Wee Monie Creek was claimed by Wasabi Ventures Stables in May 2018. In her very first race for WVS she was claimed away. More recently, she seemed to be struggling in her races at Mountaineer. Thanks to some connections, I was able to help with her retirement.
It takes a village
As I worked on making connections in the world of aftercare, I began assembling a list of contacts at tracks where former WVS horses run. I messaged one of those contacts on Facebook a month or so ago to ask about Wee Monie Creek. She said she’d let me know if the owner was interested in retiring her. Then in mid-November the owner expressed interest in retiring her, after running one more race. After that he was glad to sell her to me.
Next began the search for an aftercare program to take her. I spoke with a handful of contacts with various amounts of success. One had a waitlist, and one would require a lengthy (and expensive) ship. Then, one was available and willing to take her.
Racing was cancelled the day of her race, so I reached out to ask about how to proceed. Even with the race cancelled, he was willing to sell her. Now, it was time to find a shipper. With the aftercare farm located four hours away, it took a decent amount of searching and connections, but a ride was found.
Happily ever after for Wee Monie Creek
On Thanksgiving afternoon, Wee was picked up at Mountaineer and hauled to Heart of Phoenix in Lesage, West Virginia. When she arrived that evening, she had a stall awaiting her arrival. I have heard from the barn manager that she is settling in nicely. Plus, they find her to be a very sweet girl.
This is the fourth horse we have purchased for retirement this year. I am truly grateful for my connections that have helped to make the transition from racehorse to retiree possible.
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