January 30, 2018

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Bint Marscay (1990-2019)

Our beautiful, sweet, kind Bint Marscay has left us. After holding the line so well and long against chronic arthritis and its complications, she let us know on Monday night that it was time. Her best friend, Laura Battles who has given her special care and companionship for years, was with her, and Binty showed the same grace and kindness she has shared with us all during all her time with us.

As soon as I wrote “our” Bint Marscay I realized that of course she was far from just “ours.” She is loved on two continents. In her native Australia she was 1993 Champion 2 Year Old Filly, won the Golden Slipper S (G1), Magic Night S (G2) and other stakes, and gave birth to graded stakes winners Bollinger (dam of Friesan Fire), and Mannington. “I am saddened to hear of the passing of Bint Marscay,” said longtime trainer Richard Freedman via email. “She was one of the greatest 2-year-olds to race in Australia, and she remains a yardstick by which Australian 2-year-olds are still measured today. She gave me, my family, and her racing connections so much joy.

“I thank Old Friends for taking such loving care of her in her retirement, she deserved no less,” Freedman added. “Her final years were happy, and her passing was peaceful. RIP old girl, you will be remembered.”

These photos of Laura’s go back in time from this month to the beginning of the bond they formed more than three years ago. Here is who Bint Marscay was, and what her retirement at Old Friends was like, through the loving eyes that knew her so well.

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Bint Marscay, late January 2019

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A summer evening’s graze with the rest of the girls.

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Laura thinks Binty didn’t see where she stashed the carrots, eh?

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About to get some TLC from Carole.

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Tummy scratch!

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And more tummy scratch!

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With Elusive Honey (L) and Miss Du Bois

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Michael – bringing visitors and treats!

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Summer dusk

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Binty with Hidden Dark (1990-2018)


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Sharing carrots with Hidden Lake (1993-2016)

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Binty and Laura

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4 responses to “January 30, 2018

  1. Rosalind Grey

    These passings of best friends always make me cry. How lucky these horses are to have you. How lucky you are to love them.

  2. Tupster

    A Beautiful Memorial For A Beautiful Girl & Such Gorgeous Photos Of Her Too!!! Thank You Laura For Sharing A Piece Of Her With Us All, I Know You Will Miss Her SO Much…………But She Will Forever Live On In Your Heart & Mind & One Day You Will See Her Again, That’s A Promise. Also Know That She Is Now Back To Being Young & Healthy Once More & Running With All The Other Greats In Heaven, Who Have Gone Before Her!! Take Ever Such Special Care & Gentle Hugs xox

  3. annebhill

    So very sorry for your loss.

  4. Judy G

    So sorry for your loss. heaven needed a mare up there to take care of those goofy geldings!

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