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Through rough waters, Blue Blue Sea soldiers on

Miranda Prather curled up on a rubber matt next to her sick horse’s stall and pulled a horse blanket over her shoulder for warmth in the late August chill. The barn was so quiet in the middle of the night. All she could hear was horses breathing and shifting about in their stalls. Munching hay. Sometimes a bat flew overhead as she listened in fear. Her gelding Blue Blue Sea struggled with colic in the next stall, hanging his head in misery, sweating and trembling in the cool air. “That night is one that I won’t soon forget. I had […]

Blowen wins lifetime achievement award

In the large waterside reception room of the Danversport Yacht Club, Michael Blowen returned to the Suffolk Downs racing colony Thursday night to accept honors for his heroic work providing dignified retirements for ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds. As a crowd of 300 people looked on, Blowen was presented with the New England Turf Writers Association’s Sam McCracken Memorial Award at the 69th annual Awards Dinner. The organization’s top honor recognizes Blowen’s pioneering efforts to found and maintain Old Friends, a racehorse retirement in Kentucky, with his wife Diane White. As the couple has built up the sprawling retirement facility, which currently houses […]

Tykes ‘trot on’ with the racer who beat Lava Man

On a sunny afternoon at Hollywood Park Mr. Wolverine surprised them all when he surged at the top of the stretch and beat Grade 1 Stakes winner Lava Man in a race that gets replayed quite a bit in Lisa Pratt’s household. (Watch the race!) No, the Pratts didn’t have money on the horse. But as his new owners, they can’t help but swell with pride when they watch the Thoroughbred barrel toward the finish line just a few years ago. And when they consider how well Mr. Wolverine worked out as the family horse who carefully carts their two […]