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By Susan Salk on March 26, 2014
Laura Holmes, the mastermind behind the dynamic Facebook page OTTB Connect, officially launched the 12th chapter of CANTER (Communications Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses) this week in Texas. Citing the lack of a Thoroughbred sales listing service in that state, in which retiring ex-racehorses can be listed for sale, Holmes founded the new CANTER-Texas to serve racetracks in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, and will serve as executive director. “We have volunteers who will take regular listings from those tracks, so we can help people find their horse, or sell their horse,” says Holmes, who notes that the new service […]
By Susan Salk on March 25, 2014
Clipping the lead rope onto her horse’s halter, Alyssa Stevens began to pray. Please let him walk off the property and onto the trailer waiting across the street. Her heart hammered, she felt a little like she was stealing her own horse, as she lead him away from the California rescue facility where she’d found, purchased and boarded ex-racehorse Stan the Man before her experience there had soured. “I bought him in 2008 for a $5,000 adoption fee and continued to board him in the same place, taking lessons on him, and even volunteering for them,” she says. But after […]
By Susan Salk on March 24, 2014
Two warriors of the track, one the son of the great Dynaformer, who ran with the best before he dropped in class, the other a hard-knocking winner who ground out 105 starts in his lifetime, saw their lives in racing end not hard, but with a soft, gentle welcoming into a life of blue sky and green grass. Just before Christmas, Dynaformer’s son Ea, the handsome embodiment of his famous father, who also sports the same white chin marking of his famous brother Barbaro, arrived at Florida TRAC fit as a fiddle, and ready to take on the world. He […]