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By Susan Salk on March 9, 2011
As a young filly, Our Mims was racehorse royalty. At three, she was named the 1977 Eclipse Champion, and by age four, she’d won over $368,000 in her racing career. By the time she was 22 her many foals carried the bloodlines of superstars such as Seattle Slew and Spectacular Bid, and passed great genes along to notable stakes performers including 1997 Breeder’s Cup Sprint winner Elmhurst. But when she could no longer get in foal, Mims was turned out to pasture among cows, and far from any winner’s circle or breeding shed, grew old trying to forage food to […]
By Susan Salk on March 1, 2011
Sheri Thornley never meant to keep the good-looking gelding. From the moment she scoped him out and walked him onto her trailer, not even taking time to see if he trotted soundly, she felt the horse exuded potential as a big-ticket show horse. She was right and she was wrong. Ticket to Saratoga did in fact develop into a brave, talented jumper, competing in Florida and attracting potential buyers. Twice in fact, Thornley came close to selling Toga, but something always happened, sending the horse ambling back onto the trailer, and heading home with her. Thornley could not foresee in […]