Trained to Lose.

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. 

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14 comments

  1. I like how forthcoming Archie's previous people are!

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  2. That's awesome that she still remembers him so well!

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  3. There's an Ohio H/J group and I believe I'm part of a Cinci-specific group too. Maybe if you post a pic there someone will recognize him?!

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  4. interesting!! i mean, yea frustrating that it's still so murky... but love the timeline!

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  5. Man kinda sucks that your boy was trained to lose! I hope he doesn't still have that mentality and knows what a winner he is now -- with you AND in life. ;)

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  6. I got all inspired by these 'history of the horse' posts I've been seeing recently, and decided to contact Foster's seller.. I doubt I will get such an enthusiastic response, but it's worth a try! Cool that you got so much info!

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  7. What fun to hear back! I got nada from my old man's racing connections, but the girl who got him off the track was just wonderful. :-)

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  8. Representin' from the Nasty natti, WUT WUT. No but seriously thats so cool. I WISH i had this much info on both the OTTBs

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  9. That timeline is great! Will you keep talking to the race trainer in hopes of getting more information?

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  10. It's great she was so helpful with information!

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