New children's book from Eclipse Press. Just in time for the holidays!
Beautifully illustrated and written for the young and young-at-heart, Skipingo Home is the true story of a racehorse who is reunited with the people who raised him and who give him a chance at a new career after a failed attempt to become a champion racehorse like his famous brother, Skip Away.
A year before Skip Away won the 1997 Breeders' Cup Classic to become Horse of the Year, Summer Wind Farm of Kentucky bought his mother at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Ingot Way was carrying a full brother to the champion. Skipingo was born at Summer Wind on April 26, 1997.
Unlike his famous gray brother, the colt was a bay. He quickly became a favorite of farm owner Jane Lyon and her daughter Karen Bailey. Though Jane and Karen had a soft spot for Skipingo, as commercial breeders they resolved to sell him at the Keeneland yearling sale along with other young horses they raised. Skipingo's bloodlines caught the attention of Prince Ahmed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. The prince's Thoroughbred Corp. paid $300,000 for the yearling.
Skipingo did not shine on the racetrack. In his first year of racing, he did not win at all. The next year, as a 3-year-old, he managed to win twice but no more in two subsequent seasons. After Prince Salman's death in 2004, his estate sent Skipingo back to Keeneland to be sold. Karen Bailey spotted the now 7-year-old horse and bought him for a modest $4,500. She took Skipingo home, taught him how to jump, and has enjoyed his winning ways in the show ring ever since.