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

The "Little Mike" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"
The “Little Mike” Hat
created by
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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

Featured Horse

Little Mike

Little Mike, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles


Pedigree: Foaled in 2007 in Florida; bay; gelding
Sire –
Spanish Steps ; Dam – Hay Jude (Wavering Monarch)
Trained by: Carlo Vaccarezza
Owner: Carlo Vaccarezza
Breeder: Carlo Vaccarezza
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez, Mike Smith
Record: 30 Starts: 14-2-1
Career Earnings: $3,543,392

Notable:

In 2012: Florida Sunshine Millions Turf, Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes, Arlington Million, and Breeders' Cup Turf

In 2013: Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

In 2014: Flying Pidgeon Stakes

Florida-bred Horse of the Year (2012)

Little Mike Retired to Old Friends” - In a July 29, 2016 Bloodhorse article, Old Friends President, Michael Blowen was recorded by Jeremy Balan as saying, "It's so thrilling to have him here. I'm star-struck around all these horses and he fits right in with the best we have here.

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Little Mike, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles

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Little Mike at Old Friends
Courtesy Old Friends website

2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf and Arlington Million winner Little Mike was 2nd ranked by earnings in North America that year, out-earning even Wise Dan. Bred in Florida by Carlo Vaccarezza, owned by Priscilla Vaccarezza, and trained for most of his career by Dale Romans, he won the 2011 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (G3), Canadian Turf Stakes (G3)—in which future Old Friends retiree Yankee Fourtune ran third—and the Emirates Airlines Appleton Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park with Joe Bravo in the saddle. He opened 2012 by taking the Florida Sunshine Millions Turf and repeating his Canadian Turf Stakes wins. On Derby Day Little Mike won the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve at Churchill Downs under Joe Bravo, and that summer captured the Arlington Million (G1) wire to wire with Ramon Dominguez up. He crowned a spectacular year with the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), again with Ramon Dominguez. The 2013 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont belonged to a partnership of two of the greatest Mikes in racing, Little Mike and Mike Smith. In 2014, conditioned by Carlo Vaccarezza, Little Mike won a race dear to Old Friends hearts, the Flying Pidgeon Stakes, with Elvis Trujilo up. A 2016 comeback was mooted, but when the Vaccarezzas determined that his best interests were served by retirement, they generously donated Little Mike to Old Friends. With a whopping 14 wins out of 30 starts and earnings of $3,543,392, Little Mike showed not only talent but gameness and remarkable strategic versatility. In retirement he shows an admirable level-headedness and lovable kindness.

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Little Mike, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles


Little Mike, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles

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The “Little Mike” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
The "Little Mike" Hat modeled by Shelby and Chris Landeros - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com

Shelby Landeros modeling
The “Little Mike” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

Special thanks to jockey Chris Landeros and his wife Shelby 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 Shelby's lovely dress!

See Wendy Wooley's behind-the-scenes video of the hat photo shoot with Shelby and Chris at Old Friends

The "Little Mike" Hat modeled by Shelby and Chris Landeros - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com

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The February auction has now ended. The March auction starts March 1st!

To place a bid on the “Little Mike” auction hat or to learn more about Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, please visit the Old Friends website to access the eBay link or call them at 502-863-1775.
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The Rosie Signature Hat Collection

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A very special ongoing hat collaboration with retired jockey Rosie Napravnik to benefit Old Friends of KY!

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The Rosie Signature Hat Collection - "Rosie Wedding Hats"

Please click on the above photo to visit the updated collection, “Rosie Wedding Hats”!

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Special thanks to the following for their support of our annual “Hats Off to the Horses” Derby hat auctions for Old Friends:

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