BONNIE'S POKER 1982 - 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010


photo by Peggy Maness

Poker -What A Surprise - Wise Margin       Dkb/Br  15.2h

Obit:
From Michael....   I wouldn't presume to know if a horse's life flashes before their eyes in the moment of death, but I do know that their lives flash before mine. This afternoon, as Bonnie's Poker spent her last breath feeling the pain drift from her 28-year-old body,  I remembered the first afternoon in 2004 when I saw her in an enormous field at Nicole Hammond's December Farm in Midway. Bonnie's owner, Kris Jakeman, who nursed Bonnie back after she almost died foaling a Fusaichi Pegasus colt, led me into the pasture. Bonnie wanted nothing to do with either of us. She was a tough old gal. If an actress, she would have played one of Cagney's molls...no nonsense, tough as nails. She wasn't pretty. But her self-confidence and strong will made her who she was. How many racehorses win 3 races in 10 days at Aqueduct? Bonnie did. Earlier this summer, at Saratoga, jockey Robbie Davis confirmed what Marianne Haun wrote in her book "The X Factor." "She was all heart," he said. "One day she was getting tired heading into the stretch and was about to get passed so I started hitting her. She practically stopped. As soon as I put away the whip, she took off again and won. I wanted to buy her. I wasn't at all surprised that she gave us Silver Charm." Jakeman wasn't surprised either. And, when it came time for Bonnie to be retired, Jakeman dug in with the same tenacity as her mare. Bonnie became part of a bankruptcy and National City Bank was demanding $25,000 for her. Jakeman, through many letters, begged the court to allow Bonnie to retire. After months of wrangling, Jakeman and Bonnie prevailed. Bonnie won her hard-earned retirement. It's never easy when they go. At least, for us. But, as she gently fell for the last time, she did it without a whimper...dying as she lived. 

History:
Stallions aren't the only equine athletes in need of help, as our mare Bonnie's Poker can attest.

Bonnie had a rough and tumble career in the mid '80s (63 starts!), but it was as a broodmare that she made her real claim to racing fame. Bonnie is dam to the brilliant 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm.

In 2003, Bonnie's owners, Bill and Kristie Jakeman of the Florida-based Latitude 27 Farm, opted to pension the aging mare after she suffered severe complications delivering a Fusaichi Pegasus colt. But Bonnie became the subject of a dispute with the farm's creditors, which insisted the horse was still valuable in the breeding shed. In the end, a judge—and good judgement—ruled, and Bonnie, kindly donated by the Jakemans, became a beloved Old Friends retiree.

POKER
b 1963
ROUND TABLE
b 1954
PRINCEQUILLO
b 1940
PRINCE ROSE
COSQUILLA
KNIGHT'S DAUGHTER
br 1941
SIR COSMO
FEOLA
GLAMOUR
b 1953
NASRULLAH
b 1940
NEARCO
MUMTAZ BEGUM
STRIKING
b 1947
WAR ADMIRAL
BABY LEAGUE
WHAT A SURPRISE
b 1968
WISE MARGIN
b 1950
MARKET WISE
b 1938
BROKERS TIP
ON HAND
ONE RIPPLE
b 1942
ISOLATER
RIPPLES
MILITANT MISS
br 1951
FAULTLESS
dkbbr 1944
BULL LEA
UNERRING
MISS MILITANT
ch 1939
ZACAWEISTA
PERISCOPE
Pedigree generated by PedigreeQuery.com

Bred in KY by Dr. & Mrs. S. E. Garland. Foaled March 30, 1982

63 Starts, 11 Wins, 9 Places, 10 Shows. Career Earnings: $153,960

Racing Owners: Mary L. Woolton, others
Trainers: Oscar Barrera, Robert P. Lake, Anthony Dutrow, others
Jockeys: many

Most remarkable wins: won 3 races in 9 days at Aqueduct in 1986

Breeding achievements: dam of 1997 Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm

Joined Old Friends November 2004

 

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