Monday, May 26, 2014

Clever Trick - Allemont, by Carlemont

Obit Press Release:
Clever Allemont, 32, Euthanized at Old Friends 

1984 Rebel Stakes winner and Old Friends retiree Clever Allemont was euthanized due to colic on the early morning of May 26.

In 2008, when Clever Allemont was 26 years old, someone threw him away to a slaughter auction. Maybe they thought he was too old and useless to bother with. Instead, the elderly stallion lived in good health for five and a half more years and became an important part of Old Friends’ family.

Bred in Illinois in 1982 by A. J. Sweeney, Clever Allemont was by Clever Trick out of Allemont (Carlemont). His race career opened with a five race win streak, beginning at the age of two and culminating in 1985 Southwest Stakes and Rebel Stakes (G3) victories for owner W. C. Partee and trainer Lynn Whiting. He finished third that summer in three graded stakes, the Sheridan (G2) and Arlington Classic (G1) at Arlington Park, and the Fairmount Park Derby (G3). Later trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Clever Allemont was ridden by Pat Day, Angel Cordero, Mike Smith, and Richard Migliore, among others. His earnings totaled $316,329 in 47 starts with 8 firsts, 7 seconds and 7 thirds.

Clever Allemont entered stud in 1988 at Rainier Stables in Enumclaw, Washington and was later moved to Double D Farm in Kishwaukee, Illinois where he stood until 1997 with 167 foals, 125 starters and 72 winners for progeny earnings of $1,038,007 on the track. He also sired AQHA, show jumper and dressage progeny.

In November 2008, the ageing stallion was discovered in a kill buyer’s pen in Kansas. Clever Allemont was thin and had lost his right eye. The Alex Brown Racing Forum’s group Fans of Barbaro raised funds to purchase Clever Allemont, and he was moved to safety at Ray and Jeanne Mason’s Donegal Ranch in Williamsburg, Kansas. Aftercare colleague Diana Baker contacted Old Friends president Michael Blowen. Clever Allemont took up residence at Old Friends’ Georgetown, Kentucky farm in January 2009.

For the next half-decade, Clever Allemont was one of Old Friends’ most popular retirees. His story was in the media, he received birthday cards from all over the world, and his gentle sociability despite his past hardships and present challenges—he was deaf from old age as well as having lost an eye—inspired many. “Clever Allemont was such a great asset to Old Friends,” said Michael Blowen. “He was the kindest, friendliest stallion on the farm. He inspired deaf people because he was deaf, visually impaired people because he enjoyed life though he’d lost an eye, anybody who knew what it’s like to overcome hardship.” Blowen added, “People call Clever Allemont a ‘rescue,’ but it’s really the horses who rescue us.”

Clever Allemont began his racing career with a big winning streak, prevailing in his first 6 races, including the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. He teamed up with Angel Cordero, Mike Smith, Pat Day, Jerry Bailey, and other top jockeys of his day. Hall-of-Famer D. Wayne Lukas trained him.

But twenty years later, he was found in a kill pen and Diana Baker contacted Old Friends.

An email to Diana: 

"His name is Clever Allemont. He is by Clever Trick. One eye is gone. He is in a narrow enclosure with a privacy fence for a north wind block. He is obviously very depressed. Some of you know that the old guys hit me the hardest and this one was like a Mack truck...he was standing with his head down and I sweet talked him from the fence and gradually he walked over to me. That graying face, the lost tore me up. And then he came up to the fence and let me love all over him. I don't usually cry until I get home, but this really got to me. The KB (killer buyer) wants $200 for him. I don't have facilities for a stallion, although for all the horses that were around him he was disinterested. I think maybe sometimes they know this is the end of the line. He gave so much to so many, and now we are all he has. His glory days are gone and with one eye and visible ribs, he will be headed to Mexico."

Thanks to dedicated people's efforts, he came to Old Friends.  We were honored to have him.

Bred in IL by A. J. Sweeney. Foaled Feb. 11, 1982
46 Starts, 8 Wins, 7 Places, 7 Shows. Career Earnings: $316,329

Racing Owners: Eugene Klein, others
Trainers: Lynn S. Whiting, D. Wayne Lukas
Regular Jockeys: Pat Day, Mike Smith, others

Biggest wins: Southwest S at Oaklawn 1985, Rebel S at Oaklawn 1985

Other important races: 3rd in the 1 1/8 mile Classic (G1) at Arlington Park 1985, 3rd in the 1 mile Sheritan (G2) at Arlington Park 1985, 3rd in the Fairmount Park Derby 1985

In both the Sheritan and Classic, Clever Allemont competed against top sprinter Smile, sire of fellow Old Friends resident Swan's Way. In the Forego, Clever Allemont raced against future sprint champion Groovy, who often tried to beat Ogygian.

At Stud: Entered stud 1988, Ranier Stables, WA.  
Joined Old Friends: January 2009

CleverAllemont photo © Rick Capone CleverAllemont photo © Rick Capone
- Clever Allemont & Michael Blowen
Clever Allemont Clever Allemont - Photo by Peggy Maness
Clever Allemont - a treat Clever Allemont - a treat - Clever accepts a carrot from Kristin Chambers, who got him out of a very bad place and drove him to Old Friends herself.
Clever Allemont January 2009 Clever Allemont January 2009 - The day after his arrival at Old Friends. Photo by Candice Chavez
Clever Allemont Clever Allemont - January 2009. Clever explores his new home, a paddock at Old Friends. Photo by Candice Chavez
Clever Allemont Clever Allemont - A foggy morning in June, 2009.
Clever Allemont Clever Allemont - Photo by Peggy Maness
Clever Allemont Clever Allemont - A June morning graze in peace and good health. By this time Clever had put on almost 200 pounds.
Clever Allemont Clever Allemont - Clever in April 2009. He's put on weight and gained strength. Photo by Peggy Maness
Clever Allemont Clever Allemont - enjoying a drink from his waterer. Photo by Peggy Maness