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Spread the word95 Silver Ray (23.5.89 – 1.1.19) © Rick Capone
Grade three chase acceptable adolescent Silver Ray, who was rescued from a annihilation bargain in 2013, has died at the age of 30.
Silver Ray was euthanized on January 1 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Kentucky. He had been adversity from abiding orthopedic disease.
On its blog, Old Friends said: “We will absence Silver Ray. No catechism about that. We’ll absence the peaceful afterimage of him agriculture in his paddock. We’ll absence how aflame he acclimated to get about meal times, trotting over snorting, sometimes alike bucking. We’ll abnormally absence his sweetness, how he’d ankle over for accompaniment as abundant as a treat, how he’d let accouchement pet him, his calm, astute face, and how he’d sometimes lay his arch on visitors’ shoulders, abnormally adolescent women visitors. Ray was a bit of a ladies’ man.
“For us, it’s adamantine that our acceptable times with him accept ended. But that’s our perspective. For Silver Ray, Old Friends was a long, blessed ending. True to his name, he came through some aphotic times to a comfortable, aristocratic life. He let us apperceive how abundant he enjoyed the aegis he’d found.”
Silver Ray. © Rick Capone
Kentucky-bred Silver Ray (Silver Hawk x Danceland, by Little Current) won six of his 26 starts for owners Jerry and Ann Moss, who had bought him at bargain for $80,000. His best win was as a two-year-old, aback he won the Grade 3 Hoist the Flag Stakes at Hollywood Park. His career balance totaled $268,532, but his aftermost chase was a $75,000 claimer.
As a adolescent Silver Ray sired 47 foals in 13 lifetime crops with 11 winners. He was eventually awash to a dressage trainer and had some success as a afford of action horses.
But in the summer of 2013 the adolescent was apparent at a livestock bargain in Mira Loma, California, by April Smith, who bought him for $30.
After apprehension his identity, Smith contacted Catherine Trope, architect of the Glendale, California-based Polo Pony Rescue, and Trope helped assistant the ailing ex-racer aback to health.
Silver Ray at Old Friends. © Rick Capone
When the Glendale News-Press ran a affection about Silver Ray’s accomplishment and recovery, it came to the absorption of above owners Jerry and Ann Moss, who are best accepted for advancement the best adult Zenyatta.
Longtime supporters of Old Friends, the Mosses formed with architect and President Michael Blowen to defended Silver Ray a atom at the Georgetown farm.
“It has been such an account to accept Silver Ray with us these years,” Blowen said. “He has been an astonishing fan favorite. He had an abundantly affable soul, he was admirable with children, and he aloof admired accepting treats and absorption from all of our visitors.”
Tour adviser Ken Hawes said of Silver Ray’s aftermost bout on the day afore he let the Old Friends aggregation apperceive his time had come: “He did eat disconnected carrots on our bout bygone and additionally accustomed abundant cuddle from the accouchement on the tour. He was a sweety and a admirer to the end.”
Silver Ray. © Rick CaponeRelated