A Thoroughbred mare so thin at the time of her rescue that her coat looked like a “rag thrown over a coat hanger” has blossomed on her way to motherhood.
Silver and Smoke, under the care of her original breeder Danzel Clarke Brendemuehl, recuperated so well after her rescue in 2013 that Brendemuehl decided to preserve the bloodline along with the mare.
The decision was made after months of rehabbing the animal who fell into bad hands, and was rescued by the South Florida SPCA, Brendemuehl said in an earlier article. Please see that story here: http://offtrackthoroughbreds.com/2015/04/22/rescued-mare-carries-on-line-that-nearly-died/
After weeks of nursing her mare back to health, Brendemuehl and her business partner Sandra Lombardo of New York agreed to breed Silver and Smoke to graded stakes winner Majesticperfection, winner of the Gr.1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap in Saratoga.
“She was the last of her line,” Brendemuehl said an earlier interview with Off Track Thoroughbreds.com. “I hadn’t thought of breeding her, but then Sandra said to me that of all our mares, she’s the survivor, she’s the bravest, and if she passed those genes onto her foal, she could be the mother of a champion.”
In this photo, Silver and Smoke enjoys her pregnancy in good health on Lombardo’s farm in Upstate New York.
Please read about Silver and Smoke’s rescue by the South Florida SPCA here: http://offtrackthoroughbreds.com/2014/08/05/locked-in-tbs-couldnt-lift-heads-in-stalls/