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Long Hill Chub has proven to be a versatile and competitive sport horse. Pictured with owner/rider Anna Corfey. Photo by Brant Gamma and courtesy of Corfey.

Chubba was a low claimer before he was a star

An unassuming racehorse, of whom it was once said lacked the gumption to make a “menacing bid” for victory, is now channeling his inner champion as a sport horse. Long Hill Chub, who finished out his short and unimpressive career in the low claimers at Suffolk Downs in 2009, has become something of a wonder horse in the years since. Long Hill Chub Show name: Chubba Sire: Storm of Angels Dam:Chubette, by Fountain of Gold Foal date: May 29, 2006“I’ve taken several horses off the track in my life, but Chubba is just a cool bean,” says owner and rider […]

Storm Cat (1983-2013). Photo courtesy the Horse Collaborative

The stars sparkle in the OTTB family tree

By DENNY EMERSON — You won’t get very far in any study of the modern thoroughbred without coming across the Storm Cat line of elite racehorses, and, frequently, his son, Giant’s Causeway. Storm Cat was by Storm Bird, by Northern Dancer. His dam, Terlingua, was by Secretariat, by Bold Ruler. Storm Cat, then, was descended from the Nearctic sire line of Nearco on top, and from the Nasrullah sire line of Nearco on the bottom. Storm Cat stood, for several years for a whopping $500,000.00 stud fee. You heard that right. Half a million dollars to breed to Storm Cat, […]

Archie's Echo, 27, was led from a burning barn at Old Friends over the weekend. He was rescued  in June by Parx Racing officials, who discovered him in the slaughter pipeline.

Horses saved from burning barn at Old Friends

Mere minutes before a fast-moving structure fire fully engulfed a barn at Old Friends Farm in Kentucky this weekend, two horses— a Breeders Cup Classic winner and a 27-year-old rescue horse—were led to safety by workers who rushed in as the 7-stall building went up in flames. Michael Blowen, founder of the world-renowned retirement farm for Thoroughbreds, says the quick-thinking of staffer James Krump and his wife Tammy saved Alphabet Soup, a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, and Archie’s Echo, an elder chestnut rescued from the slaughter pipeline. (Please see earlier story about Archie’s Echo). Both horses were led calmly to […]