Jockey and Manny close up shot.
Manny

Germaniac, Racing Career and Retirement

Germaniac is our retired racehorse, who came off the track with a sesamoid fracture and entered Turning For Home, an organization associated with PARX racetrack in Pennsylvania. 

I met him when he arrived at Safe Haven Equine and New Careers, which is one of the many horse stables partnered with TFH. These partner stables are dedicated to giving off-track thoroughbreds (OTTB) a new start. While most Thoroughbreds are born to run, the trainers always say that you can’t force them to race. TFH is a safe resource for trainers and racehorse owners who have a horse that can no longer race for any reason.  Once the OTTB is healed, evaluated and had a chance to rest for several months, they are put up for adoption.

Germaniac running at Safe Haven Equine
Germaniac during rehab at Safe Haven Equine.

When Germaniac arrived, the barn staff nicknamed him “Manny”.  When he was let out of his stall for exercise, he was taken to a small paddock where he could run around alone. With his injury, it was unsafe to put him out with the other horses at the stable.   Manny raises his tail when he prances around, tossing his nose into the air and snorting and sniffing to catch all the scents. He didn’t seem to care about his injury.  It was decided that after a long recuperation time, he could be lightly ridden, but he was more than likely destined to be a pasture companion. That meant he was not going be easy to adopt, since most people looking for OTTB’s want a horse for events, trail riding, horse therapy, polo, police horses and other jobs. 

Tracing His History

Germaniac was born in Kentucky in 2011, at Hidden Springs Farm. His sire is Henny Hughes and dam, Judy Soda, out of Personal Flag, who placed 4th at the Belmont Stakes in 1986.   He was sold to Germania Farms, Inc. The story we heard was that he was well cared for and loved by his handlers and when he suffered his injury, they were determined to get him into a program where he would be safe.  

In 2014, as a 3 year old, Germaniac won a stakes race. His jockey was J. D. Acosta.

Germaniac Freaks in Frank Whiteley

Germania Farms, Inc.’s Germaniac broke on top and stayed there the rest of the way in the seven furlong, $100,000 Frank Whiteley Stakes, the first of four stakes races on the Saturday card at Laurel Park.

Germaniac popped to the lead under J.D. Acosta from his outside post in the field of five 3-year olds. No other horse took a run at him and he came home in 1:25.08, 6-1/2 lengths the better of 2-5 betting favorite Jessethemarine, with Starry Moon rallying to take third.

This was the third win in five starts for the Tim Tullock trainee.”

I don’t have any information on his last race or his final days racing.

The rest of the story most of you know. I fell in love with this horse or maybe he chose me on the day he plucked a feather from a peacock, who was in the paddock with him. To my surprise, he walked over and presented me with the long peacock feather he had hanging from his mouth. He bonded with Eric and has always been gentle with all our kids and since coming here, everyone who visits him.

Manny will be loved, protected, fussed over and cherished by our family and all his friends who visit us at Dancing Timber Homestead.

Turning For Home

“Turning for Home, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has provided over 2,300 former racehorses with a safe retirement. The program was created through the foresight of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (PTHA), which revolutionized the model for racehorse retirement. Responding to the need for a better system that addressed the uncertain future for the retiring equine population at Parx Racing, the PTHA rallied horsemen to support the program. Turning for Home became the first on-track retirement program at a year-round racetrack.”