To whom it may concern,
I wanted to be a thoroughbred owner since I was 19 years old. It took me close to 30 years to do it, but during that time I asked quite a few questions at the track. Waiting that long for a dream meant I wanted to ensure I began with a quality trainer and racing operation.
Without saying why I was bring a subject up, I would mention a trainer's name to various people I would meet around the track during those waiting years and just listen to the response. When I mentioned Kenny McPeek invariably the response I received was "he's a good horseman." I could speak to his record, but that is easily found on the Internet these days, so I'll just speak to my personal experience.
When I finally was able to get into racing. I contacted Kenny and told him my goals. He was great working with me and my ultimate desire to purchase only yearling fillies, race them, and eventually establish my own broodmare band for breeding to race. In the last few years, we have had much success. Kenny has picked out every horse I have.
My first horse was Black Type and is now in-foal to Giant's Causeway and will be going to Unbridled's Song. My second horse was a graded stakes winner and just retired will go to Tiznow. My point being, these fillies have established a race record to be accepted by the premier stallions and stallion farms. The younger horses are establishing themselves as quality runners. However, success is not guaranteed and for me it has been more about the experience than the success.
During the first years with Kenny, I spent many days at his barns in
Kentucky and New York and Florida. Every time I was at a barn, I was pleased with the attention and care the horses received. I was at his Saratoga barn every day for an entire meet just observing and learning. No amount of winning or on-track success would be enjoyable if I thought the horses weren't getting the best possible care. Many times over I have seen Kenny and his staff go out of their way to ensure the quality of care of all his
This single fact has impressed me more than anything and has helped me enjoy all the racing experiences - and the racing experiences have been great!
Getting to visit and race and get to the winners circle at tracks like
Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Saratoga, Gulfstream, etc., and run in the graded stakes races is a truly exciting experience not just for me, but also for friends and family.
I've had many business dealings over the years, and I would consider my working relationship with McPeek Racing to be one of the best I have experienced. Kenny and his staff are always responsive and extremely hard working. This is one business I have no reservations about giving my highest recommendation, and I very rarely ever give a recommendation for any business.
If you would like to talk in person, I will be glad to discuss any items or my experiences in detail.
THE ROSALIND STORY
Good morning Kenny.
This is just for fun and entertainment. I have a story to tell you and I told you a bit of it a few weeks back. I would tell you in person, but I don't know if I will get to see you before we race in Los Angeles and I think you will like it.
First, a brief bit of the back story to put it all in context. I was injured in 1978 and graduated high school in 1980 just like you. However, winters were cold here, the UT college campus was not set up for wheelchairs back then, and there was no public transportation for wheelchairs. However, San Diego had all of these so I moved there in 1981. I had watched horse racing on television but had never attended a race as a youth.
In San Diego, I would ride the city bus up to Del Mar every day during their summer meet and just sit at the saddling paddock and watch the horses and then walk to the rail to see the race. I did this for years. In 1982 a young filly named Landaluce had made a name for herself by winning her first two races at Hollywood Park! She came to Del Mar and I watched her win that day and then subsequently took a short ride the following month up to Santa Anita to watch her win her next race.
She was the first horse I wholly loved as a fan and whose career I would follow daily as much as was possible back then. I had the Daily Racing form delivered to my apartment way back then. She was set to run next in the Hollywood Starlet at Hollywood Park and I was going to skip school to watch her.
She became sick the week before the Hollywood Starlet, but I went anyway and watched the races that day. She never recovered from her illness and died on December 11, 1982. Few things get to me emotionally, but I was surprised how heartbroken I was by her death and especially for a horse I had never met. I would think about her and the two races I saw her race all the time. Following Landaluce's death, she was buried in the Hollywood Park infield in a memorial service. The video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBp_uh7W2Dw
Fast forward 28 years to 2010. From my time at Del Mar I always knew I wanted to be in the thoroughbred business at some time, it just took me a while to get there. Anyway, I needed a name for the stable and turned to the horse whom I first loved and always thought about. As you know, Landaluce Educe simply is Latin for Landaluce remembered. So on December 7, Rosalind, will run in the final graded stakes for fillies at Hollywood Park. It is also the final running of the Hollywood starlet which was to be Landaluce's final race.
So Landaluce Remembered Stable will be running in the Final Filly Grade 1 at Hollywood Park's where Landaluce has been laid to rest. Additionally, we will be racing Rosalind who is named for a feisty female character in Shakespeare's 'As You Like It.'
Why? Because Rosalind's dam sire is Theatrical and her dam is Critics Acclaim and her sire is Broken Vow. If you are familiar with the play, all of those tie together. So the Hollywood Starlet just seems logical for Rosalind to get her first Grade 1 win.
Finally, Landaluce's sire was Seattle Slew and I believe you told me his dam was conceived and raised in your Breeding Shed.
The following are a few more facts about Rosalind's races you may already know or just find interesting:
Though she has yet to win a graded stakes race, and this is the one negative to her record, she has placed in every graded stakes she has run which includes one grade 2 and two grade 1's. Sometimes, placing in a graded stakes can be misleading as the fields may be weak, but the following is a very interesting fact which points to strong efforts by her. In every graded stakes she has run, her time has been faster than the corresponding race for the juvenile males over the same track and distance. These are in chronological order.
ROSALIND EQUIBASE PROFILE