EASY ELLIS 2001 - 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


                                               photo by equisportphotos.com

Sefapiano - Explode Me Tonight - Time To Explode        bay gelding

Obit: From Michael....
We also lost Easy Ellis earlier this week. Many of you may not be as familiar with Easy who resided in the back gelding field with his pal, Kudos. He was raced by Paul Issacs and won his share of nice allowance races. What made Easy so significant to Old Friends, aside from his affectionate personality, was that during his racing career, he donated a significant portion of his earnings to an Old Friends retirement account.  He was a very kind horse and we will miss him.

Obit:  From Val's Blog...
As you may know, we lost one of our long-time gelding residents this week.  Easy Ellis died sometime overnight earlier this week.  Easy has lived at Old Friends since before I started volunteering at the farm, and it seemed to me he was kind of like the furniture—been there always and always will be there. He lived in one of the large pastures at the back of the farm, along with Kudos and Bonapaw.  We aren’t sure what happened, but I know that horses, like people, can have heart attacks.  Or maybe he just had somewhere else he had to be.

Easy, I have vivid memories of you in that back paddock and to me, you are still there.  You must be a little ways over the hill, just beyond where I can see you.  I’m sure you’ll be waiting at the fence next time I visit, or maybe the time after that…   - Val

History:
Bred in Kentucky by James E Jones, Easy Ellis spent all four of his racing campaigns on the local circuit. Competing as a home bred for Jones and Paul Isaacs, and trained by Walter L. Edwards, he ran at Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, River Downs, and Mountaineer Park. He showed heart, making strong runs in the home stretch against obstacles that not all horses overcome, the occasional awkward start, and several wide trips – he made one winning dash seven horses wide. In 37 starts he won 8, scored 3 seconds and 1 third, earning a total of $64,408. He was a game competitor, and a success at his level, but his story is not unusual, except in one respect.

During his the latter part of his racing, Easy Ellis was earning for his fellow equine retirees, and toward his own secure future, since a percentage of his earnings to went Old Friends. In turning a portion of their horse’s earnings into a retirement plan, Mr. Isaacs was a pioneer of a trend now being continued by other foresighted owners. Hopefully, what is now innovative thinking will become an established tradition—something like horse social security.

As for Easy Ellis, he just knows that he loves his green pasture, his leisurely days among fellow old campaigners, and his carrots. His playful confidence attests to the security he has fully earned.

SEFAPIANO
b 1989
FAPPIANO
b 1977
MR. PROSPECTOR
b 1970
RAISE A NATIVE
GOLD DIGGER
KILLALOE
b 1970
DR. FAGER
GRAND SPLENDOR
SEFA'S BEAUTY
b 1979
LT. STEVENS
b 1961
NANTALLAH
ROUGH SHOD II
DELIGHTFUL VIE
ch 1973
BARBS DELIGHT
VIETATO
EXPLODE ME TONIGHT
b 1993
TIME TO EXPLODE
ch 1979
EXPLODENT
b 1969
NEARCTIC
VENOMOUS
TIMELY QUEEN
ch 1971
OLDEN TIMES
SATIN QUEEN
SLEEPY CANYON
dkbbr 1981
HELL GATE CANYON
b 1973
HAIL TO REASON
MISSOULA
NO SLEEP TONITE
dkbbr 1978
JUNGLE SAVAGE
MAN DE SAIL
Pedigree generated by PedigreeQuery.com

Bred in KY by James E. Jones. Foaled March 22, 2001

37 Starts, 8 Wins, 3 Places, 1 Show. Career Earnings: $64,408

Racing Owners: Paul Isaacs & James Jones
Trainers: Walter E. Edwards
Jockeys: several

Raced at: Turfway Park, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Mountaineer Park and River Downs

Easy Ellis Easy Ellis - Photo by Peggy Maness
Ellis and Michael Ellis and Michael - Photo by John Chugg
Easy Ellis Easy Ellis - Photo by Peggy Maness
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