SCTR rescues thoroughbreds from these auctions when space and funds are available. We have to adopt horses to make space
and we have to have the money to provide feed, vet, farrier, boarding and training to the horses in our care (this runs several
hundred dollars per month per horse and we have had many horses for several years) as well as a new arrival. We do not
rescue based upon adoptability, ride-ability or any factor other than need.
Unfortunately, there are always more horses in need than we have space or funds for. Once we have determined we can
rescue a horse, several factors come in to play. Bidding usually takes 2-3 minutes per horse-it's very fast. The horses do not
come through in hip number order and many times the papers and the hip numbers are mixed up by the sellers or the auction
staff. You have to know your hip number, be ready and have to be in a spot where the auctioneer can see you. If a private
party or other rescue steps up, SCTR will generally not bid against them-but you have seconds in a very crowded room to figure
out who is bidding against you. If a horse does fall to a dealer, we can sometimes buy them back at a higher price, but until
the horse is on our trailer, it isn't safe. The horse can still be sold or traded before we get there and there isn't a lot we can do
if that happens. Again, we depend upon our volunteers to make all this happen, and it's not an easy job.
In September 2010, at the first auction of the month, SCTR volunteers found several thoroughbred mares they were unable to identify, and also 2005 bay mare Saundree, who had been at an earlier auction and sold well, now thinner. Unfortunately, we were not able to rescue at this auction. At the second auction of the month, SCTR volunteers found a proximately teen-aged and tattooed thoroughbred gelding at auction, but were unable to identify him from his tattoo. He was rescued from a kill dealer after the auction, as the auctioneer failed to notice or record our bid. The gelding remains unidentified, but we have called him Hansen and he is doing well.
In August 2010, SCTR volunteers found at auction Place Cowboy (IRE), a former graded stakes competitor and California sire - now gelded - and rescued him for $220.
On Kentucky Derby Day 2010, SCTR attended auction and found two tattooed thoroughbreds without their papers, which would both sell without reserve. One we identified as being four year old gelding, Dixie Passion (Dixie Union - Small Town Girl (General Meeting)), who sold for $80,000 at Keeneland's 2007 Yearling Sale and earned $44,620 in his short career as a three year old in California spanning 9 starts, 1 win and 1 third place finish. We rescued Dixie Passion for $275. The other, a filly, we were unable identify because our volunteer was working alone and the filly too afraid to permit her tattoo to be read. She was purchased by a horse dealer for $200, who subsequently re-sold her as a broodmare - which was highly preferable to her alternative re-sale usage.
In April, SCTR volunteers found three tattooed thoroughbreds on the auction lot. Poor Backatitagain, a beautifully bred 13 yo gelding by Unbridled and from a Saratoga Six mare, who earned $88,000 in his racing career which spanned 36 races in four years including a start in the G2 Pan American Handicap, had been previously spotted by volunteers at auction just two months' earlier where he sold for $275 to a horse trader. Backatitagain once sold at Keeneland for $200,000 as a yearling and was no-saled a year later for $325,000 as a two year old in training. Now back at the auction again, Backatitagain sold for $150 to a kill buyer but was "no-saled" as his horse trader owner attempted to extract a few more dollars of residual value. SCTR volunteers negotiated his freedom for $300 and he is now in our care. That same day, 6 year old Dixie Union gelding from a Hennessy mare, Mojitoville - once a Keeneland Yearling $140,000 RNA - whose career began at Oaktree and ended at Los Alamitos, sold for $475 to a “private buyer”. Clearly foundered, Mojitoville may show up again, and we’ll continue looking for him. And 5 year old Freespool mare Saundree, whose five month racing career began at Santa Anita and ended at Los Alamitos, sold for more than $500 to a private buyer – a very good price indeed for an off track thoroughbred at a low end auction.
In February 2010, SCTR attended a local horse auction and found ten thoroughbreds, including unraced 9yo mare Season Premier, 4yo gelding Deltamax who had last raced in November 2009, unraced but tattooed 5yo old gelding True Blue Cat, 6yo gelding Aspen High who raced extensively at Los Alamitos, 4yo gelding Reigning Roses who last raced in 2009, lovely retrained 13 yo off track gelding Backatitagain, an unidentified tattoed 7yo mare, two recently off track geldings unidentified, and an unttattoed chestnt gelding. True Blue Cat, Aspen High, Reigning Roses, and Backatitagain appeared to find private homes; the unidentied horses and Season Premier were not so fortunate; Deltamax was rescued by SCTR for $75 to fill our one remaining quarantine space. Deltamax had a recent bite or kick injury to his neck, which broke some blood vessels, and is currently being treated by a veterinarian. Thanks to SCTR friends Judy and Tracey for contributing to Max's rescue and quarantine costs; and a debt of gratitude is owed to The Exceller Fund and a number of other donors for helping us cover Max's initial and significant vet bills. It turns out that Max is a great great grandson of Exceller!
On the first weekend of 2010, SCTR attended auction. Very few horses were up for sale, and very few buyers attended to provide them with homes. SCTR identified a single thoroughbred, young mare Rosa Rugosa, who had been previously "rescued" at auction by her current owners, who no longer felt able to care for her. At this auction, Rosa's owners "no-saled" her, and donated her to SCTR, when the only bidder was a kill buyer. Rosa is now safe with SCTR, and a truly lovely mare.
On the second weekend of 2010, SCTR attended auction, and found four young off track thoroughbreds; four year old gelding Speaking, four year old recent gelding Rushisright with two bowed tendons one of them very fresh, six year old gelding Marcus of Duchenne, and four year old filly Warrens Justastorm. Marcus of Duchenne sold to a group of 4-H bidders; SCTR was able to rescue only two horses due to quarantine space limitations - Rushisright and Speaking; while Warrens Justastorm appeared to sell to a female buyer. Subsequent research revealed that in fact the filly had been purchased by the woman on behalf of a local kill buyer, and we were able to rescue her directly from him a week later with the help of another CA non profit rescue organization - thank you! - where she is now being quarantined. Thanks are due to our friend Judy, for contributing to the costs of this rescue effort.
In December, SCTR attended auction and was able to help two tattoed geldings escape a trip to Mexico for slaughter. "Bear", a bay gelding not yet identified, was purchased from the kill buyer that bid to win him immediately following his purchase. "Boffi" we were able to save by bidding against a kill buyer for $100.
There were several other thoroughbreds at the sale. Fortunately, three long yearlings by Momentum found private buyers; a three year old stallion, Warrens Mr Storm, did not meet his reserve at the high bid of $150; and a ten year old mare, Pas de Chaine, escaped all bidding - her old injured knee meant that she was too lame for the auctionhouse to sell. A yearling filly, Warrens Shanaz, did not appear to be run through the ring.
We are grateful to FOBs Janice, Judy, and Tracey; to members of the Facebook Cause "Save Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses From Slaughter", including Pam Stone and her friends and Sharla Sanders and her friends; and to those who participated in Debbye Harmon's online Avon fundraising event for SCTR; for donating to help us rescue and care for these two lovely geldings. We are also grateful to the former connections of "Boffi" for caring about him, and offering to help support his rescue .
In August 2009, with the tremendous support of donors from our Facebook Cause and Group, from the Fans of Barbaro, and
from anonymous individual donors, we were able to rescue three young thoroughbreds at auction, and also three thoroughbreds
from the feedlot that had been bought at the auction by a kill buyer. Thank you to everyone that contributed to this rescue!
Warrens Rahysgold, a 5yo gelding, had been run through auction in July and was back one month later, now stiff and swollen in
his knees. This lovely large gelding also has a large bowed tendon, which appears to be old. We were able to rescue him for
$275. Three year old Mont La Salle somehow found himself on the auction lot in August also, rather thin and depressed, just
months after his last race at Santa Anita. We rescued him for $225. Der Van, a four year old gelding, never raced or put in a
published work, but his tattoo tells us he had been at a racetrack sometime in his short life...We rescued him for $225.
Miss Apollita, a 5yo mare who had raced just a week earlier at Los Alamitos was also at the auction and purchased by a private
We really thought that Bertrando's Flag, a six year old large good looking gelding by leading sire Bertrando, under English tack,
would sell privately - but no, he was purchased by a kill buyer. With the financial support of the Fans of Barbaro, we were able
to subsequently rescue him from the feedlot for $350. Lovely 12 yo Irish Katie was ridden through the ring under western
tack and sold to a kill buyer for $75. Again, the Fans of Barbaro came with support to allow us to purchase her from the feedlot
and quarantine her.
On the original pickup of Bertrando's Flag and Irish Katie from the feedlot, a case of mistaken identity meant that actually Katie
had been left behind - and we had rescued a three year old bay filly instead...hmm, well, that's never happened to us before!
Rest assured that we went back and rescued the "real" Katie, and now happily have a sixth horse, the three year old untattoed
filly from the feedlot, also in our care We are calling her "Mysterious".
On Belmont Stakes day, the first Saturday in June, SCTR attended auction and found four young off track thoroughbreds. Mi
Silver Riches, an unraced four year old filly who had worked just two weeks prior at Santa Anita, and an unidentified gelding
with a bowed tendon we were unable to save. Efforts to retrieve them in the 48 hours after the auction were unsuccessful.
However, with limited funds and space, SCTR was able to rescue Lulu's Nick, 4 year old gelding by Skimming, who raced 6 times
in southern California for his owner/breeders, and last worked on November 26 2008 at Santa Anita, and stable mate Ginobili,
4 year old gelding by In Excess who had earned in excess of 150K at the races and broke down in December 2008 at Hollwood
Park, on behalf of Tranquility Farm.
On the second Saturday in June, SCTR found many thoroughbreds at auction, including 1990 mare L is for Love, 2005 gelding
Beat Richy, Free House mare Smokey Gal and her three week old quarterhorse cross foal, and 2004 gelding by Free House,
Free Sammy. All but Free Sammy appeared to be purchased by private buyers, and we rescued Free Sammy for $85.
We would like to thank the Fans of Barbaro, and Lynn Wells of the Toby Wells Foundation, for providing the funds required to
rescue these three young geldings.
On Kentucky Derby Day, on the first Saturday of May in 2009, SCTR attended a local auction and found six beautiful young
thoroughbreds, many arriving from local racetracks, as well as two older broodmares. Beautiful three year old fillly, First
Condition, who had raced as recently as April 23rd at Hollywood Park, sold for $500 to a private buyer. Unraced but tattoed four
year old filly Anacaona was rescued for $250 by a local hunter-jumper trainer. We are guardedly optimistic that nineteen year
old mare Rainbow Twist and eighteen year old Drive Thru Daquiri, were purchased by private buyers. SCTR purchased on behalf
of Red Bucket Equine Rescue an untattoed three year old filly, who is currently in quarantine with SCTR. And SCTR, with
tremendous donor support, was able to rescue three lovely geldings bidding against kill buyers.
Five year old Luis's Especial, earner of $183,000, last raced at Santa Anita in February, and had "worked" in March.This
handsome boy deserved better than to be rescued at a livestock auction for $250, with a right front ankle injury. Four year old
Alternative Time is unraced, but had worked on April 24 at local training facility, Fairplex. We rescued him for $300, and he has
clean legs. Enormous three year old Apache, who hadn't worked since the summer of 2008 at Hollywood Park, has an old, set
bow tendon, but his prospects for a second career are good.
At the first, we were able to rescue an unnamed three year old thoroughbred filly, "Classy", from slaughter: she had been
"adopted out" a month earlier in February 2009 by a veterinary hospital which was not in a financial position to have us return
her to it. In addition, we rescued the lovely gelding Icanmakeitrain, whose former racing owners were appalled to learn of his
fate, and are planning to retire him to their own private farm. We thank Dawn Mellen of After The Finish Line for intermediating
the return of Icanmakeitrain to the former owners that care about him.
We also purchased the lovely fifteen year old thoroughbred gelding, Souvenir Trip, and 25 year old running quarterhorse Son of
a Hussy on behalf of Front Range Equine Rescue in Colorado. We are extremely grateful to Front Range Equine Rescue for
offering to help two additional horses at this auction. While it was wonderful to be able to help these four horses, eight other
thoroughbreds, including three tattoed broodmares, a four year old tattoed filly, a two year old High Brite colt, and California sire
Deep Pass were left behind. If you would like to support the auction rescue of additional horses, please donate! We hate leaving
Classy is in rehab. We are deeply grateful to the Fans of Barbaro for supporting the rescue of Classy (now renamed Lola).
At the second auction in March, SCTR was thrilled to be able to rescue three additional horses as the result of a significant
donation to support their purchase and care. We are deeply grateful to Lynn and Lloyd Wells of the Toby Wells Foundation for
their support of these horses. Lovely thirteen year old racemare and broodmare, Belleau Wood, by Alleged and out of a Forli
mare, who once sold for $95,000 as a yearling at Keeneland, was rescued for $150. Six year old gelding Cascade Mtn, by Moscow
Ballet - whose former owners were horrified to learn of his being sold at auction - was rescued for $110. And the lovely eighteen
year old gelding, Swing's Lew, by Santa Anita handicap winner Swing Till Dawn and out of a stakes producing Seattle Slew mare,
who earned $99,000 racing in California and was sold at auction with a fresh suspensory injury presumably resulting from a
jumping incident (he has been a hunter-jumper lesson horse in San Diego) was rescued for $120. They are all in quarantine
with our friend Casey O'Connor at The Golden Carrot horse rescue and sanctuary. We are grateful to the breeder and former
owner of Swing's Lew for supporting his care with us.
SCTR also identified lovely mares ten year old Go Girl Go, and Road to Kisses, at this auction, as well as the four year old gelding
Serene Justice. All sold to private parties.
February extra rescue News!
In mid February, as we were intermediating the rescue of other horses from the dealer's lot, SCTR became aware that the
lovely four year old filly, Rainbows at Aloha, had been on the lot in deep mud for several weeks with badly swollen knees. She
had arrived there just weeks after racing at Hollywood Park on December 13, and was running out of time to find a good home.
We purchased "Rainbow" (new name suggestions welcome :)) and she is now in rehab with us (see Horses in Rehab).
In February 2009, SCTR attended two auctions.
At the first, there were nine tattoed thoroughbreds present. Two were purchased by our friend Kim of Painted Spirit Ranch.
SCTR was pleased to be able to purchase two more; four year old unraced filly, Lookingformrdunbar, by Crowning Storm, and
the lovely broodmare Besidestillwaters on behalf of Tranquility Farm. While we were waiting to bid on Besidestillwaters, we
received a phonecall from her former owner in Florida, who wanted her back! Besidestillwaters spent a brief period at Tranquility
Farm, before shipping to Florida and is now happily reunited with her former owner.
In addition, our friend Maggi contacted the ranch manager who had recently given away Lookingformrdunbar, and appalled at
her fate, he immediately offered to take her back to Rancho Paseana. Unfortunately, she was not the only horse that had been
given away by the farm in the preceding days, and it turned out that another lovely young racemare by Cryptoclearance, Ask
Sam, had been purchased by a kill buyer at the auction for $125. Fortunately, we were able to arrange for the farm to buy her
back and both horses are now safely back at the farm that they had left just days earlier.
Two Los Alamitos racehorses - the sweet mare Kickin Stars, and Western Fame gelding Tamerlane Rising who had raced just
two weeks earlier - also sold at the auction for a total of $250 to a kill buyer. By putting the word out about their fate, we were
able to reunite Tamerlane Rising with his former owner, and Kickin Stars is now at Tranquility Farm being supported by the
owner of her full sister. Lovely grey mare, Silky Goose, was brought through the auction, but did not meet her reserve. To
ensure her safety from slaughter, SCTR arranged her adoption directly off the kill buyer's lot. The ninth thoroughbred at the
auction, Deserts Honey Cup, was purchased by an unknown private party. More on her below.
At the second auction attended in February by SCTR, on Valentine's Day, we were incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity
to rescue the last of the nine thoroughbreds that was unaccounted for following the first auction of the month! Deserts Honey
Cup, an unraced but tattoed mare by Soft Gold, was back at auction just one week after selling to an unknown private party.
Thin and depressed, Deserts Honey Cup was rescued for $95 bidding against the kill buyer. Deserts Honey Cup is in rehab.
In December 2008, we attended auction and purchased the sweet three year old gelding Sunday Match, with the support and
financial aid of Ron Charles, COO of Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC), under MEC's new anti-slaughter horse protection policy.
We are extremely grateful to Ron Charles and MEC for enforcing this important new policy. You can read more about this story
Sunday Match is doing well in foster care and we are grateful to director Jackie for providing shipping and to approved foster,
Megan, for providing excellent care of this young guy.
This week we also purchased from a dealer an ex racehorse that had been run through auction last month, and he is now in
quarantine. He is the lovely six year old grey gelding Persistent. Persistent is a little sad, and a little thin, and his feet were very
long - but he is doing well. We would like to thank his incredibly generous sponsors Donna, John, the Exceller Fund
(www.excellerund.org), and two anonymous donors for providing emergency funds to enable us to help this horse. You can see
more photographs of Persistent here: Percy's Page.
We have successfully spared him from euthanasia, with the invaluable help and foster care for Victory, of Dr.
Laure Ross. You can see some more pictures of Victory Design, who is now available for adoption as a pasture
pet or companion horse, here: Victory's Page