New career beckons for former top horse

September 17, 2008


Rudirudy arrives at his new home.

Another top United States racehorse in the twilight of its career is off to get a new job, thanks to the efforts of horse owners.

Rudirudy, an earner of more than $US700,000 from more than 100 starts, has been retired from racing through the efforts of Fans of Barbaro and the Top Bunk List project.

The Top Bunk List is a list of horses, still racing, that have made more than $US500,000 but are now running for $US5000 or less.

The horses are being tracked thanks to Daily Racing Form's horse-watch programme. At any given time, there are anywhere between six to 10 horses on the list.

Thirteen-year-old Rudirudy was a former stakes winner whose career spanned nine years. Lately, he had been running in low-stakes races and in his last start finished last.

Rudirudy is at the Unicorn Center and will be helped into a second career.

Rudirudy is the third "Top Bunk" listed horse who has been retired through the efforts of Fans of Barbaro. The list is named after Top Bunk, who was retired after earning more than $US500,000 and running in early 2008 in low-stakes races.

Top Bunk inspired the project.

Ask the Lord, an earner of more than $US700,000 and Lights on Broadway, who was Texas Champion in 2001, are other retirees.

Ask the Lord and Lights on Broadway are currently being retrained for pony work.