Skip Away was a $30,000 bargain for trainer Sonny Hines, who purchased the colt from the February 1995 Ocala Breeders' Sale of 2-year-olds in training as a birthday present for his wife Carolyn. When examination revealed a chip in the colt's knee, Skip Away's breeder, Anna Marie Barnhardt, refunded $7,500 of the purchase price to cover the cost of surgery to remove the chip. Skip Away never had the surgery, but the chip never seemed to bother him. He won 10 Grade 1 races, earned US$9,616,360, and was an American champion for three consecutive years, culminating in Horse of the Year honors in 1998.
I'm Avalyn Hunter, an author, pedigree researcher and longtime racing fan with a particular interest in Thoroughbred mares and their contributions to the history of the breed.