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  • Toto sold to the USA?!

    According to the BBC and Pierre St Jaques...TOTA SOLD TO THE USA.

  • #2
    My jaw is on the ground!
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    • #3
      I'm stunned too although he has quietly been for sale for a while now. It was rumoured the Max-Theurers had bought him last year after their own GP horse Augustin had to have colic surgery. I wonder who has bought him now? And who they will get to ride him? Whoever it was has very deep pockets!


      • #4
        I wonder if Edward Gal will now bring out Totilas's sister? She's a beautiful bright bay called Uusminka and has been working at GP for over a year. He calls her his "secret weapon".


        • #5


          • #6
            Hi guys,

            I talked to Pierre St. Jacques today, and he was quite confused as to how he'd become part of this rumor. While the announcer did suggest Totilas had been sold to the U.S., Pierre did NOT confirm it. And, of course, Edward Gal told all of us at the press conference that Totilas is NOT sold.

            It's a fun rumor though! Steffen and Edward were pretty funny at the press conference when a reporter asked the question. Edward said, "Oh yes, Steffen tried him this morning." But they were very clearly joking!
            Managing Editor for the Chronicle of the Horse


            • #7
              Why would the announcer say such a thing? Has anyone talking to him about why??


              • #8
                A glass of Sonoma Cab please!


                • #9
                  ToN, I agree! Why on earth would he say anything, unless it was true? So odd! Who was the announcer anyway? Does anyone know him/her?


                  • #10
                    The (Brit ?) announcer on Universal Sports, who makes no attempt at pronouncing names correctly, introduced himself as Bob Cazarra (sp?). I just rewatched the ending of the Grand Prix Special broadcast. Cazarra says, about a teary Gal , that he was being emotional because Totillas had been sold to someone in the US and would be staying here after the games. St. Jacques said that he had heard nothing about it.


                    • #11
                      Eh, Edward doesn't need to be sad....if Toto were to be sold to the US, we "might" consider letting Edward come along with him.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dalpal View Post
                        Eh, Edward doesn't need to be sad....if Toto were to be sold to the US, we "might" consider letting Edward come along with him.
                        Could he become a U.S. citizen in time for the 2012 Olympics? For him not to ride that horse in the Olympics would be absurd.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by alicen View Post
                          Could he become a U.S. citizen in time for the 2012 Olympics? For him not to ride that horse in the Olympics would be absurd.
                          It was simply a tongue and cheek post......from what I've read the rumor is false....so everyone can relax.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dalpal View Post
                            It was simply a tongue and cheek post......from what I've read the rumor is false....so everyone can relax.

                            Seriously though, I would expect the commentator, Philip Ghazala, to offer a retraction and/or apology.
                            Last edited by alicen; Oct. 3, 2010, 10:06 AM. Reason: Found commentators name


                            • Original Poster

                              My appologies....The bbc feed had Pierre as co presenter and I thought I heard some sort of comment from him that agreed with the other presenter. Sorry Pierre!!


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by alicen View Post
                                I just rewatched the ending of the Grand Prix Special broadcast. Cazarra says, about a teary Gal , that he was being emotional because Totillas had been sold to someone in the US and would be staying here after the games.
                                I thought Gal looked sad right after his salute in the freestyle ride..the sadness was unmistakable, but it could have been that perhaps he does not know if he'll ever go that way again...3 golds at the WEG.

                                That said, the "sold" rumor was again alive at the Region 9 championships in Los Angeles this weekend. New owner named, and the 8 digit price tag. "They bought the gold" was the comment (referring to London 2012).

                                Maybe where there's smoke there is fire ?

                                But bottom line, the new owner would be buying a talented 10 year old GP horse who is at the top right now, with unknown years left. Also he is, so far, an unproven stallion.

                                No doubt someone, some where, is sorting out the risk vs the investment !


                                • #17
                                  The horse flew back to Harskamp last Saturday, arrived Sunday and is enjoying a break.


                                  • #18
                                    Honestly, would a top rider want him? You would face nothing but comparisons. Would they want to risk not being able to match, much less better, the scores Edward has already earned on the stallion?


                                    • #19
                                      [/QUOTE]The horse flew back to Harskamp last Saturday, arrived Sunday and is enjoying a break.[/QUOTE]

                                      And some people think men actually flew all the way to the moon and planted a flag! How do we know those pictures of Toto arriving back home weren't photoshopped!

                                      It's been fun to speculate, but I think we'll be seeing Edward on Totilas in 2012. (OK, so I'm still speculating...)
                                      Only one cat - must not be totally crazy yet!


                                      • #20
                                        I heard a rumour that Paul Schockemhole's stud bought him for 9 million euros. It's a 3rd hand rumour, so take it for what it is, but that seems more likely than any other top rider taking over the reins. Perhaps someone like Paul would be interested in Totilas and Edward together......

                                        I can't imagine any rider wanting to take over the reins from Edward - talk about a hard act to follow! And for sure no guarantee of a Gold medal - it takes a team to win that medal, and I think many people forget that Edward is a huge part of this successful team!