The age-defying beauty is not exactly demure at her advanced age, reports Jeanne Mirabito, owner of the nonprofit Thoroughbred charity.
“We began the day with a hearty breakfast of grain, but all attempts of grooming and pampering were immediately thwarted with kicks and attempted bites!” Mirabito says in a press release.
There must have been something in the air on her big b-day, March 27, because the other retired broodmares and lone gentleman, Elmhurst, frolicked in their pasture, kicking, rearing and “acting wild.”
Lotka retired at Our Mims in August 2008.
“I could not find a place for Lotka. So I asked my boss if I could have several additional hours a week to cover her costs and Lotka became my own horse! I was flabbergasted that I, me, little ol’ Jeanne, owned such a great mare,” Mirabito says. “Eventually I found someone to sponsor her, and after that Our Mims was able to fully sponsor her.”
Before her retirement, she had 10 wins, 4 places and 1 show in a 20-race career.
Most notable wins include the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes, the Grade 2 Black Helen Handicap, and the Grade 3 Columbiana Handicap, according to the press release.
She also won the second Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland, a victory celebrated on the 25th anniversary of that win, when she made a personal appearance at the track for the morning program Breakfast With The Works.
Our Mims Retirement Haven became a certified nonprofit in 2006, and has been featured by photographer Barbara Livingston, in her book, “More Old Friends.”
The retirement facility’s mission is to “restore health and spirit in aged mares,” and it accepts donations through eBay auctions and its online shop.