OMRH Obit: Alabama Nana

Alabama Nana died at Our Mims Retirement Haven on April 29, 2009, due to the infirmities of old age. OMRH is located at Ahwenasa Farm near Paris, Kentucky. The mare had been under vet care for the past few days.

Said Farm Manager Jeanne Mirabito, "From the moment we loaded Alabama Nana on our trailer 1,375 days ago, she knew she was loved. As we do with all our mares, she was pampered. We showered her with attention and catered to her every want and need. So, when she asked us to release her from this earth, naturally, we complied. She left peacefully and with all the dignity a grand mare like her deserved. Alabama Nana died surrounded by love and was buried with honor. We'll sleep tonight knowing our mission for her is complete. She knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, she was treasured. Tomorrow, we'll wake up and try to pick up the pieces of our broken hearts, but life will never be the same."

A 1981 foal of Image Intensifier by Thatching, Alabama Nana had quite the racing career in the mid-eighties. Owned by Leonard D. Mathis and trained by Hall of Fame Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Alabama Nana had several notable graded stakes wins, including the 1985 Grade 3 First Flight Handicap at Aqueduct, the 1985 Grade 2 Genuine Risk Stakes and the 1985 Grade 3 Leixable Stakes (now known as the Nobel Damsel Handicap) at Belmont. She also captured the Grade 3 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel and the Firenze Stakes at Aqueduct. Her career didn't stop at the East Coast; Alabama Nana won the Grade 3 Silver Belles Handicap at Hollywood Park. She was also Grade 1 Stakes-placed. Her most notable Grade 1 race was the 1985 Breeder's Cup Distaff where she finished fourth under Jacinto Vasquez. Her career winnings totaled $427,989.

As a broodmare, Alabama Nana produced foals by several notable stallions, including a 1990 foal by Fappiano (Moment of Crisis), a 1996 foal by Housebuster (Pembina), and three foals by Blushing John.

She came to at OMRH on July 24th, 2005. At the time of her arrival, Mirabito remarked, "Alabama Nana is beautiful. Our new lady has a lovely disposition and is already bonding with her new friends. It is an honor to have her here."

OMRH became a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2006. Featured in Barbara Livingston's "More Old Friends," the Haven specializes in "restoring health and spirit in aged mares."

The Haven is supported through donations, eBay auctions, and its online shop. OMRH is currently holding a building fund drive to complete renovations to its main barn.

The Haven is home to Iza Valentine, Jamra, Timeless Sue, Hana Bride, Little Miss Porter, Princess Royale, Bel's Starlet, Cruella, Blue Viking, and Lotka.

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