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In Memoriam - 2011
A look back at some of the many beloved Thoroughbreds who passed away in 2011. They will all be missed.
Above: Aurora (1988 - 2011) - stakes winner, dam of G1 winners Arch and Acoma
Above: Awad (1990 - 2011) - multiple Grade I winner, sire
Above: Banned (2008 - 2011) - multiple Grade 2 winner
Above: Bearpath (2006 - 2011) - top turf performer and Pan American H. winner
Above: Beautiful Pleasure (1995 - 2011) - Eclipse Award champion mare
Above: Brown Bess (1982 - 2011) - Eclipse Award champion grass female
Above: Central City (2005 - 2011) - brilliant stakes winner, second in the Breeders' Cup
Above: Chief Seattle (1997 - 2011) - second in the Breeders' Cup, sire
Above: Chocolate Candy (2005 - 2011), with the wonderful, much-loved Galen May, who was murdered in August 2010. Chocolate Candy was a multiple stakes winner.
Above: Clear Mandate (1992 - 2011) - Grade I winner
Above: D'Accord (1979 - 2011) - grade 2 winner, sire
Above: Dancing Spree (1985 - 2011) - Breeders' Cup winner
Above: Devil May Care (2007 - 2011) - multiple Grade I winner
Above: Fleet Indian (2001 - 2011) - Eclipse Award champion
Above: General Maximus (2007 - 2011) - multiple stakes winner
Above: Ghazi (1989 - 2011) - Grade I winner, sire
Above: Giant Moon (2005 - 2011) - stakes winner for four seasons
Above: Gilded Gem (2006 - 2011) - Grade 3 winner
Above: Glitterman (1985 - 2011) - multiple stakes winner, sire
Above: Indian Charlie (1995 - 2011) - Grade I winner, sire
Above: Irrefutable (2006 - 2011) - placed in several stakes
J Cs Pride (2009 - 2011) - stakes winner
Above: Jade Hunter (1986 - 2011) - multiple Grade I winner, sire of Azeri
Above: Kensei (2006 - 2011) - multiple graded stakes winner
Above: Meese Rocks (2005 - 2011) - multiple stakes winner
Above: Miesque (1984 - 2011) - nine-time champion, champion on three continents, top broodmare (produced Kingmambo and others)
Above: Najran (1999 - 2011) - multiple graded stakes winner, world-record holder for the mile, sire
Above: North of Eden (1983 - 2011) - Bridlewood Farm foundation mare, dam of three Grade I winners including champion Paradise Creek
Above: Olympio (1988 - 2011) - winner of four Derbies, sire
Above: Paradise Creek (1989 - 2011) - son of North of Eden (above). Eclipse Award champion turf horse, sire
Above: Polish Navy (1984 - 2011) - multiple Grade I winner, sire
Above: Rahy (1985 - 2011) - international stakes winner, top sire
Above: Regal State (1983 - 2011), the dam of Horse of the Year Pleasantly Perfect, shown with her 2004 filly Gout de Terroir - now the dam of Elusive Kate
Above: Siberian Summer (1989 - 2011) - Grade I winner, sire
Above: Silver Goblin (1991 - 2011) - Oklahoma's Horse of the Century, 11-time stakes winner
Above: Stevie Jones (2009 - 2011) - two-year-old son of Smarty Jones, euthanized on December 31, 2011
Above: Stormello (2004 - 2011) - Grade I winner, sire
Above: Strike the Gold (1988 - 2011) - Kentucky Derby winner, sire
Above: Tejano Run (1992 - 2011) - multiple graded stakes winner, sire
Above: Two Punch (1983 - 2011) - stakes winner, leading Midatlantic sire
Above: Unbridled Jet (1996 - 2011) - multiple stakes placed runner, sire
Above: West by West (1989 - 2011) - Grade I winner, sire
Above: Wilderness Song (1988 - 2011) - Canadian champion older mare
Above: Yankee Victor (1996 - 2011) - Grade I winner, sire
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With gratitude and love for my mother, Nancy Clark Thorkildsen (1932 - 2011), who motivated and inspired me more than words could say.
A special message to Barbara: I'm so sorry to hear your mother passed away in 2011. Your loving tribute to her is beautiful. My condolences to you. You had a special relationship with one another and your tribute showed that. Thank you for sharing your tribute to her with us.
So many beautiful horses - all great champions. As usual, the photographs were just gorgeous and touching. One of the photographs, the one of Chocolate Candy, told the most beautiful story in it of the love between Chocolate Candy and his handler, and at the same time the caption under it told of the tragedy ahead for his handler, who was a much-loved man. It saddened me to hear of what had happened to him. Love and triumph was in their photograph together. Found out some information I wasn't aware of in Strike The Gold - he was sired by Alydar. He did his sire proud - he won one of the races that Alydar tried so valiantly to win himself. That was nice! And a special "thank you" from me to Tejano Run. You did well, my boy. I will always be grateful. RIP to all of these wonderful, beautiful horses. A job well done by all!!
Remember so many of them....Godspeed to them all
Barbara, were you around when the great Gloria's Song raced at Belmont? She was from Canada--Stronach's great race mare and great broodmare. Memories...Tina
WOW; this is an amazing tribute that my son Tim would have enjoyed so very much. This world also lost my beautiful Son and my precious Dad in 2011. (Tim on 9/26 & Daddy on 11/8) My Tim "Tiznow" Reynolds was such an admirer of these beautiful animals as true athletes, and had a DRF hat that was even taken to the Breeders Cup by a dear friend, in his memory. He would have loved this tribute and would have been honored to share it as I am now, in his place. Please know that I extend my deepest sympathy, in the loss of your dear Mother. That picture portrays what a beautiful soul she must have been! sending many prayers~Alice >
Incredible tribute...all those souls forever remembered and beautifully captured. I am especially touched by the last photo...of your Mom. She was absolutely beautiful.
Behind every great woman, is another great woman! Thank you for sharing your memories of your mother, and her influence! I am very sorry for your loss! I know she must be beaming with pride at everything you do! I know I am in awe of your work, and thank you for bringing so much greatness into our homes with your powerful photos!
Sometime, there are no words, only tears.
Thank you for sharing the album of thees beautiful animals. I too have lost my Mother, and in 20 years it still is felt. Her legacy is you, and I think you do her proud. Keep caring, it's what you do.
Hi Barbara, Thank you for sharing the lovely picture of your mother. How lucky you were to have her nurturing and supporting your interests. What a marvelous success you have achieved with your great eye for photographing the most beautiful being on the planet - the Horse! Thank you for the spectacular photographic Memoriam of those who have left us. Some were much, much too young to go. So many unknowns have left us as well. They ask for so little and give so much to us unworthy humans. My heart broke when Devil May Care died. I had seen her race at Belmont. She was lovely, had a winners attitude that was priceless. I was happy to see the wonderful pictures of D'Accord. He looked so handsome and full of life. I'm glad I saw him face-to-face in 2009. He was such a big guy and quite handsome in his old age. Each and every one of them was so gorgeous and brave.