Mixed Pleasure 1985-2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sucha Pleasure - Sea I'm Lucky, by Windy Sea | 1985 Horse - (View Pedigree)

Mixed Pleasure 1985-2015

The 30-year-old resident of Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, was euthanized October 26th due to complications from colic.

Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement of his passing this afternoon.

Mixed Pleasure, who was a great-great grandson of the great Seabiscuit, had been pensioned at Old Friends since 2012 after being saved by Charlotte Farmer and the nationwide advocacy group Equi-Army-NDO.com. The stallion had stood at Grand Trine Farm in Molalla, OR, and was one of 14 horses seized by the rescue group when former owners attempted to place them for sale in an auction.

A moderately successful racehorse, Mixed Pleasure (Sucha Pleasure - Sea I'm Lucky, Windy Sea) was campaigned by Mel Stute and won five of his 22 starts, earning over $140,000 in his career.  As a two-year-old Mixed Pleasure captured the Won Ford Juvenile Stakes as well as the Kindergarten Stakes. He then place second in the GR2 Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes and was third in the GR3 Balboa.

His dam, Sea I'm Lucky, was by Windy Sea, who was out of Sea Anemone, a daughter of Seabiscuit. Mixed Pleasure was presumed to be the oldest living descendant of the Depression-Era hero.

"It's always heartbreaking to lose one of our horses," said Old Friends's Blowen. "But at the time of his death Mixed Pleasure was surrounded by those who loved him most. Our vet Bryan Waldridge was here to help him, as were our farm managers Tim Wilson and Carol Oates. Most importantly, Mixy spent his last moments with his best friend, John Bradley, one of our dedicated volunteers who was Mixed Pleasure's friend and caretaker these last three years."

"Mixed Pleasure was one of the kindest and easy going stallions we've ever had," Blowen added, "and he will be sorely missed."

.Mixed Pleasure is one of the few modern day stakes winners descended from Seabiscuit. This great-great-great-grandson of the 1930’s champion was a talented and precocious two-year-old. He won the 1987 Kindergarten Stakes at Golden Gate Fields and the 1987 Ford Juvenile Stakes at Bay Meadows, not far from his famous ancestor’s former home in Northern California. Mixed Pleasure then proved himself a force to be reckoned with at graded stakes level with a second in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (G2) at Hollywood Park and the Balboa Stakes (G3) at Del Mar. At three years old he was also stakes-placed. From 22 starts he achieved 5 wins, 6 seconds and 1 third, earning the very respectable total of $140,175. He did not sire many progeny, but those that raced were winners. Mixed Pleasure was donated to Old Friends in 2012. He settled in immediately, becoming good friends with his neighbors in the nearby paddocks and a great favorite with visitors and volunteers.

Some stats:
Owner: Grand Trine Farm
Breeder: Celeste & David Anderson
State Bred: CA
Winnings: 22 Starts: 5 - 6 - 1, $140,175
At 2: Won Ford Juvenile S., Kindergarten S.; 2nd Hollywood Juvenile Championship S. (G2); 3rd Balboa S. (G3)
At 3: 2nd Carquinez H.
Stood at Grand Trine Farm, Molalla, Oregon (2011 fee $1,000).
July 2012: Pensioned at age 27 and donated to Old Friends Equine Retirement Center, KY


Descendant of Seabiscuit headed to Old Friends