Ivanovna is a true diamond in the rough! This nicely put together girl is well bred with popular sport horse names close up in her pedigree: she’s a granddaughter of Giant’s Causeway on her sire’s side, and from her dam, who is by Derby winner Monarchos, there are Maria’s Mon, St. Ballado, Halo, and Icecapade close up in her pedigree. She is a pretty caramel colored liver chestnut with the promise of dapples under her not yet fully shed out winter coat. She is turned out at a farm very close to the track, where she has been let down since her last race in early December 2014 (which she won!). At this farm she was quietly hanging out in a pasture alone and was very happy to have some attention from our volunteers. She was very friendly and polite with us, and loved having her face rubbed. Her trainer states that she is sound, but over the winter she banged her leg and developed a lump on her knee, and although x-rays were not done, he does not want to try to bring her back to the races, since he feels she has been good to them with her consistent in the money finishes in her 35 start career, so it is time to let her find a good new home. And they care very much about finding her a truly good new home. (We felt the knee, and the lump was hard, the knee was cold, and there were no areas of soft swelling to the touch.) He also states that she may have been mistreated in the past, and sometimes takes a minute to trust strangers, but we found a polite and friendly mare who was easy to catch and handle in the pasture and who was happy to have some company and face rubs, even if that company neglected to bring mints. Ivanovna had thrown a front shoe , so we did not want to take her out to try to jog her on pavement. So our volunteer walked and jogged her on the uneven but soft ground in the paddock, and not only was the mare oh so well behaved, but she jogged soundly, and despite the missing shoe and uneven ground, showed tantalizing hints of light, toe pointing movement. After a good career on the track Ivanovna certainly deserves a chance at an new opportunity as a riding horse, sport horse broodmare, or someone’s new best friend!
Contact-Harold Alvarez 914-882-1994 (preferred) or Olga Alvarez 585-919-4173
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As always, a pre-purchase veterinary exam is recommended.