FORTUNATE PROSPECT 1981 - 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012


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Northern Prospect - Fortunate Bid - Lucky Debonair | 1981 Horse

Obit:
From Michael....Over the years, several people stopped by Old Friends to tell us we had a dead horse in the front paddock. "No," I would explain. "It's Grandpa, Fortunate Prospect, just relaxing." When his time came, I think everyone expected that he'd just lie down in the grass, like Flying Pidgeon, and surrender to the inevitability of it all. But, of course, that's not what happened. It's never what we expect.

I remember, so many years ago, reading that Farnsworth Farm was going out of the breeding business and putting the farm up for sale. I contacted Farnsworth's Michael Sherman and told him we'd love to have Fortunate Prospect retired to Old Friends. He said that if he couldn't place him as a stallion, he'd donate him to us. It took nearly two years and many phone calls but we finally brought him to spend his last years with us. And we were so lucky.

In spite of his being our elder statesman, it seemed like he would go on forever. He knew how to take care of himself. He had a quiet dignity...very self-contained. He was also kind to visitors without ever giving up an ounce of his self-respect. He wouldn't beg for anything. His eyes, even in his later stages, never missed a thing. I think everyone who ever had the marvelous experience of being in his presence will never forget it. I know I won't.

History:
The stallion Fortunate Prospect may be the first Old Friends retiree with more credentials as a stallion than a racehorse. The Florida-bred has a respectable track record (nine stakes wins, including the the San Vicente at Santa Anita at the age of 3 and the Equus Handicap at Garden State in course record time the following year), but it’s his family tree that has grown with distinction. 

Considered one of the truly great stallions in Florida breeding history, Fortunate Prospect sired 571 winners, 27 of them stakes victors. His 683 runners—including top filly Fortunate Card and chief earner Suave Prospect—have earned over $38 million on the track. The stallion also gained recognition over the years as a top broodmare sire. His daughter Successful Dancer is the dam of multiple stakes winner Successful Appeal, who now stands at Walmac Farm in Kentucky.

Fortunate Prospect stood at Farnsworth Farm near Morristown, Fla. for nearly two decades before he was pensioned from the breeding shed in 2005 at the age of 24. He was donated to Old Friends when owner Michael Sherman liquidated his farm in early 2005 and needed a new home for his long-term resident. Needless to say, we feel very Fortunate to have him.

Record:
Bred in FL by M & M Bloodstock Agency. Foaled Feb. 24, 1981

39 Starts,13 Wins, 5 Places, 3 Shows. Career Earnings: $$2,613,105

Racing Owner: G. Robins
Trainer: Leroy Jolley
Jockeys: L. Pincay, J. Vasquez, others

Biggest wins: San Vicente S at Santa Anita 1984 (over Precisionist), Select H at Monmouth Park 1984, Kendall S at Hialeah 1985, Bold Reasoning S at Gulfstream 1985, Equus H at Gulkstream in 1985 and 1986, Chief Pennekeck H at the Meadowlands 1985, Hallandale H at Gulfstream in 1986, Rise Jim H at the Meadowlands 1986

Other notable races: 2nd (to Precisionist) San Miguel H at Santa Anita 1984, 2nd Baldwin S at Santa Anita 1984, 2nd Debonair at Hollywood Park 1984, 2nd Sunny Isle H at Calder 1985, 3rd Mutual Svgs Life Sprint at Fair Grounds 1986, 3rd Phoeniz S at Keeneland 1986

ETR at Gulfstream Park, 6f 1:08.2

At Stud:
Entered stud 1987 Farnsworth Farms, FL

One of the most successful sires and broodmare sires to stand in Florida. Damsire of Musket Man

Joined Old Friends October 2005

NORTHERN PROSPECT
b 1976
MR. PROSPECTOR
b 1970
RAISE A NATIVE
ch 1961
NATIVE DANCER
RAISE YOU
GOLD DIGGER
b 1962
NASHUA
SEQUENCE
SLEEK DANCER
b 1968
NORTHERN DANCER
b 19
NEARCTIC
NATALMA
VICTORINE
b 1962
MY BABU
PANDORA
FORTUNATE BID
dkbbr 1971
LUCKY DEBONAIR
b 1962
VERTEX
ch 1954
THE RHYMER
KANACE
FRESH AS FRESH
dkbbr 1957
COUNT FLEET
AIRY
BIDDY BIG
b 1966
PALESTINIAN
ch 1946
SUN AGAIN
DOLLY WHISK
SPOONY
b 1952
DEVIL DIVER
BIMLETTE
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