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02/18/11

Getting the facts straight - a LOT of thoroughbreds' careers do end when they are 3 or 4. Some even end at 2 years old after they are injured on the track or just too slow for the owner to keep them in training. Go to the track and add up the number of 2, 3, and 4 year old horses, and then go add up the number of horses over 4 years old. You will find that the latter is a very small perentage. Where did they go? Short answer: Career over.

The producer's notes are well written. I can't wait to see the episode tonight. I'd like to add that recognized horse rescues don't actually rescue many horses from the track. It is usually private individuals or smaller groups that take horses from the track and then rehabilitate them with their own out-of-pocket money. Hopefully the program will show the need for more horse lovers be become involved and help these horses get placed off the track.

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