Leading racehorse owner Maggi Moss, in a no-holds-barred attempt to win the retirement of a warhorse she once owned, took to Social Media this past weekend to plead the case and ultimately win the retirement of hard-knocking racehorse Fuhrever Dancing.
The horse had done enough, she reasoned.
After 99 starts and earning nearly $700,000 in purse money, the 11-year-old Thoroughbred should be retired, Moss stated on Facebook Sunday night, effectively taking her private attempts to purchase the horse, public.
“The calls and phone calls went back and forth the entire weekend, between me and the horse’s connections, and by Sunday I was really angry and went public with Social Media; I put a statement on Facebook … because the horse is coming-12, and I was really distressed that” he might not get to retire.
“The social media was phenomenal,” Moss adds, noting that unbeknownst to her, the issue “exploded on Twitter” and attracted the notice of racehorse owner, a Jonathan Pippin, who joined her effort and helped her negotiate to buy the horse.
She applauded Fuhrever Dancing’s trainer Chad Skelton for his role in the negotiation, which concluded this week when the horse was trailered to Mountaineer Racetrack and scheduled to be transferred to Beyond the Roses Equine Rescue and Retirement, where he will be assessed.
Moss owned the horse briefly in 2010, and when she learned he was still racing, immediately stepped up to try to get him retired. At the end of a emotionally exhausting eight-day negotiation, she says she is thrilled to have had a hand in the animal’s retirement. She purchased him for $5,000.
“Common sense dictates, in my opinion, that when you’re 11 years old and raced 100 times, it’s time to retire,” she says.