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Eldorado Max Passes


Published: December 27, 2011 7:48 pm ET

Last Comment: December 30, 2011 8:24 pm ET | 20 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Tuesday’s program at The Raceway at Western Fair in London was marred by tragedy in the afternoon’s fourth race when 14-year-old Eldorado Max collapsed just after the finish and passed away.

The local fan favourite was scheduled to make his final career appearance in the ‘Old’ Lange Syne Trot on New Years Eve at The Raceway.

The Raceway television crew had just paid a visit to Eldorado Max at the farm just days ago. His longtime owner/trainer Dan Creighton commented that the trotter’s love of competition was what made him so good for so long.

“This is a very sad turn of events and we want to send out our condolences to the connections of ‘Max’ who gave everyone so many wonderful memories,” said The Raceway’s General Manager, Ian Fleming. “He gave everything he had every time he faced that starting gate and he will certainly be missed.”

Eldorado Max ended his remarkable harness racing career with 46 wins while amassing $512,184 in purse earnings.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the connections of Eldorado Max.

(Western Fair)

December 30, 2011 - 8:24 pmSee you in Equine Heaven

See you in Equine Heaven Max. Trot forever on....You were one of the great warriors! Condolences to Dan Creighton and all of Max's caregivers and connections...

December 30, 2011 - 12:52 pmRIP to a wonderful and

RIP to a wonderful and beautiful horse. :( So sad. Goodbye Max.

December 29, 2011 - 3:17 pmVery saddened to hear of

Very saddened to hear of Max's passing here in Ohio. I had the pleasure of watching him race while in Ontario and he was one of the toughest old guys that I had ever seen.

Just terrible news to hear.

December 29, 2011 - 8:29 amsorry to hear about Max i

cliff adcock SAID...

sorry to hear about Max i used to jog him when he was turned out at Randy Kerrs barn in windsor. very nice horse but a little hard to hang on to when he got rolling got along good with him though = sorry

December 29, 2011 - 8:17 amDan Creighton runs a

Dan Creighton runs a succesful and competitive stable, and I know it is all business. But I know Max meant more to Dan than any other horse he campaigned.
RIP Max, and thanks for the great memories. A friend and fan.

December 28, 2011 - 11:17 pmAfter 196 lifetime starts,


After 196 lifetime starts, don't you think enough was enough? Was it really necessary to race until the END of his 14-year-old season? Had there not been a retirement age, was the plan to keep racing him forever? Just because you CAN race does not mean you SHOULD.

I know the response...he loved to race...he was feeling great, sound as a dollar, etc. etc. He's a 14YO gelding for goodness sake!

He only ONCE had more than 24 starts in a single season (back in 2002!) and in 3 different years had 2, 3 and 5 starts.


December 28, 2011 - 7:33 pmI watched the races that day

I watched the races that day in my hometown Fredericton, NB. Eldorado ran a tough race as he always did when I watched him go. We have lost a champion and the people close to Eldorado have lost a good friend.

December 28, 2011 - 6:34 pmMy condolences to the

Adam Mauntah SAID...

My condolences to the connections of Eldorado Max on his sudden passing. It is always sad to hear of the passing of a horse, even more so in circumstances like these, with a horse to whom so many felt such a connection.

December 28, 2011 - 3:33 pmDeepest condolences on the

Deepest condolences on the loss of "Max". It is obvious by some of the posts here that he was a very professional racehorse that made many people happy. So sorry.

December 28, 2011 - 10:52 amSorry for your loss he was a

Joe Ruppel SAID...

Sorry for your loss he was a GREAT Racehorse

Wayne Preszcator

Also thinking of You at your time of such a loss.

Joe Ruppel & Lynne Ketchabaw

December 28, 2011 - 1:07 amEldorado Max may you roam

Eldorado Max may you roam free among the heavens with all your other friends. To the connections of Max you have my sympathies.

Marie Stoyles-Moura

December 27, 2011 - 11:58 pmMy condolences to Max. No,

My condolences to Max. No, Gord Young, I don't think this is the way Max would have wanted to go.

December 27, 2011 - 11:45 pmThis is a sad day for

This is a sad day for harness racing, R.I.P Max

December 27, 2011 - 10:20 pmThis is so sad. I was one

This is so sad.

I was one of the lucky ones who got to experience the true heart & dogged determination that Max gave each & every time he raced. It is heart wrenching to know he was days away from his well deserved retirement & I know Dan would have given Max the best life long retirement that a champ could have.

My condolences to Dan & all those connected.


December 27, 2011 - 9:48 pmMy condolences to all of the

My condolences to all of the connections on the loss of Eldorado Max - rest in peace.

December 27, 2011 - 9:31 pmA true warrior, RIP to Max &

A true warrior, RIP to Max & to all the connections, our thoughts are with you. Bill & Tracey

December 27, 2011 - 9:28 pmToday, our industry suffered

Sarah Imrie SAID...

Today, our industry suffered a tragic loss. Last week I had the pleasure of jogging this game old campaigner. To him it was old hat, to me, my first time behind a race horse. He certainly took advantage of the situation and took me for quite a ride, despite my screams, which I'm sure could be heard throughout South Western Ontario (LOL). He was all class, heart and what any layman would describe as a model racehorse. To Dan and all the connections involved, my deepest and most heartfelt sympathies. The Raceway at the Western Fair District will honor "Max" on New Year's Eve, as the Senior's Trot will be the "Eldorado Max Memorial Trot". He is gone, but will not be forgotten.

Thanks for the ride "Max"

December 27, 2011 - 8:42 pmThis is the way Max would

gord young SAID...

This is the way Max would have wanted to go . . . R I P Max

December 27, 2011 - 8:30 pmFor him to get so close to

Lynne Magee SAID...

For him to get so close to retirement after so many years of competitive racing and to go at only 14 years of age is truly sad. My condolences to everyone connected to Eldorado Max.

December 27, 2011 - 8:01 pmWatching that happen this

Watching that happen this afternoon was like a punch in the stomach. Got a chance to spend the day with him last week and even sit behind him for a few laps. What a pleasure it was!

Just a great campaigner who will certainly be missed. Condolences to all the connections.


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