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Ollie now enjoys retirement life at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Photo by Debby Thomas

Tearful breeder reunited with TRF rescue horse

Cathy Hartsock rushed into Barn 4 at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s James River location, found the right stall, and threw her arms around the neck of the copper chestnut gelding she’d been worrying about for years. She began to cry. “I felt like I was seeing one of my children,” says Cathy Hartsock, who along with her husband Bob Hartsock had always wondered what happened to the off-track Thoroughbred Oligopolist. “He was the best horse we ever bred,” adds Bob Hartsock. The Maryland couple, who bred four horses in their lifetime, sold Oligopolist as a 2-year-old and avidly followed his […]