05/26/2014 2:50PM

Clever Allemont dies at Old Friends


Clever Allemont, a Grade 1-placed stakes winner, was euthanized due to colic Monday morning at Old Friends Equine Retirement in Georgetown, Ky.

The 32-year-old son of Clever Trick was the oldest resident of Old Friends at the time of his death. He arrived at the farm in January 2009 after being discovered two months earlier in a kill buyer’s pen in Kansas.

“Clever Allemont was such a great asset to Old Friends,” said Old Friends President Michael Blowen. “He was the kindest, friendliest stallion on the farm. He inspired deaf people because he was deaf, visually impaired people because he enjoyed life though he’d lost an eye, anybody who knew what it’s like to overcome hardship. People call Clever Allemont a ‘rescue,’ but it’s really the horses who rescue us.”

Bred in Illinois by A.J. Sweeney, Clever Allemont won eight of 47 races during his on-track career for earnings of $316,329. Racing for owner W. C. Partee and trainer Lynn Whiting, and later E. V. Klein and trainer D. Wayne Lukas, the horse won the 1985 editions of the Rebel Stakes and Southwest Stakes. He later placed in the Grade 1 Arlington Classic, the Grade 2 Sheridan Stakes, and the Grade 3 Fairmount Park Derby.

Upon retirement, Clever Allemont began his stallion career at Rainier Stables in Enumclaw, Wash., and was later relocated to Double D Farm in Kishwaukee, Ill., where he stood until 1997. He sired 167 foals over 10 crops, highlighted by stakes winners Haley D and Allerascal.

Eleven years after being pensioned at stud, Clever Allemont was discovered at the Kansas auction looking thin and missing his right eye. Money to purchase the horse was raised by the group Fans of Barbaro, and he was sent to Donegal Ranch in Williamsburg, Kan. before moving to Old Friends.

Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Certain aspects of this industry offend me. On track, if a horse isnt that good a groom, assistant, or rider just plain ignore their needs. When one retires, they are cared for if able to make money still as a stud or broodmare. Very few have been sent off to greener pastures as show horses or farm pets. God bless everyone at Old Friends and care givers everywhere who put the horse first. R.I.P. champ.
Perry Arrington More than 1 year ago
he won the Rebel and the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas under the colors of W. Cal Partee....Mr. Partee was my best friends Godfather and so I had the pleasure of being in the winner's circle when Pat Day rode him home ever so confidently...wow, sad for the horse and a gentle reminder of how old I'm getting....I was a senior in college at the time...funny how time slips away
John Bradley More than 1 year ago
Clever Allemont was one of the kindest stallions I've ever had the pleasure to know. He was a survivor and was thankful for every visitor that came to see him and for every carrot they fed him. That is a memory of him that will stay with me always. I feel honored to be one of many people who loved him and helped care for him in retirement. R.I.P. my friend, you may of moved on, but we will never forget you.
Steven Schneck More than 1 year ago
great sport. It should be renamed what have you done for me lately. God bless the people who saved him, and to hell with the people who put him in harms way
Bob More than 1 year ago
So the real questions is: How did this horse end up in a kill buyer's possession after being owned and handled by the likes of Cal Partee, Lynn Whiting; Eugene Klein and D. Wayne Lukas? For those of you who may not be old enough to recognize those names, they are among the most prominent owners and trainers from the era when Clever Allemont was campaigned......we can only wonder how many other horses that passed through the hands of this group ended up being shipped off the slaughter?
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Thank GOD he was saved from a horrible fate and passed in good company. Shame on those who put him in harm's way.