June 2, 2020 -Sadly, we must report today the passing of Archie’s Echo, the warrior son of Palace Music who, at 31, was Old Friends’s elder statesman. Archie had been experiencing some health issues, but looked to be happily on the mend. Then, this morning he told us he was ready for his next journey, and with teary eyes and a heavy heart we let him take it.
Our thanks to Parx Racing VP Sam Elliot for saving Archie five years ago from a most despicable end, to Turning for Home for providing care and transport, and to NY trainer Lorita Lindemann for facilitating his retirement. Our thanks also to the Old Friends team—especially Carol, Antonio, Tim, Bryan, Val, Brent, and Eric–for providing Archie with impeccable care along with never-ending love and compassion. Godspeed, beautiful boy.
Archie’s Echo competed for modest purses at small-time tracks. From ages three to six he worked hard, won some, and lost some. He visited the winner’s circle at Atlantic City, Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts, and Rockingham Park in New Hampshire. Like most claiming horses, he passed through several ownerships and trainers’ barns, retiring in 1995 with 7 wins, 6 seconds, 4 thirds for $32,324. Twenty years later, he turned up at a slaughter auction facility. By the look of him, Archie’s recent history had been rough, and ulceration had blinded one eye. Parx Racing Vice President Sam Elliott bought the 26 year old. Turning For Home provided his transportation, medical care and a temporary home. Longtime trainer and Thoroughbred advocate Lorita Lindemann, who had groomed Archie early in her career, facilitated his retirement to Old Friends, which thanks all whose efforts and financial support have provided Archie with a secure, dignified home for the rest of his life.
40 Starts: 7 - 6 - 4, $32,324
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