Born: April 11, 1989
92 Starts: 19 Wins, 10 Places, 14 Shows
Career Earnings: $86,304
Jeanne Mirabito talks about bringing Exciting Bucket home to the Haven, and her former long-time owners:
Today is the day that we meet our new lady, EXCITING BUCKET!
Sadie Collins, Rena Conklin and I will arrive at her current home to pick her up around 10 AM.
Vincent and Helen Fariello and their family of four children bought Exciting Bucket and her full sister Oka No Exciting 23 years ago for $2000 each.
“Buckets” raced 92 times…and was able to do so because she was so well cared for. Even after she retired at age 10, she remained with her family. She has been beautifully kept…loved beyond measure. Buckets and Vincent were best friends.
When Vincent died in January at age 83, Helen took over care of Buckets. Through the incredibly harsh winter we had, Helen went out in the snow and ice to care for her late husband’s best friend. And she did a beautiful job. OH, MY that horse is well cared for.
These are not rich people but their love of the horse was the more important than money. And when it came to the tough decision to sell the farm, the Fariello family searched for a safe haven for their pride and joy. Helen and daughter Connie would not consider anything less. Buckets came to us with a dowry, her win pictures and items of horse apparel for us to auction to help support her….which is MUCH MORE than the owners of some stakes winning horses whose owners simply discarded them.
This is the good part of our race industry. THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD BE!!!!
I stand to salute the Fariello family and all they do!