As was evident in her last race where Nik Goodwin had her in a great position to make a run and she didn’t, Lauran Ray was done with racing. She just didn’t want to do it anymore. It certainly happens to all horses but with mares, especially, when they decide they are done, they are done.
There were a couple of things we could have chosen to do: sell her for racing, put her through the paddock sale on Monday or try and sell her privately and retire her. We chose the latter course and connected her with a young woman who will be using her as a project horse as she competes in hunter/jumper classes.
Laura Ray gets a soft landing in a home where she will be loved and have a job. That’s all we all should ever want from ex-racehorses and we are grateful she is going to have this opportunity.
The minimum sale price in the paddock sale would have been $500 so that is the price we sold her.
Ender, however, came out of his race well and there is a chance that he may get another race on closing weekend, so stay tuned.
Thank you to all that RSVP’d to the breakfast next Saturday. We got the final number to the food and beverage department and look forward to seeing you all there.