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Z Camelot has put on 150 pounds since he was rescued two months ago and transferred to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Blackburn facility. Photo by Sue Finley

Starving horses regain weight at Kentucky TRF

Two months after arriving at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s (TRF) Kentucky facility, six starving horses, abandoned and later seized by Mercer County officials, have bounced back on the road to recovering their health. According to a report by Sue Finley of the Thoroughbred Daily News, the horses pulled from a farm leased by trainer Maria Borrell and her father in a highly publicized neglect case, have put on weight, and blossomed in the hands of inmates at the Blackburn Correctional Facility. (Please see earlier story here: Linda Dyer, farm manager of the TRF’s Second Chances program in Kentucky— where […]

OTTB Feather has a major point lead in the ongoing TAKE2 Thoroughbred shows. Ridden by owner Scotty Sherman, the pair will be hard to catch before the end of the competition season Oct. 2. Photo courtesy TAKE2

Failed racehorse has big lead in OTTB hunters

Scotty Sherman’s Feather has soared to a commanding lead in the TAKE2 Hunter Division with 4,648 points, more than double that of Cree Sauer’s Cooperstown now in second place. Feather, who raced under the name She’s From Money, was bred in Maryland and sold for $1,000 as a yearling. She was unsuccessful in four starts at the track, earning just $1,980, but has blossomed since changing careers. (Please see earlier story in Off-Track The 7-year-old mare was reserve champion hunter in the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League last year, and she will be tough to catch this season. The Thoroughbred League’s […]

Mark Bolender becomes the ‘Alpha Mare’ to enlist Dakota Demon in training.

He becomes an ‘Alpha mare’ to train OTTBs

Put a herd of 25 horses together for the first time, and after some kicking, biting, and a few flying tufts of torn-out hair, an alpha mare will emerge. In 97 percent of the time, after the dust settles, it is the female horse who emerges victorious as the leaders, says Mark Bolender ofBolender Horse Park in Washington. All devotion is vested in her, as long as she leads in a focused and consistent manner. But if she veers into inconsistent and unfocused leadership, the herd will turn on her and kill her. “Once she is chosen, an instinct will […]