Unless you are older than 45, you were probably never able to watch some of the great Thoroughbred Sport Horses of the past in person. I want to share with you one of the best ever, one that I had a special relationship with – Idle Dice.
I bought this horse through Danny Lenehan when he was a 4-year old, only weeks off the race track. There was nothing special about his breeding and he was unsuccessful as a race horse. But he sure had talent to jump. He was one of the easiest horses to train and, as Rodney Jenkins always said, he just had to stay out of his way and let him do his job. And that job was winning.
I showed him successfully as a first year green and working hunter as a five year old and sold him to Rodney in the late summer.
I paid $3,500 dollars for him and sold him to Harry Gill for $12,000.00. I think the year was 1969. With Rodney he went on to win 31 Grand Prix’s and retired sound at the age of 21.