Mixed Pleasure, a 30-year-old son of Sucha Pleasure, was euthanized the evening of Oct. 26 due to colic complications at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Mixed Pleasure, who was a great-great grandson of the Seabiscuit, had been pensioned at Old Friends since 2012 after being saved by Charlotte Farmer and the nationwide advocacy group Equi-Army-NDO.com. The stallion had stood at Grand Trine Farm in Molalla, Oregon, and was one of 14 horses seized by the rescue group when former owners attempted to place them for sale in an auction.
A moderately successful racehorse, Mixed Pleasure was campaigned by Mel Stute and won five of his 22 starts, earning over $140,000 in his career. As a 2-year-old Mixed Pleasure captured the Won Ford Juvenile Stakes as well as the Kindergarten Stakes. He then place second in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes and was third in the Balboa.
His dam, Sea I’m Lucky, was by Windy Sea, who was out of Sea Anemone, a daughter of Seabiscuit. Mixed Pleasure was presumed to be the oldest living descendant of the Depression-Era hero.
"It’s always heartbreaking to lose one of our horses," said Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends. "But at the time of his death Mixed Pleasure was surrounded by those who loved him most. Our vet Bryan Waldridge (DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP, ACVIM) was here to help him, as were our farm managers Tim Wilson and Carol Oates. Most importantly, Mixy spent his last moments with his best friend, John Bradley, one of our dedicated volunteers who was Mixed Pleasure’s friend and caretaker these last three years.