GEORGETOWN, KY – AUG. 9, 2021- Multiple graded stakes winner Hogy was euthanized this morning at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, where he has been pensioned since 2019.
The 12-year-old gelded son of Offlee Wild suffered a catastrophic fracture of the left hind ankle in a paddock accident and was attended to by Dr. Ashton Broman of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.
Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement today.
Bred by Dr. John E. Little in Kentucky, Hogy finished his seven-year career with 55 starts and 19 wins and earnings of $1,339,782.
The near-black gelding launched his career at Arlington Park in 2011 capturing his first three starts, including the Brian Barenscheer Juvenile Stakes at Canterbury Park. He earned his first graded stakes in the 2013 in the grade 3 Hanshin Cup Stakes, again at Arlington. In 2017 he set a track record for 5½ furlongs in the Colonel Power Stakes at Fair Grounds, while defeating Old Friends retiree and that day’s 4-5 favorite, Green Mask.
Claimed from owner William Stiritz and trainer Scott Becker for $80,000 in 2017 following three straight losses, Hogy quickly earned his keep for new owner Michael Hui and trainer Mike Maker when he took the grade 3 Kentucky Turf Sprint Stakes at Kentucky Downs, defeating group 1 winner Undrafted in the process. After a defeat in the grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Hogy went on the following year to capture the grade Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream.
“Hogy had become one of the most beloved retirees on the farm and will be deeply missed,” said Old Friends’s Blowen. “He shared a paddock and became a good friend to Soi Phet, whose career mirrored Hogy’s on the West Coast. They were an amazing pair,” Blowen added. “We’re very thankful to Michael Hui for allowing us to care for his warrior of the turf these last two years.”
Photo: Hogy at Old Friends by Laura Battles