Delay of Game 1993-2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

DELAY OF GAME 1993-2016

Summer Squall - Wimbledon, by Blushing Groom (FR) | 1993 Gelding - (View Pedigree)

Delay of Game 1993-2016

Obit press release:
GEORGETOWN, KY - JUNE 7, 2016 - Graded-stakes winner Delay of Game has died. The 23-year-old gelded son of Summer Squall was euthanized on Monday evening due to the infirmities of old age. The horse also suffered from the neurological disease EPM.

Delay had been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, since 2010. Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement of his passing this morning.

Owned by John H. Peace and trained by George "Rusty" Arnold, Delay of Game (Summer Squall - Wimbledon, Blushing Groom) won his first stakes as a 4-year-old, capturing the 1997 Stuyvesant Handicap (GR2) at Aqueduct.

He went on to score 16 victories over seven seasons in premium allowance races at virtually every track and on virtually every surface, from Keeneland and Churchill Downs to Saratoga, Belmont, and Gulfstream Park.

Among his final triumphs were back-to-back wins in the 2000 and 2001 Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

Delay of Game retired from the track shortly after with career earnings of $809,023.

Following his retirement from the track, Delay returned to the stable of Rusty Arnold and his wife Sarah. "We had him almost his entire career," said Sarah Arnold. Off the track, he had a stint as a stable pony and also as a riding horse. But once he contracted the EPM, we knew we had to find permanent retirement for him, and Michael was kind enough to take him and take great care of him.

"I never met a horse who loved his job like he did," Arnold continued. "He loved racing, and not just winning, but racing. "When I think of how to describe him, I think of what groom Will Harbut always said about Man o' War: 'He was the mostest horse.'"

"Delay of Game was not only terrific racehorse, he was just a total 'people' horse, "noted Old Friends's Blowen. "He was a favorite with many of our tour guides and visitors, and he loved the attention. We were proud to care for him these last years, and we can't thank the Arnolds enough for all they did for him."

Graded stakes winner Delay of Game raced on the Kentucky, New York and Florida circuits, winning the 1997 Stuyvesant Handicap (G3) at 1 1/8 miles at Aqueduct, Jean-Luc Samyn up; the 2000 and 2001 renewals of the Tampa Bay Breeders’ Cup Stakes at 1 1/16 miles under Ramon Perez and Christopher de Carlo respectively; and premium allowance races at Keeneland, Saratoga, Belmont, Gulfstream, Churchill Downs and Turfway. He also placed in graded stakes at Keeneland and elsewhere. Delay of Game was a horse for every course who could get the job done on dirt or turf at any distance from 6 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. He won in every style, speed, stalking and late running, and under a number of jockeys including Shane Sellers, Jose Santos, Mike Smith and Pat Day. In all, the exceptionally versatile son of Summer Squall earned $809,023 for owner John H. Peace in 48 starts, with 16 wins, 9 seconds and 4 thIrds. Retired from racing in 2001, Delay of Game has been an Old Friends resident since 2010. His intelligence and kindness continue to win the love and respect his many friends, old and new.

Some stats:
Owner: John H. Peace
Breeder: Marcia M. Gumberg
State Bred: KY
Winnings: 48 Starts: 16 - 9 - 4, $809,023

At 3: 3rd Kentucky Cup Sprint S.(G2,TP)
At 4: 1st Stuyvesant H.(G3,Aqu); 2nd Queens County H.(G3,Aqu)
At 5: 2nd Ben Ali S. (G3,Kee)
At 6: 2nd Keeneland Turf Mile S.(G2,Kee); 4th Widener H.(G3,Hia).
At 7: 1st Tampa Bay BC S.(Tam); 4th Maker's Mark Mile S.(G2,Kee)
At 8: 1st Tampa Bay BC S.(Tam).

KEESEP94 $80,000 (John H. Peace)
Last raced 25Jul2001 (2nd in Alwc at Saratoga)

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