The "Alphabet Soup" Hat Auction, "Hats Off to the Horses" of Old Friends sponsored by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®



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The Eighth Annual
"Hats Off to the Horses:
The Road to the Derby"

The "Alphabet Soup" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"
The “Alphabet Soup” Hat
created by
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This auction has now ended, please stay tuned for our next hat auction that starts February 1st!

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The Eighth Annual
"Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby"
A Unique Online Derby Hat Auction Benefiting Old Friends

sponsored by
MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
Custom Derby Millinery by Sally Faith Steinmann

Alphabet Soup
Featured Horse

Alphabet Soup, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles


Pedigree: Foaled 3/31/91 in Pennsylvania; grey stallion
Sire – Cozzene
; Dam – Illiterate (Arts and Letters)
Trained by: David Hofmans
Owner: Adena Springs
Breeder: Southeast Associates
Jockey: Chris McCarron, Chris Antley
Record: 24 Starts: 10 - 3 - 6
Career Earnings: $2,990,270

Notable:

1st Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (G2), Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), San Antonio Handicap (G2), San Pasqual Handicap (G2), Pat O'Brien Handicap (G3)

2nd Del Mar Hanndicap (G2)

At stud: Adena Springs/KY 1998-2007; to Adena Springs/FL 2008-09; Gardiner Farms/ONT 2010; McMahon of Saratoga/NY 2011-13.

In 2014 standing back at Adena Springs in Kentucky (2015 fee: $3,500).

Alphabet Soup retired to Old Friends in 2015.

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Alphabet Soup, the horse - Photo by Rick Capone

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Alphabet Soup, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles

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Alphabet Soup at Old Friends
Courtesy Old Friends website

Alphabet Soup’s victory over the great Cigar in the 1996 Breeder’s Classic was one of the most thrilling runnings of that race in its entire history. Bred in Pennsylvania by Southeast Associates, the son of Cozzene began racing at the age of three and the following year won his first stakes, the Brubaker Handicap at Del Mar (G2), ridden by Chris McCarron, who teamed with him again to win the Del Mar Budweiser Breeders’ Cup H. Chris Antley rode the grey colt for his three-stakes win streak in the 1995 Native Diver H (G3), 1996 San Pasqual H (G2) and 1996 San Antonio H (G2) at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, and a victory in the Pat O’Brien H (G3). His 1996 campaign established Alphabet Soup as a worthy contender in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Woodbine, but his opponents were one of the strongest fields ever to compete in the race: Cigar, Preakness winner Louis Quatorze, Will’s Way, Formal Gold… Alphabet Soup and McCarron defeated Louis Quatorze by a nose and Cigar by a head and set a track record of 2:01 for a mile and a quarter. His career earnings for Ridder Thoroughbred Stable and trainer David E. Hofmans were $2,990,270 in 10 wins, 3 seconds and 6 thirds from 24 starts. At Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs, Alphabet Soup sired 48 stakes winners including Sovereign Champion Alpha Bettor, millionaire Our New Recruit, and G1 winning filly Egg Drop. In 2015 he retired to Old Friends, which extends thanks to Mr. Stronach and Adena Springs for entrusting us with his care.

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Alphabet Soup, the horse - Photo by Rick Capone

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Alphabet Soup, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles

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Alphabet Soup, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles

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Alphabet Soup, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles

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Additional information on Alphabet Soup:

Bloodhorse staff article on October 26. 2015 – BC Winner Alphabet Soup to Old Friends

Daily Racing Form staff article October 27, 2015 – Alphabet Soup Pensioned to Old Friends

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Creation of the Alphabet Soup hat

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Creation of the Alphabet Soup hat

Read Sally's blog that tells the story behind the creation of this one-of-a-kind hat to honor 1996 Breeders' Cup winner, Alphabet Soup! A special design was needed to celebrate a horse who embodies so much sweetness and athleticism. Enjoy the full blog at The Alphabet Soup Chapeau – A Recipe of Love for a Sweet Old Friend”

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The “Alphabet Soup” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
The "Alphabet Soup" Hat modeled by Krystal and Jon Court - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com

Krystal Court modeling
The “Alphabet Soup” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

This auction has now ended, please stay tuned for our next hat auction that starts February 1st!

Special thanks to Krystal, Jon and Aubrey Court for helping us with our “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser that supports the retired racehorses of Old Friends in Kentucky.

Thanks also to EquiSport Photos for their stunning images and video footage. A special thanks to Bella Rose Clothing Boutique of Lexington, Kentucky for furnishing Krystal's lovely dress!

See Wendy Wooley's behind-the-scenes video of the hat photo shoot with Krystal, Jon and Aubrey Court at Old Friends

The "Alphabet Soup" Hat modeled by Krystal and Jon Court - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com

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