridden by Jan Byyny (USA)
1998 New Zealand Thoroughbred
TSUNAMI: ridden by Sally Cousins (USA)
1999 U.S.-bred mare Formally known as Tsu Tsu Ro (Roanoke—Tsu Tsu Slew). This mare had 24 starts, earning just more than $35,000 and ending her career at Charles Town.
OUR QUESTIONNAIRE: ridden by Heather Gillette (USA)
1996 New Zealand-bred gelding registered as “Questionnaire,” by Westminster out of Strike a Pose. He had 13 starts and was placed.
CAN’T FIRE ME: ridden by Becky Holder (USA)
1999 U.S.-Bred gelding by Fire Maker and out of Dipped in White. Unplaced in 6 starts, winning $400
ZIGGY: ridden by Rachel Jurgens (USA)
1996 US Bred gelding by Ziggy’s Boy out of Berry Blush. Ziggy was originally named “Ziggy’s Berry Boy” and ran 2 times, winning exactly zero dollars.
IRISH DIAMONDS: ridden by Micheline Jordan (CAN)
1998 Canadian-bred gelding by Diamond Sword out of Diamond Lane. 8 starts, just over $5K in earnings
DAILY EDITION: ridden by Kendal Lehari (CAN)
1998 Canadian bred gelding by Hotoffthepress out of Daily List. Bred for racing, but unstarted
CALICO JOE: ridden by Andrew Nicholson (NZL)
2002 New Zealand-bred gelding by Clerkenwell – out of Elle Sheree
SHIRAZ: ridden by Colleen Rutledge (USA) **Note: withdrawn from Rolex to run at Badminton**
1999 U.S.-bred gelding who originally ran as Bold and Burley, by Gallipiat, out of Bold Blossom. 14 starts, $10K+ in earnings
DONNER: ridden by Lynn Symansky (USA)
2003 U.S.-bred gelding by Gorky Park out of Smart Jane. 58 starts with over $31K in earnings
PIRATE: ridden by Meghan O’Donoghue (USA)
2002 U.S.-bred TB, by Pirate Stronghold – out of Stars Heir, raced 10 times under the name “Pirates Gold Heir”, winning $3,800
CLIFTON LUSH: ridden by Jonathan Paget (NZL) **Note: withdrawn from Rolex to run at Badminton**
1999 New Zealand TB by Half Iced, out of All for Love
CLIFTON PROMISE: ridden by Jonathan Paget (NZL) **Note: withdrawn from Rolex to run at Badminton**
1998 New Zealand bred TB gelding, by Engagement out of Darn Style
SAL DALI: ridden by Beth Perkins (USA)
1998 American-bred TB gelding by Valdali out of Fittingly raced 12 times under the name “Mr. Glaisyer” and won just over $4,400
EXPONENTIAL: ridden by Jessica Phoenix (CAN)
Canadian-bred TB raced 44 times under the name “War Buckaroo” and is by War Deputy out Misspent Bucks and won $44K
ENCHANTEZ: ridden by Lindsay Oaks
2000 US bred gelding with the Jockey Club name of “Devils Dante”. Unraced, by Devil’s Toy out of Class Reunion.