Hotstufanthesome is a Kentucky bred 2000 Bay Gelding (Awesome Again – Don’t Read My Lips, by Turkoman). With 45 starts, 13 firsts, 9 seconds and 3 thirds, this multiple graded stakes winner earned $756,743 in his racing career. HotStuf won the Cliff Hanger (G3) at the Meadowlands in October of 2005 and the Mac Diarmida Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream in January of 2006. At age six in the Gulfstream, Hotstuf set a new track record. He also won several ungraded stakes races. Having last raced in 2009, it took Hotstuf a few years to find his way to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue.
In October of 2009, HotStuf had what would be his last start at the Meadowlands where he finished in sixth place. He was then retired, leaving Gulfstream’s backside to head to the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, thinking he would be retrained for a second career. Unfortunately, injuries prevented that from happening; while pasture sound, HotStuf is not sturdy/sound enough for more vigorous exercise. For a few months, his future was unknown.
A numerous amount of people had investigated permanent homes for HotStuf, but nothing was coming together until New Vocations announced that Hotstufanthensome was coming to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, New York.
“We are happy to announce that Hotstufanthensome will be going to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, New York where he will have a forever home,” said Anna Ford, program director of New Vocations, in an e-mail. “We are thrilled that Akindale stepped up and offered their services to him. In return they will send one of their adoptable horses to New Vocations, which will enter the retraining program and eventually find a new home. This is a perfect example of two programs working together and utilizing their strengths.”
“We’re excited to have him come here,” said Erin Pfister, Barn Manager, “and to have New Vocations take one of our adoptable horses. It’s how everybody should work: give a little, take a little. Two horses win in this situation.”
Although his future seemed uncertain at time, Hotstufanthensome is a lucky Thoroughbred. He has been surrounded by caring folks who put his well-being above all, and he will happily live out his years at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue.