In 40 years, I bet Paynter is going to be one of those horses that everyone remembers as one of the greats.
Oxbow and Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lucas.
Photo via Oxbow’s kentuckyderby.com page.
Incase anyone was wondering, this is my Derby horse.
The Mike Smith Hall of Fame Jockey facebook page posted these photos, and my heart hurts a bit when I look at them.
“The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love. Whether it’s a world, or a relationship… Everything has its time. And everything ends.” - Sarah Jane Smith, Doctor Who: s2e3
This is apparently how I cope with being sick. Sorry.
One of my favorite race horses Precisionist, 1981-2006.
By the stakes winning stallion Crozier and out of a daughter of the Argentinian turf champion Forli; Precisionist was the 1985 Eclipse Champion Sprinter, inducted into the Racing Hall Of Fame in 2003.
He was one of the best sprinters of his time, winning 20 of 46 starts and finishing in the money in 34 of those starts.
1984: Hoist the Flag Stakes, San Miguel Stakes, San Rafael Stakes, Swaps Stakes, Del Mar Invitational Handicap, Malibu Stakes, Mervyn Leroy Handicap
1985: San Fernando Stakes, Charles H Strub stakes, Breeder’s Cup Sprint
1986: San Pasqual Handicap, San Bernardino Handicap, Californian Stakes, Woodward Stakes, Yankee Valor Handicap
1988: Cabrillo Handicap, Del Mar Budweiser Breeder’s Cup Handicap
He was retired at at age 6, but due to fertility problems was put back into racing. He was then retired for the final time at age 8, but still had the same fertility issues. He sired only four foals.
He lived his final years at Old Friends retirement farm in Kentucky. He died in 2006, put down after a series of cancerous tumors were found.
Heart was something he never lacked, and on the last day of his life, Precisionist walked the 100 yards from his barn to the grave that awaited him. (x)
Because Ciara got me thinking about this lovely boy.