Birthdate: April 2, 2001
Pedigree: Red Ransom-Valid Affect, by Valid Appeal
Career Race Record: 53-9-6-8 for $221,608
Last Race: August 5, 2008 at Philadelphia Park
Partner Farm: South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue & Adoption, Inc.
Adopter: Hillary P., who donated him to Stampede of Dreams in Ohio
“I have been a volunteer for Stampede of Dreams for a couple of years. He is an awesome horse with a great temperament and I would like to give you a little bit of background information on his time with Stampede of Dreams.
To start off with, Stampede of Dreams was founded by Sandy Lovato and her husband, Frankie Lovato, Jr. Frankie is a former Eclipse Award-winning jockey and he rode Shorty as a 2 and 3-year-old. Frankie and Sandy were contacted by Hillary Pridham (assistant to trainer Michael Stidham) in the spring of 2012. They were told that Hillary had rescued this horse and sent him to a farm in Florida where she paid all of his expenses and allowed him to rehab for 3 years and he was now ready for a job. She thought he might fit in well at Stampede of Dreams so he was shipped here, to Ohio.
I am pursuing a career in the racing industry and for the last couple of years I have been staying with the Lovato’s who have been mentors to me. Ironically, I arrived in Norwalk, Ohio around the same time Shorty did and before he was introduced into Stampede of Dreams, I spent a summer learning how to ride on him. We bonded and I have been his primary caretaker ever since. He is such a cool horse and means so much to us on so many levels. An article was written on him a couple of years ago, which you might find interesting. Shorty is talked about in the second half of this article.” -Kayla J.