11-Year-Old Hapman was a Favorite on the Chicago Circuit
Horse racing fans in Illinois have seen the last of Hapman. Jan Ely of Galloping Out announced the 11-year-old Hapman’s retirement yesterday. In a year when we’ve seen the three Triple Crown race winners retire, we salute Hapman for his long career and delight to racing fans for 11 years.
Hapman won 13 of his 89 races and finished in the money another 30 times with lifetime earnings of $209,413. He raced exclusively at Hawthorne and Arlington in Illinois, and his last race was Oct. 29 at Hawthorne. He was winless in 12 races this year, but hit the board five times.
Campaigned by Flying I Ranch and the Millard Seldin Revocable Trust for his entire career, he only raced for two trainers. Charlie Livesay conditioned him until he retired in winter of this year, and Barr Inman trained him through the rest of this year. Despite running for a tag through much of his career, no one ever claimed Hapman. Given his consistency and durability, that was great fortune for his connections.
Hapman never ran in a stakes like his sire, multiple Grade II winner Hap. But race fans in Illinois will not forget him. Hapman was feisty and one of the most delightful horses on the Chicago circuit. He was durable with a special sassy side. His antics were evident before races. Most horses get saddled in the paddock before their races. Not Hapman. He had special dispensation. Hapman’s groom would bring him to the paddock already saddled to make sure his feisty antics would not interfere with the other horses in the field.
Hapman’s connections deserve credit for keeping him sound and in training for as long as he was happy and competitive. He’ll retire and find a home through Galloping Out, a program through the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsmen’s Association program.