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By Susan Salk on December 20, 2012
Still reeling from the news that Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand had been destroyed in a Japanese slaughterhouse, Sandy Porter-Gonyea spotted something that would change her life. Emblazoned across a full page of the 2003 edition of the New York newspaper she was reading, was a picture of Ferdinand winning the Kentucky Derby. And beneath it, was a photo of a dinner plate and the statement: “Eat an American Champion.” At that moment Porter-Gonyea promised herself this: “If I was ever ready to buy a horse, I’d buy an off-track Thoroughbred,” she says. “I decided I was going to save at least one […]
By Susan Salk on December 19, 2012
RAJA, Story of a Racehorse is an award-winning children’s book crafted in the mold of Black Beauty and The Black Stallion, and told through the narrative of a rising star racehorse who lands in precarious circumstances. Penned by amateur steeplechase jockey and eventer Anne Hambleton of Vermont, the catchy story begins in Ocala, Fla., with the birth of RAJA. Shortly after he turns two, the dazzling horse can hardly contain his enthusiasm as he enters gate training, and then his first race. Coaxed by a gentle but firm exercise rider and the daughter of the sheik who owns him, RAJA […]
By Susan Salk on December 18, 2012
Not every kid can live up to his father’s success. And this was especially true for the offspring of superstar racehorse Point Given, a powerhouse on the track who left huge hoof prints for his two sons to follow. Point Given earned close to $4 million on the track, racking in multiple stakes wins, and taking first place in the 2001 Belmont Stakes and Preakness. By contrast, Bonus Point had lifetime earnings just shy of $9,000, while Point Blank never earned a penny. But to Victoria Bennett, who adopted the two Point Given sons, their affability under saddle, and puppy […]