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June 30, 2022

Mustanfar
(March 28, 2001-June 27, 2022)

Among the sons of the great Unbridled, Mustanfar made his mark as a racehorse with two graded stakes wins, seconds in prestious stakes at Saratoga, Arlington, and Woodbine, and participation in the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Turf. He stood at Shadwell Farm in Kentucky and was pensioned there. After the death of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Shadwell entrusted Old Friends with the care of Mustanfar and five other retired stallions. Shadwell’s commitment to its homebreds and the excellent care they received shows in the venerable ages of Dumaani (31), Swain (30) and Intidab (29). Mustanfar, 21, benefitted from the same wonderful care, but for some time Mustanfar’s health had not been good and it continued declining through this spring and summer. The autopsy report has not yet arrived, but kidney and bladder deterioration were the reasons why, by June 27, euthanasia was the kindest thing that Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital could do for him.

Mustanfar, May 2022

Making the acquaintance of next door neighbor Eye of the Tiger

We will always regret that he wasn’t with us long enough for us to really get to know him, and for more of his fans to get to visit him. I have a strong memory of Mustanfar. It comes from another time. On the clear, bright Sunday afternoon of October 9, 2004 my mother, my sister and I were enjoying at the races at Keeneland. Though not much of a bettor, I made a win bet in the Sycamore Stakes because the fiery, spirited attitude of a muscular chestnut named Mustanfar caught my eye.

The gate opened. Mustanfar broke well but settled into a run at the back of the pack. It was a distance race, a mile and a half on the turf. Most of the way around he continued to run nearly last. Then they came around the final turn, and Mustanfar and Jose Santos made their move. What a powerful move it was, that coppery flash of a horse passing them all with every flying, determined stride, red mane and tail flaming as if he were a comet. Space opened between him and all the rest as Mustanfar passed the finish post. He strutted into the winner’s circle all out but head high and proud, ears pricked, owning the place.

That was Mustanfar in his glory. These photos of Laura’s capture him well as he was at the end of his life, but I wish I had words to express anything like as clearly the beauty and spirit of Mustanfar on that youthful, victorious day.

Beth

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June 7, 2022

You and I
February 14, 1991 – June 6, 2022

You and I, a son of Kris S and the Peruvian mare La Chaposa (by Ups), was foaled thirty-one years ago in Florida. He  went into training with Stanley Hough for Triumviri Stable and won the Cowdin (G2), a leading juvenile stakes. At three, owned by Edward Gann and trained by the great Bobby Frankel, he went on the Derby trail, but as his maturing talents became more apparent he was aimed at shorter distances. He and Chris McCarron won the 1994 Riva Ridge Stakes (G3) at seven furlongs and at four he attained his crowning achievement, the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap (the “Met Mile”) with Jorge Chavez. At five, he showed he was also able to win against the best around two turns in the Brooklyn Handicap (G2). I wanted to include a link to watch one of his triumphs, but at the time of writing I can locate none of these races online. Some of you may have seen You and I run across his paddock. To my mind, that was the bigger thrill.

He retired to Old Friends in October 2011 after a stud career mostly of the “useful” variety, but among his children was a shining star whose name was simply, You. One of the excitements of racing in 2002 was the rivalry for three-year-old filly championship between Take Charge Lady, You, and Habibti (who went on to be the mom of Eldaafer). You and I stood at Airdre Stud in Kentucky, then Woodstead Farm in Washington before settling into a more laid-back nearly eleven years at Old Friends.

If you visited him in his early retirement days you may remember him as a member of the “Roberto corner.” You and I had the same paddock throughout his retirement, but for some years it was part of a cluster of paddocks where some of the best descendants of Roberto held court: You and I and Prized were both sons of Roberto’s son Kris S, and Sunshine Forever, the magnificent son of Roberto himself. Sunshine Forever was wise and gracious, Prized was good at taking a carrot from a visitor’s hand and, quicker than thought, biting the empty palm if it lingered. You and I was a little aloof, but he was kind. I never knew him to bite on tours unless a visitor tried to pet him. In that case he did find it necessary to remind the person that he was a stallion.

Though You and I developed minor health issues as he aged, he was robust, didn’t go in for fretting or drama, and took care of himself with solid good sense. Until very advanced old age he thrived without needing supplements, never ate one bite more than he really wanted, and maintained perfect weight. If you had to do stuff in his paddock, like tend his waterer, he never pestered you. When given the respect he expected, he was polite to both his friends and strangers, but he was very much his own horse. You and I was a quiet stallion, but his spirit was entirely independent.

You and I in old age

He did love a good back scratch. He got into those so much that giving him one was one of the greatest joys of being on his part of the farm. Oh, the faces he made! He never, ever wanted you to stop. Bringing him pleasure in that way is what I’ll miss most.

In his more than a decade at Old Friends he gave pleasure to many. I know there are many stories out there, and that those to whom You and I was special will always remember vividly what his presence was like. For you, and for those of you who weren’t fortunate enough to meet him in person, I’ve put together a slide show of photos Laura took of him over the years.

REMEMBERING YOU AND I

June 8. Wendy Wooley posted on Facebook a reminder of the video of the EquiSport Photos shoot some seven years ago for Maggie Mae Design’s chapeau honoring You and I. Shea and Julien Leparoux with You and I. It’s sweet. Enjoy.

Beth
photos by Laura

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