Last year on February 19th, the death of a legend was announced. Charismatic (Summer Squall - Bali Babe, by Drone) was the 1999 Eclipse Award Horse of the Year and Champion 3 Year Old Colt. It took him six tries to win his first race, a maiden claiming at Hollywood Park. Within months of winning his second race — a claiming at Santa Anita — Charismatic became a Triple Crown contender after earning enough points in his G2 Coolmore Lexington Stakes win. (Fun fact: Charismatic didn’t cross the wire first in his claiming, he came second! The horse who finished first was disqualified for causing troubles in the stretch). From the Lexington Stakes to Churchill Downs; he finished first in the G1 Kentucky Derby, and first again in the G1 Preakness Stakes. A Triple Crown was on the line... however, Charismatic came two horses short of the win in the G1 Belmont Stakes. Mere seconds after the Belmont run, Charismatic’s career ended. He was pulled up after crossing the wire and it was later discovered he had a fracture in his left front ankle. Going to stud with $2,038,064 (17 5-2-4) in his wallet, Charismatic first stood at Lane’s End in 2000. He later moved to Japan and stood there starting in 2003 after being purchased by the Japan Racing Association. Charismatic sired 426 foals of racing age and is the sire of 374 starters and 265 winners. He sired horses by the names of Sun King, Back To The Ace, Extraordinary Lady, I’m Charismatic, and Six Pockets. In 2016, Charismatic was pensioned and was headed back to the states to fully retire at Old Friends. Unfortunately, months after his arrival, he was found dead in his stall. Confusion led to many questions- as the stallion was just fine the night before. A necropsy revealed Charismatic had suffered a fatal fracture to his pelvis, causing an internal hemorrhage. Unfortunately, the fracture was so catastrophic that even with instant medical attention, Charismatic couldn’t have been saved. Rest in peace, legend. ❤️
📸: Laura Battles
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Fall is just getting started... and you know what that means! We are that much closer to fall racing back on track. 🍁🙌
Join us this fall from Nov 9 - Dec 2 for the Fall Racing Festival at Del Mar.
The S & G Thoroughbreds’ team of friends and consignors Giselle Sanchez, 10, and Sarah Shirazi, 12, sold their first yearling at the Keeneland Sales in Lexington. A $1,000 pinhook, the chestnut filly by Discreet Cat from the Indian Charlie mare Wee Party brought $10,000 from RC Cline Thoroughbreds. Read more @BloodHorse.
📸: Anne M. Eberhardt (@takechargelady)
Em will most likely be going straight to the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies (November 2)! So excited 😁
I really hope she wins, she is already something very special to her owner and he is dreaming of a Breeders Cup win.
📷: Eclipse Sportswire
Updates: about two weeks ago True left and went back to his owner. Although I still get a little emotional from time to time I am okay. He was everything to me and I miss him so much. You can watch the goodbye/tribute video I made if you click the link in my bio. But with that, the horse search is on. Hopefully I'll find one before medal finals. IEA szn starts soon!!! Supa excited. Our first one will be this weekend as long as the hurricane doesn't completely ruin everything. Also random exciting fact I got another pair of Ghodhos in the mail today yeeyee!!!