Sanctuary Horses at Beyond The Roses
Top Bunk, 1997 gelding, by Dixie Brass (Dixieland Band), out of Loves To Explode. Bunk competed in 90 races before being retireing on April 5, 2008 with a lifetime earnings of $554,284. Top Bunk broke his maiden at Woodbine Race Course and ran at Aqueduct, Saratoga, Belmont and numerous other tracks before landing at Hawthorne. He raced in Allowance and high claiming races and worked his way down the ladder to low claimers. Funds were raised to help obtain him into retirement when it was observed that he was being raced with a suspensory injury. Back when Top Bunk was competing, many drugs were still allowed to be used to help these horses compete. Top Bunk was no exception. He acted like a stallion for many months, going through withdrawals. It took him over six months to aclimate to being a horse. This activity generated what is now called the “Top Bunk List”. The Top Bunk List is a list of horses, that are still racing that have made more than $500,000 and are running in claiming aces for $5,000 or less. Most of these horses have raced in G1, G2, G3, Stakes and Handicap races at the beginning of their racing careers. When these horses end up in the lower claiming races, they tend to jump from owner to owner with the thoughts that money can be made. When this happens, there is no loyalty to the horse. There are many that have disappeared…never to be seen again.
Twisted Wit, 2001 gelding, by Distorted Humor, out of Sandhill Charm. Twister broke his maiden at Woodbine Race Course,. He is a multiple Stakes winner and competed in 72 races including G2, G3, Handicap and Allowance. In 2004 he won the Queeston Stakes Race at Woodbine. Twister was listed on the Top Bunk List and ended his racing career on August 5, 2010 at Calder Race Course in Florida with a lifetime earnings of $944,699. Funds were raised to get Twisted Wit into retirement when is was observed that he was racing with a sore leg. When he arrived, he was evaluated by a veterinarian. Twister had white line disease in both front feet and abscesses in both front feet almost to his coffin bone. Twister was stall bound for almost two years before he could join the other horses and learn how to be a horse again.
Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk
Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk is a Top Bunk List horse that has come to us after being off the track for over one year. He was listed on Craigslist for $1. Nyuk was foaled in 2001 and is by Mutakddim, out of May Time. He was received by BTRE almost 200 pounds underweight, severe rain rot, scratches on his rear legs and an old sesamoid fracture on one of his front legs. He was helped into retirement by one of his previous owners, Jack Armstrong. Nyuk started his career at Woodbine Race Track in 2003 and ran there until 2009 when he was moved to Pennsylvania and raced there until his last race 6-7-2011. Nyuk had a lifetime earnings of $813,953 with 80 starts. He ran with our own Twisted Wit and was ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson 19 times while at Woodbine.
Fuhrever Dancing is a Multiple Stakes winner with a lifetime earnings of $695,148. Danny came to BTRE, with the help of Maggi Moss, at 11 years old after 99 starts. He started his racing career at 2 years old at Woodbine Race Course. During his racing career there he competed with our own Twisted Wit and Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk. He finished his career at Thistledowns. Danny''s sire is Langfuhr.
Skippy Due came to BTRE in 2013 after a career earnings of $361,751 after 95 starts. Skippy had a bone chip that needed to be removed and After The Finish Line provided the funds to help him. Skippy was foaled in 2002 and is by Devil His Due. He is living a comfortable life in a pasture with us.
Portfolio came to us after racing and was suppose to only stay a few days before going to her new home in California. Hours after arriving she developed a spot on her neck from a bad injection that developed into Clostridial Myositis: gas gangrene. She ran a very high fever from this and was on many drugs to save her. Shortly after recovering from this it was discovered that she was foundering from her high fever. After speaking to many vets it was determined that the only way to save her was to perform a Flexor Tenotomy on her left leg. Portfolio is now flourishing at BTRE but it has been advised that she can not be shipped to California for fear she will founder again.
Ebben Estoora, 1998 gelding, by Black Tie Affair, out of Rhodonia. Ebben ran most of his races at Mountaineer before being retired on October 3, 2008 by his owner at Twin Cedar Farm in Michigan. He competed in 54 races and retired with a lifetime earniings of $208,824. Ebben competed in Allowance and claiming races.
Mighty Wind, 1995 gelding, by Monde Bleu GB (Last Tycoon GB), out of Legal Breeze. Mighty Wind was born without his left eye and competed in racing for nine years, competing in 92 races, with a lifetime earnings of $73,189. He was retired on February 18, 2009 at fourteen years old by his owner Perry Palmer. He competed mostly Mountaineer, River Downs, Beulah Park Race Tracks.
Untamed Irish, 1993 mare, by Irish Open, out of Putter (Sheaky Green). Irish was donated by her owner over 200 pounds underweight and we were told she was full of worms. Unknown by us when she was donated, ten days later gave birth to a foal. Irish ended her racing career after competing in 45 races with a lifetime earnings of $53,689.