Bonnie's Poker, dam of champion and dual classic winner Silver Charm
, has been pensioned after delivering a Fusaichi Pegasus colt April 13 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington. The 22-year-old Poker mare experienced difficulties foaling over the years, and her owners, William and Kristie Jakeman, felt retirement was in her best interest.
Kristie Jakeman was present at Robert and Nicole Hammond's December Farm near Midway, Ky., when the mare started to foal her 139-pound offspring. "All of her foalings have been difficult," said Jakeman, who was assisted by Nicole Hammond and Dr. Jorge Colon of Equine Medical Associates. "Her pelvic conformation is such that normal deliveries are challenging. Each and every time a shoulder lock has required the foal to be pulled out with straps. This last foaling required an emergency trip to the clinic and assistance by Dr. (Scott) Hopper and Dr. (William) Bernard. The colt is doing very well. Both mother and son returned to the farm the next day. Bonnie is bruised and sore from the lengthy delivery."
The Jakemans bought Bonnie's Poker (in foal to Silver Buck) for $4,200 at the 1995 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company October mixed sale from Janie Roper, agent. The foal she was carrying would be a full sister to Silver Charm.
Bred by Mary Lou Wootton, Silver Charm won the 1997 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and ran second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) for owners Robert and Beverly Lewis. Silver Charm raced four years and earned $6,944,369. As a stallion, he is represented by this year's classic hopeful Preachinatthebar.
Bred by Dr. and Mrs. S.E. Garland, Bonnie's Poker last raced for Wootton. She won 11 of 63 races and earned $153,960. In addition to her newborn, she produced 11 named foals, six of which are winners.