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Jane Allen Blayman and Rattle Awhile are reunited after the Thoroughbred mare was purchased from a meat buyer.

A filly named for grandpa saved from meat buyer

“Gramps, don’t tell anyone,” said Jane Allen Blayman to Bert Allen on a late December day in 2009. “But, I’m on my way to Hagerstown to get this horse. People are worried.” As she raced to rescue a weanling, sight unseen, the fourth-generation horseman and her grandfather “rattled awhile” —an expression he used to describe their lengthy phone conversations—about a horse who would subsequently be saved and named in tribute to the dear old man and the good horsemanship he espoused. The weanling grew to neither big nor gorgeous by racehorse standards, Blayman says. But she was special. She was […]