June 2, 2012, 10:08 amBy LIZ O’CONNELL
This is the face of horse slaughter. She’s a 4-year-old thoroughbred filly, a New York-bred. She was born on a beautiful farm in Westchester County. Her life on that farm would have been textbook perfect, it’s an outstanding facility, with a staff experienced in raising top-flight racehorses. Eventually, she was in training at Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, N.Y., but she never made a start. At the end of last year’s race meet, her owner asked her trainer to find her a home.
The filly was advertised online on the site where Finger Lakes’ trainers list their horses. She was offered at $500. Her trainer is unclear about whether or not he gave the filly away, or if he sold her. He can’t remember. He does remember a chaps-wearing woman with a British accent hopping on the filly for a walk around the backstretch and liking her enough to take her home; but she didn’t want the filly’s registration papers.
On May 25, the 4-year-old gray filly was at the D.R. Chambers & Sons, Inc. Friday night horse auction in Unadilla, N.Y. Horses might be sold to private individuals at Unadilla, but there is a good chance they will be purchased by, or for, a kill buyer with a contract to deliver live horseflesh to slaughterhouses in Canada.