We did another one of our whirlwind trips to pick up Thoroughbred horses in Kentucky. Spot Run and Imatexan were both recently listed on our Prospect Horses at the Track page and they were sold to moms who live in Georgia. Both horses will start their training at Bits & Bytes Farm before going to their owners’ farms.
On our way north we stopped to take some new photos of “Detroit Andy” who is currently listed for sale. We checked out his personality and found him to be extremely people oriented and he seems like he has an ‘old soul’. Nothing upset him and he was grateful for the attention. He is currently living the life of leisure on his breeder’s farm in Lexington. He is turned out 24/7 unless there is bad weather so he is woolly and lacking his racing fitness. See more photos on “Detroit Andy’s” page. If you can see through the long hair and look into this horse’s eyes, you will see what we did. I would have thrown him in the trailer had we had the room. We had the back half of the trailer filled with Timothy hay from Kentucky and the front two stalls marked for Spot Run and Imatexan. Darn. Next time I will plan better and leave Barry home.
Saturday morning dawned clear and cold at Turfway Race Track in Kentucky. We spent a good part of the morning watching horses work out and meeting with trainers, vets, riders and other contacts at the track. The thermometer read 28 degrees — which was still warmer than some recent mornings in Atlanta. We were prepared with warm clothes and we bundled up.
Spot Run was brought in from his owner’s farm in Indiana and we transferred him to our trailer at Turfway. He loaded like a pro. I love horses that have raced. Loading is seldom an issue and Spot Run walked into our trailer like a true gentleman.
Next we headed down to Lexington to pick up Imatexan who left Philadelphia Park on Friday morning on an air-ride 15 horse van from Brook Ledge. Getting horses home sometimes takes some creative planning — especially this winter with the record snow storms on the east coast and in the southeast.
Philadelphia Park was closed down due to the snow on Thursday and our van ride just managed to get in on Friday morning between two storms. We only had a few hours to get Imatexan out of Philadelphia before the next storm hit. Our way to avoid getting delayed by the snow heading up the east coast meant that Imatexan was transported west to Lexington, KY by Brook Ledge. We picked her up at the Brook Ledge terminal which also serves as a layup facility for horses they are transporting cross country. Lexington is geographically centered for horses traveling north and south or east and west. Another advantage of purchasing a Thoroughbred from Bits & Bytes Farm is that we assist all of our buyers with transportation and paper work.
The day was warming up as we loaded Imatexan onto our trailer for the final leg of her journey home to her new mom. By now the temperature was nearing 40 and the ice in the parking lot was melting. As we drove south towards Bits & Bytes Farm in Canton, GA the temperatures climbed so that by the time we arrived at the farm they were in the upper 60’s! What a difference a few hours make.
Both horses came from cold climates and they were happy to arrive at their new home where it was warmer. We were greeted by Granya who watched over the farm, horses and animals while were were gone. Granya has quite a good eye for a horse and she had been very excited to see Spot Run and Imatexan in the flesh. She enjoys being the first to see the new horses and she helped us unload Spot Run. We both got to see Imatexan flaunt her stuff for the boyz at Bits & Bytes Farm. Granya was right about this mare – what a package!
We put the horses in their stalls and made sure they had lots of hay and fresh water and a very light dinner. They each got another snack at 10 PM before they laid down to rest and dream of new careers as sport horses. The next day they would meet their new moms and begin a whole new life as sport horses. . .