Big winner nearly dies on way to slaughter

By Susan Salk

Press Exclusive Dec 2012All that money, nearly a half million dollar’s  worth of racetrack winnings, couldn’t help her as she thrashed in panic and fear.

Flailing beneath the hooves of 30 other terrified horses, last December in a tractor-trailer heading for a Canadian slaughterhouse, once-winning race mare Press Exclusive had lost her balance on the truck, and her place in the world.

No longer valuable as a racehorse or a broodmare — she gave birth to nine foals—she fell down among the legs and hooves of the other slaughter-bound horses, and was pummeled as she struggled beneath them, writhing in the shavings and manure.

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Here’s another great article on this girl.

5 comments

  1. Jo-Anne Ward · ·


    I believe this photo is Press Exclusive after giving birth to foal in May 2011 Ontario Sired, Philanthropist http://www.cthsont.com/docs/sales/yearlingsalecat_2012/56.PDF

  2. Barbara Griffith · ·

    I left a comment on the Off-Track TB site. I had signed up for their daily newsletter a few months ago. You can see that some folks do try to save some of the TB’s but they can never make s dent in the over- breeding. This is the largest number of comments I have seen here. A lot of the comments are from people that don’t know how really bad the over-breeding is or just what becomes of the breeders brood stock.

    1. Jo-Anne Ward · ·

      Yeah, your right Barbara, half of the people that post comments really don’t know
      what goes on daily. Kill buyers always ready to take a meat load to the plant. Doesn’t matter from who or what farm, backstretch, auction, show, feedlot, field, or parking lot.

  3. pattyhamilton · ·

    Such a beautiful life saving story of Press Exclusive. Thanks to Lovell and all the other good people involved in taking care of this beauty. It is just ashamed how this slaughter bound grand race horse ended up. It is very ugly to know that this is how the race horses are treated after they are done with them just throw them away for a couple of dollars. Thank God for all of the good people that saved this beauty from her death.

  4. This is really a three-hanky story! Kudos to Mindy Lovell!

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