We've cited other horses that jump in the game a bit late in life some with success but largely not so much. Well (as noted by equidaily.com) here was one of the most senior of runners jumping into the deep end of the pool:
U see his works? Breezed 3/8's on 9/23 -- 3 days later on 9/26 breezed 6f -- 4 days later on 9/30 breezed 6f -- 4 days later on 10/4 breezed 4f & 6 days later on 10/10 win running 5f in 58 & change going wire to wire.... a schedule I can honestly say I've never seen before.....but then again I have never seen a 10 yr. old first time starter.
Purportedly - this based upon comments from others - this 10-yr had been entered many times (a dozen or more) in races over multiple years, but was scratched. So this was anything but a "hey I got an idea for something to do this Sunday"
gallupgirl at least you can say you had ties to that leading horse!
Lemon Arbor was never competitive in a $5,000 maiden-claiming race before he was pulled up and vanned off with a bowed tendon that apparently will keep him from racing again.
Lemon Arbor debuted seven years after Eugene Melnyk bought him for $350,000 in the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale. Melnyk’s farm manager, Phil Hronec, said Lemon Arbor had bowed twice before he was given to trainer Mike Murphy in May 2009 with the understanding that the horse would never race and would be re-trained to be a hunter-jumper or riding horse.