BINGO (Connery) 1988-2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Photo by Rick Capone
 
Lucy's Axe - Crackling Wind - Forever Casting | 1988 Gelding  
 
Obit:
From Michael...  Rest In Peace, Bingo (Connery) 1988-2012
I don't know if, in their final moments, Thoroughbred's lives flash before their eyes. But their lives certainly flash before mine. This afternoon, just after three, a small dark cloud passed over Hagyard's at precisely the moment we were forced to put Bingo to sleep. It seemed as if he pulled the few available raindrops from the sky just to mark the moment. These are the other moments of him that I'll take to the same grave with me. Many years ago, a wise, compassionate woman named T. J. Weaver called the farm and asked us if we could take her horse, Bingo. She explained his racing name was Connery but, when she transformed him into a show horse, she re-named him, Bingo. I explained we didn't have a lot of room but she persisted. I asked her to call back in a week. In the meantime, we received a call from her good friend and fellow equestrian, Jeff Cook, who explained that T.J. was battling a tough battle against cancer. He told me he'd do anything for us if we could squeeze him in. We did. During T'J.'s first visit she went out into the field to greet her best friend and Bingo shrieked. After the next few visits, T J was confined to a wheelchair but, with the assistance from her wonderful parents, she maneuvered herself into a position near the fence where she and Bingo could share a lifetime of love and trust. During her final visit, she was unable to leave the car but that did not deter Bingo. T J rolled down the window and we led Bingo in from the field. He stuck his nose through the window and gave her a kiss. They shared a moment that only they completely understood. A few months later, on Sept. 1, 2007, Terri Jean died. And, now, Bingo has joined her.
 
History:
Bingo raced under the name Connery.  His best finish was second place, but he won out when it came time to retire from the track.  He found a home with a loving owner, T. J. Weaver, who donated him to Old Friends when she became fatally ill.  We honor her forethought in providing him with a lifelong home.  Bingo is a forthright, friendly guy.  Of all the Old Friends residents, he has the most mysterious knack for inspiring people to groom him.
Bred in KY by W. John Bourke. Foaled May 17, 1988
Record:
7 Starts, 0 Wins, 1 Place, 1 Show. Career Earnings: $1,605

Racing Owners: Carolyn S. Lupardus
Trainers: Steve Ingram, W. John Bourke
Jockeys: J. Radosevich, others

Raced at Remington Park, Oaklawn Park, Thistledown

Joined Old Friends 2006
LUCY'S AXE
b 1976
THE AXE II
gr 1958
MAHMOUD
gr 1933
BLENHEIM II
MAH MAHAL
BLACKBALL
dkbbr 1950
SHUT OUT
BIG EVENT
LUCY GREY
dkbbr 1970
TURN-TO
b 1951
ROYAL CHARGER
SOURCE SUCREE
SISTER GREY
ch 1952
DANTE
ASH BLONDE
CRACKLING WIND
dkbbr 1982
FOREVER CASTING
dkbbr 1975
KASKASKIA
blk 1965
CATULLUS
CYMBIDIUM
EVER AMBER
b 1959
AMBIORIX
EVERNESS
OUT OF HER TREE
ch 1976
UNCONSCIOUS
ch 1968
PRINCE ROYAL II
BROWN BERRY
SPARKLE
ch 1955
COUNT FLEET
DAME SOL
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