07/18/2011 9:46PM

Evening Attire and Tacticianor, happy at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue

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Evening Attire (left), 13, and Tacticianor, 7, cut through fresh snow at Akindale Farm, in Pawling, New York, in January 2011.

As Saratoga prepares for mid-90 temperatures, racing fans countrywide try to beat the heat.  For fun, enjoy some cool photos of the beloved fan favorite Evening Attire and his half-brother Tacticianor ambling through knee-deep snow at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue this past winter.  Special thanks to the great folk at Akindale, including Erin Pfister, Karin Millard and Stephanie Cowser, for helping out!

Above:  Evening Attire (1998, Black Tie Affair - Concolour, by Our Native), age 4, at trainer Pat Kelly's barn at Saratoga in 2002.  That autumn, he won the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.  Owned by Joe Grant (Grant Racing Stable) and Thomas J. Kelly, the rangy grey gelding won stakes races from age 3 through 10.  

His caring owners secured his future by sending him to Akindale, where he is now a happy pensioner.

Above left: Tacticianor (2004, by Tactical Cat) as a chestnut-coated colt, with his beautiful dam Concolour.  Above right:  Tacticianor wasn't much of a racehorse, earning ~$16,000 in 44 starts.  He's shown soon after being rescued from an Ohio auction house for $75.  When Tacticianor's former owner, and breeder, Joe Grant, learned of the horse's condition, he stepped in to help with costs.  Eventually, Tacticianor was shipped to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue to live in comfort with his famous brother.   Thank you to Ms. Mandae Lewis, of Lewis Farm and Rescue, for the photo at right. Story:  www.drf.com/news/half-brother-evening-attire-rescued

Above:  Karin Millard leads Tacticianor to the paddock, as Erin Pfister and Evening Attire follow.  It's hard to even remember how cold that day felt...but it was, well, very cold!

Above:  Evening Attire can be, for lack of a better term, a pest.  Here, he plays sweet with his half-brother before deciding they should move out.  Below:  Evening Attire (halter) and Tacticianor pose for family photos.

Above:  Evening Attire, ready for mischief, cuts a path through the freshly fallen snow.

Above and below:  A new buddy soon joins the duo in the paddock.  Called Remington, the handsome dark bay Thoroughbred doesn't mind standing up to Evening Attire.

Above: Note a common theme in these four photos. Evening Attire, time and time again, just can't resist pestering his pasture mates.

Above:  Evening Attire surveys the view at Akindale Farm.

Above:  Evening Attire, his head completely submerged, playing snow angel.  Below, he does a sea monster imitation.

Above:  Evening Attire, quite pleased with himself after his cold roll.

Steppin' out:  At Akindale, Tacticianor can easily keep pace with Evening Attire.  

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