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Be Bullish

Be Bullish (NY): b. Feb. 25, 2005 GR/RO gelding; by Pure Prize, out of Smart Holly, by Smarten
Be Bullish is a grey/roan New York bred gelding. Originally owned by Carol and Herbert Schwartz, Be Bullish broke his maiden first time out. Among his many owners were Mike Repole, Drawing Away Stables, Island Wind, Stables, and Sullivan Lane Stables, with the Schwartz's' owning him for more than half of his career. Be Bullish is a very accomplished NY bred. He became the 30th NY bred to win $1,000,000 or more in his 84th race and is one of 5 horses to win multiple editions of the Hollie Hughes Stakes at Aqueduct. A multiple ungraded stakes winner, Be Bullish won the Appealing Guy Stakes (2008), the Sir Keys Stakes (2009), the Leon Reed Memorial Stakes (2010), the Hollie Hughes Stakes (2011, 2014), and the Mr. Nasty Stakes (2011). He also placed in 16 other stakes races, including a second to Driven by Success in the 2011 Easy n' Dirty Stakes at Saratoga. Driven by Success and Be Bullish raced each other several times. He raced in one graded stakes race (2013 Tom Fool Handicap; Gr. 3) but came in 6th. He won his last 4 races with a career record was 19-26-14 in 87 starts with $1,106,288 in earnings. He came to Old Friends through the efforts of Mike Repole, who claimed him back in his last race and retired him to Cabin Creek. Hats Off to Mr. Repole who bought Be Bullish for the sole purpose of retiring him while he was still at the top of his game.  We would love to see more owners protecting their racehorses while they can still have a quality life.  Be Bullish is a stunner.  Please come and visit him soon.  


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Be Bullish’s Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 1,106,288
Starts: 87
Firsts: 19
Seconds: 26
Thirds: 14

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Commentator

Commentator

Born in 2001 by Distorted Humor, out of Outsource, by Storm Bird
Bred in New York, this powerful gelding owned by Tracy and Carol Farmer and trained by Nick Zito made his mark on the racing world with speed that only got better with age. At three, Commentator broke his maiden in his first try at Saratoga, the first of five consecutive victories to begin his career which included a win in the Perryville Stakes at Keeneland that set a track record at seven furlongs. He twice won the Whitney Handicap, picking up victories in 2005 and 2008, and was a dominant winner in the final running of the Massachusetts Handicap in 2008, winning by a race record 14 lengths. “Tator” was a winner in 14 of his 24 races, including eight stakes races, amassing a career earnings of $2,029,845. Upon his retirement in 2009, the 2007 and 2008 New York Horse of the Year was feted in a retirement party at Saratoga, where he was given a peppermint Key to the City of Saratoga Springs. The Commentator Handicap at Belmont, run in May at 1 mile for NY-breds 3 & Up, is named in his honor.
(Photo by Connie Bush)


 

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Commentator's Racing Record:
Earnings: $2,029,845
Starts: 24
Firsts: 14
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 4

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Cool N Collective

Cool N Collective

Born Mar. 22, 1997, by Ruhlmann, out of Panther Run, by Cox’s Ridge
Cool N Collective is a wonderful Ontario-bred gelding. He was owned by Michael Repole and is one of the oldest horses to race in NY. He raced to be 13. He started racing at 3 and raced for 10 years. His last race was a claiming race at Aqueduct. He won the Elgin Stakes (he raced in the Elgin Stakes 5 times!) at Woodbine and then went to Fort Erie to come in 3rd in the Prince of Wales, the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown. He raced in many stakes races including the Skip Away Stakes, the Frisk Me Now Stakes, the Pegasus Handicap which he placed in, and the Kelso Handicap. He raced mostly at the NYRA tracks, Monmouth, Woodbine, Churchill Downs, and Suffolk Downs. Cool raced 81 times and was in the money an amazing 55 times (15-27-13). He was presented to JoAnn Pepper and Michael Blowen on Wood Memorial Day at Aqueduct prior to the 6th race. The 6th race on that specific day was designated as the Cool N’ Collective, his official day of retirement. Cool made $678,836 and made his mark in the racing world. Cool was trained by Bruce Brown and bred by Winsong Farms. 
(Photo by Connie Bush)

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Cool N Collective’s Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 680,020
Starts: 81
Firsts: 15
Seconds: 27
Thirds: 13

 

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Driven By Success

Driven by Success

Born April 8, 2005 by Precise End, out of Afleet Closer, by Afleet
Driven By Success is a stunning gelding who was retired to Old Friends at Cabin Creek by his owner and our friend Mike Repole.  He arrived September 18, 2012.
Driven By Success (Mike) is New York bred and was born  April 8 2005. He started out 3rd his first time out (Maiden, 2007) and then placing twice (Both Maiden, 2008). He won in his 4th start (Maiden, 2008). after that, he won 2 more races (Allowance in ’08, 1 Allowance Optional Claiming in ’09), then raced in 6 stakes races (All in 2009) before coming out on top again. Bred by New Dawn Stud, LLC
** In 2007, Mikey sold for $95,000 at the Ocala Breeders Sale of 2 year olds in training.
(Photo by Connie Bush)

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Driven By Success’s Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 591,219
Starts: 29
Firsts: 9
Seconds: 5
Thirds: 5


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Karakorum Patriot

Karakorum Patriot

Born May 1, 2000 by Personal Flag, out of Lucky Lady Susita, by Distinctive Pro
Karakorum Patriot is a spunky NY bred gelding. Pate raced mainly at his home track, Finger Lakes, where he squared off against Midnight Secret frequently. He raced in a few stakes races in the middle of his career, such as the Mugatea Stakes at Belmont, the Hudson Handicap at Belmont, and the Wine Country Handicap, which he placed in at Finger Lakes. After his was finished racing, plans were being made for him to race in Puerto Rico. This attracted the attention of many people such as his breeder Richard Zwirn of Rainbow Stables, Susan Hamlin, Joy Dunn, Karakorum Racing, who campaigned him from 2003-2006, and a woman named Dara who fell in love with him and his story. This group of wonderful people raised the $1000 to save him and retired him to Old Friends. He was in the money 47 times from 89 starts (13-14-20). He earned $347,503. He arrived at Cabin Creek the same day as Midnight, 12/4/09. Pate was trained by M. Anthony Ferarro.
(Photo by Connie Bush)
 

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Karakorum Patriot's Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 347,503
Starts: 89
Firsts: 13
Seconds: 14
Thirds: 20


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King Congie

King Congie

b. March 2, 2008, by Badge of Silver, out of Wise Ending, by End Sweep
Named for a dear friend of West Point Thoroughbreds, Congie is a sweet and lively Kentucky bred gelding. An ungraded stakes winner, Congie’s career highlight came when he started in the 2011 Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the American Triple Crown, where he finished 7thto champion Shackleford. On the road to the Preakness, he won the Tropical Park Derby at Tampa Bay Downs and finished 3rdin the Bluegrass Stakes (Gr.1) at Keeneland. After the Preakness, he came in third in the Gr. III Saranac Stakes at Saratoga before finishing his career in an allowance at Aqueduct. In that allowance, he suffered a fractured leg and was retired. He retired with a record of (2-1-3) from 11 starts and earnings of $243,740. Upon his retirement, his owners sent him to a trusted friend, who in turn sent him to one of their friends. In the fall of 2016, Congie was found in an auction house in New York by another horse rescue, Rosemary Farms. Had they not been there, Congie could have been sold to a slaughterhouse outside of the country. Rosemary Farm then contacted West Point Thoroughbreds, who were upset to learn of the circumstances surrounding Congie’s rescue. West Point reached out to Old Friends to secure a safe home for him and have graciously offered to support Congie throughout the rest of his retirement. Thanks to the cooperation of several groups and caring people, King Congie now has a forever home at Cabin Creek. Congie has been gelded and will hopefully be with a paddock pal in the spring.

 

(Photo by Connie Bush)

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King Congie's Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 243,740
Starts: 11
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 3

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Midnight Secret

Midnight Secret

Born Feb. 21, 1997, By Key Contender, out of Flannel Sheets, by Triocala
Midnight Secret is a phenomenal NY bred gelding. He may not have the most talked about name in the racing industry, but his passion for running was remarkable. He raced an incredible 111 times. He raced in claiming, maiden, and allowance races. He raced until he was 12. He started as a 2 year old and retired at 12 years old. When he was 2, he raced mainly at Aqueduct and Belmont, and then his trainer, Oscar Barrera Jr. moved him to Finger Lakes, which was his home track for the rest of his racing career. Of his 111 starts, he was in the money 75 times (14-31-20). He made $212,749. At Finger Lakes, he raced against Old Friends retiree Karakorum Patriot. They were rivals and now are within feet of each other. He arrived at Cabin Creek on 12/4/09.
*** Midnight’s father, Key Contender, was a former retiree at Old Friends at Cabin Creek for 4 months, prior to his death on 6/29/12. He is buried on the hill.
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Midnight Secret's Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 212,749
Starts: 111
Firsts: 14
Seconds: 31
Thirds: 20

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Mr. Cowboy

Mr. Cowboy

Foaled 3/15/09 by Stonesider out of Im a Real Cowgirl. Mr. Cowboy was born at Old Friends at Cabin Creek but at the time was not owned by OFCC. He was not breathing when he was born and was brought back to life with mouth to nose CPR administered by JoAnn. He did not walk for 3 days. He went with his mother to KY where she was to be bred again and came back to OFCC 8 months after his birth. Moonshadow Gold raised him. As a racehorse, he was owned by JoAnn and Mark Pepper and many OFCC volunteers under the partnership name, Team Cowboy. Broke his maiden with Ramon Dominquez aboard. He sustained a minor injury last summer and is now happily retired.
(Photo by Connie Bush) 

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Mr Cowboy's Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 80,930
Starts: 13
Firsts: 1
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 1

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Red Down South

Red Down South

Born April 24, 2000 by Dixie Brass, out of Redeye Rain, By Instrument Landing
Red Down South is a stunning NY bred gelding. Arriving to Old Friends on 2/17/10, and donated by owner/trainer Dennis Brida, beautiful Red Down South was a turf runner. Red came in the money 9 times (2-3-4) in 32 starts for career winnings totaling $116,330. He came in 3rd in the NY Stallion Cormorant Stakes and came in 8th in the same stakes race a different time. He also raced in the Great White Way Stakes (came in 7th ) at Aqueduct. His last race was in 2007, ridden by Calvin Borel. Red retired sound and is a very loving horse. He loves children and loves to have his picture taken.
*** Red’s sire, Dixie Brass, was trained by Dennis Brida and came in 2nd in the 1992 Jim Dandy (first place in that race was Thunder Rumble).
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Red Down South's Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 116,650
Starts: 32
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 3
Thirds: 4

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Roaring Lion

Roaring Lion

Born April 7, 2004, by Lion Hearted, out of Smartly, by Horatius
Roaring Lion is a handsome MD bred gelding owned by Michael Repole in his racing days. He was running in a winning stakes races as recently as 2011. On July 5th of 2010, Leo won the Mr. Prospector at Monmouth. Leo won the Maryland Juvenile Championship in 2006, the Maryland Million Sprint in 2009, and Teddy Drone Stakes in 2010. Not only did he win the Mr. Prospector in 2010, he won it 2011 on the 4th of July. After, he tried the Teddy Drone again, but was denied and came in 4th. That was his last race. Leo came in the money 22 times out or 32 starts (12-4-6). He earned $542,536. He was trained by Todd Pletcher. He arrived at Cabin Creek in Sept. of 2011.
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Roaring Lion's Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 542,536
Starts: 32
Firsts: 12
Seconds: 4
Thirds: 6

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Strummer

Strummer

And joining our roster of retired thoroughbreds is "Strummer", a NY bred, 12-year-old dark bay gelding who arrived in November from Stonegate Farm in Fort Edward, NY. Strummer is by Phone Trick out of Manor Queen.

He was trained by Gary Sciacca and bred by Edward C. Behringer and Tom P. Murray. Strummer is a gentle guy and is now living up on the hill in the paddock across from Moonshadow Gold where they're getting to be good friends.
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Strummer's Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 409,051
Starts: 56
Firsts: 12
Seconds: 9
Thirds: 5

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This Hard Land

This Hard Land

b. March 17, 2008, by Saarland, out of Supah Sassy, by Gold Meridian
This Hard Land, or “Frankie,” is a tall and handsome New York bred gelding. Owned by Lake Star Stable for his entire career, Frankie is named after a Bruce Springsteen song, which is also where his nickname is from. Frankie was a hard-knocking horse, running in allowance and claiming races, as well as three ungraded stakes races. One of these stakes races was the Commentator Handicap. Frankie now shares a paddock with that race’s namesake, Commentator. Frankie was a regular in the NYRA circuit and never raced outside of it. Because he ran frequently and was in the money 22 times, he became a fan favorite. He was retired in March of 2016 because his owners felt that after 6 years of racing, his heart wasn’t in it anymore. He retired with a record of (7-8-7) from 49 starts and earnings of $451,221. Old Friends would like to thank Lake Star Stable for donating a paddock and run-in shed for Frankie and his friend. Thanks to their commitment to Frankie, he has a safe and happy place to enjoy retirement.

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This Hard Land's Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 450,741
Starts: 48
Firsts: 7
Seconds: 8
Thirds: 7

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Watchem Smokey

Watchem Smokey

Born Feb. 26, 2000, by Alphabet Soup, out of Karon’s Dream, by Geiger Counter
Watchem’ Smokey is a gorgeous Oklahoma bred gelding. He started out in claiming and maiden races. He won all of his first 6 starts under Cecil Borel. After that, Bobby Frankel knew this horse was a good one and bought him for a client named Edmund Gann. Actually, Smokey was one of the best sprinters in the west at the time Bobby bought him. His first big win was when he won the Airline Stakes at Louisiana Downs, and after he raced in an allowance race, Smokey won the 2003 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes, a Grade 3 stakes race at Hollywood Park with Julie Krone aboard. After this big win, he continued to work his way to the top. Tragedy stuck when he was unable to avoid a fallen horse in a stakes race at Santa Anita (Potero Grande Stakes Gr.2). After this, he never fully regained his old form, but was still a successful horse. After a few more races, Smokey was claimed for $100,000 at Keeneland, but did wind up winning 3 more stakes races including the Delta Mile, the John Henry Stakes, and the Gulf Coast Classic, all at Evangeline. In the races after his injury, he won 6 of them, half being stakes races. Eventually, time did catch up with him, and Smokey went back to the bottom, in claiming races. In his last race in 2009, he blew the ligaments in his front left leg. It is visible for visitors to see. His new owner, Kelly Benjamin who claimed him, was told euthanasia was her best option. She knew he was a fighter and went against what they advised her. The Oklahoma Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation donated that month’s funds to rehabilitate him. Despite his injury, Smokey came in 3rd in his last race. Smokey was in the money 19 times out of 50 starts (13-9-7). Of his 13 wins, 5 of them were Stakes races. He made $513,897. Smokey arrived at Cabin Creek in March of 2010.
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Watchem Smokey's Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 513,897
Starts: 50
Firsts: 13
Seconds: 9
Thirds: 7

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Will's Way

Will's Way

Born April 22, 1993, by Easy Goer, out of Willamae, by Tentam
Will’s Way is a remarkable KY bred stallion. Will was a “Saratoga Sensation.” Like his neighbor Thunder Rumble, Will’s Way won the Travers Stakes. The year was 1996. He almost won the Jim Dandy, but was beaten by a nose by Louis Quatorze, who won that year’s Preakness Stakes. Seeking revenge, a determined Will’s Way destroyed the field in the Travers, which included Editor’s Note who came in 3rd in the Preakness and won the Belmont, and Skip Away (considered one of the best racehorses of all time, and also was the most earning horses of all time before Curlin beat his earnings record), who placed in the Preakness and Belmont. Will’s battle with Louis Quatorze was an intense one. They battled right to the end, but Will prevailed and would not let the Triple Crown contender be in front of him again. Skip Away was 3rd and Editor’s Note was a distant 4th. After the Travers, Will raced in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and like Thunder, finished 7th, but without injuries. In 1997, it seemed as if Skip Away and Editor’s Note didn’t get their “fill of Will.” They both pursued him in the Whitney Handicap. Skip Away was once again a distant 3rd, and Formal Gold, that year’s Brooklyn Handicap Champion, beaten by a nostril. As for Louis Quatorze; he didn’t show up. After Will showed in the Woodward at Belmont, he retired to stud where he sired 171 foals, including multiple graded stakes winner Lion Tamer (who in turn sired multiple stakes winner, Heavy on Themister). He also sired 4 other stakes winners, 11 placed-stakes runners, and earners of over $5.9 million. Will was retired from stud due to low fertility. Will’s Way made $954,400 from his racing days. He raced 13 times and was in the money 11 times (6-2-3). H. James Bond was his trainer. He arrived at Cabin Creek on 6/25/10.
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Will's Way's Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 954,400
Starts: 13
Firsts: 6
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 3

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Zippy Chippy

Zippy Chippy

Born April 20, 1991 by Compliance out of Listen Lady by Buckfinder
Zippy Chippy is a wonderful NY bred gelding. Zippy’s greatest accomplishments in racing are perhaps not accomplishments at all. But what made him stand out among the numerous other losers in the industry was the fact that he lost 100 times, making him one of the most losing horses in the history of horse racing. His losing streak made him famous; so famous that he had a following: people who would go to all his races, some hoping for the streak to end, and others just looking to see how long he would go on losing. For the optimists who hoped for a winning race, that dream never came true. Of all 100 races, Zippy didn’t win one. The reason this happened was because his owner/trainer, Felix Monserrate, had an emotional attachment to the losing horse, which he had traded an old pick-up truck for. In order to keep Zippy, Felix raced him in races that were too hard for him to win, and didn’t race him in claiming races so that he wouldn’t get claimed. Zippy could be quite a troublemaker at the track though. He was known to sometimes stop in the middle of races, not leave the gate, bite, etc. This caused him to be banned from every track in America, besides the Northhampton Fair in Massachusetts. After his retirement, Felix kept him for a few years until he decided Old Friends was the perfect place for a horse like Zippy. Zippy did make money at the track. In total, Zippy’s record was (0-8-12) from 100 starts and earnings of $30,834. He now lives happily with his best friend, Red Down South. Zippy was bred by Caprituar Farm, and owned/trained by Felix Monserrate.
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Zippy Chippy's Racing Record:
Earnings: $ 30,834
Starts: 100
Firsts: 0
Seconds: 8
Thirds: 12

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Zippy Chippy
By Bill Littlefield August 2013 Host of NPR’s – Its Only A Game

Zippy Chippy wasn’t zippy, for despite his name
He tended not to run a lot, although he wasn’t lame
One hundred times he entered races. Never did he win
And sometimes Zippy just stood still, and he would not begin
The call would be “Their off!” But Zippy wasn’t off at all
He’d look around as if to say, “Let’s go back to the stall.”

Why when other horses ran, would Zippy choose to be
The only one unmoved by dreams of mighty victory?
Some said the Zippy had not heart, and some said he was nuts.
One theory had it that he was a fumble footed klutz.
But what if Zippy Chippy had a bigger brain than most?
And if he knew winning was an empty sort of boast
If all the winning did was made some wealthy guy make money?
And what if Zippy found that idea sort of sad and funny?
And what if he thought, “Well they’re gonna to feed me anyway.
Why work as if without the work I wouldn’t get the hay?”

Zippy Chippy lives today upon a lovely farm
And there he doesn’t do a single living creature harm
The people come to visit him and some of them conclude
That Zippy Chippy is a joke, and I would find that rude
If I could not image that somehow Ziggy’s worked it out
Perhaps he chose to beat the game, then beat it in a rout
He did not suffer injuries. He didn’t suffer fools
He got himself tossed off the track because of racing’s rules
Which say a horse that doesn’t try cannot participate
If Ziggy figured that one out I think it would be great
For Zippy need not run these days, and still he gets to eat
He lacks for neither food nor love, He is a horse complete
 

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