Let's call this "Making of the Horse 2.0".
I sent a message to Archie's race trainer via facebook. It was a precarious decision and I thought, "Baby pics?!" and not, "Do I really want to know...?"
No. I didn't. Because it just gives me more questions.
Race trainer responded, enthusiastically. What is it about this jerkface that inspires the masses to love him? Anyways, she gave me more information.
- She acquired him from Dolly von Stade Bostwick. Which is weird, because she died in 1998. But I guess that makes sense, as his final attempted auction, in 1999, was by DSB Stable, Agent. So maybe he was liquidated stock after her death?
- Dolly used him as a "work horse". I'm not sure when, though. Anyways, the kicker to this is that he was used as a breezing partner with better racers and he would be the guy who helped them win. By losing.
- She calls him a "gentleman". I mean, he's not going to eat your face. But he might eat your horse's.
- As a result of his loser-training, they decided not to race him very much.
- She started him over little jumps and then sold him to someone in Cincinnati, OH. Again, not sure when.
- She knows that they did "lots of local shows and a few hunter shows". When?
- She didn't hear about him again until she found out that he was back in Augusta, at my old trainer's barn.
- While race training, they did a lot of trail riding. Maybe he's confused the two?
I drew a timeline to help meddle through this.