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Prodigioso as he looked after being rescued from Florida backwater, and after he had recovered.

Left on Fla. roadside, he was blinded, burned

On a desolate stretch of road slicing first through sugarcane fields and then everglades in the Homestead region of South Florida, it must have felt like burning hell last July to an ex-racehorse waiting for the next thing to go wrong in his young life. Emaciated and scared, Prodigioso shifted his weight gingerly on four painful feet that oozed with thrush. His back pasterns were flayed open with deep burns, probably ripped by rope, and a painful looking burn was raw and ugly on his lower lip. His right eye, freshly blinded, somehow, showed him shadows that must have scared […]