Not your average OTTB given another chance at a new life and a mostly average busy Mom who never gave up on her dream to ride again. An unlikely pair at an unlikely time, learning to event and loving life!
Steady at 7. He finally looks like the horse I own all the others he looks like such a baby.
If you live in Vancouver and frequent the races you may have seen Steady Smiler race. Most of his races were run at Hastings from 2003-2007 and the last photo is at Woodbine 2007 where I believe his owner(that I have been in contact with) shortly after that lost him in a claiming race. The owner/trainer that owned him from a yearling to 2007 is the lady that sent me these and is also sent in the mail today 4 of his winning videos and the video of the British Columbia Derby that he came in second and won $66,000 in that race alone. Learning more and more of his history and I noticed she is exactly right when she told me that they allowed Smiley(as they called him) to be himself and he always did well for them, but the following owners did not and he never did well after he left them. Here is the link to his racing records and you can see he was very consistently placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd with the occasional lesser placing for 5 years then you can notice after 2007 he only had one more win after that and it was in a low claiming race in 2009 just a few months before I purchased him. It is amazing what a horse will do for someone he wants to please but will not perform the same for others. Something I better ALWAYS remember in my work with Steady! I know some may not have any interest in any of this but for those OTTB enthusiasts out there this stuff can all be so fun!