I'd like to share - I met my horse's breeder's family today
Ted (Zen's Secret Reazen) was homebred and trained by Oscar Wells Sr. When he died, his son, Oscar Jr, promised to race him for another year. They sold him at a paddock sale, but Ted was flipped around and went through two other owners before I found him. That was over 13 years ago. Last winter, Oscar's daughter in law, Patty, found me via the internet, and we promised to meet up (it just took a while thanks to ice and blizzards, then tornadoes, then blistering heat).
They brought some of his racing programs, a baby tooth, and a track jacket! And treats for Ted. We had just the most wonderful afternoon. They are relieved he found a good home, and I am overwhelmed with the gifts - stories, memorabilia, and their concern about a horse that means so much to me.
I hope to go to Fairmount with them and meet up with some of the many people they know, who knew my horse when he raced.
Their hopes for him may not have come to fruition on the track, but they bred a wonderful, wonderful horse, and I am so grateful to them for all they did for him.
How nice of them to gift you with momentos of Ted's past.
I still haven't found the courage to let Vern's former owner know he's gone.
Last time I saw her she was training At Gulfstream in Ft Lauderdale and thrilled to know he was still doing well at 20+yo.
*friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon: Steppin' Out 1988-2004 Hey Vern! 1982-2009 Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
What's even better: my trainer moved to this area many years ago, and because she worked all over (Fairmount, QH barns, hj barns) they KNOW each other - Ted was so sleepy (it was warm and sunny and he had been playing hard the evening before as it had cooled down), so we skipped the lesson and just talked. And talked. So now they have reconnected too! The track jacket is spread over the couch back so I can just look at it and smile.