Name: On the Key
Barn Name: Key
Birth Year: 2010
Color: Dark Bay
Location: Clements, CA
Career Highlights: This veritable warrior raced for many years and had 74 starts. He was entered into a few stakes races, including the Black Type KY Alta Handicap in Northlands Park. At Turf Paradise he was entered into the Luke Kruytbosch Stakes, the Budweiser Pima County Classic Stakes at Rillito and the CJ Hindley Humboldt County Marathon Handicap at Ferndale.
Total Earnings: $215,835.
Last Race: 6/20/2020
Sire: Ready’s Image
Dam: Cricket Miss (Drewman)
Other Pedigree Notables: Southern Halo, Woodman, Clever Trick, Unbridled, Fappiano, Cozzene
Description: Key is described by his long time jockey Anne Sangueitti as one of her favorite horses and one she won her 500th race on. Anne had said she would have adopted him were it not for the fact that she was already maintaining two other show horses.
Key is smart and loving. He knows when people treat him well and when they don’t and thus treats the people in the same manner. He is particularly fond of women. Key loves treats, particularly apples & carrots and interacting with all that interact with him. He was so confident and well behaved during this racing career that he did not need a pony escort onto the track and preferred to go out with just his jockey.
A few months ago Key had a minor injury and this owner-trainer immediately retired him and rehabbed him personally. He reports Key never had any heat in his ankle and never took a bad step. Out of an abundance of caution we will give him another three months or so, so he should be available for adoption in early March 2021. As he is a real looker, so dark he’s almost black with some nice chrome on him and has a super personality and nice conformation we anticipate he’ll make a good addition to any barn.
We do not recommend jumping for Key as he did have a very minor seismoid fracture. Otherwise he should have no restrictions.
December 2020: Key is settling in nicely in his new digs. Ann reports that he has an awesome personality and sure does like his carrots! On a very positive note, Ann also says that his feet are so good he’s one of the very few TBs she’s ever had that don’t need to be shod!!! Of course, when riding & working him this could change. But just hanging out he’s fine.
Update July 2021: On the Key, now renamed Legend has been adopted to Rider & Horse Connection, Inc. in Martinez, CA. Owner/Trainer Kim Bredehoft has multiple Neigh Savers’ horses in her program and she has successfully transitioned them to second career riding horses.