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Alvarado – SOLD!
Alvarado is a 2016, dark bay Thoroughbred gelding. He is 16.2 hands tall and still growing. He is a super sweet gelding who we feel can go and do anything. There is not a mean bone in his body. There is no bucking, no rearing, no spooking. He is easy to gallop on the track (not all horses are) and kind and sweet in the barn. He does not bite or kick out. Just look at his eye to see how kind he is.
Alvarado has a great brain and might even have the sensibility to fox hunt. He is athletic and moves beautifully. He could be an event horse. While being lead to the starting gate for his last race, Alvarado walked quietly and wanted his head rubbed by the pony horse’s rider. Totally chill on his way to his race. Alvarado is quiet enough to be a pony horse at the track but let’s find him a home away from the track before someone grabs him to be a pony horse like they did for Hong Kong Gardens. It took us a year to get Hong Kong Gardens away from being a pony horse because he was so quiet and good. Now he is at Bits & Bytes Farm with his new owner. ‘Sammy’ as he is now known, is a pleasure to ride and even more relaxed.
UPDATE MAY 2021 – Alvarado is on his way to his new home in Elizabeth, Colorado! Congratulations to Margi Sorenson on beating out four other potential buyers to become the new owner of Alvarado. She was the second caller but the first to get back to us. If you see a horse you like, don’t wait. Our inventory is down and everyone seems ready to buy! We have another new horse to post soon. Sign up for the EARLY RELEASE Mailing List so you know when we list a new horse.
Alvarado is a turf horse (likes to run on the grass) and he is not a fan of the artificial Polytrack surface or even dirt for that matter. This horse has been well cared for. He is racing fit and will put on the pounds and fill out when he is done racing. He is just young and growing fast. The geldings tend to broaden out and muscle up at about five and a half or six years of age. Alvarado just turned five in March. This guy will fill out within the next year. He has no known previous injuries. After his last race, his legs were ice cold.
His sire is an Irish stallion and his dam is Canadian bred. The combination makes for a strong, well-built horse. He has some really fine horses in his pedigree. Danhill his grandsire stands stud at Coolmore in Ireland. Other well-known Thoroughbreds in his pedigree include Danzig, Dehere, Sadlers Wells, Storm Cat, Northern Dancer, Caro, and even Triple Crown winner Secretariat.
This is the horse that everyone wants. “Please call me when you find a big, quiet, gelding that is sound for …” . While we are not able to call everyone when we get one like this, you can be sure not to miss out if you sign up for our EARLY RELEASE Mailing List and Follow our Facebook page. This horse’s photo went up on Facebook and then we did a mailing to our mailing list of people who want to know first about the new horses we have for sale.
Please call for pricing. The price can go up or down depending on the owner. We always check with the owner when someone is a serious buyer. Many times the price goes down to a really good home. We do not own these horses so we cannot control the pricing. We will not sell a horse to just anyone with the money. We carefully select the horses we sell and we work hard to make a perfect match. If you don’t call, we cannot help you. We are not a rescue and our horses are not ‘rescue priced’. Most horses are between $2500 and $4500 – some higher and some lower. Call and we can talk more about our horses and let us help you find the perfect match. We take the gamble out of getting a Thoroughbred off-the-track. Learn more about how our Track Prospect Horses are priced on the main Bits & Bytes Farm website.
I look forward to speaking with you. Please call 770-704-6595 between 9am and 9pm. East Coast Time – Elizabeth Wood
Frequently Asked Questions About Buying Our Thoroughbreds
What is the price of this horse?
Prices are not published because the price can go up or down depending on how the horse is racing. Most horses average $3500 but can be as low as $1000 or up to $5000. We will share the prices when you call. If the horse you call about is not in your budget, we may be able to recommend another horse that is.
What is the Jockey Club name of this horse?
Jockey Club names are not usually listed on the site as the sellers do not want calls from people who have not been screened by us for having the skills to help these horses into new careers. Most horses come with their Jockey Club papers and we will be happy to provide links to their race records and pedigrees when you make the decision to move forward with a purchase. Horses’ whose names are in quotes are not the actual name of the horse. That is the nickname we have listed the horse by.
Where is this horse located?
When we say this is a Prospect Horse, that means the horse is not at our farm in the Atlanta area. Prospect horses are still at the track or owner or trainer’s farm. We can tell you where the horse is when you call. Thoroughbreds move from track to track and to the farm and back. We cannot keep this web site current with so many horses listed and all moving around. That is why we don’t post the location. We are happy to share where the horse is when you call. We may have to make a phone call to find out where the horse is ourselves, but we are happy to share the info with you…if you call.
Like this horse? What is the first step?
READ these pages and then CALL . . . Between 9 AM-9 PM East Coast time. Before you call, you can save us all a lot of time by reading the information on these pages on our Bits & Bytes Farm Web site.
Please read our Pricing Information and Buying a Track Prospect Horse pages BEFORE calling! There are several more pages under the Buying Our Horses button. Prospect Horses at the Track will only be sold to buyers with the skills and support to make it a successful transition. Prospect Horses are NOT at our farm. They are at the track or their owners’ farms. We do not sell horses for racing.
CALL if you are excited about one of the horses, but PLEASE READ the links above. We will not sell a horse if it is not a good match – no matter how much money you have. Are you a match? CALL and we can see.
Our Phone: 770-704-6595 between 9AM and 9PM East Coast time! We are located in the Atlanta, GA area.
If you see a horse you like:
Don’t wait to see if he is there tomorrow.
Don’t wonder how much he is – CALL!
Don’t wait to see what your friends say – CALL!
We are not going to talk you into buying a horse! More likely we will ask you to tell us about yourself and your goals. Then, we will help you find the right match or tell you to wait for other horses because none of the current horses are a match.
Prices change based on what price the owner has set. We add a small markup for our services. Prices can go up or down based on how the horse is racing or how quickly the owner wants the horse sold. Most Prospect horses are priced under $5000 with the average being around $3500. Big sound geldings, grey horses and tall horses usually cost more — but not always. Small mares are your best bet if you are price sensitive.
Please read our Pricing Information and Buying a Track Prospect Horse pages before calling. There are several more pages under theBuying Our Horses button at the top of this page. Prospect Horses at the Track will only be sold to buyers with the skills and support to make it a successful transition.
We DO NOT SELL HORSES FOR RACING!
We can’t help you if you don’t call. Adults only please. Minors should have a parent or trainer call for them.
770-704-6595 between 9am and 9pm EST.
Lynn’s Vision aka Bubba at his last race – July 5, 2008. He was purchased by Melanie Eberhardt right after this race and brought back to Bits & Bytes Farm the next day. Melanie was riding him just one day later and he was a complete gentleman.