Trainer retrains horses for new vocations

  • Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2014 6:54 p.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, February 9, 2014 11:49 p.m.
staff photo by Ben Baugh
Heather Carlson and Three Times Bea. The 4-year-old filly is a retired off the track Thoroughbred, brought down from Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, N.Y., and is in the process of being retrained to participate in other disciplines.
staff photo by Ben Baugh Heather Carlson and Three Times Bea. The 4-year-old filly is a retired off the track Thoroughbred, brought down from Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, N.Y., and is in the process of being retrained to participate in other disciplines.

WAGENER — Quick Recovery went postward 17 times on the racetrack.

The 6-year-old son of Yankee Gentleman won twice and placed second two more times, earning nearly $60,000.

But the bay gelding was retired after his 4-year-old campaign. The horse conditioned by Carlos Martin, ended up at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, N.Y., is currently transitioning to a new job and being trained by Heather Carlson. The horseman brought six horses to Aiken from Akindale, and they’re all available for adoption. Akindale rescues, rehabilitates and retrains the horses, eventually placing the horses with new owners.

“He raced a bunch,” said Carlson, who owns Starlight Farms in New Milford, Conn. and in Wagener. “He kind of has fat ankles. He’s sound to walk, trot and canter. He would also be a good trail riding horse.”

Three Times Bea, is a 4-year-old mare by Hook and Ladder, who started four times at the racetrack, and is from the same family as another Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue graduate Solvent. Stakes placed Solvent has successfully made the transition to becoming a three-day event horse. Indiscernible was lightly raced, making only three lifetime starts, but the 7-year-old bay gelding by the 2001 Kentucky Derby runner-up Invisible Ink, continued to be a strong presence on the racetrack as a lead pony.

“Akindale got him midsummer, and we just let him hang out,” said Carlson. “We took his shoes off and let him adjust to being barefoot. He came down with me to Aiken, and I started him in work. He’s pretty nice. He walks, trots and canters. He’s going to start jumping. I free jumped him. He seems to have a good knack for it.”

Inquest is a big-bodied 5-year-old son of the 2005 Kentucky Derby runner-up Closing Argument, who has a penchant for the trails, said Carlson.

“He has an old, hairline knee fracture, but it has healed,” said Carlson. “He should be fine to walk, trot, canter and jump. I thought he might make a good hunt horse.”

Julie’s Bet is a 4-year-old daughter of Stonesider, who didn’t race and is fully recovered from a fractured sesamoid, said Carlson. The filly is 16.2 hands.

“She’s strictly a flat horse,” said Carlson. “She’s great for trail riding and dressage. She’s a beautiful mover.”

Sedona Wins, a 6-year-old gray mare that’s 15.3 hands, walks, trots, canters and jumps small jumps, said Carlson.

Ben Baugh has been covering the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard since 2004. Among the awards Baugh has won include the 2003 Raleigh Burroughs Award as the turf writer making the most impact on the Florida Thoroughbred Industry. Baugh is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, worked for North America’s leading Thoroughbred breeder Adena Springs in Ocala, Fla. And interned at Thoroughbred Racing Communications in New York, N.Y.

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