Washington-bred gelding (b. 2000)
By Majesterian-Evergreen Beauty
Career (2002-2009): 38-6-6-10, $205,595
As a racehorse, Mr. Makah packed a wallop at Emerald Downs. The gelding turned in several of the most eye-catching finishes in track history.
In the 2005 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, for example, Mr. Makah languished far back as Sabertooth and The Great Face—the former a Longacres Mile winner, the latter a future Longacres Mile winner—smoked the opening four furlongs in :44 1/5, extremely fast for a 1 1/16-mile race. Mr. Makah made up 20 lengths for the victory under Leslie Mawing. Mr. Makah did the same thing in the 2005 Budweiser Emerald Handicap, rallying from 13 lengths back to sweep past Sabertooth for a 15-to-1 upset. And in the 2004 Longacres Mile, Mr. Makah rallied from 16 lengths behind to finish third at odds of 30-to-1.
"He had some really big races for us, all with different riders,” trainer Bonnie Jenne said. “I remember beating Sabertooth in the Budweiser was really neat, because Sabertooth had just set a world record (at 6 ½ furlongs) and was a big favorite.
“He was a high-energy horse on the ground (without a rider),” Jenne added. “He wasn’t mean at all, but you had to keep your eye on him.”
Retired after the 2009 season, Mr. Makah lives on a 10-acre farm in Bainbridge Island owned by Pamela Padgett, who had followed the racing career of Mr. Makah and made inquiries through her racetrack connections.
“He was a very athletic horse, a lovely mover, and had a regal look about him,” Padgett said. “Dan Markle called Bonnie Jenne, and that got things rolling.”
A self-described late-bloomer in the horse world, Padgett began riding at age 39, and now regularly rides both Mr. Makah and Illegitimate, a 23-year-old gelding that raced mainly at Yakima Meadows. Padgett said Mr. Makah relishes his new career as a pleasure horse, adding she is laying the foundation for a possible career as a show horse.
“It all depends on what Mr. Makah wants to do,” she said. “He’s learning to walk and trot and canter in a rhythm over ground poles, and to balance himself."
“But if he’s happier just being a riding horse, that’s fine too,” she added. “The important thing is, Mr. Makah is living the life of Riley in his golden years.”