Local breeders Gerry and Gail Schneider bred their mare Ann Michelle to Leading Hour and the morning in 2006 that the foal arrived at their Auburn farm, roosters were prominent, announcing the dawn. Farm Manager Dana Claxton quickly nicknamed the colt "Rooster" and the name has stuck.
Next door neighbors Larry and Sharon Ross became the colt's trainers and he officially became Seattle Shoofly. He retired sound with two wins and four seconds from nine career starts, winning his final outing here last September. Sharon Ross sought the help of Katie Merwick of Second Chance Ranch in finding a new home.
"He's big, black, beautiful and very kind," said Ross. I knew he'd transition to a new home easily.
"Sharon and her staff do such a great job with all the horses and Rooster's personality was always going to work in new surroundings, said Merwick"
The Calderon family of Arlington was the recipient of a very likable horse, just a week off the racetrack. There are two daughters and the family is full of horse lovers. Four year old Petra had a special first-meeting with Rooster, documented in pictures taken by mother Shannon.
The Calderons weren't able to keep Seattle Shoofly and he now resides in Vancouver, WA, with another horse lover, Janna Brown.
Brown especially is fond of Thoroughbreds and has secured many upon retirement from racing and helps transition them to new careers. Seattle Shoofly is currently training toward a hunter-jumper career.
"I don't know how many ways to say that Rooster is a big, kind, wonderful personality. He loves people and is a barn favorite. He's so calm and trusting, it's easy to see he was raised with the utmost care and respect," said Brown.
So the nickname is still active?
"Oh yes, definitely," said Brown. "Rooster is already one of the family."