Trotting mare NF Happenstance retired from racing
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During her second stint on the racetrack, the daughter of SJ’s Caviar competed against the best mares in her division and earned over $361,000 in the last season…and she was in very good company.
Only three trotting mares earned more that NF Happenstance in 2018: Dan Patch champion Ariana G, Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover and 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover.
Jack Parker, Jr., the 63-year-old veteran horseman bought her for the second time, in foal to Sebastian K at the 2016 Harrisburg sale. “I thought she would make a nice horse. As it turned out, she was much better than that.”
“My buddy Chip [Moore] owned her the first time around. We raced her with some success. She made some money and broke some track records. But then she started to make breaks so we sold her to Hall of Famer Bill Weaver. When he passed away, the mare was sold in-foal as part of his dispersal. We were excited to get her back,” noted the Meadowlands hey-day regular.
“As soon as Chris Coyle weaned that filly we put her back in training,” Parker continued. “The mare never missed a beat once she got going again.”
A model of consistency, she was first or second in 24 of 36 starts with 13 wins. In fact, she only missed a check in a single start, or as her trainer would say, “She has exceeded all of our expectations.”
Her 2017 Sebastian K filly named Pure Happenstance is now stabled at Pinehurst and is enrolled in Gordon Corey’s Institute of Equine Erudition. The Maine-native known for his talent for breaking babies and his no-nonsense demeanor stated that she was a, “typical filly with some rusty edges in the beginning but making good progress in smoothing those out.”--By Chris Tully