Need For Speed's surgery fund

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Need for Speed’s Surgery

Need For Speed captivated Michigan’s horse racing fans as one of the state’s top Arabians during his on-track career, and is now utilizing his rich bloodlines as one of the region’s most promising young stallions.

Now, the stunning gray faces his greatest test, a life-threatening sinus infection that could require multiple serious surgeries to remove the mass causing the illness. Long-term antibiotics are helping sustain his current condition, but the... decision will soon have to be made to operate or put him down. We are looking to raise monies toward Need For Speed’s surgeries to return him to his stud career, or at least live comfortably.

Need For Speed, a 12-year-old son of Aransas HF, was foaled at the Morley, Mich. farm of Nicole Holst-Ruvalcaba, out of her cornerstone mare Bristol Breeze. Holst raised “Speedy” and took him to the races at Mount Pleasant Meadows in Central Michigan, where she trained him throughout his award-winning career. Need For Speed now resides on Holst’s farm after beginning his stud career in Texas. His first foals were born in 2012 and will begin on the racetrack in 2016.
The horse raced for three seasons, winning seven of 17 starts. He was named 3-Year-Old of the Year and Michigan-Bred of the Year by the Association of Racing Arabian Breeders (A.R.A.B.) of Michigan in 2007, highlighted by a victory in the Michigan Arabian Juvenile Stakes. Need For Speed was once again named Michigan-Bred of the Year in 2008 and secured 4-Year-Old of the year honors with an 8 ½-length win in the Michigan Derby.

Despite his accolades, Need For Speed flew under the radar during the 2009 meet, and scored an upset victory in the Arabian Racing Cup Midwest Maturity Open Stakes at odds of 13-to-1. The effort helped Need For Speed earn Claiming Horse of the Year in his farewell season.

Need For Speed is a Polish-rooted outcross for 12 of the top 15 broodmare sires by earnings of 2015, including Burning Sand, Haffir El Rimal, ZT Ali Baba, Dormane, Wilkolak, Seyvilla Triumph, NF Proof, Nivour de Cardonne, Brusally Orlen, Ala Croixnoire, Line Dancer, and Baco du Cassou.
Contributing toward Need For Speed’s surgery will ensure racing Arabian breeders have an opportunity to send their mares to a stakes winner without concern of breeding too close to the stallion in an ever-shrinking gene pool. Additionally, his bloodlines are also proving to excel on the endurance trails.

His dam is the multiple stakes-winning Wiking mare Bristol Breeze, making him a full sibling to 2011 Michigan Horse of the Year Wicked Breeze (now an accomplished endurance horse) and allowance winner Breezin Bye, and a half sibling to stakes winner Whatabreeze and allowance winner It’s a Hemi.

Surgery can start after the first of year.  At this time the estimates for each procedure, are between 1200-1800.00.  He will have a 3-5 day hospital stay, where they will under go what is called, Sinus Flap Surgery.  He has a 25% chance that the first will work with full recovery.  More likely he will need two.  With approximately 5 weeks to see if the first worked, with a possibility of three needed.  We can only hope and pray one is all he will need.  I have spent many months contemplating putting him down.  It has honestly been one of the most heartbreaking issues within my racing career.  He is so happy and full of life, despite what must be must be feeling.   Always happy to greet and show off for company.  How can you destory something full of life?

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Speedy continues to feel and sound so much better. Now off his 30 days of antibiotics, he is having a small discharge. Going to speak with Dr Sharada on his thoughts. Fingers crossed!!
Beautiful Michigan winter day
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Continuing great things, Speed is sounding better each week. He is still on his broad spectrum antibiotics. This week we are finishing up our calendars and win photos. If you would like one please contact me. I know many of you have donated, because your simply the BEST. But if you would like something to hang on your wall to remind you, i have the perfect items!!
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My family and friends new and old, I want to send a special Thank You, to each and everyone that has made this all possible. This venture has not been all about money, as so many are struggling at this time. Your thoughts and prayers mean just as much. I can't tell you all how much we have appreciated everyone right down to the smallest text. We are over half way. I'm amazed by the support. Feeling so blessed! Love you all!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Speedy continues to get stronger each day, and his breathing a little less labored.
Bandages off! Sounding better each day
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