His name may look like a typographical error, but there is no mistaking his heritage. Bull Inthe Heather is the greatest son of Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner whose death in a slaughterhouse in 2001 helped drive the formation of Old Friends.
Bull, like Riva Way, was not destined to the greatness his genes might imply. In 1993, having lost 5 out of 6 starts, the cool gray could hardly see the top of his 3-year-old division. But then, as they say, the thoroughbred got his blood up and at 29-1 he bulldozed the competition—including the undefeated Storm Tower–and captured the G1 Florida Derby at a muddy Gulfstream Park. Suddenly, the railbirds were buzzing. Could he follow in his sire’s footsteps and take the Kentucky Derby? Despite a game effort, Bull lost the Derby that year to Sea Hero. Still, what he lost in glory he made up for in guts. He raced for three additional seasons, was on the board 11 times, and earned a respectable $508,338.
Retired to stud in 1997, Bull Inthe Heather originally stood at Leckbee Thoroughbred Farm near Onalaska, WA. In 2001 the G1 winner was relocated to Running Horse Farm near Albuquerque, NM, where he stood until coming to Old Friends in 2006. Among his runners is the stakes-winning mare Bullishdemands.
In 2012 Bull inspired Breyer Horses to use his image as their benefit model horse.
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BULL INTHE HEATHER's Info:
Bred in KY by Claiborne Farm & John Franks. Foaled March 22, 1990
33 Starts, 3 Wins, 10 Places, 3 Shows. Career Earnings: $508,338
Racing Owners: Brunetti, Frankel & Singer
Trainer: Howard M. Tesher
Jockeys: W. S. Ramos, Jorge Chavez, others
Biggest win: Florida Derby (G1) 1993
Other important races: Ran in the Kentucky Derby 1993, 2nd in the Fountain of Youth (G2) 1993
Other interesting facts: Bull lost the Derby to Polish Navy's son Sea Hero, as did Old Friends cohort Wallenda. He also inspired a song in 1994, Sonic Youth's "Bull in the Heather"
Joined Old Friends 2006