Ruhlmann, an eight-time stakes winner who earned better than $1.8 million, has arrived at Alfred Nuckols Jr.'s Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky., as part of the Old Friends retirement program.
Ruhlmann had been pensioned and was living in Texas before Jerry and Ann Moss, prominent California horse owners, funded an endowment to bring him to Old Friends and take care of his continuing care.
Ironically, Ruhlmann was conceived on Hurstland Farm in 1985. That was the same year the Nuckols family divided the farm into the two entities it is today--Hurstland and Charles Nuckols Jr. and Sons. Ruhlmann is by Mr. Leader out of the Chieftain mare Indian Maiden.
He achieved his greatest successes in 1989 and 1990 under the care of trainer Charlie Whittingham. In 1989 he won the San Bernardino Handicap (gr. II), the Mervyn Leroy Handicap (gr. I), and the Native Diver Handicap (gr. III). The following year Ruhlmann scored in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) and repeated in the San Bernardino.
Throughout 1990 Ruhlmann traded punches with Criminal Type. They faced each other five times, with Criminal Type ahead on points, 3-2. Old Friends is planning to bring Criminal Type back from Japan in 2005, and the two can renew old acquaintances across their fence lines.