Richard Fahey

The former Richard Fahey-trainee Sandiva, now trained by Todd Pletcher, won her first American race in her second attempt, the Tropical Park Oaks at Gulfstream, with a happy Javier Castellano on board, 20 December 2014.

Party Now and John Velazquez finished second, Dancing House and Irad Ortiz, Jr. third.
Full result here.

Congratulations to all connections. :-)
You are missed over here, sweet girl.

Photo: Lauren King, Gulfstream Park


In a shop near the heart of the densely packed West Point neighborhood in Liberia’s capital that was quarantined in August to slow the spread of Ebola, retiree Abubakar K. Sherif is hard at work. Amid the chaos on Mechlin Street, one of the interlinking thoroughfares of the market, the Liberian Energy Network (LEN) has its Monrovia office, which also doubles as the point of sales.  Inside, boxes of solar panel lights are stacked on the floor. Sherif, LEN’s president, sits behind one of two desks in an office shared by assistants.


LEN grew out of a 2009 meeting between Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Richard Fahey, who was then a practicing attorney and former Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia. Soon after his meeting with President Sirleaf, who had studied at Harvard’s Kennedy School of government, Mr. Fahey became a 2010 Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI), a Harvard graduate school program that works with leaders who are preparing to transition to second careers in community service. LEN matured into a reality during Mr. Fahey’s Fellowship at Harvard. From 2009 through 2011 Mr. Fahey conducted market research and focus-group surveys in Liberia, established relationships with Liberian civil society organizations, and conducted a pilot project to test the business model. In early 2011 Robert Saudek, another Fellow at Harvard’s ALI program and also a lawyer, joined Mr. Fahey as Vice President, Treasurer and Director of LEN. In early 2012 Abubakar K. Sherif became LEN’s Liberian Manager and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing day-to-day operations in Liberia.

In late 2013 with receipt of the first container of solar lights to ever be received in Monrovia. Building upon the foundation the Liberian staff had built up in 2013, over 5,000 lights were quickly distributed in the first quarter of 2014, moving LEN from the start up phase to the large scale importation and distribution of lights throughout Liberia. LEN built out its network partnering with groups and organizations which are successfully operating in Liberia such as the 7,000 member Firestone Agricultural & Workers’ Union of Liberia (FAWUL), Save the Children, and Mercy Corps Liberia. LEN conservatively projects that over the next 5 years it will distribute more than 100,000 solar lighting units at a value of over $5,300,000 USD which, with an average of over 5 people per household in Liberia, will provide safe, reliable lighting for nearly 15% of the country’s population.

Garswood has been retired to Cheveley Park Stud.
Announced on 6 October 2014.

Owned by David Armstrong and Cheveley Park, the Richard Fahey-trained four-year-old son of Dutch Art was set to make his final career start in the Prix de la Foret on Arc day, 5 October 2014, but with the course conditions "on the fast side of good, connections decided not to run their star.
Read more here.

Richard Fahey said: He was a Listed winner at two, a Group 2 winner at three and a Group 1 winner at four. He had a super temperament and was a legend. Ability wise he was definitely one of the best I’ve trained.”

Happy and long retirement, bog boy. <3

Photo: Scoop Dyga
Garswood and Gérald Mossé after they won the Prix Maurice de Gheest, August 2014