Colony Lane
15-year-old Washington-bred (born, 1999)
by Magesterian-Evergreen Beauty
Career (2002-06): 32-11-3-5, $99,032

Colony Lane began his racing career on a high note and ended it on a long winning streak. Now, he's living the life of leisure at the Frank McDonald farm in Marysville.

He was purchased by McDonald and the Jennes, Wally and Bonnie.

"We spotted him at a winter sale at Donida Farm and didn't think we'd be able to afford him in the auction," said McDonald. "He was put together how a racehorse should look, excellent confirmation."

Purchased for just under $10,000, Colony Lane didn't get a start at age two but did train that summer with Jenne.

"I broke him myself, he was like climbing on glass, so smooth," said McDonald.

"He was training nicely and we x-rayed his knees every 6 weeks but they weren't closed," said Jenne. "He was going so well that we purchased his full brother at the summer sale."

Full brother Mr. Makah won two EmD stakes and was third in the 2004 Mile. He was a subject of a "Thoroughbreds After the Finish" story in 2013.

Colony Lane came back as a three-year-old and was getting ready to race.

"We were very excited to have Gary Baze on him," said Jenne. "He whipped him one time in a workout and I asked Gary afterward why he did that and he wanted to see just how much was in the tank. It was a pretty fun time."

Colony Lane's career debut came in the spring of 2002. He was a top-class runner from the start. In his career debut, he ran second to Willie the Cat and that horse won his first six starts at Emerald Downs, including two stakes wins and a world record. At various times, he outran stakes winners Handy N Bold, Sabertooth, Jade Green, Alfurune and Horatio.

His biggest win came in the inaugural Washington Cup of 2003. Gary Baze rode him to an easy victory in the Washington Cup Classic.

"It seems like such a long time ago," laughed Jenne. "It was the first stake Frank and I had won together so that was great, the horse ran fantastic."

He was claimed in 2005 but his racetrack success wasn't over. How about winning your final eight career starts! At the end of the streak, McDonald got him back.

"Jim Fergason offered him back to me and the end of that streak," said McDonald. "Physically for the horse, it was time for retirement. But eight wins in a row is almost unheard of!"

He was soon back at Emerald Downs, this time as a pony horse with Jenne, of course.

"He took horses to the gate, he took his brother Mr. Makah to the gate," said Jenne. "He started to get a little arthritic, so Frank took him back home, home for life."

"I'm very happy to have him, he's a great guy," said McDonald. "I ride him around the farm, he teaches the other horses and pets how to be lazy. He's a big part of the family and will be for the rest of his life."

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