As predicted & feared, he got claimed.
Several years ago, Linda Rice, our trainer, was asked about her clients, the owners who provide her with the horses she needs to make a very good living. She divided them into two kinds: the ones who were all business and numbers and the ones who treated their horses like pets. We knew she was talking about us when she used the word “pets.” It’s true. We loved to see them, feed them, stroke them, kiss them and hug them. When they race with heart, we love them even more.
Footsie broke his maiden at Saratoga in August of 2010. It is the only Win photo that has all our children in it. After winning again in September of 2010, he did not win again until 2013. Yet, during all that time, he tried, coming in 2nd or 3rd 13 times. His record was 2 wins, 3 places and 9 shows out of 19 races. Then, last year, he won 3 in a row at Belmont and finished 2nd in the West Point Stakes in Saratoga. In short, he’s done well enough to have a bedroom named after him in our Saratoga digs. Now, he’s gone and it hurts.
It’s not official but it doesn’t sound to me like Linda wants to go forward with our current arrangement. That will mean a hunt for a new trainer. Yes, there are many out there and I’m sure someone will be agreeable, but just like we are attached to our horses, we are attached to the only thoroughbred trainer we have had for the 8 years of our involvement in thoroughbred racing. We believe she will be the first woman trainer inducted into the Hall-of-Fame and had hoped that some of our horses could help her get there even faster. It will be a hard transition, one I am not looking forward to.
I generally like renewal better than change. Like the horses, change comes difficult for me. But like the horses, I’ll have to get used to it. I hope the good Lord will “break me” gently. With that thought, I wish you an easy “break” if you have changes coming this year. I’m not yet talking about 2015 but 5775, the Jewish New Year, which begins Wednesday night. May it be a healthy, peaceful, productive and successful year for us all!