Several Saturday mornings ago, I woke up to an email from a Mr. Dan Rogers from Sterling Heights, Mich. Mr. Rogers was contacting me in the hopes I had some sort of leverage to post a piece on Ronnie Wrenn Jr.’s 10-win night at Northville on Feb. 22, but he had another reason for sending me a note.
Honestly, it made my weekend and quite possibly my month.
I don’t think Mr. Rogers thought I would remember him back from 2009 when I wrote a piece for the website on his former horse Still Electric. The now 9-year-old Michigan-bred daughter of Mr Electric and Still Terrific was purchased by Rogers in 2008 after her first two years of racing yielded a record of 21-5-4-5, purse money of a little over $17,000 and a mark of 1:58.2f.
As a 4-year-old, "Electric," as Rogers calls her, added another $68,777 to her owner’s bank account, compiled a record of 19-9-4-1 and lowered her speed badge to 1:53.1f, but it was as a 5-year-old the mare truly blossomed.
That year was 2009 and the mare collected $222,617 with a resume of 32-12-2-2 and new mark of 1:51.4f at Dover Downs. That was the year Mr. Rogers had to sell Electric as we all know the business in Michigan isn’t exactly booming, but he never stopped following her, thinking of her or trying to get her back for the next four years.
Then on Christmas Eve last December, the dream he had held fast to for 36 months finally came true.
“You know it broke my heart when I had to sell her that January day,” Rogers wrote to me. “Mr. Taylor, (Howard, one of her new owners) knew how much joy that horse brought me. I e-mailed him from time to time to ask about her and in December I asked him if it would be possible to buy her back. As luck would have it, he had some young horses he was getting started and he said he would think about. Then a couple starts of hers later, we agreed on a figure.
“She is the best Christmas gift I’ve ever gotten,” he continued. “I can’t thank Mr. Taylor enough, as well as my partner John Grozenski. She is the only horse I have and I have not stopped smiling since I got her back. I go to all of her races and my wife thinks I’m nuts, but being around her has been the best and happiest times of my life. Sorry I carried on about her, but she is special. Go Electric!”
After several rounds of thank you’s from Mr. Rogers to me, I had to come clean and tell him, he is the one I should be thanking for reminding me this isn’t merely a business and that some bonds are timeless as well as truly special. Many thanks to you Dan Rogers and, of course, Go Electric.
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