We’re working our to the top on the Dynaformer countdown and Sheila Williams’ Rare Bush is next in line at number four.
Rare Bush (Dynaformer-Nutbush One, Conquistador Cielo): Trained by JackFisher, this 9-year-old started out with high hopes on the flat in ToddPletcher’s powerful barn and though he won just once from six startshe’s made his mark over hurdles.
Rare Bush was purchased privately by Fisher after his 3-year-old season and made his jump debut at Middleburg in April 2004, running third in an open maiden. He ran twice more that spring and after a sixth in an allowance on the flat injuries took their toll and Rare Bush missed 23 months before returning to the races at Atlanta in April 2006.
Showing no ill effects from his rust or inactivity, Rare Bush broke his maiden with a half-length win. He won again two starts later at Colonial and then finished off his campaign with a big second in the Grade I AFLAC Novice at Callaway Gardens in November.
Rare Bush returned in 2007 and was snake-bitten in two spring novice stakes starts, running second in both the Carolina Cup and Temple Gwathmey. He was injured again and missed 18 months before resurfacing in the Appleton at Far Hills in October 2008. Once again showing his propensity for running big off a long layoff, Rare Bush finished second but was awarded the victory when winner Cradle Will Rock was disqualified and placed third.
In 2009 Rare Bush has enjoyed another stellar campaign, winning twice in six starts and earning just less than $50,000. For his career he has five wins and four seconds from 15 hurdle starts, for earnings of $152,697.