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Thursday, February 16, 2012


Classy veteran pacer Gold Fever has officially been retired after 323 career starts. The 13 year-old son of Artsplace netted 56 wins, 39 seconds and 51 third place finishes. Gold Fever took his lifetime mark of 1:51.1 as a 3 year-old at Woodbine and earned a career total of $417,258.

Trainer Darrell Rideout, who trained Gold Fever for a little over a year for owner Jim Harrington, had nothing but good things to say about the gelding. “He is a good horse to be around.  I had him in the first stall of my barn. Unfortunately he’s getting old and it was time to start thinking about retirement.”

In a touching and warm conclusion, Rideout received a Facebook message from Kyle Bolon. Bolon explained that his family once owned Gold Fever and asked about the possibility of his family taking care of Gold Fever after his retirement. After receiving promises that the horse would be cared for forever and never be raced again, Rideout and Harrington decided that Bolon’s offer was what Gold Fever deserved and that he would spend retirement with Kyle’s mother and niece.

Shortly after Gold Fever’s final race on February 7, 2012, he was transported to Pennsylvania and taken to Bolon’s farm.  Gold Fever has now started training for his new career as a riding horse for Bolon’s niece, Caitlyn.