Turkoman Celebration May 7, 2017
Turkoman, the 1986 Eclipse champion older male, will be celebrated in a service at Our Mims Retirement Haven in Paris, Kentucky on Sunday, May 7th at 10:30am.
Turkoman was euthanized due to infirmities of old age on December 21st of 2016. His ashes have been transported to the Haven and those ashes will be interred in the Haven cemetery during the ceremony.
Visitors are welcome to attend, but the Haven is asking them to RSVP with an email to Cheryl Bellucci at firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be available during the morning.
Turkoman’s sire, Alydar, was a half-brother to the champion Our Mims; and Turkoman’s dam was Argentinian champion Taba. In November 2004, Olin Gentry donated Taba to the Our Mims Retirement Haven, where she died 5 months later at age 32.
Turkoman’s ashes will be buried close to his dam, Taba, and his half-sister, Taba Dance.
Turkoman began his breeding career at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky before moving to California, first to Circle H Ranch, then Mira Loma Thoroughbreds, and then, in 2005, to E. A. Ranches. Pensioned in 2008, Turkoman sired 34 stakes winners, including Peruvian champion Captain Garfio and Grade 1 winners Turk Passer and Man From Wicklow.
After Turkoman’s pensioning, not all of the stallion’s syndicate shareholders agreed to continue to pay toward his care, and he was moved to a different farm. But E. A. Ranches’ farm manager Marguerite Eliasson soon heard from connections there that Turkoman was not doing well, pacing the fence line and losing weight.
Knowing that Our Mims Retirement Haven had housed both Turkoman’s “aunt” Our Mims and his dam Taba, Ms. Eliasson contacted Haven owner and manager Jeanne Mirabito. Through discussions between Eliasson, Mirabito, and Haven director of fund raising and promotion Cheryl Bellucci, a solution was reached: If the syndicate would pay the same amount they were paying to board Turkoman elsewhere, then Eliasson, the Haven, and a diehard Turkoman fan named Sandy Smith, who lived in Michigan, would make up the difference.
Turkoman returned to E. A. Ranches in October 2008.
Carroll Robertson Ray and Rose Hochner Nelson, the daughter and granddaughter of Corbin and Wilhelmina Robertson, Turkoman’s owners during his racing career, provided a grant to the Haven for the nonprofit’s portion of Turkoman’s board.
Turkoman lived out his days at E. A. Ranches, staying in the same paddock and receiving excellent care from his attentive grooms. Before her own retirement, Eliasson visited him daily to feed him some of his favorite treats. The proud stallion received many other callers as well, including Eclipse Award-winning photographer Barbara D. Livingston, who wrote a Daily Racing Form article in 2013 about the then 31-year-old stallion.
Our Mims Retirement Haven houses Blue Viking, Trail Guide, Missy White Oak, Dogwood Patty, Exciting Bucket, Braggin Rights, and Play Book. Elmhurst, Our Mims’ grandson and 1997 Breeders’ Cup™ Sprint winner, arrived in October of 2011. Jo Jo’s Gypsy was adopted into the Haven in 2014 by special circumstances; she is much younger than 20 years old, but she came to the Haven extremely emaciated (also as a result of a horse seizure). Jeanne’s granddaughter, Kaylee Brooke, was instrumental in the recovery of the sick mare. The horse and child now act as ambassadors for the Haven in local horse shows and events. Kidnap Katie, part of the Mercer County abandonment, was donated to the Haven through Thoroughbred Charities of America, and came to the farm on October 31, 2016.
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.
Our Mims Retirement Haven is accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) and the Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council. OMRH has received grants from Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA).
OMRH Web Site: http://www.OurMims.org
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2810 Millersburg Ruddles Mill Rd
Paris KY 40361
Jeanne Mirabito: (859) 227-6304
Farm Manager, President
Cheryl Bellucci: (937) 776-1904
Director of Fund Raising and Promotion