MyRacehorse purchased Always Hopeful, a son of Speightstown, alongside David Ingordo, Manganaro Bloodstock and Peter Hadelman for $160,000 at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale. 

Under the guidance of trainer Cherie DeVaux, Always Hopeful began his racing career, but his journey was marked by a coltish and aggressive training behavior, prompting the decision to geld him after a poor debut at two. This decision was made with the horse’s welfare in mind, aiming to address behavioral challenges and ensure a more manageable temperament. He soon showcased some potential with a victory in a maiden special weight race at Horseshoe Indianapolis, marking a successful comeback as a sophomore. However, subsequent races at the allowance level proved to be disappointing, leading to a decision to give him a break with his breeder at Machmer Hall.

In an effort to provide a fresh start and change the racing circuit, Always Hopeful was entrusted to the care of trainer Stacey Viands at Charles Town with new ownership as his breeder took over our previous partners’ percentage. Despite hopes for a turnaround, he faced challenges and experienced two more disappointing races in this new environment.

Acknowledging the need for a new chapter, Always Hopeful retired from racing and found a home at Machmer Hall, managed by Carrie Brogden and her husband Craig. The supportive environment provided by Machmer Hall, combined with Carrie’s care and affection, offered Always Hopeful a graceful transition into retirement. The bond between Always Hopeful and Carrie became a testament to the nurturing environment that ensures the well-being of retired racehorses. 

As the second MRH horse to go through the Machmer Hall program, Always Hopeful spent several weeks turned out for let down–a process an ex-racehorse goes through when they lose their racing muscles and reset their minds, shifting from the rigorous racing schedule to a more relaxed lifestyle.

He quickly became a favorite of Caitlin, the head of the retraining program at Machmer Hall, and her boyfriend, who in turn took the lead on grooming and bathing the gelding while working to find his forever home.

Always Hopeful has since found his new home with Brittney Brodrick. He has begun his retraining journey as an all-around English and Western pleasure horse. We wish “Chance,” as he is now called, and his new owner all the luck in their retraining journey!