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View From The Bluegrass

Cozy Miss, Old Friends' last grande dame, is gone

Cozy Miss having fun making horse angels after a snowfall last winter. (Photo by Rick Capone)
 
Cozy Miss, the last of the three original mares at Old Friends, is gone. She was found dead in her paddock on Sunday night, July 24, 2011, just a short time after being fed and looking well.
 
While there are still three beautiful mares left at Old Friends in Eclipse Award winner Hidden Lake, Miss Hooligan and Personalized, Cozy marks the last of the three grande dames on the farm.
 
She, Narrow Escape, who passed away in 2009, and Bonnie's Poker, who was the dam of 1997 Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm and passed away in 2010, were the three original mares at Old Friends.
 
Born in 1988 out of Cozzene-Kyflaca, by Triple Crown, Cozy raced in 44 races in her career, wining four times, finishing second 15 times, third four times and collecting $95,400 in prize money.
 
Thanks to Laura DeSeroux, Cozy came to Old Friends in the summer of 2007 to begin her retirement, where she spent her time with her pals Narrow Escape and Bonnie's Poker. Together they would spend their days soaking in the sun, grazing on the sweet Kentucky bluegrass in their paddock and enjoying each other's company.
 
Cozy was such a sweet mare. She loved her carrots, she adored peppermints, and if you scratched her in just the right spot on the top of her left shoulder, her lips would quiver and she's start to lean into you as she enjoyed the scratching and the attention.
 
After the passing of Narrow and Bonnie, Cozy became the hands-down ruler of the mares' paddock.
 
Of course, you wouldn't have known it if you looked at the mares, as Cozy was always in the background, moseying along here and there, not seeming to pay attention to anything at all. It was left to Hidden Lake to be her enforcer and keep order in the paddock.
 
But, make no mistake about it. If Cozy wanted something or wanted to go someplace specific in the paddock, all of the mares would move out of her way, even Hidden Lake, when she came their way. In fact, when you would see the speed at which Hidden Lake would move, that was when you would see who the true leader was in the mare's paddock.
 
With Awad's passing on Saturday, Cozy's passing on Sunday is a double blow to Old Friends this weekend.
 
As Hidden Lake takes over as the leader of the mares, you just have to know that somewhere up high, the three original Old Friends' girls – Cozy, Bonnie and Narrow – are having a grand reunion. And, while we are saddened with their passing, they are enjoying each other's company once again.
 
Rest in peace sweet Cozy. Say hi to the other girls for us. And, know that we will miss you very, very much.

 

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It's been a tough year for Old Friends. Too many of the greats have passed on, and I know Michael has to be sad. Keep your chin up Michael, the rest still need you!

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Meet Rick Capone
                                  
Rick Capone has been a horse racing fan since the Saturday afternoon when he saw Riva Ridge, his all-time favorite horse, win the Kentucky Derby on television.
 
Today, he is the sports editor for The Woodford Sun, a weekly newspaper in Versailles, Ky., a town just outside of Lexington and only 15 minutes away from Keeneland.
 
In addition to his duties at the Sun, Rick is a volunteer at Old Friends, the thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown that is owned by Michael Blowen. He even is part owner of one of the retirees there, Miss Hooligan, the grand daughter of 1988 Eclipse Award – Champion Turf Horse, Sunshine Forever, who is also on the farm.
 
Rick grew up in Havertown, Pa., just outside of West Philadelphia. At 20, he moved to South Florida with his family and lived a stones throw from Gulfstream. After some stops in North Carolina, Georgia and California, he currently lives in Georgetown, Ky., where he gets to drive by some of the greatest horse farms in the world on his way to work every morning.
 

(Photo: Miss Hooligan and Rick at Old Friends this past December. (Photo by Steve Blake)