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BlindLucky
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Sat Jun 25, 2016 5:29 pm

Just like this photo always makes me giggle (Blackie and Gala, "Grumpy Old Men"):
--> and they got an award for it haha http://midatlantictb.com/cms/index.php/ ... hp-contest

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Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:25 pm

If anyone followed The Trunk Monkey (mostly because of his name :lol:), he's retired at Big Springs Farm and is the star of quite a few videos and lots of photos. Quite the sweet, handsome guy:

https://www.facebook.com/BigSpringsFarm1842/

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Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:36 pm

We went out to see one of our 2-yr-olds in training this morning at Margaux Farm in Midway, KY. In the first stall of her barn is the pony, Becrux! I didn't get any pictures because he was snoozing in the back corner of his stall, but he seems happy and well-loved. Team Valor still owns him, and he's used with the young horses because he knows how to put them in their place :lol:

Becrux was a hard-knocking Grade 1 winner who raced in Italy, Dubai, Japan, Canada, New York, and California from 2004 to 2010 :D

The other pony in their barn is Go Blue Or Go Home, a Grade 2 winner who was campaigned by the Hills (who own Margaux Farm).
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Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:09 pm

BlindLucky wrote:We went out to see one of our 2-yr-olds in training this morning at Margaux Farm in Midway, KY. In the first stall of her barn is the pony, Becrux! I didn't get any pictures because he was snoozing in the back corner of his stall, but he seems happy and well-loved. Team Valor still owns him, and he's used with the young horses because he knows how to put them in their place :lol:

Becrux was a hard-knocking Grade 1 winner who raced in Italy, Dubai, Japan, Canada, New York, and California from 2004 to 2010 :D

The other pony in their barn is Go Blue Or Go Home, a Grade 2 winner who was campaigned by the Hills (who own Margaux Farm).

THANK YOU!!!! Becrux is one of my all time favorites, it's so wonderful to know he's in good hands with people that care for him! <3<3<3
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Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:56 pm

The farm trainer said he took Becrux out on the gallop the other day (they have a long, undulating synthetic gallop) where you can lose sight of horses ahead of because of the hills. He said that Becrux was all, "Let's go, let's go!" after the younger horses, so it doesn't sound like he's lost a step. Margaux is a gorgeous place, he couldn't be at a better facility or in more knowledgeable hands :D
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Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:00 am

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Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:42 pm

In case anyone has been wondering about him, Il toro D'Oro is retired and living the good life up in NY with a friend of mine's brother and his wife. They're in love with him and he's enjoying being told how wonderful he is and all the treats he receives for just being pretty. :lol:
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Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:46 pm

BlindLucky wrote:Just like this photo always makes me giggle (Blackie and Gala, "Grumpy Old Men"):
--> and they got an award for it haha http://midatlantictb.com/cms/index.php/ ... hp-contest

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Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:49 pm

Sounds like Jackson Bend is pampered and happy, although it's kind of too bad that he didn't take to being a breeding stallion.
http://www.paulickreport.com/features/l ... etirement/
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Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:12 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Sounds like Jackson Bend is pampered and happy, although it's kind of too bad that he didn't take to being a breeding stallion.
http://www.paulickreport.com/features/l ... etirement/
I've been wondering where in the world he was. Sounds like he still might get another try in the shed. I remember after that first retirement that they were concerned about his back being strong enough for breeding due to the injury. At any rate, as one of his big fans, I'm very happy to hear that he is cared for and doing so well.


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Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:37 pm

BlindLucky wrote:Just like this photo always makes me giggle (Blackie and Gala, "Grumpy Old Men"):
--> and they got an award for it haha http://midatlantictb.com/cms/index.php/ ... hp-contest

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Sat Aug 20, 2016 12:42 pm

This is more of just an update, but a friend of mine was trying to find out where Comma to the Top was since the original plan was for him to become a stable pony for Peter Miller--and he's not. I couldn't find any news about this, but a friend talked to Michael Blowen and it turns out that Comma is at Old Friends. Apparently he wasn't quite sound enough to be a pony.
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Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:33 pm

King Congie, winner of the 2011 Tropical Park Derby and hit the board in the Blue Grass, was saved from slaughter. West Point TB were contacted and are adopting him to give him a permanent retirement home.

There was a nice segment piece done on him during the '11 Preakness because he was named after a West Point employee with osteogenesis imperfecta.

http://www.drf.com/news/king-congie-sav ... ghterhouse
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Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:31 pm

glad to see King Congie made it Old Friends Cabin Creek: https://www.facebook.com/oldfriendsatcabincreek/
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Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:58 pm

Anyone remember Seton Hall?

A horse no one could save runs free
As good as dead last September, a horse whose leg fracture was so severe many veterinarians said it was hopeless, now stands soundly on four good legs; a testament to the “inner fight” the animal showed during the very worst of times.

“I couldn’t give up on him,” says Brittany Wright of Savannah, Tenn. “So many vets told me they couldn’t fix that horse, but he had so much heart that even with his leg as bad as it was, he was dragging me around. I felt like it was his way of telling me to fight for him.”
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Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:35 am

More info about King Congie's journey to Old Friends at Cabin Creek.

From the Preakness to the pasture: Retired thoroughbred finds new home in Greenfield
When Dawn Robin Petrlik, owner of Rosemary Acres horse rescue farm in South Kortright, arrived Sept. 2 at a horse auction with her trailer in tow, she was looking for two particular horses that a friend alerted her may go up on the auction block. What she found was something entirely different.

This is the story of King Congie, an 8-year-old thoroughbred stallion and graded stakes winner, whose journey took him from West Point Thoroughbreds and a disappointing seventh-place finish in the 2011 Preakness Stakes to retirement on a farm in Saratoga and ultimately to an unnamed auction house in Delaware County where, if things had gone differently, he would have been just another unknown and uncared for animal being loaded onto a trailer crammed with other terrified horses and driven to an untimely end.
More: http://www.troyrecord.com/article/20160 ... /160919966

Old Friends at Cabin Creek
King Congie at Cabin Creek today. This was his first day in his new paddock.Thanks everyone who helped make him safe.
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Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:34 am

Run A Dubb Dubb has been retired and was bought privately by her breeder even though she lost the 4 way shake. Michael Pino- who won the shake for her, was kind even to sell her to her breeder
https://www.facebook.com/OffTrackThorou ... 9427038512
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Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:14 pm

A friend of mine heard about an article in the Oct 8 Bloodhorse Magazine on Alphabet Soup getting treatment for skin cancer, and asked if I could tell her what it says. I thought it was an interesting article so I'm (clumsily) summarizing it here in case any of his other fans might be interested. I hope it gets published more widely.

Alphabet Soup has skin cancer near his tail. It's still in its early stages and he's being treated by Dr. Waldrige with a cutting-edge vaccine, the IFx-VET multi-indication cancer vaccine which allows his immune system to fight it. Stronach’s Adena Springs KY (where he first went to stud) is funding the treatment.

The vaccine was made by extracting some of his cancer cells (while he was conscious and pain blocked by an epidural). A lab inserted a streptococcal bacterium on the surface of the cells so, when put back into his body, his immune systems sees the cancer as the enemy. He likened it to putting on a Halloween mask which says to the immune system, “I’m a strep bacteria, go after it and kill it.”

It seems to be working. Just weeks after treatment, they’ve seen a significant reduction in the skin cancer and without side effects. Blowen is amazed by the progress and he thought it could have helped Black Tie Affair, who died of laminitis while fighting skin cancer. It sounds very promising and could work for many types of cancer and in humans as well as animals.
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Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:45 pm

I so hope that this treatment continues to help Alphabet Soup. If they can save him from this scourge, there are thousands of other grey horses out there who are going to be very grateful.
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Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:28 am

Sparrow Castle wrote:A friend of mine heard about an article in the Oct 8 Bloodhorse Magazine on Alphabet Soup getting treatment for skin cancer, and asked if I could tell her what it says. I thought it was an interesting article so I'm (clumsily) summarizing it here in case any of his other fans might be interested. I hope it gets published more widely.

I saw something about this but as I'm not a Bloodhorse subscriber I wasn't able to access the article. Thank you for sharing!
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