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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:30 pm 
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Many years ago, I lost my "it" horse - my 1st TB stallion - to a very similar fence-related injury. Your description was eerily familiar.

My vet said afterward, "The longer I know horses, the more I'm convinced that no matter how safe you make their environment, they will find a way to hurt themselves."

I don't know why that helped me, but it did - hope it helps you, too.

My condolences.


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I'm so so sorry Spex . . .Don't even know what to say. I'm thinking of you.
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So very sorry for your loss. Words can not express my feelings after reading through the whole journey you two took together.

RIP sweet filly...

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Oh wow , thank you guys very much. I didn't even think when I posted this it would get responses. I think in the frame of mind I was in I was finding it therapuetic to convey my loss without having to speak outloud.

And in reading some of your own losses I know she is not alone or without good company, equine and human.

Again thank you.

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my deepest condolances on your loss, she was a lovely filly


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spex -

First - I want to say how saddened I am for the loss of your Saluki Gold Rush. When I saw the caption 'In Memorium' added to the title of your ongoing thread I said 'Oh No!' and experienced that sinking feeling in the stomach that we all dread. She certainly grew into a lovely and substantial looking filly and I am sorry that you had to experience the ultimate lows of this sport/business early in your initial venture into racing. It is so very true what someone said above - 'If they can find a way to hurt themselves it seems they will do it'. At this stage in their lives they are just so full of themselves, their speed and their power that - like many a teenager - they are likely to act/react to almost any incident in their environment (even those they create) without any ability to measure the consequences, spontaneously taking risks they often are unable to handle.

Secondly - I want to thank you for having had the courage to initially post and to continue doing so on regular subsequent occaisions your photos of Saluki Gold Rush as she grew and developed, generously offering those of us on this forum the opportunity to critique your filly. You have handled those comments with good humor and aplomb, never becoming defensive in the least. For me it has been an interesting lesson in how differently individuals weigh/evaluate conformational aspects with respect to suitability for racing. Even more so - it has been a valuable lesson in demonstrating how much a young horse can change over a very short time during their development from yearling to young 'horse'. I have printed out this series to re-reveiw over time as it poses as a reminder to not be in such a rush to judgment of the young horse's physique and to give these young athletic creatures the time to grow into themselves. By the time you sent Saluki off for her training she was physically ready to handle it and had definitely balanced out in her growth, developed a very nice frame and stride from what I saw in the video. You did nothing wrong with this filly and by posting these updates for us and listening to the various advice/criticism and discussions offered you have shared her in a sense with all of us - perhaps for the benefit of horses in the future. I hope this thought gives you some peace - jellac


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The response I have gotten, both publicly and privately about this thread and my adventures with Spex, has truly been astonishing. Every time I read the kind words that have been expressed my heart both aches and is joyous, for while I miss her terribly and most always will, the fact that anyone even thought to care about one horse and her person is unimaginable. I often get accused of anthromorphism when it comes to my animals, and while I may be guilty of that, I could never stop feeling the way I do when each and every one of them have taught me innumerable valuable lessons.

Thank you all so much again. The insight and benevolence that abound on this board is truly remarkable.

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I just saw this, I'm so very sorry you lost your girl. She had grown from a ugly duckling into a swan. It is unfortunate that the very spirit that makes them winners is sometimes their undoing. I know it seems as though there will never be another horse of a lifetime for you but keep your mind and your heart open and some time when the time is right another will wander in. RIP Spex.

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spex4me wrote:
Many times I have visited this forum and read of peoples losses and my heart ached for each and every one of them. But never in a thousand years did I think that I would be one to suffer such a loss so soon.

It is with deep sorrow and pain that instead of annoyingly putting my girl’s pictures up I am here instead to close out this thread with her death.

Spex was my first Thoroughbred. Not someone else’s that I had to work with but mine, one that took close to two years of searching for. This horse had to be just right. And even though I shunned fillies there was instant gravitation the moment I stumbled across her sale picture.

Though Spex and I shared many miles on the trails since last year I sent her to a wonderful farm about an hour away for gate training and galloping. We were supposed to debut together my beautiful stubborn equine and I, this May at Colonial. So many dreams dreamt in such a short span of time. She shared her fire of her spirit in engaging me to join into the fray of training. She was the “it” horse. One I never saw coming and one I never dreamed would be gone so soon.

I just posted video the last time I was able to be with her this weekend at the farm. Please visit if you like. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZRLVzAqtAo
You will see her fire, and her stubbornness. Spex was having issues with the turn while galloping, attempting to duck out or in on rider. He is an excellent horseman who just happened to get one upped Monday. She dumped him and ran down the track before trying to jump the outer rail. She did not make that jump. The post caught her abdomen causing too much damage for a vet to do anything but release her from her pain.

Saluki Gold Rush
March 27, 2006 – February 23, 2009

Our beloved filly, taken before her time, was called home to be in God’s Stables. May she rest in peace in lush green pastures, to run and play on the wings of Angels. Her spirit will live on in the hearts of those whose lives she touched.

With Love and Profound Remembrance
Belinda and Jason


I want to thank everyone for popping in on her thread as I have posted pics and for all your wonderful insight and comments. I really did appreciate them all.



Dear "spex4me"

Today is good day for remembering a nice filly we all remember.
Today we remember your beautiful hopeful filly SALUKI GOLD RUSH.


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I wonder if the cross that brought us the beautiful
SALUKKIS GOLD RUSH was recently repeated.
Any news on this angle?


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POKER PLAYER (gray M 1996) progeny: http://www.pedigreequery.com/progeny/poker+player

Pedigree of her listed progeny:

WILDWOOD SAM I AM (chestnut G 2001) http://www.pedigreequery.com/wildwood+sam+i+am
HOLDEM SALUKI (gr/ro g 2004) http://www.pedigreequery.com/hold+em+saluki
SALUKI STEEL (gr/ro filly 2007) http://www.pedigreequery.com/saluki+steel
SALUKI GOLD RUSH (gr/ro filly 2006) http://www.pedigreequery.com/saluki+gold+rush


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Here is a new case of a gray with leg markings. Not high leg markings
though, but rare enough for a grey, plus we are dealing with a talented "Derby" winner in his country.

CIMA DE TRIOMPHE (grey h 2005) http://www.haraslaleyenda.com/english/c ... ticas.html


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Jorge wrote:
Here is a new case of a gray with leg markings. Not high leg markings
though, but rare enough for a grey, plus we are dealing with a talented "Derby" winner in his country.

CIMA DE TRIOMPHE (grey h 2005) http://www.haraslaleyenda.com/english/c ... ticas.html


CIMA DE TRIOMPHE (grey H 2005)
http://www.pedigreequery.com/cima+de+triomphe

Photo taken during his racing days when his white leg markings weren’t
that high:
http://sporthorse-data.com/horse/105095 ... -_2big.jpg


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Jorge wrote:
Jorge wrote:
Here is a new case of a gray with leg markings. Not high leg markings
though, but rare enough for a grey, plus we are dealing with a talented "Derby" winner in his country.

CIMA DE TRIOMPHE (grey h 2005) http://www.haraslaleyenda.com/english/c ... ticas.html


CIMA DE TRIOMPHE (grey H 2005)
http://www.pedigreequery.com/cima+de+triomphe

Photo taken during his racing days when his white leg markings weren’t
that high:
http://sporthorse-data.com/horse/105095 ... -_2big.jpg


CIMA DE TRIOMPHE complete pedigree and career at: http://www.viewdocsonline.com/document/3stxsz


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PHOTO:
http://cmsimg.courier-journal.com/apps/ ... atalog-set

PEDIGREE:
http://apps.keeneland.com/sales/Sep12/pdfs/3602.pdf


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