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Future Kings sold for $220,000 as a yearling, and was in the slaughter pipeline two weeks ago. Photo courtesy Marlene Murray

$220K yearling was slaughter-bound in older age

The Irish-bred grandson of a champion U.S. sprinter, a Thoroughbred so fine he sold as a yearling for $232,134, was plucked this month from the kill pen moments before horses were readied to make the long, frightening journey from Pennsylvania to a Mexican slaughterhouse. By the time Future Kings, 15, was discovered, he’d fallen far from the rarified world in which he once graced. The silken coat of his youth was now long and dry; his ribs showed just slightly, and it had been a long, long time since his black mane and tail felt the touch of a kind […]