Today is the middle child’s ninth birthday! Even though I’m pretty sure he hasn’t got a clue that today is any different than yesterday I still gave him extra oats last night and tried to go easy on him so he could enjoy a little extra time off today. I was going to make him a ‘carrot cake’ but i completely forgot even though I had the weekend mostly off from work for once.
Since it is his special day, I thought this would be a great time to brag about him a little bit. Exclusive Redeemer; aka Deemer, Deems, or Da Bay; is a 2006 gelding by Exclusive Praline out of Relauncha, a Bailjumper daughter. Deemer was retired in 2011 before his first race after having a late start and some training difficulties. He rehabbed and decompressed at home for two years before my coach started working with him on ground manners in late 2013. He was ridden out over that winter by a local trainer and I started retraining him for dressage and pleasure riding in the summer of 2014.
Now, because I am one of those strange people who enjoy pedigree histories, here’s a little bit of Deemer’s highlights… but if you don’t, skip to the end for my ‘carrot cake’ recipe.
On his father’s side, Exclusive Praline has a solid record in Grade 2 and 3 stakes and even made a 9th place showing in the 1994 Breeders Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs. His grandfather, Ecliptical, also raced at Churchill Downs, Hialeah Park, and Belmont although not in any of the big races. Among his other notable paternal relatives are his great great great grandfather’s Native Dancer and Bold Ruler.
On his mother’s side, Relauncha had a decent career in the claimers at Arlington and Hawthorne Park, winning a few and mostly running in the middle of the pack. Her father was Bailjumper, a multiple graded stakes winner including wins in the 1977 Dwyer Handicap and Saranac Stakes and a fifth at the Travers Stakes in the same year. Bailjumper’s sire, Damascus, won the 1967 Preakness Stakes after a third place finish in the Kentucky Derby earning him the Eclipse Award for Champion Three Year Old Colt and Horse of the Year.
No Bake Carrot Cake
I’m lazy so this is a super fast carrot cake recipe. If you’re not going to use them right away remember to keep them in the fridge so they don’t go bad, but warm them up again before you feed them so that they’re not too chewy.
Ratios: Carrots 2 parts, Grain 4 parts, Sweets 1/2-1 part
1.) Slice/smash/chop or generally blend up the desired number of carrots so that they’re a chunky, juicy mess.
2.) Stir in your desired grain until the mixture starts to form up a little bit like cookie dough. Deemer LOVES the brand of oats he was fed at the track so I usually go for those although regular oatmeal or other grains work just as well.
3.) Add your sweetener and mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Deemer and Prairie appreciate low/no sugar molasses but I’ve also substituted low/no sugar applesauce before and they’ll still gobble it up. If you use applesauce or something less sticky I’d recommend either adding more grain or less sweetener so that you can still get the desired consistency.
4.) Drain off any excess juice and form balls or cakes of the mixture. I usually transport mine in cupcake cups but any container will do.
5.) Feed to equine.
Many thanks to www.equiline.com and www.equibase.com for the pedigree information and race records!