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Denham was retired by his owners and given to TV announcer John Hernandez before hoof problems  put the stakes placed OTTB's life in danger.

Stakes placed warhorse fights for life in Iowa

A stakes placed racehorse with 72 starts and earnings north of $300,000 battles for his life in spite of an all-out effort by racing connections, including a TV journalist, to retire him. Denham, 9, the son of Unreal Zeal by Mr. Prospector, has battled hoof abscesses, laminitis, and most recently, his coffin bone rotated to within seven millimeters of coming through his hoof’s sole, says Christina Norris, executive director of Unbridled Spirits, a horse retirement facility in Lisbon, Iowa. “He’s fighting for his life,” she says. “It’s hard to say this because there are so many kids who love him, who […]