Farm Name: Fleetie Boy
CH , G, foaled March 9, 2003
by Montbrook - Di's Song, by Valid Appeal
Height: 16 hands
Career Statistics: Starts: 28, Firsts: 9, Seconds: 6, Thirds: 5, Earnings: $382,516
Fee: To Be Determined
Meet the charismatic Fleet Valid. Fleet was a hard knocking claimer during the majority of his 28 starts. However, the striking chestnut finished his career in a blaze of glory when in his final three outings, he consecutively won the 2009 Teddy Drone and Icecapade Stakes at Monmouth Park and finished third in the Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. I) at Laurel Park.
He was retired after those spectacular efforts. Fleetie was donated to the local retirement program in hopes he would have a chance at a second career.
Again, he didn't disappoint. Fleet continued his winning ways in his new career. He's won an English pleasure class soon after entering the retirement program.
Up to his old tricks
Many of you who have followed Fleetie's adventures know that he does everything with a sense of humor. Well, he also has strong sense of compassion and an understanding of what the "new kids" need. One of our newest additions to the farm came straight from surgery and was feeling quite out of place. The farrier came to trim his feet about his third day on the farm, and he was really giving the farrier a hard time. Fleetie, who had been outside the barn nibbling on some grass, wandered into the barn and walked right up beside the nervous youngster. He came to a stop and cocked one hip, resting his back leg. It was a message to the nervous horse to relax. And sure enough, that was all it took. Fleetie's calm patience with those making the transition from race horse to pleasure horse is invaluable. Time and again, he takes it upon himself to guide the "newbies" through the change. When the young horse was done with his trim, Fleetie wandered out of the barn and returned to the important business of eating grass!
Back in the headlines
A sincere thank you to Maggie Kimmitt and Lydia Williams and the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Magazine for making the trek to South Jersey to meet our own Fleet Valid. On a cold, winter day, Maggie and Lydia packed their car and made the drive from Northern Maryland to our humble foster farm to meet the one and only Fleety Boy. Maggie was kind enough to add Fleet to her collection of Pensioners on Parade library - a series of exposes on former race horses with a focus on where are they now. Below is a picture of Fleet and Sweetnorthernsaint and the infamous workout referenced in the article.
We are deeply honored that they chose our Fleety as the latest addition to the series. You can read the Mid-Atlantic article by clicking here.
Here's Fleety studying an agility course.
Best use: Fleet Valid would make a great horse for someone who wants a big baby to pamper and love. Due to the rigors of racing, he cannot be ridden regularly.
Rider Level: Any
Interested parties, please contact Laurie Condurso-Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org.