FRAISE 1988-2005

Saturday, January 1, 2005
Strawberry Road (AUS)—Zalataia by Dictus - b, h
Trained by William Mott
Starts: 34; 10 Wins


History: If Madeleine Paulson wasn't such a good golfer, Fraise may never have triumphed in the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Turf. The wife of the now late Allen Paulson won Fraise from her husband in a wager on the green, decided he should be competing on the grass not the dirt, and turned over training duties to Bill Mott, who had won the BC turf with Theatrical in 1987. The result was a record-breaking win at Gulfstream Park: Fraise beat the odds-on favorite Sky Classic by a head, and did so in a blazing 2:24 flat.

Mrs. Paulson, now Mrs. T. Boone Pickens, never forgot her champ, and kept tabs on him during his breeding years in Japan. Following the news of the death of Ferdinand there, Mrs. Pickens discovered that after eight seasons at stud, Fraise had been gelded and was being used as a lesson horse at the Olympic Riding Club in Chiba. It was then that she opted to sponsor his return to the United States and to retirement at Hurstland Farm. On July 20, Old Friends purchased Fraise from Koichiro Watanabe, the President of Olympic Club, for $10,000.

No one knew how fleeting his time with us would be. On Nov. 7, barely three months after his arrival in Kentucky, eight-time stakes winner Fraise died from a ruptured blood vessel in his abdomen. He was 17. At his memorial service on November 25, friends and fans gathered to say goodbye, toast his career with his own bottle of Woodford Reserve, and relive his most memorable victories on tape, including the 1992 Sword Dancer Handicap and The Hollywood Turf in 1992 and 1993.

Fraise was cremated and his remains are buried in the Old Friends Dream Chase Farm cemetery.