The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Sparrow Castle » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:48 pm

At Least Four Horses Dead at Puerto Rico’s Camarero Racetrack
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 5:33 pm
By Bill Finley
The devastation in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria includes the islands’s racehorse population. According to Shelley Blodgett of Carribean Thoroughbred Aftercare, Inc, four fatalities have been confirmed among the horses on the backstretch of Camarero Racetrack. Blodgett said she fears when more information becomes available the death toll among horses at the racetrack will rise.

Blodgett has been receiving information from a volunteer from her organization, Kelley Stobie, who is in Puerto Rico and has been spending countless hours at the racetrack trying to assist horses in need. It is very difficult to get a cell phone call into or out of Puerto Rico, but Blodgett said Stobie has been resourceful and has managed to communicate with her on several occasions.

Having spoken to Stobie, Blodgett paints a grim picture of the scene at the racetrack, where she says several horses have been abandoned since the storm pelted Puerto Rico.

“A lot of things are in motion at the track, but things have been very hard and some of the horses have not gotten the attention that they need,” Blodgett said. “There is a lack of resources and many of the owners, trainers and grooms are not able to get to the track. Kelley has been there every day taking care of the 16 off-the-track Thoroughbreds we are caring for. Yesterday, she watered about 100 racehorses. With 10 horses she got to, she was literally pulling them out; they had literally not been touched since the hurricane. She was able to get them water. We have heard of four confirmed deaths, from founder and colic. Some connections have been hauling in water for their horses since day one and others have just been abandoned.”

When asked if there will likely be reports of more horse deaths, Blodgett replied: “I think there will. Some horses are just getting water now, but forage is still not readily available for some connections. Hay production is not up and running in Puerto Rico. Some of the horses are standing in muck up to their ankles. They are dehydrated. Some have raced a lot and there’s been wear and tear. Those ones are a little underweight to start with, so they have less reserves to deal with this.”

Including non-racehorses, there are about 950 horses on the Camarero backstretch.

Blodgett said that while many horsemen have done everything possible to get to the track and care for their horses, others have not made it a priority.

“One of the main problems there is that the care-givers have had their lives turned upside down,” said. “They may not have a means of getting to the track or they are busy dealing with their own lives. There are some owners who are just abandoning their horses and saying just let them be. They are going to worry about themselves first. But I don’t think that is the majority. These people are going through a crisis. I think they’ve depleted, their physical, mental and emotional reserves.”

The worst may be over as several groups, Carribean Thoroughbred Aftercare among them, have huddled and are working together to help solve the crisis. Other organizations include the Humane Society of the United States, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, The Jockey Club and the United States Equestrian Federation. Blodgett said arrangements have been made to fly in pelletized hay, though it is unclear when it is going to arrive. She also said about 40 to 50 horses have been put into a quarantine facility and once cleared will be shipped to Miami. She said active racehorses are being given priority over all other horses when it comes to leaving the island.

Keith Kleine, a spokesperson for the AAEP, said that group has members in Puerto Rico that are helping and he believes, in time, volunteer vets from the continental U.S. will fly down to assist them. The biggest problem, he said, is finding a way to communicate with people in Puerto Rico. Kleine is looking in to purchasing satellite phones.

“This is still a work in progress and we still have to have some further assessments to make on the ground,” he said. “Those are short-term issues. There are needs like food and medical supplies. We have those. That’s the easy part. Getting access to the island and the ability to operate there is the challenging part.”

Kleine said the AAEP does not need supplies, but said financial contributions to the AAEP or any other organizations trying to help the horses of Puerto Rico are badly needed. Here is a list of groups you may wish to contribute to:
The AAEP’s charitable foundation
Carribean Thoroughbred Aftercare, Inc.
Humane Society of United States Disaster Relief Fund

http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/at-least-four-horses-dead-at-puerto-ricos-camarero-racetrack/
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Sparrow Castle » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:53 pm

To put the TDN comments in perspective:

Shelley Blodgett‏ @ShelleyBlodgett
Shelley Blodgett Retweeted CBS News
"Analysis Paralysis", acting NOW may lead 2 some supplies being squandered, but LIVES are being squandered (ppl r dying) by delaying action!

CBS News‏Verified account @CBSNews
"I know that leaders aren't supposed to cry...But we are having a humanitarian crisis here," San Juan mayor tells @DavidBegnaud
https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/912689727513513985
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Sparrow Castle » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:47 pm

Kudos to Kelley and CTA! The horse lying down was colicking. Some of these horses are getting fresh water for the first time 6 days after the storm.

Shelley Blodgett‏ @ShelleyBlodgett
Kelley Stobie, co-founder @CaribbeanOTTB, is my HERO! Is volunteering @camareropr every day, helping horses w/o connections caring 4 them
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:17 pm

I wonder how that chestnut with Kelley is doing.
I can't help but fear that any horse who colicks there now is going to be at risk of dying without a lot of veterinarian/clinic intervention. So many of those horses' digestive tracks must be in near shutdown.
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Sparrow Castle » Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:57 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:I wonder how that chestnut with Kelley is doing.
I can't help but fear that any horse who colicks there now is going to be at risk of dying without a lot of veterinarian/clinic intervention. So many of those horses' digestive tracks must be in near shutdown.

I know, they are rationing water for them and they don't have enough to eat either. Help can't get there fast enough.

Shelley Blodgett‏ @ShelleyBlodgett
Kelley got to more horses today w/o water, dirty stalls, cuts. One even had angry iguana (likely fell in when roof came off. @CaribbeanOTTB
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby WarBiscuit » Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:28 pm

Recent Older Winners:

10yo g Bach's Homebrew (Milwaukee Brew - Lilly Cozzene, by Cozzene), 1st at Colombus (9/4/17). 63 - 20-11-8, $267,024. MSW.

11yo g I Am The King (Indy King - Star of the Ball, by Risen Star), 1st at Mountaineer (9/17/17). 85 - 21-17-9, $367,031.

11yo g Benjamin E. (Not So Fast - Ms. Bella, by Nickel Slot), 1st at Lincoln Race Course (9/15/17). 91 - 14-12-15, $71,090.

11yo g General Gabe (Congaree - Blazing Hot, by Irish River), 1st at Lethbridge (9/17/17). 61 - 15-18-10, $65,786.

10yo g What A Wildcat (Wildcat Heir - Not What I Do, by Parfaitement), 1st at Presque Isle Downs (9/19/17). 72 - 11-8-14, $153,909.

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Placed: Toccets Charm - 10g, Raton Pass - 10g, Racy - 10g, Andrew L - 10g, Cherishistheword - 10g, Small Town - 10g,
Electric Alphabet - 10g, and good 'ol Box Top - 14g, still plugging away.

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3rd: Bartletts - 12g, Again and Gone - 11g, Startingold - 10r, Won Fast Bullet - 10g, Classic Wildcat - 11g.

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These are some recently retired (or want to be) older horses that have often appeared in this thread, and are in need of good retirement homes:

12yo g Absolutely Lit - CANTER Illinois (1500.00)

10yo g White Post - CANTER West Virginia (2000.00) - still racing.

11yo g Willie Bags - CANTER Ohio - still searching for a home.

12yo m Coco Cobana - CANTER Ohio (1500.00) - still racing.

11yo g Safety Valve - CANTER Pennsylvania (1500.00)

12yo g Scatter Shot - CANTER Ohio (1000.00)

12yo g Juicy Point - CANTER Kentucky (1500.00)

10yo m Miss Tricky Me - CANTER Ohio (1000.00)

12yo g E.J. Little Boy - CANTER Ohio (1000.00)

10yo h Stroke - CANTER Kentucky (2500.00) - still racing.


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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:16 pm

Seeing Stroke, a 10yo entire, on that list made me curious. All I could find on Bloodhorse is that he's by Stormy Atlantic. I do wonder why he's still a stallion at his age and I presume that, if someone steps up to adopt him, he's going to be getting a visit from the vet first. :shock:
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Sparrow Castle » Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:06 pm

A little info on a couple of horses followed on this thread.

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Replying to @trackandtack @EquineAltitude and 3 others
Victor Spider & SweetLandOfLiberty both colicked before storms. Were doing OK. Getting small, freq meals @CaribbeanOTTB & on 1/2 ration hay
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Miss Woodford » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:36 pm

Classic Wildcat finished 1st by 3 1/4 lengths, on October 1, 2017, at LAUREL PARK in Race 11.
Off odds: 2.20
http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pd ... 7USA11.pdf

Nice win for his 90th start. He's not the fastest horse on the track, but he's as fast (per Equibase/BSFs) at age 11 as he was as a 3/4yo.
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Re: The WAR HORSE Chronicles

Postby Sparrow Castle » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:40 pm

Finally! Kelley got the truck and drivers and picked up the shipment herself.

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HAY in Puerto Rico!!!! 65 plts alfalfa & med supplies on trailer 2 @camareropr NOW @CaribbeanOTTB TY @TBCharities @AAEPHorseDocs @jockeyclub
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