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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,” […]

Richard "Kudo" Couto, founder of Animal Rescue Network, helped close down slaughterhouses in Palm  Springs where show horses were reportedly among the casualties.

Cuoto: Illegal butchers killed show horses too

Under the cloak of deep secrecy, approximately 15 horses per week were savagely butchered in illegal slaughterhouses operating a short distance from the hallowed Wellington, Fla. horse show grounds, according to Richard “Kudo” Couto, an animal rights activist who triggered a raid on three slaughterhouses this week. Couto, the founder of the Animal Recovery Mission, says that one of the many grisly details uncovered in a six-month investigation, which on Tuesday, led to the “largest law enforcement tactical strike” of alleged perpetrators of extreme animal cruelty, is evidence that show horses were being slaughtered among the cows, chickens, goats, pigs and […]

War Emblem arrives in the USA and retires to Old Friends. Photo courtesy Old Friends

War Emblem retires to Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY, is happy to announce that dual-classic winner War Emblem is back in the Bluegrass. Winner of the 2002 Kentucky Derby and 2002 Preakness Stakes, War Emblem arrived in the United States on Monday October 12 after 13 years standing stud at the renowned Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido. “He arrived safely and looks terrific,” said Old Friends President and founder Michael Blowen. “Fans have been so anxious to see him, and we just want everyone to know that as soon as he clears quarantine he’ll come to the farm,” Blowen said. […]