Located at a farm in Geneseo, NY (about 30 minutes from the Finger Lakes Race Track)
Have you always wanted to own and compete on a half a million dollar horse, but you only have a 4 figure budget? Well Play Big is the horse for you! This spectacular, young, big boned, athletic and sound bay gentleman with an endearing heart-shaped star in the middle of his forehead sold for $500,000 as a two year old — so you know he has great conformation, balance, pedigree, athleticism, and movement! We see upper level potential for sure with the very classy Play Big…. whether as a jumper, eventer, dressage horse or show hunter. He has the build, movement, and brain to go in any sporting direction. While Play Big may not have lived up to the promise of his huge two year old sale price, he proved to be a competitive and hard trying race horse who earned 6 wins and 11 in the money finishes in 30 starts, hitting the winners’ circle at Belmont, Saratoga, Aqueduct, Parx, and Suffolk Downs. He bled through his Lasix in his last race, and his caring owner decided that means it is time to let him move on to a new career while he is still sound, clean legged, and happy. We felt his legs, and they are indeed clean, cold and tight. Once off the track, in environments where they get turn out, bleeding is rarely an issue even at the upper higher speed levels of sport/jumping disciplines. Play Big was sent to a farm in mid-September, a couple of weeks after his last race, to enjoy turn out and being a horse, while he awaits the perfect person to bring him along in a new career. His handlers at the farm raved about what a wonderful, kind, great behaved horse he is. The woman who handled him for his photos and video said he was one of her all time favorites. She said he is very classy and has done everything asked of him with a friendly professional and easy going attitude; he quietly accompanies a pony horse out to his distant pasture; he walks right up to her from his paddock to be fed or brought in; he stands quietly for grooming. Everyone at the farm where he now is told us that whoever is lucky enough to get Play Big is going to get the perfect horse who is the most classy gentleman! On the morning we took his photos, Play Big had just lost his front shoes the day before from romping in a muddy paddock, but he still moved beautifully jogging on the grass. He showed off a big stride with lightness and loft, and great engagement from behind and reach from his shoulders. He is by Twirling Candy, who is a son of Candy Ride, and he is out of a stakes placed and stakes producing mare by Java Gold with Gone West and In Reality on her dam’s side. His sire line is the Cryptoclearance branch of the Fappiano sire line — a line much coveted in jumping/sport disciplines. Play Big has the substance, strong shoulder, and uphill build that appeals to the eventing and jumping disciplines, and he also has the good looks,alert kind eye, movement, and laid back intelligence to excel in the show hunter ring. While still on the track, he was measured, and the tape showed that he is right in between 16.3 and 17 hands. While he may lack flashy chrome, trust us when we say that Play Big is one of our most spectacular listings of the year!
Because he is located at a private farm, you must make an appointment to go see him. The farm managers say that with sufficient notice, they will arrange to have someone available to ride him in a sand arena so that you will be able to see him go under saddle — something you can rarely get to see at the track. And, because he is at a private farm, you will have a greater range of veterinary options for a PPE than the on-track vet practices. A farm visit to see Play Big will be well worth your time!
Price: $3,000 negotiable
Contact: Gary or Laurel Least — farm owners to make an appointment to see him: 585-704-2647
Rob Beaudoin — horse’s owner for more information about the horse’s history and to provide references and negotiate sale: 781-249-7868
As always, a pre-purchase veterinary exam is recommended.