Ocala Stud Farm

Welcome home, Carry Back

1961 Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Carry Back’s homecoming celebration at Ocala Stud Farm, 11/20/1961. Photo:State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/79618
1961 Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Carry Back’s homecoming celebration at Ocala Stud Farm, 11/20/1961.
Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/79618

“Carry Back will have the biggest homecoming ever given a horse on Monday at Ocala Stud Farm in the heart of Florida. It will be “Carry Back Day,” honoring the return of the (equine) prodigal son to his birthplace, so writes friend Everett Clay … Among the thousands to pay tribute to Florida’s second champion (Needles was the other) will be Florida’s Gov. Farris Bryant. Schools will be dismissed early so the children can enjoy the activities … Still more honors await Carry Back and owners Jack and Katherine Price. Between halves of Friday night’s Miami-Northwestern game in the Orange Bowl at Miami, the colt will be presented with a University of Miami varsity blanket lettered to read “Winner of the Flamingo, Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness” … An “etc.” should have been added because the colt also won a half dozen other major events – for instance, the Garden State, world’s richest … in all, Carry Back has 14 victories in 37 starts and $851,648 in earnings to be sixth on the world’s all-time list. He’s Florida’s biggest-ever money winner, too … Needles, Florida’s first national champion, rolled up earnings of $600,355.”
(Walter Haight / The Washington Post and Times-Herald, 11/19/1961)

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Needles and dam Noodle Soup in Ocala, 1957-1961

A few photos of Needles, his dam Noodle Soup, and his half-sister First Nominee (by Rough’n Tumble) at Bonnie Heath Farm and Ocala Stud Farm in Ocala, FL at various points between 1957 and 1961.

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/75018
Needles at Bonnie Heath Farm, Ocala, FL 10/1957.
Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/75018

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Needles at Bonnie Heath Farm, Ocala, FL 05/1960.
Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/77647

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/77648
Needles at Bonnie Heath Farm, Ocala, FL 05/1960.
Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/77648

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Noodle Soup (dam of Needles) at Ocala Stud Farm, Ocala, FL 05/1960.
Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/77681

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/77678
Noodle Soup (dam of Needles) with her nine-day-old Rough’n Tumble filly (later named First Nominee) at side, Ocala Stud Farm, Ocala, FL 05/1960.
Racing at the ages of two and three, including a third place finish in the 1962 Adirondack S., First Nominee would retire with a record of (19) 3-2-6 and earnings of $14,972. She was the dam of stakes winner/graded stakes placed filly Fine Prospect (dam of handicapper/track record setter Fighting K and stakes winner Calistay), stakes placed filly Royal Reproach, as well as Raise a Queen (dam of graded stakes winner/sire Believe the Queen). She is the ancestress of Australian Group 1 winner Fraar.
Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/77678

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Needles with Susan O’Farrell at Bonnie Heath Farm, Ocala, FL 10/1961.
Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/79530

Rough’n Tumble at stud, 1960-1961

The below are several photos from May 1960 and October 1961 of legendary Florida sire Rough’n Tumble while at stud at Ocala Stud Farm in Ocala, FL.

Rough'n Tumble held by Joseph M. O'Farrell, Ocala Stud Farm, Ocala, FL 05/1960. Rough’n Tumble held by Joseph M. O’Farrell, Ocala Stud Farm, Ocala, FL 05/1960.
Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/77675

Rough'n Tumble, Ocala Stud Farm, Ocala, FL 10/1961. Rough’n Tumble, Ocala Stud Farm, Ocala, FL 10/1961.
Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/79517

Rough'n Tumble in paddock, Ocala Stud Farm, Ocala, FL 10/1961. Rough’n Tumble in paddock, Ocala Stud Farm, Ocala, FL 10/1961.
Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/79531