ATHENS, OH –
This weekend horse racing fans will watch the third and final race of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.
But local horse rescue groups say before fans gather around the track they should know about what they call the dirty little secret of the Thoroughbred racing industry. We spent several weeks on this investigation, following two orphaned foals as they fight for their life.
At an auction in Kentucky back in May, volunteers with the Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue in West Virginia, stepped in when they found out that for the second time in matter of weeks, two foals, just days old were being sold at auction.
The foals were alone, with no mother. The group bought them for $100 each. A volunteer from the group recorded her conversation with the person who sold the foals. She provided it to 13 News.
“How old are they?,” asked the volunteer. “Six and eight days if I’m not mistaken.”
The foals were not orphaned because their mother’s died. They are products of the nurse mare industry