Honoring Elkhorn Stakes winner Marvin's Faith

The Gr.2 Elkhorn Stakes which runs today traditionally closes Keeneland's spring meet with a mile and a half competition that draws some of the world's premiere turf horses. Tranquility Farm retiree Marvin's Faith (Ire) not only won the Elkhorn Stakes in 1995, but he established a new course record in doing so, beating the great competitor Hasten to Add by a nose. It must have been quite a sight to see a young Marvin streaking to victory over the grey stallion against the beautiful spring display of Keeneland's dogwood and redbuds in bloom. In 29 lifetime starts Marvin's Faith won six races, including the Gr.3 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar and the Gr. 3 Bay Meadows Derby.

We have a lot of happy horses here at Tranquility Farm, but I think Marvin is among the most contented. He is always ready for a pet, and he is a perfect gentleman with the other geldings, never one of the rowdy ones who think they are retired prize fighters instead of runners. This summer when the grass is green and the shining horses take a victory lap around the pasture, I'll try to catch a photo of ninteen- year-old Marvin's Faith doing what he loves so well.