Congratulations to Game On Dude
who’s been nominated as a finalist
for induction to the Racing Hall of Fame!
Racing Hall of Fame nominee Game On Dude
The other equine finalists are Blind Luck, Havre de Grace, Kona Gold, Rags to Riches and Wise Dan (who, like the Dude, became eligible for the first time this year). Human finalists are trainers Mark Casse, Christophe Clement, Doug O’Neill and David Whiteley, as well as jockey Corey Nakatani. Multiple finalists can be inducted. Among Game On Dude’s many achievements, he is the only horse to ever win the Santa Anita Handicap three times (2011, 2013, 2014), and in 2013 he became one of only two horses in the history of racing to take the West Coast’s three premiere races, the Santa Anita Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup and Pacific Classic, in one year. His other Grade 1 wins are the 2011 Goodwood, 2012 Hollywood Gold Cup, 2012 Awesome Again Stakes (named for his dad). Besides that, he won more Grade 2 and 3 stakes than there is room here to mention. He was owned by Diamond Pride LLC, Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable LLC and B. Schiappa, trained by Bob Baffert, bred by Adena Springs and ridden to his graded stakes victories by Chantal Sutherland, Mike Smith, Martin Garcia and Rafael Bejarano. Results of the voting will be announced May 6 with the induction open to the public at Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga on the morning of May 7.
Two-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner, Stormy Liberal looks forward to meeting you.
Old Friends in Kentucky goes to our summer tour schedule beginning March 16, with three daily tours at 10:00, 1:00 and 3:00, or schedule a private or group rate tour. To make reservations or learn more, see this page on our site.
Little Silver Charm hopes to see you soon.
All of us, horses and humans, are eager for spring. Though this winter’s temperatures have been mild, there’s been a lot of rain. Slogging through the chilly winter mud gets tiring after awhile.
2002 Belmont Stakes winner Sarava takes a nap.
We’re also looking forward to the April meet at Keeneland, a busy, happy time for reunions with our many wonderful friends, and for making new friends.
Patch is a sweetheart who enjoys visits.
Nicanor just can’t wait.
Neither can Sun King. All four feet off the ground!
Einstein always welcomes admiration of his many accomplishments. Among them, he won his own Santa Anita Handicap (2009).
And of course, our two Kentucky Derby winners, Silver Charm and War Emblem, are on hand to greet all their fans.
Until then, here are a few more of Laura’s photos of our residents whiling away the time until the coming of sunshine, spring grass, and lots of fun socializing with you.
Waiting for dinner. Marshall Rooster (top L), Fantastic Day, Comma to the Top, Fabulous Strike, Hussonfirst, Sokitumi Samurai (foreground). That’s Interwin and Northern Stone in the paddock behind.
Another regular evening ritual is turn-in and turn-out time for those horses who spend part of their time in the barn. When Alphabet Soup makes this daily change, he goes on a lead shank, but George doesn’t need one. Wherever Soupie goes, George goes.
Gorgeous George follows Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup into the barn for the night. Stormy Liberal looks on.
New resident Slim Shadey doesn’t live that far off the main tour route. If you ask, we’ll do our very best to make a visit with him available.
Rapid Redux (above) and Amazombie (below) share a paddock that’s very close to the tour route. Ask if you’s like to see them.
Arson Squad (above) and his buddy, Fighting City Hall, are also nearby, so if you’re an Arson fan, do ask!
A bit farther away, but ready to greet you on private tours, are Lubash, his racing rivals King Kreesa and Kharafa, friendly and sweet-natured mares Miss Du Bois, Elusive Honey, Saudi Poetry, Silver Charm’s daughter Classy Charm, and more.
Maybesomaybenot enjoys a muddy roll.
Maybesomaybenot, once a juvenile standout, and our two oldest, wisest residents, Dinard (32 years old) and Archie’s Echo (31) also live up at the back of the farm.
Dinard, 32 years old (L), and Archie’s Echo, 31.
Afternoon Deelites lives on the main tour route. Notice, he says, 28 and flying with all four hooves spurning the earth.
I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Our horses are ready for spring and ready to share fun times with you. We hope to see you this year!
photos by Laura