When I purchased Miles on Sept. 12, 2013 there was some mystery surrounding his past. I knew his immediate history, as in the previous 12 months or so, but beyond that it was all hypothetical and speculation. How old was he? Was he a Thoroughbred or an Appendix? No one really knew the answers. At first, I wanted to know all about Miles and where he had come from. But then, I got nervous. What if I dug something up that I didn’t want to know? So I dropped it. We showed successfully all summer and I fell head over heels in love with this horse. So this fall, I decided to do some digging. I talked to his previous owner and barn manager and worked backwards. And today, while there are still a few gaps in his history, I’m happy to say that I know where Miles came from.
2007: Capitalist is Born
Miles is born as Capitalist on May 10, 2007 in Kentucky; a chestnut Thoroughbred gelding by Congaree, who is most famous for winning the 2001 Wood Memorial Stakes over Monarchos. Congaree finished third behind that rival in the Kentucky Derby that year, while setting a record for the fastest opening mile in Derby history. On his dam’s side, Miles is out of Southern Delicacy (by Tabasco Cat), who was unraced.
This information was found courtesy of the wonderful staff at the Thoroughbred Incentive Program who took Miles’ information and matched him to this Jockey Club registration. I cannot say thank you to enough to these folks who did an amazing job searching through thousands of records to find the one horse who matched Miles’ description!
2008: Up For Sale
Miles is consigned to a Keeneland Yearling sale in January by Lane’s End (agent). But his reserve isn’t met ($9,500), so he doesn’t sell.
2009-2010: Lost Years
Unfortunately I don’t have any information about what happened to Miles during these two years. My best guess is that he probably stood in a field somewhere and maybe someone tried some race training? Obviously Miles didn’t get very far, because he doesn’t have a tattoo, which means he never set foot on a racetrack. Supposedly someone purchased him in 2010 from his breeder, Bob Ackerman, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to find the name of this buyer.
2011: Capitol Chance is an Eventer
Miles, known as “Clancy,” is sold to a working student at an eventing farm in North Central Ohio. I spoke with the Working Student via Facebook, who said she brought him along slowly, and that he “took everything in stride and was quite simple to educate.” Sounds like my Miles for sure!
She did a few clinics on him with an advanced level event rider and then took him to his first Event in September 2011 under the name Capitol Chance. Yep, Miles started his career as an eventer and apparently was decent enough to snag 4th in the Starter Division. If you look closely, you can see Miles in the victory lap in this video on YouTube [he first appears at 3:52 and you can see him running at 5:02 and 5:35]. The next week, Miles sells to a Dressage trainer from Columbus, Ohio for one of her clients.
2012: Changes for Clancy
This is the slightly sketchy part of Miles’ past. Miles spends the beginning part of this year lame due to an abscess, but not long after he becomes sound, the Dressage trainer who helped purchase him quits the business for personal reasons. He moves with his junior owner to a local hunter/jumper facility, but the pair struggles over the winter. His owner becomes nervous around him and eventually decides to give him away.
Apparently, there was some misunderstanding about the exact nature of this transaction, according to the previous Dressage trainer who I spoke with over the phone. But bygones are bygones and everyone’s happy that “Clancy” has found a good home now. Anyways, Miles goes to a new hunter/jumper facility in the area, and then sells to a new junior owner who renames him Milestone. [Fun fact: at this time he’s boarded at a farm where I boarded Visa when I first moved to Columbus. I’m still friends with the barn owner and she helped me track down the Dressage Trainer!]
In January, Miles competes at a local hunter/jumper show and in Baby Green Hunters (2’6″) and Limit Hunters (2′) with his then owner and her trainer. In the spring, his junior owner moves out of the state and Miles goes to the trainer’s farm to be sold. The trainer campaigns Miles at local shows in the summer, which is where I saw him for the first time in June.
I end up buying Miles in September and the rest is history! Well, at least it’s all chronicled here on the blog.