After a great run, OTTB blog signs off

Dear readers and friends: In November 2016, I made the decision to suspend writing and operations of this blog, Off-Track-Thoroughbreds.com. After seven great years, the last two spent in happy partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF,Inc.), I decided to close the blog to concentrate on another blogging venture. (I now tell the stories of successful restaurants for one the nation’s top manufacturers of restaurant products, Boxerbrand.) It’s a change in direction I was honored to make. But, I want to note that the time spent writing about the successes and obstacles in the OTTB world has been one of […]

Three years since her rescue from the slaughter pipeline, Brightly Shining continues to win ribbons and championships.

One man’s ‘trash’ keeps winning the treasure

In only three short years, a filly once so scared she reared and thrashed like a wild animal in her auction-house stall, now dazzles as she prances in show rings and horse shows, winning ribbons, clinching championships, and earning the enduring love of the old-timey horseman who saved her. “This horse, I don’t know, she’s one in a million,” says Maryland-based owner Mike Keech. Keech took a chance on Brightly Shining in 2013, stepping up to buy her at the Thurmont Auction when all other auction-goers ran from the whirling dervish kicking up such a fuss. But from the moment Keech threw […]

Future Kings, 17, is climbing up the  hunter/jumper ranks just two years after being rescued from a kill pen. Photo courtesy Marilyn Lee

Kill pen horse set to show in The Sunshine State

An aging Thoroughbred gelding who dropped like a stone from his glory days, tumbling far from the rarified auction where he fetched $200,000 as a Yearling only to wind up years later at a livestock auction steps away from slaughter, is set to travel to Florida this winter to compete among rarified show horses. Two years since he was rescued from the New Holland auction in Pennsylvania, a place where meat buyers fill their trucks with unwanted horses and ship them to slaughterhouses, Future Kings, 17, is on the cusp of rebirth, says his owner Marilyn Lee of Sherwood Farms in Ontario. […]