Just what you wanted, right? More equine heritage, coming at you.
I have thoroughly enjoyed looking into all of the pedigrees people have shared, picking up on many familiar names and few that gave me a vague sense of déjà vu.
For my first Thoroughbred, my mom sent a check to the Jockey Club for a tattoo look up, race record, and pedigree. In return, we received a dot matrix print out of Red’s pedigree and race record. Other than it started with an ‘S’ I don’t remember Red’s tattoo and I haven’t tracked down the print out yet …
On to my second Thoroughbred, Leo. He still doesn’t have his own post on this blog, but he has shown up here and there. I bought him as a 4-year-old that had started over fences. My trainer at the time read his tattoo and included it in the bill of sale, which I still have. In 1998, the Internet was not so robust with crap as it is today, so I don’t remember looking up Leo’s tattoo until much later. The information I had on the horse at the time of sale was the tattoo, a complimentary review from an accomplished rider who had ridden the horse at a trainer’s barn in Houston, where my trainer found the horse, and that he was Canadian. (And obviously I had tried the horse and the pre-purchase exam was unremarkable.)
Once I did look him up by the tattoo number I had, the facts and my experience mostly lined up, except for the horse’s color, listed as bay or dark brown in Equibase, although the horse I owned was quite obviously a true black with a little rust in his tail thanks to the Texas sun.
So with that, Leo apparently raced in only 8 starts as Royal Manila. A black foal is still within the realm of possibility for a chestnut sire and dark brown/bay mare, so perhaps this is him?
But the pedigree research isn’t quite over yet. Let’s get away, for a moment, from the Jockey Club and General Stud Book we all know and love. I have another pedigree for you. Does anyone have familiarity with Quarter Horse pedigrees? I’m not at all versed in the breed.
Anchor’s pedigree matters little to me, as the horse proved his worth to me countless times over, and to say he was worth his weight in gold would be an understatement. But I have never looked into his or any QH pedigree unless maybe an Appendix, so I am curious to learn.
He did, at the very least, get the “easy keeper” memo. (And it’s not as though we actually totally get away from Thoroughbreds 😉)