I volunteer for Canter KY and went up and took some listings this past weekend at Turfway Park. If anyone is looking for some nice prospects that just need some time off, check these guys out! Very small world, but one of them (Mach nine) I handled at the farm where he was born 5 years ago, and didn't have any idea until the trainer pulled him out and told me his breeding!
I called about Mach Nine earlier today-- he is quite the looker! I watched his race replays, and WOW does he have a nice canter/gallop. Big, open strides, very free through his shoulder. A very classy looking horse...not surprised from Pin Oak.
His trainer seemed to care for him very much and wants him to land in a nice place, he seemed very honest and upfront about the horse. I'm a bit concerned about Mach Nine's soundness; I'm not sure he'd hold up for anything upper level, but perhaps with management, time off, and a softer work schedule he might be fine.
I looked at a 3 y/o OTTB today, if he doesn't vet I might make it up to Turfway to check Mach Nine out and a few others.
AJ, If you go up, take a look at Afleet Indy as well. He didn't photograph as well, but had great bone, was well balanced, and a couple inches bigger than Mach Nine. Mach Nine was a super good looker, but would need a rider like you, as he seemed smart and confident, and HOT. I'm sure some of that would burn off if given some turn out though. Both trainers are really nice and I felt they were both honest and upfront about both horses. The ankle thing on Mach Nine is questionable, but he looks the part and with that breeding and confo is worth the risk! I didn't trot him as he was acting silly, but I did have Afleet Indy trotted, and he looked sound and had no problems with me palpating and flexing him, although I didn't do a true lameness exam.
Bump for these nice horses. Heard from the head of Canter KY, and Afleet Indy REALLY needs to find a home by the end of the month as the trainer is leaving turfway park. He was really nice and I would hope that someone will take a chance on him. He has been in training without a problem, was very attractive, and is well bred. Somebody out there must need a new eventer prospect!!!
I have been around horses for a long long time and I have become over the years very suspicious of what I call code words.
"He can be very energetic".
What does that mean?.....he has to be chased down by the pony cause the jock can't stop him....
Or maybe it just means that he has never walked a flat footed step in his life.
So just what does it mean?
I might be interested but not if it means that he bucks for the first 30 minutes of every ride.
I am referring to Afleet Indy
So what does it mean?
According to the trainer, when he gets excited he is quite strong in the bit, but does not actually bolt, and is light on his feet when excited. He was not reported to be a bucker. He was quiet and well mannered when pulled out for pictures, standing quietly while there were multiple cars driving by and in full view of the track. I have full confidence that with some down time he would settle in with no problems. The trainer said he had a good work ethic and was a solid individual.
Turn him out, manage his feed and treat him for ulcers. Yes, there are some that stay a bit hot, but most settle unless they are nut-cases, of which there is no indication. To me, light on his feet means he wants to jig and dance, not walk flat footed, maybe not my favorite thing at this stage in my life, but not a "run far away" signal.
I think turnout will help of course; but usually IME if the trainer is making a point to say he needs an experienced rider, then that usually means that he's a little more difficult to handle then the average OTTB.
I feel bad for him, I know he won't get placed. Not with knee chips and a "hot" personality.
You know, cs, I wouldn't be too worried about such comments re a horse in training. Five years ago (when I was only 60), I took a stakes winner who...savaged other horses DURING THE RACE. And still won (and got DQ'd). I think that, with most of these guys, given a little time of RnR (which he got) they usually turn out to be good sorts. This fellow spent 4 years at the track and has a true work ethic. He's now my reliable training level fellow, lives out 24/7 with others and is pleasant on the ground. I think that much of the behavior noted at the track is situation-specific.