Secretariat’s giant shoe replica on display in Va.

Secretariat's great-great grandson ATM Machine poses next to the giant replica of the Triple Crown winner's shoe.

Secretariat’s great-great grandson ATM Machine poses next to the giant replica of the Triple Crown winner’s shoe.

Secretariat left some big shoes behind.

Including a six-foot tall exact replica of the great Triple Crown winner’s shoe so gargantuan that it holds the Guinness Book world record as the largest horseshoe ever made.

The shoe, which ordinarily resides at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, has been trucked to Secretariat’s famous birthplace, The Meadow, and will be on display from Sept. 23 through to spring 2017.

The 610-pound object, crafted from aircraft aluminum by Eagle Sign & Designs, Inc., of Louisville, evokes the impact of a horse who electrified a nation, and brought hope and joy as he accomplished what few believed could be done. Like the big shoe itself, Secretariat’s legacy was larger than life, states Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s owner, in a press release.

“The enormity of this shoe symbolizes the impact of Secretariat on Thoroughbred racing and horse lovers everywhere,” Chenery said. “I am delighted that the World’s Largest Horseshoe will be on display at Secretariat’s birthplace in Virginia during the 80th anniversary of Meadow Stable.”

Chenery’s father, Christopher T. Chenery, founded Meadow Stable in 1936.

And since the great red racehorse swept the Triple Crown in 1973, the fabled birthplace has attracted fans and tourists from around the globe.

As an added inducement this year, the horseshoe will commemorate the annual “Salute to Secretariat” tribute during the State Fair, which runs from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2.

In addition to the shoe, festivities include meet and greet with local Secretariat descendants on September 24-25 and October 1-2, as well as tours of Meadow Hall with its historic galleries, says Leeanne Ladin, Secretariat Tourism Manager of The Meadow.

A life-size poster of the famous champion will be on hand for “Selfies with Secretariat” opportunities, and tours of the original barn, now listed on the state and national historic registers, will be offered.

For more information on the Fair, see StateFairVa.org. For more information on the Secretariat tourism program, see MeadowEventPark.com.

Starving horses regain weight at Kentucky TRF

Z Camelot has put on 150 pounds since he was rescued two months ago and transferred to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Blackburn facility. Photo by Sue Finley

Z Camelot has put on 150 pounds since he was rescued two months ago and transferred to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Blackburn facility. Photo by Sue Finley

Two months after arriving at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s (TRF) Kentucky facility, six starving horses, abandoned and later seized by Mercer County officials, have bounced back on the road to recovering their health.

According to a report by Sue Finley of the Thoroughbred Daily News, the horses pulled from a farm leased by trainer Maria Borrell and her father in a highly publicized neglect case, have put on weight, and blossomed in the hands of inmates at the Blackburn Correctional Facility. (Please see earlier story here: http://offtrackthoroughbreds.com/2016/06/29/trf-takes-6-hungry-abandoned-horses-into-herd/).

Linda Dyer, farm manager of the TRF’s Second Chances program in Kentucky— where inmates learn life and horsemanship skills while caring for retired racehorses— reports to Finley that ex-racehorse Z Camelot has undergone one of the most dramatic transformations. Since the day of his rescue in June, Z  has gone from eating shavings to stay alive to blossoming under a carefully managed re-feeding program. Under the watchful eye of Rood & Riddle vets, the bay gelding has regained approximately 150 pounds.

Z Camelot has gained approximately 150 pounds since he arrived at the TRF's Kentucky facility in June.

Z Camelot has gained approximately 150 pounds since he arrived at the TRF’s Kentucky facility in June.

Z Camelot was among a group of horses accepted into the Blackburn TRF facility after authorities declared the horses abandoned and in need of rescue. The others include Silver Cliff, 14, Princess Megan, 12 and her weanling colt, Meddling, 12, Parhelion, 16, and Synergistic, 17, according to the Thoroughbred Daily News.

To read more about the horses and their condition, please go to the Thoroughbred Daily News story: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/mercer-county-horses-thriving-at-trf/.

Donations to the TRF may be designated to help the newest additions to the Blackburn facility by clicking the donations link at the end of this sentence, scrolling to the lower left of the page, and clicking the Designations drop-down menu: https://trf20546.thankyou4caring.org/Make-A-Gift

Failed racehorse has big lead in OTTB hunters

OTTB Feather has a major point lead in the ongoing TAKE2 Thoroughbred shows. Ridden by owner Scotty Sherman, the pair will be hard to catch before the end of the competition season Oct. 2. Photo courtesy TAKE2

OTTB Feather has a major point lead in the ongoing TAKE2 Thoroughbred shows. Ridden by owner Scotty Sherman, the pair will be hard to catch before the end of the competition season Oct. 2. Photo courtesy TAKE2

Scotty Sherman’s Feather has soared to a commanding lead in the TAKE2 Hunter Division with 4,648 points, more than double that of Cree Sauer’s Cooperstown now in second place.

Feather, who raced under the name She’s From Money, was bred in Maryland and sold for $1,000 as a yearling. She was unsuccessful in four starts at the track, earning just $1,980, but has blossomed since changing careers. (Please see earlier story in Off-Track Thoroughbreds.com).

The 7-year-old mare was reserve champion hunter in the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League last year, and she will be tough to catch this season. The Thoroughbred League’s second season concludes Oct. 2.

She’s From Money
Show name: Feather
Sire: Love of Money
Dam: Alvinia, by Horatius
Foal date: Feb. 28, 2009
“Feather came from a racing background, not a jumping back ground like so many of the horses today, but she had a very special ability that a lot of horses do not have,” said owner/trainer/rider Sherman.

“Her biggest attribute is that she absolutely loves to jump; so teaching her how was very easy and fun. I think the most special thing about Feather is the way she glides across the ground, and the jump is just an extension of her canter.”

The veteran horsewoman added, “I have to give credit to Lynn Richardson, who found Feather on the racetrack and recognized her potential and brought her to me to train. Upon riding her, I knew I had to have her.

Feather and owner/rider Scotty Sherman have been winning hunter championships against talented Warmbloods in the Mid-Atlantic region, and are currently in the lead in Thoroughbred shows presented by TAKE2.

Feather and owner/rider Scotty Sherman have been winning hunter championships against talented Warmbloods in the Mid-Atlantic region, and are currently in the lead in Thoroughbred shows presented by TAKE2.

“Feather also has a full staff of people who wait on her hand and foot. Mary Wintz is her wonderful caretaker who has spoiled her rotten; Don Dressel, farrier to the stars, has made her little Thoroughbred feet beautiful; Dr. Roger Scullin, the most talented vet in the world, has kept her athletic body in prime condition.  It has taken an army who all love her to make her so consistently great!”

Sherman had high praise for TAKE2 as well.

“The TAKE2 Program is the best thing that has happened to racehorses ever,” she said. “It is a wonderful chance for these talented animals to have a life and bring pleasure to so many people that could not afford a Warm Blood. It is also rewarding to see the Thoroughbreds get recognition for their accomplishments.”

Grace Allen’s Bowie leads the TAKE2 Jumper Division with 989.67 points, and Alexandra Talmage’s Endimeous Triumph is second with 799. Click here for current TAKE2 Thoroughbred League Standings

The prestigious Capital Challenge Horse Show will host the presentation of the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League’s 2015 High-Score Hunter and Jumper Awards. The ceremony will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at the Prince George Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.

“We are very proud of the success that the TAKE2 Program has enjoyed in such a short period of time, and very grateful for all the support we have received from the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry and the horse show community as well,” said TAKE2 President Rick Violette Jr. “By working together, we have created something special that opens doors for racehorses after they leave the track and helps provide them with the happy and secure retirements they so richly deserve.”

— This blog is made possible by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF,Inc.), the county’s oldest and largest sanctuary of its kind. There are nearly 900 ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds in the TRF herd.