Name: Ashley’s Bambino
Barn Name: Sunny
Birth Year: 2008
Location: Temecula, CA
Career Highlights: Raced only in the southern California circuit in Maiden Special Weight and Allowance company.
Total Earnings: $97.980.
Last Race: 1/17/2014
Sire: Unusual Heat
Dam: Ashley’s Folly (Urgent Request (RE))
Other Pedigree Notables: Nureyev, Cozzene, Northern Dancer, Caro
Description: Ashley’s Bambino is a 15.3 hand chestnut, six-year-old gelding, by leading California sire Unusual Heat, out of the mare Ashley’s Folly who is by Urgent Request. He had a fairly successful racing career with two wins, one second and three third place finishes from ten starts. His earnings at the racetrack were $97,980. He was retired from racing due to a sesamoid injury. He chipped off a small piece of the sesamoid on the right front. His owners decided not to bring him back as a race horse and sent him to the farm and paid for his rehab. He has had more than seven months off and is sound now and ready to start a new career as a riding horse in any discipline. He is a nice mover and looks to be very athletic and would make a lovely riding, jumping or trail horse. He has a beautiful white blaze with one white left stocking and a very nice disposition to go with it all.
Update July 14, 2015: Sometimes, despite our very best efforts a horse is not going to hold up to work after the track. It has been more than a year and a half since his last race. Sonny was cleared by the veterinarian to return to work. Slowly and carefully, Sommer and Doug from NexStar Ranch started Sonny back to work. His temperament does not suite him to be a trail horse. Unfortunately, his body does not allow him to do any sort of pleasure riding work. We reached out to our friends at Humanity for Horses Sanctuary to see if they had room for Sonny. We were very grateful to hear that they did have room for him. Sonny is happiest turned out with other horses and bonding with his humans. He will now be able to do this for the rest of life. Look at Sonny, now named Apollo with his new friend Ability. These are some happy horses. Thank you!