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Lovell, pictured with OTTB Zealous Blonde, has launched a fundraiser to care for 43 rescued horses

Mindy Lovell pleads for help to feed 43 TBs

Mindy Lovell, the Ontario woman who rescued top-earning racehorse and broodmare Press Exclusive, a Thoroughbred who was as good as dead in a kill pen when she intervened, and who has saved scores of other discarded racehorses, teeters on the precipice of financial ruin. Earlier this week, Lovell issued a plea for donations to help support the herd of 43 discarded ex-racehorses, most rescued from the slaughter pipeline. Citing a decline in donations and an uptick in the number of horses she has rescued—at one point she was single-handedly caring for 90 rescued Thoroughbreds—Lovell announced on Facebook that she needs […]

Dry Martini ridden by Jimmy Paxton

Millionaire racehorse is Mr. Cool off the track

Author’s note: In memory of Dry Martini, we are re-running his story. Nothing could shake Dry Martini. Not the dogfights of horse racing, where he won $1.3 million dollars, and certainly not foxhunting and jumping, where he dashed through the wilderness of the Pennsylvania foxhunting territory with the cool-headed aplomb of James Bond. “When he first came off the track, just about anybody could have sat on him,” says Priscilla Godsoe, who, along with James C. Paxton of River Hills Foxhounds, re-schooled Dry Martini. “All the credit really goes to the horse. It’s a hard thing to explain unless you’ve ridden […]

Mandy Minger, pictured with Secretariat's famous owner Penny Chenery, has joined the board of New Vocations. Photo courtesy Mandy Minger

DRF’s Mandy Minger Joins New Vocations Board

Mandy Minger, vice president of marketing for the Daily Racing Form and president of the Turf Publicists of America, has joined the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption’s Board of Directors. In a press release issued on Nov. 22, Anna Ford of New Vocations announced her arrival while citing Minger’s extensive work with horse charities such as the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Old Friends, KY. She noted that Minger will make an excellent addition. “We are excited and feel very blessed to have Mandy Minger join our board,” Ford says. “She brings a wealth of experience as well as Thoroughbred industry connections that […]