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Curlin son Southern Charm was plucked away from a path to racing as a Yearling. Now he's winning blue ribbons against Warmbloods in New York. Pictured with his owner Courtney Safadi.

Curlin son beats the elites in tony New York

A son of Hall of Fame champion Curlin, whose racing future once appeared as bright as his own coppery coat, has found the limelight far from the racetrack, in a rarefied riding club in Westchester County, New York. Four-year-old gelding Southern Charm, who was plucked from a Yearling sale meant to launch his race career, but was instead rushed into surgery to repair a facial tear, now finds himself the “face” of the Thoroughbreds among the Warmblood set. Southern Charm Barn name: Curly Sire: Curlin Dam: Renowned Cat, by Storm Cat Foal date: April 23, 2011And he is impressing everyone, […]

Leah and AP Prime tuned up for Rolex at Carolina International CIC last month. Eventing Connect photo

$750 OTTB set to make 2nd Rolex bid; pumped

Shaking off the disappointment of last year’s failed run at Rolex, Leah Lang-Gluscic and her $750 Thoroughbred AP Prime are back and better than before in the run up to her second bid at the nation’s fabled three-day event. Sound as a bell and more graceful than ever, AP delivered exceptional overall work at the Carolina International CIC and Horse Trial last month, with specific improvements to his dressage work, Lang-Gluscic says. AP Prime Sire: Aptitude Dam: Czarina Kate Foal date: March 14, 2005“My coach and I had a lesson there a few days before the test, working on the […]

Press Exclusive, left, now spends her days with Tina, a filly orphaned at birth. Photo by Jim Craner, Pan-American Wildlife and Scenic Photography

Trampled on meat truck, mare now helps others

An older broodmare, who years ago was trampled inside a crowded truck headed for the slaughterhouse, nearly losing her life, now spends her days offering solace to an orphaned filly. Press Exclusive, 20, a racemare and mother of nine consecutive foals, would have died in December 2012 were it not for the intervention of Thoroughbred rescue volunteer Mindy Lovell. The Ontario woman was able to convince a veterinarian to turn the battered mare over to her care, and nursed the animal back to health. A year later, the ex-racehorse was transported to a lifetime sanctuary at Equine Advocates in New […]