Sarah Says Go was saved twice before making it home. First, from the New Holland Auction, where horses are commonly at risk to be sold for meat, and shortly after, when sadly, she was scheduled to be euthanized for medical reasons.
This is when Anne Buxton, one of her first owners, entered the picture. She had searched for the mare on the Internet, vowing that if she could find her, she would take her home.
For many years, Buxton had assumed the mare was dead, but she couldn’t stop searching for her. When she discovered Sarah lived, she found the hardworking horse who always came through for her on the racetrack was now sickly and dropping weight. Buxton was impelled to reach her and help. After all, the once fine race-mare wasn’t always sickly, and had often put food on Buxton’s table with a win at the track.
Buxton contacted Sarah’s owner and begged her to cancel the appointment to be euthanized. And the Virginia-based owner was so touched by Buxton’s plea, she went a step further, and drove the mare 80 miles in her own van to bring the horse closer to Buxton’s home in Ocala, Fla. And with funding provided by nonprofit charity The Second Race, the lucky little mare made it home. Please see the full story here.
This dramatic rescue occurred in 2011. And today, not only is Sarah Says Go thriving in Florida, but she recently gave birth to a foal.
Here is what Buxton says:
“I was just re-reading your story on Sarah Says Go again, and it still makes me tear up! Anyway, I thought you might like to know how she is doing now.
“She has a beautiful weanling filly (about to be a yearling) by Kiss the Kid.
“She is a fantastic mother, and loves her baby girl. She was in foal this year to Exclusive Quality, but slipped at 5 months. I’m undecided about whether to breed her back in the spring, but if so, she’ll go back to Exclusive Quality.
“If not, she’ll be hanging out with my other retirees for many years to come, as she still runs around like a young horse. She is as fat as a hog and very happy!”