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Kat's Journey finished an astonishing 49 lengths behind the pack in her first race.  Breeders Robin and Carolyn Hoffos will take her back, no questions asked.

Filly finishes 49 lengths behind, wins in the end

The phones began ringing and the emails started flying shortly after the 3-year-old chestnut finished an astonishing 49 lengths behind the rest of the pack this month at Canterbury Park, says Donna Keen, a racehorse owner who operates Texas-based Thoroughbred charity Remember Me Rescue. Racing against the clock, the original breeders of failed racehorse filly Kat’s Journey joined in an all-out effort to buy back the beautiful chestnut Thoroughbred and return her back to them, where she was well loved and cared for as if she’d won a great race. Like all racehorses deserve, say breeders Robin and Carolyn Hoffos […]

Pokey and Kira routinely square off against purpose-bred Thoroughbreds in the hunter/jumper ring.

Washed up racehorse is picture-perfect hunter

Five years after washing up on the backside of the Suffolk Downs racetrack, Pokeys Punch has started to gain ground in the world of the competitive hunter/jumper circuit, beating out horses who were purposely bred to do what only comes naturally to him. Under the training and direction of owner/rider Kira Karbocus, a volunteer with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Pokey has picked up a head of steam competing in the three-foot hunter/jumpers, and winning with a natural grace and balance that did nothing for him on the east coast racetracks, but is putting him in high ribbons in his new […]

Nasrullah. Photo courtesy Horse Collaborative

Denny Emerson: Start to learn TB pedigree

BY DENNY EMERSON—In 1935, Nearco (by Pharos x Nogara) was foaled in Italy, bred by Federico Tesio. His impact on the American Thoroughbred is profound. He’s a good starting point in pedigree education because he’s relatively “modern”, and, through the influence of three of his sons, he is in the pedigrees of almost all modern thoroughbreds and TB crosses. The three sons, all of whom created their own dynasties, were Nasrullah (1940),Nearctic (1954) and Royal Charger (1942). Nasrullah sired Bold Ruler, sire of Secretariat. He sired Nashua, maternal grandsire of Mr. Prospector. He sired Never Bend, grandsire of the two […]