Washington-bred gelding (b. 2000)
By Cisco Road-Southern Choice
Career (2002-2007): 58 6-14-11, $187,228
Knightsbridge Road, a Washington-bred foal of 2000, had an outstanding racing career. He’s now into retirement, thoroughly enjoying life at his home on the farm in Salem, Oregon.
Trained throughout by co-breeder Debbie Van Horne, the son of son of Cisco Road and Southern Choice made an immediate impact as an Emerald Downs two-year-old.
A debut victory in maiden special-weight class immediately placed him in stakes company and soon developed one of the best rivalries in track history.
Bub and Knightsbridge Road … Knightsbridge Road and Bub. These two battled heatedly in four consecutive stakes races for 2002 juvenile males.
"I think I got the Durkan Award that year for always losing to Bub," said Van Horne. "Those were some great races, he never disappointed us, he always gave his all."
Bub got the better of the rivalry, taking three-of-the-four, but all were close.
Bub won by 3/4 in the Captain Condo Stakes.
Bub by a neck in the Northwest Stallion Stakes.
Bub by a nose in the WTBOA Lads.
Knightsbridge Road had some tough defeats but was also the only one to beat Bub among that horse’s first five starts. ‘Road won the Emerald Express by a head over his rival and Bob Wilmot and the rest of the Will Win Stable were elated.
"He was very good, so enjoyable for everybody," said Wilmot. "We have a large family and he was everybody’s horse, people outside the family, too. I think he extended my parents' lives, he made them so happy."
The next season, Knightsbridge Road was named Emerald Downs Top Three-Year-Old and raced sound and strong through 2007. Van Horne’s sister, Shonda, is co-breeder and she remains close to him too.
"My sister loads him onto the van and off they go on trail rides with friends. He gets plenty of exercise," said Van Horne.
"On the farm, he’s the boss of the pasture. He keeps the mares separated from the colts. He’s definitely ruler of the roost."
Knightsbridge Road recently returned to Emerald Downs after several years away and was happy to be in his old surroundings. 44 of his 58 career starts were in Auburn. He earned $187,228.
"He’s had a good life, and he’ll continue to," said Wilmot. "We all love him."