Thursday, July 24, 2008
Noble Nashua - Can't Be Bothered by Stop the Music - ch, h
Lifetime: 14 Starts, 4 Wins


Obit:  Ballindaggin, the stately 23-year-old, New York-bred chestnut who swept the 1987 New York Stallion Series and defeated an international field in the 1988 Molson Export Challenge, was humanely euthanized on July 22 at the Hagyard Equine Institute. The multiple stakes-winner of $946,894 in just 14 starts recently was diagnosed by Dr. Doug Byars as suffering from severe back problems brought on by degenerative arthritis. The decision to euthanize was made in consultation with Dr. Byars, Dr. Hunt and Old Friends President, Michael Blowen. Ballindaggin had resided at the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Kentucky for two years. He was donated to Old Friends by Idaho owner-breeders Bob and Robbie Waters who visited him often during his retirement. "Ballindaggin was one of our kindest, most intelligent residents," said Blowen. "He was farm manager Janet Beyersdorfer's favorite retiree. But he told us it was time. His eyes had turned from proud and courageous to insecure. We wanted him to go with his dignity intact. He'll never be forgotten."   

History: Although Ballindaggin's racing career was all too brief due to injury, his record is nonetheless impressive. This Noble Nashua son and Nashua grandson captured three divisions of the New York Stallion stakes in 1987. In 1988, he added a win at the $1- million Molson Export Challenge at Woodbine, bringing his earnings to over $946,000.

Ballindaggin joined the Old Friends family in July 2006, having been donated by his owners Bob and Robbie Waters. A chestnut beauty with a sweet disposition, this near millionaire quickly settled in and appears to enjoy the Old Friends daily routine which includes plenty of visitors—many from his native New York who remember him.

Race Record: 14 Starts, 4 Wins, Places, Shows - Career Earnings: $946,894

Molson Export Challenge [L](WO, $1,000,000) New York Stallion S. [LR] (AQU, $120,000), New York Stallion S. [LR] (BEL, $60,000), New York Stallion S. [LR] (AQU, $57,600)