AKA “Internet Stalking My Own Horse”
I’ve been putting on my detective hat to cobble together pieces of Charlie’s past. I did the same thing to Simon, though that was much, much easier — at the time, I had a subscription to the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitor’s Association’s database, iPeds, that showed his pedigree, breeder, and a limited show history. I also had a subscription to The Walking Horse Report, which had an extensive show record. I could see where he’d shown, in what class, and what place he got. Then I could even look up the show photographer’s websites and hunt down pictures of him.
Charlie is significantly more challenging, since he crossed industries, from a race horse to an Amish horse. The Amish don’t exactly have a big online presence…
Standardbred racehorses are freezebranded, which helps tremendously with identifying who they are. You can look up brands for free online at the US Trotting Association website, and get general information like pedigree, birth date, markings, etc, along with the current owner’s name. I also had a bit of info from when the Standardbred Retirement Foundation posted him in need of adoption.
I’ve been able to use some of this info to find some nuggets of info!
1. Charlie’s Race Record
I knew from the SRF’s post that Charlie earned $12,427 in his racing career. This is a pretty paltry amount, considering that Standardbreds often race into their teens. Other horses needing adoption in the same group as Charlie had earned over $100,000 and some even over $200,000! This gave me the hunch that he probably had a pretty short racing career.
I got an account on the US Trotting Association website and was able to pay for reports (at the grand total of $0.75 a pop #BigSpender), including Charlie’s racing record:
- 2006 (2 year old) — 5 starts: 0 1st, 0 2nd, 0 3rd ($1,395 won)
- 2007 (3 year old) — 17 starts: 2 1st, 1 2nd, 1 3rd ($10,047 won)
- 2008 (4 year old) — 1 start: 0 1st, 0 2nd, 0 3rd ($669 won)
- 2009 (5 year old) — 5 starts: 0 1st, 0 2nd, 0 3rd ($316)
So Charlie had a flash of success in his 3 year old year and didn’t place a single time other than that, though he was able to collect some prize money along the way!
His 4 year old year has me curious — why did he only start once?
2. He Won Something!
I was able to find mention of Charlie in a 2006 article that was entirely about another horse.
He won! He won! A qualifier, but that’s something!
Obviously, the author chose the wrong horse to highlight! Actually, Lemon Drop, the REAL subject of the article, went on to win $148,505… so maybe they were right not to focus on Charles…
3. Last Recorded Owner
On the USTA’s free tattoo search, you can find the name of the last recorded owner. Charlie was owned by someone named William Moore from Ontario, and the transfer was effective as of 2009.
A quick search for didn’t produce much for the name, except that he probably went by Bert Moore. A search for that name brought up an article from 2016 about his son, titled “Moore Makes Lemonade out of Lemons.” It contains a particularly interesting line:
Just about everybody in the business has dad’s number on their Rolodex. When you don’t want your horse anymore, and can’t sell it, you call Bert Moore.
Hmmm… makes me wonder if I’ve got a lemonade-resistant lemon in my barn!
4. The Canadian Connection
Charlie did all of his racing in Canada, despite being born in Kentucky. I found a 2006 stallion directory for the Ontario Sires Stakes, which is an incentive program to encourage people to breed, buy, and race in Ontario.
Charlie’s sire, Angus Hall, was not only a nominated sire, he seemed to be one of the big names in the trotters!
Ranking sires by their babies’ earnings, he was 2nd place Leading Sire in both the 2 year old colt and filly trot, and 1st place Leading Sire in both 3 year old colt and filly trot.
It looks like his stud fee for 2006 was $15,000!
Also included in the summary were sales results of 2005 yearlings. A certain young Wild Wasabi was listed as selling for $9,000 in the Forest City sale. This is fairly low for an Angus Hall yearling, according to these results. Some sold upwards of $90,000, with one selling for $100,000! There were many in the $30,000-70,000 range, and probably about a third of them sold for under $10,000.
5. He’s a True Middle Child
Charlie’s dam, China Lady, had 8 foals; one every year from 1998 to 2006. Born in 2004, Charlie was near the middle/end of the pack. Interestingly, only the 2003, 2004, and 2005 babies have race records, and they’re all sired by different sires.
- 2003: Last Samurai (by Self Possessed) earned $2,064 and had a race record of 2.06.3 (I think this is their time for a mile).
- 2004: Wild Wasabi (by Angus Hall) earned $12,427 and had a race record of 2:03.4.
- 2005: Kimonover Here (by Striking Sahbra) earned $69,834 and had a race record of 2.00.3.
So of the 3 racing siblings, Charlie is right smack-dab in the middle in terms of speed and earnings.
Charlie last raced in Canada in 2009, and found himself at auction in Pennsylvania in 2017, where SRF (and I) were able to get to him. I’m not sure how long it took him to get to the Amish after his racing career, but I’m guessing he’s been there for quite some time!
Let me know if you’ve ever gone all Internet Stalker and found any good info on your own horse!