The trotter, who is by a pacing stallion, developed
breathing problems last year and Hans said efforts to fix
them were unsuccessful.
"He was operated on twice and it didn't work," Hans said.
"He just got worse. He would drink water and it would come
out of his nose. He was coughing his head off."
After going undefeated as a 2 year old against minor
Googoo Gaagaa had a sensational year as a 3
year old in 2012, winning nine of 14 starts and earning
$624,700. In the Earl Beal Memorial at Pocono he set a
world record that still stands, winning in 1:50.4. He came
back in August to win the $500,000 Colonial at Chester
defeating Hambletonian winner Market Share by a neck in
But Hans couldn't get the son of Cam's Rocket right last year as a 4 year old. He failed to win in three starts and his
last ever appearance on the racetrack resulted in a defeat
in a $500 race at the Frederick, Maryland Fair. Hans had
hoped that surgery to repair an entrapped epiglottis would
get the horse back on track. But nothing worked.
"The horse is completely sound," Hans said. "I'd rather
have a lame
horse than a
horse that can't
don't want to
think about it."
attracted a lot of
attention not only
because he was
because of his
background. Hans, also the breeder, is a small-time
horseman from Maryland, and the mating that produced
Googoo Gaagaa was an afterthought. He originally sent
the dam to a trotting stallion but she didn't get in foal.
Rather than waste a breeding season, he sent her to the
family-owned pacing stallion Cam's Rocket, admitting he
had no idea what to expect.
For a time, Googoo Gaagaa was the top 3-year-old
trotter in North America and Hans was listening to offers
from owners who were prepared to pay big money for his
horse. He now wishes he has sold when the time was right
and blames himself for some of the problems.
"I probably should have sold him a long time ago," he
said. "If someone like (Ron) Burke had him, someone
who's really good and really on top of everything, probably
they would have had him scoped, had everything taken
care of right away. That's why he's an awesome trainer
he's on top of everything. He's not a dumbass like me."
Hans plans to breed Googoo Gaagaa this year, but is not
attempting to turn him into a major, commercial sire. He
said he has four mares he plans to breed to him and said a
few others had asked if they could also breed mares to