Just a few days ago the Gr. 3 Longacres Mile was run at Emerald Downs, and it seems like an appropriate time to honor our retiree Snipledo,who is probably the oldest living winner of that race. Snipledo won the Longacres Mile in 1990 as a four-year-old and went on to become Washington Horse of the Year. He had a fantastic career with 45 starts, 17 wins, and he retired with career earnings of $409,905.

Snipledo was originally retired by his former owner, but when he passed away in 2001 he left his horse without resources. He was saved from going to the auction by a wonderful elderly woman named Marie Monroe who had boarded him for many years. The heirs no longer wished to support Snipledo, so Marie moved heaven and earth to get him safely to Tranquility Farm. I guess the lesson here is that if you love your horses to be sure to leave them a trust.

Snipledo is sort of the John Henry of Tranquility Farm. His nickname is “The Old Curmudgeon” because he is a quirky old horse that loves his few chosen people but he does not care for visitors, kids, dogs or other horses, not necessarily in that order. He resembles his grandsire Seattle Slew in more ways than one. Whatever his quirks, we love him, but when you visit Tranquility Farm Snipledo probably won’t be on the tour.