Retiring Aspropodia

Wasabi Ventures Stables claimed Aspropodia, AKA Soxy, on December 8, 2021. She ran for them three times, finishing second, third, and first. Soxy was claimed away in the third race for WVS. She continued to run at Tampa until the meet ended. She was entered in a race at Gulfstream on June 10, 2022, but was gate scratched. After that race, we saw no works or entries and reached out to her trainer. I reached out to her trainer that summer to check on her status. Unfortunately, I received no reply. I checked with various sources, but all they knew was that she left Gulfstream.

Then a reappearance

In November 2022, I received a text from an assistant trainer, Grace, that Soxy was stabled in the same barn as her at Tampa and was with the same trainer. Soxy began to work again, and in January and February of 2023, she ran three times, finishing last or next to last each time. Again, I reached out to her trainer, offering assistance when he was ready to retire her but received no reply. I asked another trainer, Jesse, if he could let Aspropodia’s trainer know about my offer of assistance, in case he wasn’t getting my messages. Sony’s trainer said that she had been sold privately to another trainer, James Tsirigotis. Jesse then checked in with James and let him know if he needed to retire Soxy at some point, The Horse Fund could help.

Under James’ care, Soxy gained some weight and seemed to train decently. She was entered in a race on March 25th, where she finished last again. Her trainer reached out to Jesse and asked if we were still interested in retiring her. The answer was a resounding yes!

What’s next for Soxy?

A club member at WVS, Nora, had expressed interest in taking Soxy once she retired. Once I had an agreement on purchasing Soxy, Nora then confirmed her interest and that she had a spot for her on a farm in Virginia.

Soxy is going to have a beautiful place to begin her transition to a second career. Nora is keeping options open for Soxy’s next career. Whatever it is, I know she’s going to get her happily ever after.

Here’s Soxy heading to Jesse and Grace’s barn to begin her retirement journey!

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