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A Fighter to the End
 By Wanderin Boy Memorial   •   4th Jan 2011   •   10,547 views   •   17 comments
There are many great horses in horse racing, such as Sea the Stars, Zenyatta, and many more. Some racehorses are alright, some are famous, and few are legends. There is always a winner in races. There are always horses that come in second or third, and there is always one who finishes last. If a great horse wins a race, everyone will remember it, but Iím sure that all some people remember. Iím not saying that in a bad way. Iím saying it because this article isnít about a famous horse who won big races and everyone remembers him. This article is about a horse who was a fighter, and sadly a fighter to the very end.

Wanderin BoyThis horse is Wanderin Boy. Wanderin Boy, a son of Seeking the Gold, is a gelding that raced until he was 7 years old. Wanderin Boy won his career debut when he was 3 years old, and he looked like a rising star. He won race after race, but then he had an injury. Ever since he was one month old when he fractured his cannon bone, Wanderin Boy has had injuries. He has had fractured cannon bones, an abscessed hoof, and a large stomach ulcer. But there was an amazing thing about this horse. Injury after injury, he has come back better each time, and the vets were amazed. A vet who who worked on Wanderin Boy told Wanderin Boyís owner and breeder Arthur Hancock III, ďThis horse must be an alien. Iíve never seen a horse heal like this in all my life.Ē

Wanderin Boy was sent back to the farm to recover and back to the track 8 times during his career, and every time he came back even better. Even to his trainer, Wanderin Boy looked like a rising star. He beat Pollardís Vision by 1 ĺ lengths in the grade III Mineshaft Handicap, won an allowance race by 10 lengths, won the Ben Ali Handicap by 5 1/4 lengths , and finished second to future Horse of the Year Invasor in the Pimlico Special. Wanderin Boy then went on to win the Brooklyn Handicap, second to Bernardini in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, a victory in the Alysheba Stakes, a second to Lawyer Ron, and he finished 4th in the Breedersí Cup Dirt Mile. After coming back from yet another injury, Wanderin Boy finished third in the Woodward to Curlin, and a second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, beaten three-quarters of a length by again Curlin, the defending Horse of the Year. Also in the race, Curlin became the richest thoroughbred in North American racing. Here is a 7-year-old horse, who has gone through more ordeals than any horse in memory, and he is still at the top of his game and running toe-to-toe with the mighty Curlin.

ďIsnít that amazing? He just keeps coming back. I hope one of these races his day will come.Ē said his owner.

Sadly, it never did.

Wanderin Boy was entered in the Hill Ďn Dale Cigar Mile. Wanderin Boy liked to be in control of the pace in his races, but in the Cigar Mile he was chasing a fast pace and was struggling to keep up. Soon after turning into the homestretch, Wanderin Boy shattered the sesamoids in his left-front leg and his jockey, John Velazquez pulled him up and dismounted. Wanderin Boy kept his feet, for he was an old hand at this sort of thing. No injury has ever left him on the ground and Wanderin Boy was led onto a van and departed upright.

His injuries were too catastrophic to save him.

At age 7, Wanderin Boy had made only 24 career starts, winning nine, with six seconds and three thirds for earnings of $1.2 million. Whenever he ran his best races, he always seemed to run into a superstar.

Wanderin Boy was not a superstar that won huge races such as the Kentucky Derby or the Dubai World Cup. He had more injuries than victories. His race record will earn no plaque in the Hall of Fame, no place in history but Wanderin Boy illustrated both in life and death was it means to truly be a racehorse. He will be remembered primarily by those who saw his races, who admired his resilience, tenacity, courage and determination; the things that, combined, are called "heart."

My ponybox barn on Morgan, Wanderin Boy Memorial, is dedicated to Wanderin Boy. I dedicated my barn to him because his life and career is a story about overcoming adversity and never giving up. Iím sure many people struggle with adversity and think about giving up, but imagine what you can achieve when you donít give up and when you donít let others put you down.

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Unbridled Equus  
Good story! I am still waiting for 2 of mine to get accepted!
  Jan 4, 2011  •  7,845 views
 
Eire  
This is a amazing article. Has anyone ever tried to breed a full brother or sister to him?
  Jan 4, 2011  •  7,929 views
 
Chris Antley Memorial  MOD 
I am speechless. This is one of the most heartfelt and best articles on here.
I almost cried reading this...and that is saying a lot coming from me. I rarely cry while reading something. (The Mulan movie doesn't count...you know what I mean.)

This is a perfect tribute to a true racehorse.
  Jan 4, 2011  •  7,904 views
 
Thestral  
*Claps, speechlessly*
  Jan 4, 2011  •  7,864 views
 
Estella Noire  
This is a great article... Well done. :)
  Jan 5, 2011  •  7,844 views
 
Suffolk Rose Stables  
This is a great article. I had never heard of him.
But, then I do not watch horse racing or any other horse sports.
He sounds like he was amazing. I started shaking because I wanted to cry. Dx
  Jan 5, 2011  •  7,888 views
 
Madeirey  
This is why I hate Racing!
  Jan 23, 2011  •  7,838 views
 
Milly  
An amazing article Wandie. What an amazing horse
  Jan 29, 2011  •  7,863 views
 
Always  
Cool Story!!! verry well written
  Jan 30, 2011  •  7,893 views
 
Polo the Weirdo  MOD 
This is one amazing article. A truly touching story, and beautifully written.
  Feb 1, 2011  •  7,837 views
 
Finally There  
This is amazing! Wonderfully written! I loved reading it.
  Feb 1, 2011  •  7,859 views
 
Spaztastic  
Amazing article :) Beautiful,yet sad :(
  Feb 1, 2011  •  7,846 views
 
No Walkin Farms9  
Love this article. Such a sad story but such a great lesson to learn from it. Thanks for sharing. I probably would have never known about him without you.
  Feb 2, 2011  •  7,846 views
 
Cowzers  
Wonderful article, Wandie.
As usual. :)

I'm currently waiting for two of mine to be accepted *hopefully* )
  Feb 2, 2011  •  7,862 views
 
Heaven Sent Creatures  MOD 
What an awesome story, so few people hear about those horses that are not headliners
  Feb 3, 2011  •  7,869 views
 
Little Bitty Farm  
Great story!
  May 9, 2011  •  7,880 views
 
Deleted Accounts  
good story, well done
  May 5, 2012  •  7,887 views
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