Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky. has welcomed new retiree Dancin' Renee, a graded-stakes winning mare and the 1997 New York Horse of the Year.
Sanford Bacon's 20-year-old mare is a New York-bred daughter of Distinctive Pro out of three-time New York broodmare of the year Lolli Lucka Lolli.
For three seasons, Renee had a stellar career on the track with 14 wins from 21 starts. In her banner season she claimed seven consecutive victories, including the Honorable Miss (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course, the Broadway Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, and the Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park, which was her final start for trainer Robert Triola. Her earnings totaled $490,258.
For her efforts in 1997, Dancin' Renee was also crowned champion sprinter and champion older female by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders.
She is also well represented as a broodmare by several winners, including her first foal to earn black type, the Limehouse daughter Risky Rachel. Earlier this season Risky Rachel won the Friendly Island Iroquois at Belmont Park and the Union Avenue Stakes at Saratoga.
Donated by her owner-breeder, Dancin' Renee arrived at Old Friends from New York Sept. 14.
"We have a lot of horses on our waiting list, but I made the decision to take Dancin' Renee because she was a remarkable athlete and Sanford loves her very much, " said Old Friends president and founder Michael Blowen. "She has already bonded with another great mare, one-time world-record holder Klassy Briefcase, and I'm just overjoyed."
"I met Michael Blowen at a happening in Saratoga," Bacon said. "Dennis Brida, the former executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, introduced me to him. I said, 'this looks like a wonderful program. I would hopefully like to send Dancin' Renee there.' Well, Michael knew her background and her record. He knew everything about her!
"I sent her there because the place is wonderful," added Bacon, who said he plans to visit Dancin' Renee as soon as he can.