When our flying Wallenda arrived from Japan, his homecoming was fueled by hundreds of fans. Anchored by a substantial contribution from Cot and Anne Campbell of Dogwood Stable, this Grade I winning son of Gulch out of So Glad (ARG) was welcomed by hundreds of supporters. Named after the high wire performer, Karl Wallenda, this magnificent Thoroughbred was most famous for winning the Grade I Super Derby and Grade II Pennsylvania Derby in 1993. This tall, dark and handsome stud has captured the imagination of thousands of fans since his return to the U.S. Bred in Florida by Peter Brant and Haras Santa Maria, he campaigned wearing the distinctive Dogwood silks for trainer Frank Alexander and jockey Herb McCauley. Wallenda earned $1,205,929 in just 33 lifetime starts. Special thanks to Dogwood’s Mary Jane Howell who visited Kiri’s Clown and asked about Wallenda. Because of her, he is here. We are honored to welcome him home.
Wallenda arrived in New York this morning and was transferred to the quarantine facility in Newburgh. We are told he is doing great and is very rambunctious. He even broke his halter! He'll leave there Wednesday afternoon and arrive in Kentucky Thursday. He'll go through his next quarantine phase at Hurstland Farm before coming over to Old Friends. We thank each and every one of you who made this possible with your donations, kind words and support. Please come visit Wallenda and all the Old Friends horses when you can.
WALLENDA IS IN THE AIR!! The plane refueled in Anchorage (yes, Alaska!) and is on it's way. Wallenda should be landing sometime about midnight in New York. There were no expected weather delays or complications. Welcome home to the States, Wallenda!
Old Friends has purchased Wallenda. He was vanned from his farm in Hokkaido yesterday and will be in quarantine until he leaves Japan next week with a scheduled arrival at JFK/NY on April 1. Wallenda will be quarantined at the quarantine facility in Newburgh, New York for three days and, then, vanned to Kentucky. He will be quarantined at Hurstland Farm until he passes the various tests required by State and Federal law. Then, he will be vanned the three miles from Hurstland to Old Friends. Thank you so much for all your help. We still need to raise about $25,000 before March 28. But I'm certain we can do it. Special thanks to Megumi Igarashi for her patience and, especially, her concern for these great old Thoroughbreds. She assures us that Wallenda is in superb condition and we're really looking forward to having him join all of his other colleagues (including Bull inthe Heather who beat him in the Florida Derby) at Old Friends. I hope you will all come to visit him and see the physical manifestation of your wonderful generosity. I will keep everyone posted as we move along.
Your contributions for Wallenda’s return to the States have been outstanding. We thank each and every one of you for your help and support.
Cot Campbell and Dogwood Stables are contributing a substantial amount toward the total of $58,000. but we are still short of our goal. If we can’t raise the funds this month we’ll have to wait until late summer to bring him home.
Thanks so much for your continuing support.
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Bred in FL by Haras Santa Maria de Araras & Peter M. Brant. Foaled April 24, 1990
33 Starts, 7 Wins, 5 Places, 5 Shows. Career Earnings: $1,205,929
Racing Owners: Dogwood Stable
Trainer: Frank A. Alexander
Jockeys: W. H. McCauley, others
Biggest wins: Louisiana Super Derby (G1) at Louisiana Downs in 1993, Cowdin S (G2) at Aqueduct in 1992, Pennsylvania Derby (G2) at Philadelia Park in 1993, Stuyvesant H (G3) at Aqueduct in 1994, Suffolk Downs BCH in 1994
Other notable races: 2nd in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland, 2nd in Brooklyn H (G2) (finishing ahead of Ky Derby winner Sea Hero) at Belmont in 1994, 3rd in Florida Derby (G1) in 1993, 3rd (to Bull Inthe Heather) in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park 1993, competed in Kentucky Derby 1993, 3rd Gulfstream Park H (G1) 1994, 3rd Donn H (G1) at Gulfstream 1994, 3rd Saratoga Cup 1994
Besides competing against Bull Inthe Heather, Wallenda ran against Williamstown at Saratoga in 1992 and The Wicked North in the Oaklawn H in 1994
Retired to Stud in Kentucky - Dixiana Stud 1995
Shuttled to New Zealand 1995,
Stood at Highview Stud, Cambridge Stud Also stood at Windsor Park Stud,
Cambridge Sold to Japan 2001 Toyosato Stallion Centre
Joined Old Friends April 2007