Saturday, March 07, 2015
I will now introduce our other entry in the makeover. His name is Luicci and he is by Lemon Drop Kid and out of the Seeking The Gold mare Kreisleriana. Luicci came to us straight from Churchhill Downs being donated by his owner Al Gold. Mr. Gold is the kind of race owner we want everyone to know about. He makes certain his horses land in a good place upon retirement while supporting those who help them make a safe transition. I tire of hearing about the “bad guys”. I look forward to sharing some stories about the “good guys”.
After racing only once and finishing a disheartening 9th, Luicci was retired from racing. He was delivered to Leighton Farm, home of Thoroughbred Placement Resources in late August of 2014. Luicci was given a sabbatacle until early February when we began to putt him around the farm in anticipation of returning to gainful work. This time not as a racing prospect, but as whatever he wants to be when her grows up! We will then give him to a deserving young rider. Stay tuned for more details as they develop.
Luicci is pictured here with Alicia Watkins, wounded warrior and co-founder of TPR’s new Hero Horses Program in which active service men and women, wounded warriors, veterans and their families particpate in giving retired racehorses a future after their careers end. This is a win/win for both man and beast.
In the months to come you will see Luicci ridden by TPR volunteers, particpating in our Hero Horses program and eventually, when he’s fit enough, being retrained for a new career.
As everyone knows, the weather on the east coast has been disparaging and impossible so we have not made much progress with Luicci’s legging-up (racing term for getting fit enough to begin training) so far.
I have good words and advice to offer that came from one of my first and greatest mentors – Ann Merryman.
In her words, “Time never hurt any horse.”
Here is a video short of one of Luicci’s preliminary rides at the farm. Volunteer Jacqueline Redmond is up.