Monarch’s Reign is a Thoroughbred with a great pedigree, and a personality to match.
Monarch was born at Cherry Valley Farm in Paris, KY, which is owned by Seth Hancock, from the illustrious Hancock family. His sire is Monarchos, who won the Kentucky Derby in 2001, and did it in the second-fastest time ever, after Secretariat. As a foal, Monarch was even nominated for the Breeder’s Cup, which is pretty common for horses with good pedigrees, and he sold for $67,000 at the Keenland Yearling Sale. But as much as racing was in his blood, it was not in his heart.
He had absolutely no talent for racing.
However, the racing world’s loss has been my personal gain. I bought him as a three-year old, in December of 2009, and I have never looked back on that decision with the least regret. He is, quite simply, a wonderful horse. He’s sweet and goofy (which is, after all, why this blog exists!). He does not have a mean bone in his body. And he’s smart as can be. Sometimes maybe too smart . . . I swear he outsmarts me on a regular basis, and I don’t even realize it until much later.