Monthly Archives: July 2018

July 25, 2018

Certain questions are often asked during tours. “How long does a Thoroughbred live?” “Do only male horses race?” and “What do your horses eat?” are frequent. One of my favorites is, “At age do Thoroughbreds start racing, and how long do they race?” That’s a great question because its answer depends on a horse’s sex and skill level, and on individual owners’ philosophies, and the differing answers reflect the complex and quirky mixture of sport and business that is racing.

Another of my favorite often-asked’s is, “Doesn’t Old Friends have a descendant of Secretariat?” Now comes the part I love. Anywhere on the farm, you can turn a slow circle and point out several horses whose ancestors include the great 1973 Triple Crown winner. People tend to be surprised at how many, and it’s wonderful watching how awareness of this connection brings Secretariat’s many fans closer to these horses as a new sense of history and continuity is gained.

So, I thought it might be fun to share here the identities of some of our most frequently visited Secretariat descendants, those on or near the main tour routes. If you’re into the nitty-gritty, below each horse are his or her lines (blue = stallion, pink = mare) tracing back to the great Secretariat.

20180726 Afternoon Deelites

Afternoon Deelites

Afternoon Deelites – great-grandson
Intimate Girl < Medaille d’Or < Secretariat

Danthebluegrassman – great-grandson
Pioneering < Terlingua < Secretariat

20180726 Danthebluegrassman

Danthebluegrassman

Eldaafer – great-grandson and great-great-great-grandson
A. P. Indy < Weekend Surprise < Secretariat
Habibti < Tabasco Cat < Storm Cat < Terlingua < Secretariat

Nobiz Like Shobiz – great-great-grandson
Nightstorm < Storm Cat < Terlingua < Secretariat

20180726 Popcorn Deelites

Popcorn Deelites

Popcorn Deelites – great-great-grandson
Afternoon Deelites < Intimate Girl < Medaille d’Or < Secretariat

Rapid Redux – great-great-grandson
Thiscatsforcaryl < Storm Cat < Terlingua < Secretariat

20180726 Rapid Redux

Rapid Redux

River Squall – great-grandson
Summer Squall < Weekend Surprise < Secretariat

Sun King – great-great-grandson –
Charismatic < Summer Squall < Weekend Surprise < Secretariat

20180726 Sun King

Sun King

On any regular tour you’re likely to see four or five of the above, though please note that horses may be moved to a different paddock at any time, and that any horse’s availability for visits on any given day depends many factors contributing to the horse’s care and welbeing. But if you request to see one of these horses, your tour guide will do her or his best.

We have more Secretariat descendants and they like to meet and greet their fans, too. Though it’s not logistically possible to take regular tours to the far parts of the farm, you Secretariat fans are still in luck. Call and ask us about booking a private tour to meet horses like:

20180726 Elusive Honey

Elusive Honey

Elusive Honey – great-great-granddaughter
Elusive Quality < Gone West < Secrettame < Secretariat

Johannesburg Smile – great-great-great-grandson
Johannesburg < Hennessy < Storm Cat < Terlingua < Secretariat

20180726 Johannesburg Smile

Johannesburg Smile

Lubash – great-great-grandson
Freud < Storm Cat < Terlingua < Secretariat

Smooth Air – great-great-great-grandson
Smooth Jazz < Storm Boot < Storm Cat < Terlingua < Secretariat

Sokitumi Samurai – great-great-great-grandson
First Samurai < Giant’s Causeway < Storm Cat < Terlingua < Secretariat

20180726 Sokitumi Samurai

Sokitumi Samurai

These horses aren’t all that far from the front of the farm, and still others live a bit farther off the usual visitors’ path, including Riva Way, son of Secretariat’s son Tinners Way, and A. P. Valentine, who has the same sire and relationship to Secretariat as Eldaafer. Your private tour guide will be delighted oblige if possible. And there are other wonderful horses – with and without fancy pedigrees – to meet along the way.

Beth
Photos by Laura

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July 19, 2018

20180719 Landy

Highland Ack, or Landy, as he was known to his friends, was a 29 year old grandson of Hall of Fame champion Ack Ack. Landy never won a race, but he won the heart of his exercise rider, Melinda Schreck, with whom he became a successful hunter jumper and dressage competitor. In later life he was admired by Old Friends staff and volunteers for his pluck and decided mind of his own, and he was very fortunate in the love he received from supporters Val Nicholson and Brent Haskell. Val kindly shared these memories of him:

 

Brent and I started to support and help care for Landy when he came to be with Flip after Francis death in  Oct. 2015.  After Flip moved to the Christmas Mary stall due to concerns with his heat intolerance, Northern Stone  became Landy’s paddock mate in the summer of 2016.

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Highland Ack, aka Landy (L) with his friend Northern Stone, aka Rocky

Landy has been with us for almost three years and during that time it has been baby steps of trust.  However, Brent and I would like to think that after three years of tiny daily steps of quiet patience, Landy’s trust and love for us is now pretty solid.  He certainly has had his health issues this last five years with most over the last two year period.  It has been a blessing to see how time and love with quiet patience can grow a loving relationship.    I would often see Brent talking quietly to Landy and Landy’s ear cocked toward Brent’s lips as Brent spoke.  Although I was only a few feet away from them both I could not really hear what Brent was saying to Landy. When I asked Brent what he and Landy were talking about, Brent would say “that is between Landy and me”.

It took time and patience to work with Landy to put on fly spray……”oh no I don’t think so”, to pick up his feet to pick and have his hooves trimmed “you want me to do what with my feet?” and to take his medicine in a syringe “not likely”….initially he bolted….but every day I was out we worked a little at a time with praise and lots of kindness.   He loved being brushed and he would close his eyes in the sunshine and easily breathe with contentment.  He was very loving to Brent and I in his very own way.

It has been a privilege to support him….and I want to thank Carol and Antonio  so very much who worked tirelessly to care for him and James, Zack and Tammy who delivered hay, mended fences and did all the heavy lifting work in his paddocks.

We love you so Landy.

Val
photos by Laura

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