We have a neighbor who lives over in Verbank and is a first rate Equine vet. He sent the below email which is an interesting report on a local horse that is in the Run for the Roses this weekend. Win is in charge of the horses over at Keane Stud, and it being Derby Weekend in Louisville I will have a few other things to report as well as another interesting email. The derivation of the name described below is beautiful and maybe will get him a good finish although he will go off as a long shot
“This year there is a local connection to the Kentucky Derby. Derby contender WENT THE DAY WELL was born at Keane Stud in Amenia, New York, and spent his first eight months of life there. Keane Stud is a 275-acre Thoroughbred breeding farm run by Dr. Winslow Stevens, a Millbrook veterinarian, and Philippe Lasseur, the farm manager.
WENT THE DAY WELL is the offspring of a mating planned by long-time Keane client Austin Delaney, an Irish restauranteur in New York City. In 2008 Mr. Delaney sent his mare, TIZ MAIE’S DAY, to Lexington, Kentucky to be bred to the stallion PROUD CITIZEN. TIZ MAIE’S DAY, named for Delaney’s sister, returned to Keane Stud and delivered a beautiful bay colt on February 21, 2009. Sadly, Mr. Delaney passed away on May 15 of that year and never saw what may become his best foal ever.
The colt was sold as a weanling in November 2009 and went on to begin his racing career in England under the ownership of Mark Ford. It was there that he was named for an epitaph found on many British WW II memorials. (“Went the day well? We died and never knew; But, well or ill, freedom, we died for you.”).
Earlier this year a majority of the colt was bought by Barry Irwin and Team Valor International with Mark Ford remaining as a partner. This group also owned last year’s Kentucky Derby winner ANIMAL KINGDOM. On March 25, 2012 WENT THE DAY WELL won the Grade 3 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park impressively and, as a result, earned a spot in the Kentucky Derby. He is trained by Graham Motion and ridden by John Velazquez WENT THE DAY WELL is the only New-York-bred colt in this year’s Kenturcky Derby.
Keane Stud was recently featured in an article in Bloodhorse magazine. I would be glad to send you a copy of the article if you would like. You may also learn more about the farm at http://www.keanestud.com.”