Frank Denton - The Rogue Raven

Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Tale of Boogie to Seattle

We retired Boogie to Seattle from racing on Friday. This filly had a bunch of potential. Her sire was Bluegrass Cat, winner of nearly $ 2M. She was originally offered at the Keeneland sales and was expected to bring $50-100K. For some reason she was withdrawn from the sale and sold privately. I’m not sure how she ended up here in the northwest but our partnership claimed her out of a 2-year-old race last summer. She ran well and we had grand hopes for her as a three-year-old.

But such are the vagaries of racing. Boogie showed little desire to run this year. Our trainer, one of the best at Emerald Downs, tried everything. We ran her short at 6 furlongs; we ran her long at a mile. We ran her from the back of the pack and we tried her up front. She just didn’t seem to want to run. Friday evening she acted up at the starting gate. She finished last in a five horse field. It was decided to retire her.

Her grandsire was Storm Cat and back in her pedigree is Unbridled Song and A.P. Indy. So her breeding is pretty darn good. Boogie will be bred to Demon Warlock, one of Washington’s top sires and the sire of our two-year-old colt, Seven Demons. We hope he will contribute some of his heart, courage and willingness to run to the foal. So now we have another foal to look forward to. Wish us luck.