Eternal Orage passes at Old Friends
Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends announced this morning that Eternal Orage, a favorite at his Thoroughbred retirement farm, died at age 25 of a heart attack.
“Eternal Orage was a personal favorite,” Blowen stated in a press release. “I saw him win several races in New England, including the Sam McCracken Memorial, a handicap named for the late Boston Globe turf writer and one of my dearest friends.”
Blowen also noted that, Joe DiRico, the great racehorse’s owner, visited the aging animal at Old Friends a month ago. The horse was bred by DiRico’s father, Albert, the press release stated.
“Eternal Orage kept his own counsel,” Blowen states. “He displayed a quiet confidence and never caused any trouble.”
Eternal Orage broke his maiden as a 3-year-old at Laurel Park. He finished his career in 1994 after winning 17 of 65 starts and capturing earnings of $336, 116.
His wins include the Sam McCracken Memorial Handicap at Rockingham Park and the Old ironsides Handicap at Suffolk Downs in both 1992 and 1994.
In 1993 he placed 3rd in the GR3 New Hampshire Sweepstakes.
Eternal Orage stood most of his stallion career at Elberton Hill Farm, Darlington, Md.
He retired at Old Friends in 2006. He died Saturday, July 14.
New Vocations Show a great success!
The results of the ninth annual New Vocations Charity Horse Show are in.
Society Fox, whose show name is Curb Appeal, won the following medals at the show July 7 and 8: The Ohio Hunter Jumper Association Medal: the $1,500 New Vocations Hunter Stakes; The New Vocations Thoroughbred Only Hunter Classic and the Jockey Club TIP (Thoroughbred Incentive Program) Pre Green Thoroughbred three-foot Division Championship.
Other winners were rider Nikki Roshon and her Thoroughbred Paddington, and Sarah Jadwin with her horse Devil, won the $1,000 New Vocations Team Hunter Challenge.
Amanda Musarro and her Thoroughbred Slew’s Resurrection won the Thoroughbred War Horse in Hand contest. Rider Anna Harbaugh and Thoroughbred Call Me Gold won the Jockey Club (TIP) Off-the-Track Thoroughbred in Hand and JC TIP English Pleasure class.
And, Denise Phillips and her horse Saratoga Steve were Reserve Champion in the Jockey Club (TIP) Thoroughbred Cross Rails Division. Saratoga Steve was very recently adopted from New Vocations.