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Heartly Smart with her first owner, Dr. Julianne Ragone

Cured of Kissing Spine, T-bred finds new home

Beautiful Heartly Smart, free now from back pain after successful Kissing Spine surgery in February, has found a loving new home with a veterinarian who wants only to provide the ex-racehorse Thoroughbred with good care until the end of her days. “There’s no pressure on her,” says Dr. Kathy Collins. “I don’t need to have her anywhere any time soon, so she can get through the process” of post-operative care “before she gets passed to me.” Collins read the chronicles of Heartly Smart’s surgery and aftercare, she says, and eventually decided that she was in the perfect position to […]

Donna Keen, president of Thoroughbred charity Remember Me Rescue, rides Bridleless Wyatt on the track. Photo by Maggie Kimmitt

Bridleless Wyatt is a racetrack wonder

No matter how famous the racehorse or esteemed the racecourse, when the pretty bridleless gelding of unknown origin steps onto the track, he steals the show. That’s right, Wyatt the white gelding, ridden without bridle by Thoroughbred racehorse owner and rescuer Donna Keen, even stops to pose for pictures, just like the big stars. And in the universe of the social media world, where fans follow him, he is a star. Rescued from a kill buyer when he was 2, and taught to go bridleless, even while working alongside frisky racehorses, Wyatt is a wonder wherever he goes. In this […]

Michael Blowen, founder of Old Friends, walks with Little Silver Charm. Both pony and Blowen are thrilled that *the* Silver Charm is arriving this weekend.

Positive developments for T-bred charities

Silver Charm retires to Old Friends Kentucky Derby winner, Eclipse champion, and Hall of Fame inductee Silver Charm will arrive this weekend at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY. A special open house for members of the press as well as the public will be held Monday December 1st from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The now 20-year-old stallion will then enter a 21-day quarantine. It was announced in October by Three Chimneys Farm that the 1997 champion three-year-old colt had been retired from breeding in Japan and would be return to the United States to live […]