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“We use the SWAG method. Are you familiar with the SWAG method? It stands for Strategic Wild Ass Guess. We use that a lot because we’re smart enough to know we’re not very smart.”
Live Oak Plantation’s Bruce Hill, on judging young horses on the farm
and making decisions about where they go to race (Live Oak and Maryland trainer Mike Trombetta went to the Kentucky Derby with Win Win Win)
“People look at size and pedigrees and all that stuff but he’s a true racehorse. He’s an athlete.”
Luis Carvajal Jr.
Trainer Luis Carvajal Jr., about sprint star Imperial Hint,
who spent some time at Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center this spring
“Wow.” Ivan Dowling has grown accustomed to that reaction when people first set eyes on Pa Pa Da. Dowling, huntsman for the Cheshire Hunt Conservancy (Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds) in Unionville, Pa., felt the same way 12 years ago when he drove to a Maryland farm to pick up the huge bay gelding.
Sometimes the obituaries can be a bit much. A few recent ones packed a big punch and took a chunk out of the region’s (and the nation’s) Thoroughbred world. Cot Campbell, Willard Thompson, Rick Violette, Bruce Smart, Walter Reese, Bob Levy, Buck Woodson – and too late to make this magazine Dr. Matthew Mackay-Smith – must be having some conversation in the track kitchen at Afterlife Downs about now.
Racehorses came and went in all directions – leaving the barn to gallop, to breeze, to run around in paddocks, to race even. But the flashy chestnut with the wide blaze just hung around. Some days, he got to stand in the cold tub. Other days, he got to stand in the hyperbaric chamber. Every once in a while, somebody came by to check on his left hind leg.
All along he never caused a problem. Not bad for an 8-year-old stallion who was supposed to be back on the farm breeding mares.
Country Life Farm’s Super Ninety Nine spent four months at Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center recovering from an infection in his left hind suspensory that cost him basically the entire 2018 breeding season. His 2019 crop will include, at most, one foal. While it will impact his stud career, the injury could have had far worse consequences.
Northview PA in Peach Bottom was ready for its first breeding season, having completed an eight-stall stallion barn, 20-stall broodmare barn, breeding shed and office, and fencing around much of the 177 acres that used to be corn fields in fertile Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. First-year stallion Fairbanks, a son of Giant’s Causeway, was joined by Congressionalhonor, Love of Money, Medallist and Partner’s Hero for Northview’s new venture.
Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/ The Racing Biz poll of the top Mid-Atlantic-breds of the year
The poll is conducted by media members and others involved in the Thoroughbred industry and restricted to horses who have run in 2019 and were bred in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and the Carolinas. (through May 12, 2019)
1. Out for a Spin (VA) 2. Alwaysmining (MD) 3. Las Setas (MD) 4. Call Paul (PA) 5. Regally Irish (NJ)
Top Older Horses
1. Runnin'toluvya (WV) 2. Prince Lucky (PA) 3. Late Night Pow Wow (WV) 4. Valedictorian (NJ) 5. Senior Senator (PA)