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Sir Prize Birthday, who officially turns 35 in May, enjoys a snuggle with volunteer Valerie Wasail at Wallkill Correctional Facility in New York. Photo by Cody Jo Wasail

35-year-old OTTB teaches inmates to listen

Sir Prize Birthday, the oldest of the 900+ horses within the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) herd, approaches his 35th year of life next month as an accomplished racehorse and teacher who is best remembered as much for his ability to transform self-absorbed inmates as his grit to knock in 206 lifetime races. Now missing a few teeth at the hands of the loving dentist, and lacking the muscle he displayed as a mighty racing adversary, Birthday comes gently but firmly into the sphere of inmates working in the TRF Second Chances horsemanship program at Wallkill Correctional Facility. And with the […]