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Osterville and Renee Babin met last October as Suffolk Downs was getting ready to close. Of all the horses for sale at the CANTER New England Showcase, he was the one  meant for her.

Urgently they said, ‘Turn him around; he’s sold’

In the waning days of Suffolk Downs, as stalls were emptied of horses, a freshly scrubbed and glistening gelding was just making his way from his shedrow when destiny intervened with a hasty command: “Turn him around!” Quickly followed by, “He’s sold.” And before chestnut OTTB Osterville took another step toward the assembled horse buyers on the track’s backside, horseman Larry Mason, uttered an assertive “whoa,” pulling up the horse he loved so much and handed the lead rope over to Renee Babin, a young teen who was about to have the very best birthday. “It all happened so fast,” […]