When shopping for a horse at the track, there are always basic guidelines to follow. But let’s admit it: We all have a type, right? Whether that type is plain bays, flashy chestnuts, mares or geldings, there’s always a certain horse that tends to catch your eye over and over. The next step after you see a flash of brilliance is to evaluate further. What are your goals? Will this horse meet those goals? Is this horse able to meet those goals? Am I ready to take on this added responsibility?
Remember, each horse has potential to succeed, and even if you have a specific “type,” sometimes it’s beneficial to look past that initial flash or lack thereof and dig deeper. Best of luck with your OTTB search, EN! Here are our picks for the week to get you started:
First up this week is a lovely mare going by the name of Margaret Ownzit (Utopia (JPN) – Sunrise At Six, by Salt Lake). This girl stands 15.3+ hands tall and is a 2011 model who has raced 19 times with two wins. Margaret Ownzit is still in racing training and is entered at Penn National today. Let’s get a her a new home so she can start her second career! She was kind and patient while CANTER volunteers took photos for her listing, and she looks like she’s got a lot of athleticism to offer.
Our second horse this week is Stormy Rodeo Star (Tropical Storm – Rodeo Star, by Rodeo), a 7-year-old gelding standing 15.1 1/2 hands. This guy raced six times and has been off the track since 2012. He’s available for adoption through Second Stride in Prospect, Kentucky, and has had some training, including ground poles, already. He’s said to be fun to work and suitable for any discipline going forward.
Last up for the week is Fortune’s Flower (Flower Alley – Shimmering Tale, by Wild Again), whose sire, the popular Flower Alley, raced twice in the Breeders’ Cup Classic as well as the Kentucky Derby. The late Wild Again makes an appearance as the damsire, which OTTB enthusiasts will be happy to see.
Fortune’s Flower stands about 16.2 hands and is a 2011 model who raced 10 times, most recently on Nov. 29, 2014. She hit the board four times for a total career earning of $23, 780. She’s available through the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association. Check out her listing to find out more!