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A Tribute to Hop Skip and AwayReturn to list
A Champion to all who knew him

 

Hop Skip and AwayHop Skip and Away (NJ)

Farm Name: Skippie

Bay gelding: April 7, 2005 to October 16, 2019

By: Gold Fever - Wingspread, by Gulch

Career Statistics: 81 starts - 12 wins, 17 seconds, 14 thirds; total earnings = $718,063


He was never a “Horse of the Year” kinda champion. He wasn’t even a state-bred champion. But rest assured, he was a champion to all who knew him.


His Jockey Club name was Hop Skip and Away, but he was affectionately known as “Skippie.” Born on a farm in central New Jersey on April 7, 2005, he was blessed with near-perfect conformation. His impeccable physique contributed to an 81-race campaign that lasted nearly a decade with earnings over $700k.


Stakes CompanySkippie broke his maiden in his second start, powering his way through the field of horses to win by five. He made his stakes debut in his third lifetime start. He finished second that day putting the racing world on notice that he was the real deal! He competed in top company for the next seven years. He won stakes events as a seven-year old and continued to post eye-popping Equibase speed figures into his eighth year on the track.


When he was 10, the rigors of racing caught up with Skippie. His connections placed him in Monmouth Park’s aftercare program – Second Call - where he happily became one of the program’s “pensioners.” He approached every day with a twinkle in his eyes – ready to play a trick on his handlers or make sure the newcomers knew who was boss. He became legendary for his curious but gentle spirit.


Skippie’s retirement days consisted of grazing, getting warm bubble baths, and reminding folks who was the most handsome on the farm. There was even talk of him joining a program to help our human veterans overcome the horrors of war. Days lapsed into weeks and then into years. Retirement was great for Skippie until October 16, 2019. Skippie passed over the Rainbow Bridge on that day leaving a huge hole in our hearts that will never be replaced. We know he’s soaring thru the clouds and watching over us with a twinkle in his eye! Good bye Skippie. We will always love you!

 

In Loving Memory

Click here for a video of Skippie playing with his good buddy, Rakete.

 

Relaxing in his paddock. Rest in peace good friend.

 

 

 

Best use: Pasture companion

Rider Level: N/A

Interested parties, please contact Laurie Condurso-Lane at llane2calltap@yahoo.com.

 
     

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