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Heading for the Fort Erie track at the end of the meet. Photo by Laurie Langely

After Fort Erie closed, many hands help horses

In a town that lost one of its McDonald’s Restaurant at the start of the year and its racetrack a few weeks ago, two horse-loving Fort Erie women doggedly work to find soft landings for racehorses who would otherwise lose their jobs, entering an unknown fate, since the rusted, chain-length fence was stretched across the backside’s entrance and padlocked. Owners and trainers too, who didn’t know what their next steps would be, worked earnestly with Alexis Kacho-Sinke and Kim Sinodinos, co-founders of horse charity Second Start Thoroughbreds, to make sure their horses would be safe. “I’m amazed that the track […]

Star of Reality was renamed Phoenix after she survived death that seemed  imminent

A dying mare rises up from desolation; a phoenix

In a clearing gnawed down by hungry horses trying to nourish themselves on the scrubland of the Cayman Islands, a Thoroughbred broodmare with an uncommonly gentle nature gave up on what life had handed her, and she lay down to die. It was such a warm day as Star of Reality folded her knees beneath her thin body and lowered herself to the earth. Her four years spent as an iron horse making full-tilt dashes toward the Finger Lakes finish line were long over, and her recently delivered chestnut-white Paint foal had been weaned and was in the bloom of […]

Easy Exchange, the grandson of Easy Goer, was in Sheikh Mohammad's stable before he became a children's mount

Royally bred TB hits jackpot as family horse

Bred to the hilt by the ruler of Dubai, the dappled gray grandson of Easy Goer was nothing like what Laurel Perrigo expected. Unlike his herd mates who grazed indifferently in the fields nearby, paying no heed to the woman who wandered past, this unraced son of Three Chimneys sire, Exchange Rate was perhaps the friendliest animal she’d ever met. “I walked into his stall and he was so personable,” Perrigo says. “He was like, ‘Who are you? What are you about?’ ” Easy Exchange Trader Sire: Exchange Rate Dam: Smooth Charmer, by Easy Goer Foal date: April 22, 2010With […]