I was thrilled to see this. I really hope the trainers and owners at EMD embrace this program.
I am wondering though. I was pretty sure that Prodigious was euthanized after breaking down in his final race. There is no death report with the JC and this article makes it sound like he made it. Can anyone confirm?
Ouch! I emailed Emerald Downs earlier to see if they had pictures of Prodigious "in retirement." I guess naming the fund after him was intended as a memorial gesture - likely to be understood within the racing community but not outside it.
Perhaps not the choice I would have made, but I still support the fund.
Thanks for checking with EMD. Honestly, I had gotten my hopes up that the gallant guy had made it and I was misinformed. I can think of dozens of retired "famous" EMD horses it could have been named after that ARE living the good life.
Kind of like the year EMD put Enduring Knight's picture on their opening night giveaway promotional calenders. It was a great pic, but kind of tacky considering she had died in a race on opening night the year before. Management, I tell ya.
Nevertheless I am really glad to see this fund up and running. I know it had been talked about for years. If my filly makes it to the races this year, I'll be sure she's running for more than just us.
Great news that he is alive and living a life of leisure. The Prodigious Fund is a great idea and I hope that it and others like it are embraced by more and more tracks. Congratulations to all who helped make this possible.
“When our dictator turns up you can depend on it that he will be one of the boys, and he will stand for everything traditionally American.” Dorothy Thompson 1935