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By Susan Salk on January 8, 2015
Dear Readers: It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that Off-Track Thoroughbreds will cease publication on Jan. 12, 2015, and be archived in a private, online repository of my work. The decision to close the blog after nearly five years comes, as it does for so many ventures, from financial considerations and time constraints. Although the blog began as a goodwill effort to help raise awareness about the value of Thoroughbreds, it has become increasingly difficult to sustain. I wish to thank everybody who has participated in some way in this, the single, greatest professional accomplishment of […]
By Susan Salk on January 7, 2015
Deemed useless, spent from delivering progeny to sires such as Saffir, a mother and daughter stood like the others, unremarkable and the same as every other horse bound for slaughter that day. Their last foals were gone; the soft muzzles now absent from udders that hung full of milk. And the broodmare Thoroughbreds were left with nothing but a hay pile in a bleak Ottawa holding pen, as they grasped mouthfuls of hay before taking their final ride to a meat-processing plant. Reiki was pregnant at the time, but she was too thin for her condition to be noticed. And […]
By Susan Salk on January 6, 2015
It has been nothing but surprises since Angie Moore decided to take in a broodmare six years ago. The first revelation was discovering that Lady With a Kick was in foal to Graded Stakes winner and Breeders’ Cup participant Fantasticat, a Storm Cat son. “I had no idea the horse was even pregnant, and when I was told how impressive the father was, I started to get really excited that we had a Cinderella on our hands,” Moore says. “Everybody kept telling us we’d have a racehorse on our hands, and I was very excited to race her.” The next […]