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Wilson and Lori Reed, wearing her Team Wilson visor, have a chat

Picked to live, a dark horse is her chosen one

It was down to the dark gelding or the barren broodmare. She could only take one. Knowing that whoever she passed over would most likely meet a horrific end in the slaughterhouse, Beverly Strauss of MidAtlantic Horse Rescue agonized between the two horses at the New Holland auction on a hot July day in 2006. In the end, and with a breaking heart, she chose the gelding. Relatively young at age nine, the off-track Thoroughbred who previously raced under the Jockey Club name Pardner, a son of wining racehorse Deputy Minister, was squeezed onto a trailer heading for the safe […]