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Started 1/10/12 by Derby132; 530360 views.
gerchgo

From: gerchgo

12/25/20

New York favorite, Will’s Way has died, RIP old friend, he was 27

GEORGETOWN, KY--DEC. 25, 2020 – Will's Way, winner of the 1997 Whitney Handicap and 1996 Travers Stakes, died December 24 at Old Friends at Cabin Creek in Greenfield Center, NY. 
Euthanized due to declining health, the son of Easy Goer out of the Tentam mare Willamae was 27.
Will's way was among the flagship stallions retired to Old Friends, the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Georgetown, KY. After a few seasons in Kentucky, Will was transferred to Cabin Creek, the organization’s satellite facility just outside Saratoga where, he was often greeted by his many adoring New York fans. 
 
Campaigned by trainer James H. Bond for owners Rudlein Stables, Will had a relatively short but spectacular career on the race track. After breaking his maiden at Gulfstream Park first time out in 1996, he went on to capture the GR1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, prevailing over Preakness winner Louis Quatorze and the great Skip Away. 
In 1997 Will took the GR1 Whitney Handicap, again at Saratoga, over Formal Gold, with Skip Away finishing third. The top two finishers each earned extraordinary 126 Beyer Speed Figures.
In his career, Will's Way won or placed in 11 of 13 races and retired with earnings of $954,400. His greatest son, Lion Tamer, won the GR1 Cigar Mile Handicap in 2004.
“We all loved him so much,” said Joann Pepper, owner and manager of Cabin Creek. “He would take our breath away when he decided to run. I will miss brushing his tail and kissing his star—I’ll even miss letting him chew on me,” Pepper added, referring to Will’s sometimes cantankerous personality. “It was such an honor to care for him.”
“He was such an exciting racehorse, and we were so thrilled to have him with us first in Kentucky and then in New York,” said Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen. “Our heart goes out to our friends at Cabin Creek. Joann and Will had a very special bond, and we know he will be sorely missed by everyone there.” 

Derby132

From: Derby132

12/26/20

He was a force.  I have a very fond memory of him racing the fence line with a dear friend of mine who had stage 4 cancer at the time.  They both loved the race that day and are both now gone on.  RIP Will’s Way.

gerchgo

From: gerchgo

12/26/20

RIP Dudes Got Game, 2yr old by Nyquist, died of apparent heart attack in race 7 at Gulfstream today. My condolences to his connections.:(

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Derby132

From: Derby132

12/26/20

Oh gosh just a baby.

gerchgo

From: gerchgo

12/27/20

Ebeko was injured and euthanized today in race 3, The Eddie Logan, at SA. He was off very slow, way behind and then broke down. Joel Rosario was off his mount in the next race but returned. He was another 2yr old, my condolences to his connections.:(

https://news.yahoo.com/santa-anita-sees-first-horse-223543344.html

Derby132

From: Derby132

12/28/20

Hate it.  So sad.

gerchgo

From: gerchgo

1/1/21

Was perusing this twitter page and saw this, RIP GTG, gone way too soon, I hate laminitis!

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  • Edited January 1, 2021 8:44 am  by  gerchgo
cigarello

From: cigarello

1/1/21

I remember him because of his unique name--so sorry to hear of another

horse gone from the scourge of laminitis-- 

gerchgo

From: gerchgo

1/1/21

Not a good day at Aqueduct :(

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  • Edited January 1, 2021 2:13 pm  by  gerchgo
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