Gate To Great Horses

The horses that enter the Great Geldings program will spend anywhere from a few months to a year or more transitioning from track life to ranch life. Many hours of rehab and training go into each horse and we strive to develop them for their best suited career as indicated by their aptitudes.


Once the horses go through the Gate To Great program, they are ready for their new career. If you are interested in a particular horse, contact us for details on the individual's progress and fill us in on what you are seeking in your next mount.


This page will change as horses enter or complete the training program.  Bookmark us and check back often!


16.0 hd. Bay Gelding

2015 by Into Mischief X Little Cat Feet (by Tale of the Cat)

7 starts, 2 wins, $35,945. Last Raced 6/22/2019


Here's a looker from one of the hottest sires going, with a recent Horse of the Year, Authentic! Liger won his first two starts and carries Storm Cat blood top and bottom. New arrival Feb.,2021!




Guns Down ("Gunner")

15.2 Hd. Brown Gelding

2017 by Field Commission X Crysta's Court (by Silent Name)

5 starts, last raced: 10/18/2019


An athletic young son of champion Field Commission out of a stakes winner. "Gunner"  began training late summer 2020 and has shown real aptitude through the jumping alley. He could go a lot of directions, so keep an eye on his progress at our Facebook page: Gate to Great/Horse Creek Thoroughbreds. See his preliminary videos on our Youtube Channel: Horse Creek Thoroughbreds. Available at $7,500 as of 2/2021, subject to increase as training advances. 

Taptapimsmokey ("Smokey")

14.3 3/4 hd. Gray gelding

2013 By Mt. Glittermore out of Taptap I'mgone (by Tapit)



This little guy is right in your pocket, loving all the attention he can garner with his good nature. He has limited time under saddle but is well on his way to becoming a pleasure mount suitable for many disciplines. His grandsire is the popular Tapit and Smokey's pedigree carries two crosses to Moon Glitter, who is Tapit's great-grand-dam. In training, priced at $5,000. as of 2/2021.


Preemptive Strike ("Harlan")

16. hand bay gelding

2014 By Harlan's Holiday out of

Preemptive Attack (by Smart Strike)

15 starts, 1 win, $38,837 Last raced: 



From the sire line that produced the 2020 Ky. Derby & Breeders' Cup Classic winner. "Harlan" (Jockey Club registered as Preemptive Strike) is a winner who has been retired from racing for three years. He would make a nice project for someone wanting to do English disciplines. Priced at $3,500 as of 2/2021.


Galaxy Street

16.0 hd. dark bay or brown gelding

2015 by Street Cry out of Ghost Galaxy (by Ghostzapper)


This smooth beauty is from the last crop of leading sire Street Cry out of a dam-line loaded with quality. Started training summer of 2020 and went right to work on the ranch. A deluxe field-hunter in the making. SOLD

Lemondrop Bold  ("Rambo")

15.2 hd. bay gelding

2013 By Lemon Drop Kid out of Verdana Bold (by Rahy)

3 starts, last raced: 4/2/2016


Used for Western Dressage, this chunky gelding has been shown successfully and qualified for the Jockey Club Championship Show in 2019-2021. His easy-going nature has been a bonus when hauling to shows or clinics, as well as all the preparations leading up to competitions. Good on the ground, hauls alone, stands tied, good to shoe, clip, bathe, etc. From a family deep in quality and loaded with stakes contenders. His half-sister won stakes races in 2020 and several other siblings have black-type earnings. See his video below, priced at $10,000. as of 2/2021.




Delta Levy

16. hd. chestnut gelding (to the right in photo)

2015 By Field Commission out of Rivery (by Riverman)

27 starts, 3 wins, earnings: $53,690, last raced May  2020.


A classy individual from the immediate family of our fan-favorite, Little Creek, who was out of a half-sister to Delta Levy. Second dam, Hail Maggie, was a full sister to Nelson Bunker Hunt's multiple champion, Trillion! New arrival January 2021.


Battle Honours

15.2 hd. chestnut gelding (to the left in photo)

2017 By Field Commission out of Family Honor (by Mr. Prospector)

3 starts, placed, earnings: $3,560, last raced September 2020.


By Canadian Champion Field Commission out of a full-sister to Greatness, the last son of leading sire Mr. Prospector standing at stud. This smaller Florida-bred hails from a family rich with stakes-winners. Same family as successful show horse, Lemondrop Bold, shown above on our sale listings. New arrival January 2021.



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Where to Find Us:

Gate to Great Geldings

A Division of Horse Creek Thoroughbreds

RR 1
Newell, SD 57760

Phone: 605-569-2249


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