The popular Thoroughbred twins Mr. Ping and Mr. Pong have officially been retired from racing, according to Charles Town Classic's Twitter account. The pair, both West Virginia-bred 3-year-olds by Denis of Cork out of Washingtonian (Domestic Dispute) will pursue second careers as polo ponies with twin brothers Charlie and Harry Caldwell.
Last year, at just 17 years old, Charlie Caldwell won the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover title of “America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred” on a mare he trained named Old Tavern. Old Tavern was also trained by Larry Curtis, who saddled Mr. Ping and Mr. Pong in their five total starts. His brother, Harry Caldwell, finished ninth overall, and both are entered in next month's 2018 edition of the Makeover.
Mr. Pong was unplaced in two starts, while Mr. Ping tried the races three times. For more about the improbable story of these twin Thoroughbreds, check out this story by Natalie Voss.
We have an incredible update on Mr. Ping and Mr. Pong! The #twins have been retired from racing and are set to begin their second careers as Polo Ponies. The incredible part: they are now in the care of TWIN brothers Charlie and Harry Caldwell! Best wishes to all 4! #twinning🏓🏇 pic.twitter.com/KUOngvkYSW
— Charles Town Classic (@CT_Classic) September 14, 2018
New to the Paulick Report? Click here to sign up for our daily email newsletter to keep up on this and other stories happening in the Thoroughbred industry.
Copyright © 2019 Paulick Report.