"No peppermints, please. How about some raspberries instead?"
Definitely best viewed large!
Sunshine Forever sticking his tongue out at those visiting him at Old Friends in Lexington (not far from the Horse Park). Everyone in our particular group was really happy to see him, and after a little coaxing (he'd been grazing at the far end of the field), he ambled over to greet us. He's quite a character!
The son of Roberto won the Hill Prince Stakes, the Lexington Stakes, Belmont's Turf Classic, the Man O'War, and the Budweiser International.
Sunshine Forever just barely lost the Breeder's Cup turf in 1988 to Great Communicator (though he was chosen as the favourite for the race).
Sunshine Forever earned more than $2 million during his career, racking up 8 wins from 20 starts. He stood at stud in Japan, at Nitta Farm - the same farm where Ferdinand stood before the farm sent the stallion to the slaughterhouse. Fortunately, in 2004, Sunshine Forever returned to the States and will now live out his days being admired by the fans who visit him at Old Friends.
From the Old Friends website:
"Old Friends began as a retirement and rescue facility for
Then news broke of the inconceivable death of Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand in a
slaughterhouse in Japan in 2002 (read more about Ferdinand). The discovery gave even more impetus to our organization. "We went from getting five emails a day to hundreds," noted President and founder Michael Blowen. We knew such a death must never happen again. And so the plan became to bring " at risk" racehorses--those whose racing and breeding careers had come to an end--to Old Friends, provide them with the dignified retirement they deserve, and open the space to the public. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, we realized we could draw attention to all retired Thoroughbreds and all equines in need.
"...Based in Georgetown, Ky., Old Friends has begun receiving visitors. We are hosting two to five tours daily, and while our guests come to visit a few ex-racehorses, they leave having been touched by the heart of a Thoroughbred hero."