11/14/2010 4:23PM

Buddy's Saint (2007 - 2010)

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He had a warm, homely face, with high-set eyes, large ears and an unusually long nose – more the look of a favorite old hunter, perhaps, than a young racehorse. His eyes reflected an old soul, a horse who trusted people and who would try to jump the moon if asked.   

Last winter on Gulfstream Park’s backstretch, the bay colt stood patiently for long periods while his legs were hosed, as cars slipped past just a few feet away. If people stopped and hopped out - many wanted to see the horse on everyone’s Kentucky Derby short list - his sweet face picked up as he curiously watched them approach. 

It was on the racetrack that Buddy’s Saint seemed all racehorse, powering past competitors as if not even noticing them.   From his maiden win (from which he was DQed), through the Nashua Stakes (twelve length win) to his Remsen romp…well, Buddy was the real deal.                                                                                                  

But as so often happens, the transition from two to three was not smooth, and a rough trip in the Fountain of Youth left the kindly colt battered. He never quite made it back. And now Buddy’s Saint, a member of Saint Liam’s only crop, belongs to the ages.  He was euthanized this morning after fracturing his left shoulder in a Belmont Park workout.

He leaves behind a record of two wins in four starts and earnings of over $200,000. To me, he leaves behind memories of peaceful Florida mornings.  I am sure that, to the Levine barn and Buddy’s other connections, he leaves much more.