DANCIN RENEE 1992-2014

Monday, January 13, 2014
DANCIN RENEE 1992 - 2014            
Distinctive Pro out of Lolli Lucka Lolli by Sweet Candy

Obit Press Release:
New York Horse of the Year Dancin’ Renee Euthanized at Old Friends

JANUARY 13, 2014 – Dancin’ Renee, a graded-stakes-winner and 1997’s New York Horse of the Year, has died.

The 22-year-old mare lost a long battle with laminitis and was euthanized on January 11 by Dr. Brian Fraley at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Georgetown, KY, where she had been pensioned.

"It's been a tough month," said Old Friends president and founder, Michael Blowen. "We lost Patton and Sunshine Forever in the last week, and now Renee. I mourn the losses but thank all of their fans for their support–particularly the thoughtfulness of Jeanne Mirabito of Our Mims for sending a colorful bouquet of flowers in memory of Sunshine Forever.

A homebred for owner Sanford Bacon, Dancin’ Renee was the New York-bred daughter of Distinctive Pro out of three-time New York Broodmare of the Year Lolli Lucka Lolli.

For three seasons, Dancin’ Renee had a stellar career on the track earning 14 wins from 21 starts. In her banner year, 1997, she claimed seven consecutive victories, including the GR3 Honorable Miss at Saratoga, the Broadway Handicap at Aqueduct, and the Monmouth Park Regret Stakes, which was her final start. Her earnings totaled $490,258.

For her efforts she was crowned 1997’s New York Horse of the Year as well as Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Female by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.

As a broodmare Dancin’ Renee was well represented by numerous winners, including her first foal to earn black-type, the Limehouse daughter Risky Rachel who, on Saturday, won the Minaret Stakes a Tampa Bay Downs.

"I don't know what to say," said a heart-broken Sanford Bacon. “Dancin’ Renee, who was named after my mother-in-law, a Ziegfeld girl, meant everything to us.” A few hours later, Bacon was in the winner’s circle at Tampa Bay accepting a trophy in celebration of Risky Rachel's impressive performance.

History:
Raced as a homebred for Sanford Bacon, 1997 New York Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Female Dancin Renee won the New York Stallion Park Avenue Stakes, Berlo Handicap, and Broadway Handicap at Aqueduct, the Honorable Miss Stakes (G3) at Saratoga, the Regret Stakes at Monmouth, the Endine Stakes at Delaware Park and the Straight Deal Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Laurel Park, 14 wins in all in her 21 starts, for a total of $490,258. Retired from the track, she was bred to the best as a broodmare at Mill Creek Farm and produced winners, including the stakes winning filly Risky Rachel. At the age of 20, having danced every dance and excelled at all that was asked of her, she was donated to Old Friends for the happy retirement she has earned. Old Friends thanks Sanford Bacon for securing the future of the fleet and game Dancin Renee.

From Press Release: Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY, has welcomed new retiree Dancin’ Renee, a graded-stakes winning mare and 1997’s New York Horse of the Year.

A homebred for owner Sanford Bacon, Dancin’ Renee is the New York-bred daughter of Distinctive Pro out of three-time New York Broodmare of the Year Lolli Lucka Lolli.

For three seasons, Renee had a stellar career on the track, with 14 wins from 21 starts. In her banner year, 1997, she claimed seven consecutive victories, including the GR3 Honorable Miss at Saratoga, the Broadway Handicap at Aqueduct, and the Monmouth Park Regret Stakes, which was her final start. Her earnings totaled $490,258.

For her efforts in ‘97, Dancin’ Renee was crowned New York Horse of the Year as well as Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Female by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.

The now 20-year-old broodmare is also well represented by several winners, including her first foal to earn black-type, the Limehouse daughter Risky Rachel. Earlier this season Risky Rachel won the Friendly Island Iroquois at Belmont and the Union Avenue Stakes at Saratoga.

Donated by her owner-breeder, Dancin’ Renee arrived at Old Friends from New York on Friday, September 14.

“We have a lot of horses on our waiting list but I made the decision to take Dancin' Renee because she was a remarkable athlete and Sanford loves her very much, " said Old Friends president and founder Michael Blowen. "She has already bonded with another great mare, one-time world-record holder Klassy Briefcase, and I'm just overjoyed.”

“I met Michael Blowen at a happening in Saratoga,” said Bacon of how he came to Old Friends. “Dennis Brida [the former executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders] introduced me to him. I said, ‘this looks like a wonderful program. I would hopefully like to send Dancin’ Renee there.’ Well, Michael knew her background and her record. He knew everything about her!

“I sent her there because the place is wonderful,” added Bacon. 
Dancing Renee photo © Rick Capone Dancing Renee photo © Rick Capone
Klassy Briefcase & Dancing Renee photo © Rick Capone Klassy Briefcase & Dancing Renee photo © Rick Capone
Dancing Renee & Klassy Briefcase photo © Rick Capone Dancing Renee & Klassy Briefcase photo © Rick Capone

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