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Jan Kees: Lived 15 years in a stall, then free

Jan Kees spent nearly two decades locked in a stall, leaving only to train, race, or accompany other racehorses to the starting gate. He ground out 101 starts in the 1990s, ending one career and promptly beginning his next as a track pony, without so much as a breather in between. And yet, despite the toll on his body, which left his knees and ankles the size of grapefruits, Jan Kees was a prize of a horse, a “real gentleman” who entered retirement with Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) board member Leslie Priggen roughly six years ago. “He was the absolute […]