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OlivaSudden— it’s love at first sight

Skeptical that the small, dark-brown bay with the beautiful face could really be the horse of her dreams, Brandi Carreira was nonetheless compelled to meet the off-track Thoroughbred who had never won a race. Hitching up her horse trailer, she withdrew cash from her bank account and headed to Suffolk Downs in Boston, secretly certain she wasn’t leaving without Olivia’s Account, a 15.2 hand gelding she later renamed OlivaSudden. “He was a little small, and I remember thinking I’d never be happy with such a small Thoroughbred. But there was something about his face. He’s got such a sweet look […]

Welcome to Off-Track Thoroughbreds

Welcome to This blog will highlight the success of ex-racehorses who have moved into new careers in a multitude of disciplines. These stories have heart, and an old-fashioned happy ending. I am a former journalist who worked the last nine years as a marketing writer for a university. Increasingly, I have felt the tug to write about horses, specifically OTTBs who gamely move on to promising “next” careers. Owners who bring these horses home to re-start them on a different path speak so lovingly and excitedly of the progress they make. Horses, once super-fit racers, round out physically and […]