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Wooden Phone was never a people horse. But he developed an affinity for Suzanne Minter, who adopted him from LOPE. Photo by Tom Reardon

Answering a call from Wooden Phone, chosen

In his heyday the plain bay with the unusual moniker Wooden Phone was undoubtedly the topic of many excited conversations. In 19 starts, he amassed more than $800,000; even beating the pants off Hall of Fame champ Tiznow in 2001. But off the track, his prowess as an athlete did not quite translate into a winning personality. So says Suzanne Minter of LOPE (LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers), “He had a lot of stress issues and was very attached to his buddies in the pasture; popping his lip in distress, and rearing and spinning at the drop of a hat. […]