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 • Bourbon County
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Birth: Mar. 12, 1983
Death: Sep. 1, 2002

Ferdinand was one of the most courageous and exciting horses to set foot on the track. The handsome red colt triumped in the 1986 Kentucky Derby, making both his famous trainer Charlie Whittingham and his legendary rider Bill Shoemaker the oldest in their respective specialties to win the Run for the Roses. Ferdinand went on to finish a game 2nd in the Preakness and 3rd in the Belmont Stakes.Ferdinand earned more than $3 million in his accomplished career. He won races including the Hollywood Gold Cup and Breeders' Cup Classic, and was named not only Champion Older Horse of 1987, but also Horse of the Year.In 1995, Ferdinand was sent to stand at stud in Japan, a decision that would prove a tragic mistake. Ferdinand was bred to just 10 mares in his final year at Arrow, and his owners opted to get rid of him. After efforts by the farm staff to place Ferdinand with a riding club failed, he passed into the hands of a Monbetsu, Japan, horse dealer named Yoshikazu Watanabe and left the farm Feb. 3, 2001. No attempt was made to contact anyone affiliated with Ferdinand in the U.S.A reporter for "The Blood-Horse" magazine, Barbara Bayer, investigating what had happened to Ferdinand for a story in the July 26, 2003 issue, was told after many lies and evasions that Ferdinand "was disposed of late last year." Ferdinand's registration in Japan was annulled Sept. 1, 2002, Bayer learned. This likely meant just one terrible thing: the great horse had been sent to a slaughterhouse, all too common for older stallions in Japan. Although his body cannot come home to rest, he is mourned and memorialized at his former home grounds, Claiborne Farm in Paris, KY.There are no words to describe the lowness of those responsible for Ferdinand's fate. However, there will always be many words to describe Ferdinand's greatness. May he rest in peace, and never be forgotten.For more information, and 
Claiborne Farm Equine Cemetery
Bourbon County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: the dusty stretch
Record added: Jul 30, 2003
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Added by: Diane Crane
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In Memory Of Ferdinand ♥.....
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