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By Susan Salk on April 28, 2010
Amid vast grassroots efforts to help ex-racehorses, Dawn Mellen enters the fray with the very thing that often saves an equine’s life—cash. Her nonprofit, After the Finish Line (http://www.afterthefinishline.org), aims to match donors with needy rescue efforts to save Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and broodmares, and do it with a streamlined, well-researched approach. This year, Mellen anticipates aiding 50 Thoroughbred rescue organizations, which have been thoroughly vetted, and approximately 300 horses. “For nearly a decade, I volunteered to help rescue organizations across the United States care for and save Thoroughbreds from slaughter,” Mellen says. “I quickly learned that funding was the common [...]
By Susan Salk on April 23, 2010
Stat Box Racing name: Just Ask Mike New name: Lukas Sire: Crystal Water Dam: Paula Revere Height: 16.1 Age: 17 Color: Chestnut Lukas used to be considered a “throw-away horse.” He bucked, spun, reared and spooked, even in his own stall. Today, the chestnut Thoroughbred who limped away from a lackluster racing career on two bowed tendons, is an Internet sensation attracting over a million fans, and coverage on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Inside Edition—just some of the news outlets converging on Karen Murdock’s horse. “Lukas has attracted such worldwide attention,” Murdock says. “We had a million hits (on his [...]
By Susan Salk on April 19, 2010
When Johns Bold Battle was discovered at a New Jersey feed lot weighing 300 pounds less than he ought to, his ribs and hips jutting out from a dull coat, few would have guessed he was likely descended from America’s 10th Triple Crown winner. It wasn’t until horse-rescue operator and dressage rider Lisa Post pulled him off the lot that she began to uncover his lineage. Meticulously researching his tattoo, and other characteristics and traits of the underweight horse, she declared the orphaned equine to be Johns Bold Battle, grandson of Seattle Slew. “There’s a lot of horse stories out [...]