Guerrero

Biography

G (short for "Guerrero") is a handsome dark bay gelding, nearly black in the winter. He was born in Kentucky on February 29, 2000.

Initially, G was loved for his pedigree. G's Dad, Sir Cat, was the winner of the Breeder’s Cup and sired quite a few horses. Born in 1993, Sir Cat was sold to Chile in 2005, where he continues to stand on stallion duty. G's mother was Linkit, born in 1986 from Linkage. G’s grandsire is Storm Cat, a grandson of Secretariat. Storm Cat had the highest stallion fee in history of $500,000 per live foal in 2007. Stormcat is now retired. G's pedigree and conformation were acknowledged at the Keeneland Yearling sale where he sold for $8,000 and the Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Sale , where he sold for $20,000. G's pedigree is available here.

G’s Jockey Club registered name is Guerrero, which is Spanish for “warrior.” -- perhaps a play on his War Admiral descent. At the track, he certainly was a warrior. He placed in the top 3 in 65% of his races. Two of G's 26 starts were at Delaware Park, the rest at Charles Town, West Virginia. His career earnings were $121,390. During his career, he was claimed twice. His best year was as a 4 year old. Altogether, he won four races, came in second in 7 and third in 6.

G broke his ankle during training or in a pasture accident, and surgeons bolted it back together with 3 long screws. That injury ended his success at the track. In about 2006, after a short racing career, G was sold for dog food. The truck taking him to Canada broke down, and returned with its cargo. A horse trainer spotted him as he was unloading from the truck, recognized his value, and he was acquired by Great and Small, a therapeutic riding facility that did occasional horse rescue. In May, 2008, David Stang bought him from Great and Small for a dollar. For a decade G managed a career as a trail horse, exploring the riding trails of southern Montgomery County without bit, spurs, or crop. G was a solid trail horse.  He was calm and steady and wise, and could motor past deer and squirrels, was calm with bicycles, and was always happy to cross streams or venture off on new trails. Whenever a loose girth resulted in a wreck, he'd stand calmly waiting for me to fix things and try again.

G quickly took to clicker training and target training, and quickly learned many tricks:

Most amazingly, G came to the gate of his pasture when he spotted me, would follow me from pasture to barn and later barn to pasture without a lead rope. In the aisle of the barn, he would do an about-face on hand signal.

G was a good teacher, and gave me many of the insights about horses that you'll find in Horse Science, Horse Sense, where he appears on both covers.

G's broken ankle probably always bothered him, and osteoarthritis set in when he was about 10. The arthritis now makes carrying a rider just too unpleasant, but G's heart is still as big as they come. He now is fully retired, and has the job of companion to a delightful mare.

Photo Album

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At Great and Small, the farm who rescued him. Photos by Joe Elbert

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At Merry-Go-Round Farm, where he once lived.

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Guerrero, 2000 Bay Gelding,                          by Sir Cat (93)˜ Linkit (86), by  Linkage (79)  Breeder:  Ralph L. Pappert (KY) (SPR=72; CPI= 1.9)         Starts  1st  2nd  3rd  Earned (USA $)    Totals 26 4 7 6 $121,390

Lineage

At the Track

Date Track # Dist Type/Value/Clm Splits Comments Earned (USA)
100606 10CT sy 7f CLM9k/4k 2419 4834 1:2675 little left drive $270
092206 2CT ft 6f CLM9k/4k 2373 4760 1:1946 4 wide, failed respond $270
090806 9CT ft 6f CLM9k/4k 2313 4708 1:2081 finished good energy $270
060806 5CT ft 6f CLM15k/6k 2310 4654 1:1868 tardy start $0
052606 8CT ft 7f CLM15k/6k 2392 4804 1:2802 finished well $1,500
042006 7CT ft 7f CLM15k/6k 2356 4759 1:2725 checked late stretch $1,500
032306 5CT ft 6f CLM15k/6k 369 4760 1:2092 finished well $750
022406 9CT ft 6f CLM15k/6k 2431 4842 1:2083 finished strongly $3,000
012106 2CT ft 7f CLM10k/4k 2363 4828 1:2970 bore out, stdy start $1,000
122205 5CT ft 6f CLM14k/6k 2368 4763 1:2033 wide, failed respond $0
112804 6PIM ft 1 1/16m CLM19.6k/20k 4741 1:1239 1:4413 pinched start,3wd trip $2,200
092504 9CT ft 1 1/8m CLM30k/15k 4981 1:1541 1:5514 all out to last $18,000
071804 5CT my 1 1/8m CLM27k/10k 4950 1:1566 1:5574 finished gamely $5,400
050604 8CT ft 1 1/16m ALW 35k 4855 1:1374 1:4790 used up after 1/2, 4wd $0
040804 8CT ft 1 1/16m ALW 35k 4901 1:1504 1:4977 drew off, held sway $21,000
031104 8CT ft 1 1/16m ALW 35k 4977 1:1571 1:5198 all out to last $21,000
021304 8CT ft 1 1/16m ALW 33.3k 4885 1:1497 1:4985 no match for winner $6,660
011704 8CT ft 1 1/16m ALW 31.7k 4928 1:1617 1:5240 set pace, caught late $6,340
121903 6CT my 7f ALW 26.8k 2442 4854 1:2929 out finished $2,680
102903 3CT my 7f MSW 20.7k 2433 4910 1:2795 clear, driving $12,420
101503 2CT ft 6f MSW 20.7k 2385 4784 1:2230 bobbled start $4,140
092803 3CT ft 7f MSW 19.7k 2406 4782 1:2810 lacked late response $3,940
082803 6CT ft 6f MSW 18.8k 2362 4766 1:2141 well placed, no rally $940
081303 1CT ft 4f MSW 18.8k 2245 4702 5372 lacked late response $940
092802 1DEL wf 6f MCL23.1k/25k 2300 4723 1:1322 no match, 2nd best 4,200
083102 2DEL ft 6f MCL27.6k/50k 2267 4659 1:1349 lacked needed rally $2,970