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Off to the Horses:
Road to the Derby"
learn more about this amazing Derby hat that was up for bid in
April 2013, please click on the "Sarava" hat below!
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Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby"
Unique Online Derby Hat Auction Benefiting Old Friends
Millinery by Sally Faith Steinmann
March 2, 1999 in Kentucky;
nearly black stallion; Sire – Wild Again; Dam –
of Life (Deputy Minister)
Drake, Paul and Susan Roy
3: Won Belmont S. (G1,12F), Sir Barton S. (8.5F)
Starts: 3 - 3 - 0
At stud at
Cloverleaf Farms/FL in 2005; Cloverleaf Farms/KY in 2007; in
Florida from 2008-2012.
Info: Donated to
Old Friends in September 2012
information courtesy of
day, June 8, 2002. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem
bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in
1978. During the parade to the post, all eyes were on the nearly
black colt. Parading with to post position 12 was another nearly
black colt, but few paid him much attention. Sarava had won the
Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard and had run admirably
since returning from the English turf as a two year old. Yet most
regarded him as an afterthought entered by trainer Ken McPeek when
favorite Harlan’s Holiday lost the Derby and Preakness, and
the Kentucky-bred son of Wild Again went off at odds of 70-1.
field broke from the gate. Prado placed Sarava in the colt’s
favorite spot, stalking relaxed on the outside. War Emblem, who
had stumbled at the start, gave way as suddenly star runner
Medaglia d’Oro surged forward, and with him, splitting
horses, the long shot Sarava. It was Sarava who grabbed the lead.
The two dueled fiercely and Sarava leapt ahead by half a length to
the wire. That Belmont day it was Sarava who went to the winner’s
circle to receive the accolades for a race beautifully run. He had
spoiled a potential Triple Crown, but he was the longest shot ever
to win the Belmont, paying $142.50.
He competed against
Funny Cide, Evening Attire, Perfect Drift and his other peers of
the era until 2005 when with earnings of $773,832 in 17 starts he
entered stud in Florida. Retired from stud, Sarava arrived at Old
Friends September 29, 2012. “Sarava” is a Brazilian
greeting that means “good luck” and we thank Gary
Drake of Louisville and Paul and Susan Roy of Great Britain for
our good luck, their donation of this great Belmont Stakes winner
to Old Friends.
Friends Press release 10/1/12 by Cindy Grisolia:
winner of the 2002 Belmont Stakes, has been retired to Old
Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY.
Gary Drake of Louisville and Paul and Susan Roy of Great Britain
donated the 13-year-old stallion to the organization.
arrived at Old Friends on Saturday, Sept. 29, from the Appleton
family’s Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, FL, where he has stood
stud since 2010.
Bred in Kentucky by Bill Entenmann’s
Timber Bay Farms, Sarava was sired by 1984 Breeders’ Cup
Classic winner Wild Again and is out of the Deputy Minister mare
Rhythm of Life. He career boasted three wins from 17 starts and
earnings of $773,832.
Beginning his career on the turf in
Europe, Sarava failed to break his maiden overseas. Returning to
the U.S., a minor injury kept the budding three-year-old off the
Derby trail in 2002, but he returned with a vengeance under
conditioner Ken McPeek to demolished the field in the Sir Barton
Stakes on Preakness Day at Pimlico.
victory–and maybe one of the game’s biggest
upsets–came three weeks later when, at 70-1, he ended War
Emblem’s bid for the Triple Crown by capturing the 134th
running of the Belmont Stakes.
Not only was Sarava the
longest shot in Belmont Stakes history but his victory came before
what was then the largest crowd ever assembled for the race:
103,000 in attendance.
“Sarava is the first Classic
winner to retire at Old Friends,” said Old Friends founder,
Michael Blowen. “We are thrilled that Gary would trust us
with his great stallion and grateful for the generous endowment
from him and the Roys.
“I also want to thank Midway
Mayor and bloodstock agent, Tom Bozarth, for his assistance. I
know Sarava's fans will love to visit him,” continued
Blowen. “To me, it's like having Michael Jordan in my
“Sarava has been a special horse to the
Roys and Drakes,” said Gary Drake. “He has done his
job well on the track and in the breeding shed, and has earned a
respectful retirement. We are pleased that Michael and the Old
Friends' staff will be caring for him,” added Drake. “They
do a marvelous job with their retired stallions.
by Rick Capone
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