THE NAME'S JIMMY 1989-2014

Monday, March 10, 2014
THE NAME'S JIMMY 1989 - 2014
Encino out of Dancing at Dawn by Grey Dawn

Obit Press Release:  American Derby Winner The Name’s Jimmy Euthanized at Old Friends
GEORGETOWN, KY - MARCH 10, 2014
1992 American Derby record setter The Name’s Jimmy died March 7 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Kentucky. The 25 year old son of Encino out of the Grey Dawn mare Dancing at Dawn was undergoing treatment for mobility issues. Due to their increased severity, Dr. Joan Gariboldi of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Old Friends president Michael Blowen determined that humane euthanization was in the horse’s best interest.

Bloodstock agent Chuck Calvin recommended the colt, bred in Illinois by Triple D Stable, to Brian and Jan Burns of Mount Joy Stables, Inc. The Burns purchased the two year old in training as their first racing prospect. Brian Burns and his father, Jimmy Burns, had long shared the dream of owning a race horse, but Jimmy Burns did not live to see that dream realized. His son raced The Name’s Jimmy in his memory.

The Name’s Jimmy won the 1992 Will Rogers Handicap (G3) under trainer Charles Stutts. In his American Derby (G2) win he set a stakes record of 1:59.41 for 1 3/16 miles on the Arlington Park turf with Pat Day up. In 1994 the colt nearly succumbed to an infection. “He spiked a fever of 106 degrees,” Burns recalled. “Just as the authorization to euthanize arrived his fever broke. He went on to a second in the Fort Harrod Stakes at Keeneland.” The Name’s Jimmy earned $404,090 during his 1991-1994 racing career.

The multiple graded stakes winner entered stud in 1995 at Pope McLean’s Crestwood Farm in Kentucky. He later stood at Hill ‘N Dale near Barrington, Illinois and Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, Louisiana. “When Hurricane Katrina came through, Jimmy was lost. He stayed out in the bayou for two days before Pope McLean, Jr. found him,” Burns said. “It’s a wonder he wasn’t eaten by an alligator or bitten by a snake. After that, Pope and I called him The Survivor.”

The Name’s Jimmy sired four stakes winners and five stakes-placed winners. He sired earners of nearly $6 million. Brian and Jan Burns retired the stallion to Old Friends in July 2007. “If it doesn’t get through to people what Old Friends does for these horses it’s a crying shame,” remarked Burns.

“The Name's Jimmy was blessed to have owners like Brian and Jan Burns and we were lucky to have Jimmy at Old Friends,” Blowen said. “It's always difficult to euthanize one of our great retirees but Jimmy made it easy. The look in his eye spoke volumes and we were able to help him in his final hour. We're very grateful for all he gave us.”

History: Racing for Brian Burns' Mount Joy Stables, The Name's Jimmy was named after Burns' father, who had dreamed of a racing stable but died before he could realize that dream.  A winner at first asking on the dirt at the age of 2, The Name's Jimmy really hit his stride at 3 when he tried the grass.  After a sharp 2nd in the La Puente at Santa Anita, he won the Will Rogers H at Hollywood Park, and his brightest effort came when he easily won the $300,000 American Derby (G2) on the turf at Arlington Park in 1992.  Due to injuries, Jimmy was never able to top that performance, but he raced strongly as a 4 and 5 year old, including a 2nd in the Fort Harrod S (G3) at Keeneland in 1994.

At stud in Florida, The Name's Jimmy sired 70% runners and 46% winners, a useful stallion career, through the late 1990s and early 2000s.  On retirement, Jimmy was donated to Old Friends through the generosity of Brian Burns.  Jimmy especially enjoys apples and sharing his very decided opinions with all, horse and human alike.
Jimmy photo © Rick Capone Jimmy photo © Rick Capone
The Name's Jimmy - photo © Laura Battles The Name's Jimmy - photo © Laura Battles
Jimmy photo © Rick Capone Jimmy photo © Rick Capone
Jimmy photo © Rick Capone Jimmy photo © Rick Capone
The Name's Jimmy - photo © Laura Battles The Name's Jimmy - photo © Laura Battles
Jimmy photo © Rick Capone Jimmy photo © Rick Capone
The Names Jimmy BY BETH SHANNON The Names Jimmy BY BETH SHANNON
The Name's Jimmy - photo © Ruthann van den Burg The Name's Jimmy - photo © Ruthann van den Burg - Gimme da carrots.
The Name's Jimmy - photo © Laura Battles The Name's Jimmy - photo © Laura Battles
The Name's Jimmy - photo © Laura Battles The Name's Jimmy - photo © Laura Battles
The Name's Jimmy - photo © Laura Battles The Name's Jimmy - photo © Laura Battles
The Name's Jimmy - photo © Beth Shannon The Name's Jimmy - photo © Beth Shannon

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