Linda’s father, who passed on Monday at age 79, was the scion of the Rice family dynasty. When we visit Ocala, we sometimes call it Riceland because of the many branches of the Rice family who have farms there or are employed in the racehorse business there.
Clyde was from Wisconsin. He was a very smart horseman who started as a school teacher, became a leading thoroughbred trainer at Penn National and emigrated to Ocala. He knew how to buy horses, train them and sell them for much more than he had paid for them. His method became known as Pinhooking and is now a staple of the horse business.
He and his wife Jean were hard workers and instilled the same in their children. Clyde could be irascible and stubborn. Yet, everyone respected him and he was loved by his family and friends.
Clyde and Jean attended our Saratoga brunch several times. He enjoyed being there and mixing a nice lunch with meeting old and new friends. We enjoyed having them with us. We’ll miss him this summer.
Our sincerest condolences to Linda, Jean and the entire family. It is a tough loss for them to endure.
On the horse front, I am pleased to report that Ahvee’s Destiny is improving. She is moving better and seems to have less discomfort. Dr. Morrell and the crew at Waldorf Farm have been doing a great job of caring for her. We’re so glad she is responding and continue to pray that she keep getting better and have a healthy foal in April. Go Ahvee’s Destiny!
This morning we received a report from John Mulholland in KY that Candy for Kisses started cycling for her maiden breeding to First Samurai which should happen in 10 – 14 days. Good luck, Candy!
When Linda returns from Florida, we’ll have more to report on the other horses. We’re on Twitter, follow @FreedbergAvram to get more frequent updates.