Here is a young still growing gelding with excellent conformation, an outstanding sport horse pedigree, and a kind temperament that his owner describes as a “true gentleman.” We listed Eli last fall at the end of the Finger Lakes racing season, when he was still an unraced 2yo, and there was a lot of interest in him. But his owner decided to overwinter him in the hopes of racing him this year. Over the winter he found a small chip in Eli’s knee, not in the joint, and sent him to Cornell to have it successfully removed. Eli was carefully and properly rehabbed, and vet cleared to do anything. He was put back into full race training and galloped and breezed without any issues and never shoed any signs of soreness. Eli had his one and only race at the end of May; as the replay shows, he broke well and showed good early speed, but then was checked and stumbled, and the jockey pulled him up. He came back fine with nothing at all amiss. But his owner decided that was it for Eli’s racing career — his beloved horse seems so much better suited for a different career. Eli’s connections report that he is great to work with and handle and has no vices — unless you count begging for treats and attention. He is reported to be particularly found of bananas! Eli has siblings who are much bigger, and matured late, so we think he still has some growing to do. Eli has a great pedigree for sporting disciplines. His sire Beautyinthepulpit is by Pulpit — a son of AP Indy — out of a Deputy Minister mare with Damascus close up in her pedigree. His dam, Cleopatra’s Needle, by the great Smart Strike, is not only from the best female family in Canadian TB breeding, but she is also is a sister to the dam of a wonderful horse owned by one of our volunteers — a horse who is an unflappable sweetheart and an amazing all-around horse competing in eventing, jumpers, dressage, and a rockstar on hunter paces and on the trails. If ELi turns out anything like his “cousin,” he will be the horse of a lifetime for the lucky new owner.
Price: $2500 negotiable
Contact: Robert Lee 585-298-8019 (call please — he does not text)
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