Yesterday I wrote a tease about, Lava Man, and a most unusual situation. A champion thoroughbred who in his retirement chaperons younger thoroughbred from the stables to the starting gates and back at Santa Anita Race Track in California. The 11 year old retired Champion with over 5 milliom in Grade 1 stakes earnings seems to enjoy his new career.
Jennie Rees , winner of 3 Media Elipse Awards, has written an article for The Courier Journal. A brief excerpt is included below.
ARCADIA, CALIF. — The most accomplished horse to step onto the track shortly before today’s $750,000 Santa Anita Derby will not be favored Creative Cause, though the race favorite is a multiple graded-stakes winner who has never been worse than third.No, the distinction belongs to the stable pony accompanying second choice I’ll Have Another, who captured the Grade II Robert B. Lewis in his last start at 43-1. The pony will be the 11-year-old Lava Man, a $5.2 million-earner who won seven Grade I stakes, including the Hollywood Gold Cup three times and who remains the only horse to win a Grade I race on dirt, turf and synthetic. Continue here: