I am truly saddened by this one. He was such a tough guy, who overcame so much just to get to the track.
Here's an excerpt from an article from January of this year:http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/ ... id=3855671
Whenever he was asked who he was rooting for in a big race, the late great Joe Hirsch always had the same reply.
"The best story," Hirsch would say with a twinkle in his eye.
Well if Hirsch were here for Saturday's Sunshine Millions Classic, he would undoubtedly be rooting for Finallymadeit, who is lucky just to be alive let alone among the major contenders in the feature on the Sunshine Millions card.
Finallymadeit was bred by his owners, Rolando and Beatrice Rodriguez. A son of Concerto, Finallymadeit was paralyzed in behind at birth, and the prospects of living a normal life seemed dim. Rodriguez even contemplated euthanizing the young colt, but his wife intervened, asking him to wait and give the horse some time.
Gradually, Finallymadeit's condition improved. He eventually made his way to the racetrack and into the barn of trainer Javier Negrete.
"He could barely walk at birth, but three months later he began to sit up and little by little his condition improved," said Negrete. "We didn't get him into the track until late as a 2-year-old, and even then Rolando wasn't sure he was going to make it to the races. But every time we worked him from the gate, he was the fastest one in here, and after he saw him breeze one morning, he said, 'Let's go for it.' "