Sunday, November 15, 2009

Danger at every turn, long before they race

No e-mail subject line could be worse, especially coming from your boarding farm owner and partner on a horse.

"CALL ME 911!"

Sarah Warmack, owner of Hilltop Farm VA, had the displeasure Sunday evening of informing me that the 2009 filly we co-bred, Oracle at Delphi (Mighty Forum-Bushes Victory, by Spartan Victory), has likely broken her leg. "Delphy," as she's known around the barn, spooked when a tree fell on the rain-soaked property and she crashed into the fence. We'll know in the morning whether she'll have a chance at a full recovery or if euthanasia is required.

Sarah will spend the night in the barn. I routinely thank Heaven for her.

I will be talking a lot to Heaven in the coming hours.

And if anyone needs evidence for why buying at the 2-year-old sales is so increasingly popular vs. breeding your own to race -- especially since right now horses are practically being stolen at auction, considering the costs that went into them -- just save this post.

Update 9:30 a.m. Nov. 16: As she suffered a broken humerus, with heavy hearts no choice remains but to put the beautiful filly down. Rest in peace, baby girl. You leave us too soon, and forever wondering what might have been.


  1. I'm so sorry, Glenn. Best wishes to your young filly in the days ahead. What a magnificent name too.

  2. sorry to hear that glenn...hope it all works out; having been there myself, i know how you feel.

  3. Thank you, Valerie and Sid. Let's hope she's much better in the morning than she's been so far tonight, although the latest report is that she laid down and got up on her own once, which is a glimmer of hope.

  4. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    I was a mess when I had to put down my 9 yr old Turkoman gelding after he yahooed and came down wrong on his leg earlier this year. We were just getting ready to show him off to the dressage world.

    It's so hard to lose them when you're just getting started with your hopes and dreams...

  5. :( sorry, she looks like such a sweetheart.

  6. I'm very, very sorry for you loss, Glenn, and rest in peace, Delphy. :(



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