Sunday, October 25, 2015

BCS American Kid

Another good name for this post would be, "Why am I so forgetful?". I received this very special horse all the way back in May over Memorial Day Weekend and never posted about him. Not. Smart. Anyways, this is a photo story, and it has a real story at the end too. Enjoy!

It was a normal day, with a slight chill in the air as the riders worked their horses. It was the start of Memorial Day Weekend and the young riders were very excited to have some time off. But everyone was excited today, the new import would be coming.
 Greg, the racing manager and trainer, pulled up with the trailer. Everyone stopped and turned, the new racehorse from California had arrived. BCS American Kid was bred from the same parents as TBF's champ Lethal Weapon. Lenny had a new full brother and everyone hoped that Kid would be half as good as his brother.
 Lenny perked up when Greg pulled into the parking spot. He whinnied to his brother, and waited for him to respond.
 Greg went to the trailer to unload the horse.


 Greg and Kid headed towards the stable to check in and get his new stall. Everyone stopped and stared at the gorgeous stallion.
 Riders held their breath as the two brothers locked eyes, everyone knew that two stallions don't mix well.
 Lenny whinnied again, this time shriller.
 Kid called back in a low tone and bowed his head. Then Kid pulled Greg forward and lurched towards Lenny.
 They sniffed each other and gave a tentative greeting.
 And then, they showed the ultimate affection, they trusted each other.


And so began Kid's training. 


Kid was sent to Fox Meadow Downs, the local racing stable, where he trained and did well in races. He was jockeyed by Kate, who also jockeyed Lenny, and they placed second many times. He just wasn't reaching his potential. So Greg decided to make the switch from dirt to turf.
 He was nervous in that first race at a new place. He had raced new horses before, but Kid always recognized a few of them. Greg led Kid and Kate away, Greg hoping this would show a positive change in Kid. Kid just hoped there wasn't a mountain lion anywhere.
 They loaded in the gates and Kid took charge. The poor started bursted out of the gate and found the traction he needed to run. He pushed past the other horses and galloped straight to the front of the pack. He propelled himself off of the turf and flew to the finish. For the first time Kid placed first.
 And it happened again,
 and again,
and again.
 And Kid even took home a champion title that year and was the Most Winningest Turf Racer of the 2015 Season. Kate couldn't be prouder and neither could Greg. Kid might not have topped his brother with fast mile times, and triple crown placings, but he was great in his own way.
 But then his winning streak halted. Turf racing was over now in the region but Kid wasn't doing well in his warm-ups. Rather than send Kid to another track in a warmer state, Greg had him vet checked.
 Everyone was worried. Greg held on tight to his hope, Kate hugged the strong athlete, and Kid stood wondering what was going on outside his blinkers.
 "It's just as I thought. I'll need a scope to be sure but I am very confident that he has ulcers," said Doc Riley. The tests confirmed it, and they were treated with medicine, but a racer was very prone to these types of issues. Sadly, there was no guarantee the ulcers wouldn't return. One thing was certain, Kid's racing days were over.
 But it was not the end of Kid. Kid now stands stud as our only male turf racer. He is a proud ambassador of the Run Boy Run bloodlines and the lines of Queen Z. Eventually he will be retrained to do another event but for now he represents the TBF thoroughbred blood line with his brother, and our other studs. ∆
 BCS American Kid also is very special to me as he is from Jennifer Buxton's own collection. In May she was at Models in the Mountains and cleaned out her old horses. I mentioned how much I liked her Man O War and she said she would give me him for the price of shipping. (BTW, Jenn, I still owe you the shipping cost! What's your paypal?)
 So then I decided to get his past info, his original name, Red Rover, what she did with him, etc. Then because Jennifer Buxton is a hobby idol, I asked for her to sign him. AND SHE DID!!!!!! Yes, I get excited over odd things. I also added the prefix BCS (can anyone guess what it refers to?)  to his name to honor his past owner.
 Yeah, I ment to to post about him so long ago but I never did. Oh well. He also has some of my best race tack with my best pair of blinkers. These don't have cups because I'm weird and didn't add cups, most of mine have them, but it is one of the only ones made of racing silks! Well thank you so much Jenn for this lovely horse, I love him and he will always have a special place in my collection.
He looks like he's thinking something important.

4 comments:

  1. That is so cool!!!!! I am so excited for you!

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  2. Oooh do I see a Peter Stone TB??? ;)
    Great photo story-you're so lucky that you got him signed!!!!!

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    1. Yes, that TB is my best friend's. He is Talk Derby To Me. If you have an instagram and participate in races you might know my best friend as Tweety.Bird.Stables. She races him and when she came over the summer to stay with me she brought him and we took lots of racing pics with our horses. I should dig a few out.

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