The New Zealand-bred gelded son of Mossman had his share of turbulence in his short life. Only six years old, Hoofit survived an earthquake, a hurricane and cross-world shipping, and then succumbed to a serious leg infection on October 14, per trainer Graham Motion.
Hoofit was already a stakes winner in New Zealand when Gillian Johnston purchased him based on advice from bloodstock agent Danny Boultinghouse.
After he bought Hoofit, Johnston planned to send him to California to race but the horse’s flight was delayed due to an earthquake. Hoofit was then subjected to a series of layovers occurring in Australia, China, Alaska and New York.
In spring of 2011, Hoofit was finally in the United States. He was transported from New York to Bendabout Farm in Chattanooga, Tennessee, owned by Johnston. It was not long until the horse was in the middle of a tornado that ended up destroying over half of Johnston’s property.
As if Hoofit had not experienced enough delays and problems, he was sent to Graham Motion’s barn at Fair Hill in Maryland where he was caught up in Hurricane Irene.
Hoofit won or placed in 15 of 32 career starts and earned $283,952. This year, Hoofit finished second in Belmont Park, Colonial Downs and Presque Isle Downs stakes. He raced at Saratoga Race Course and also Keeneland. One of his better races was the Grade III Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes in 2011.
Hoofit was too young to be gone already.
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