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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 ... racetrack/
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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:06 pm

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

Shelley Blodgett‏ @ShelleyBlodgett
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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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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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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Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:35 pm

Very good news. Those animals have been through an awful lot during the past few weeks. Between stress and starvation, they must have lost a ton of weight. Sounds like the five shipping containers with more food and supplies from Ocala Breeders Sales should arrive later this week, as well. There will be some happy horses tonight!

Bravo to CTA and every single person whose unwavering work and persistence has helped to move things along in a positive direction. To the horses - and many of us - these are heros!

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Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:04 pm

Yep, I think they're pretty happy. The goats look happy too. :P

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First taste of hay/forage (mini alfalfa cubes) in 12 days :D @CaribbeanOTTB
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Camarero Racetrack after Hurricane Maria
By Bill Finley
A plane carrying 20 tons of hay cubes and veterinary supplies arrived in San Juan yesterday, which will provide needed sustenance for the many horses still at Camarero Racetrack and help veterinarians and volunteers working to care for the horses.

The situation has been dire on the backstretch of Puerto Rico’s lone racetrack since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island starting Sept. 21.

For some horses, however, the supplies arrived too late. According to Kelley Stobie of Carribean Thoroughbred Aftercare, three more horses at Camarero have been euthanized within the last few days, upping the number of known equine deaths at the track to 11.

“The problem is that with a lot of the cheaper claiming horses, they haven’t had anybody to take care of them or they do and the people just don’t care,” Stobie told the TDN from Puerto Rico. “The horses are just being left and are standing in water and horses can’t handle that. They will founder.”

Stobie added that she has been telling people who come upon abandoned horses to let them out of their stalls.

“Just let them out,” she said. “At least that way I can find them and they can wander around and find some grass to eat.”

Stobie reports that the situation has improved in recent days. She said early yesterday that she expected that every horse on the backstretch would have received at least minimal care, food and water by the end of Monday afternoon. There are still about 150 horses who do not have adequate shelter because they are in barns where the roofs have been blown off.

Stobie spoke to the TDN from the San Juan airport, where she was helping unload the cargo that had just arrived from the U.S. mainland. The work done to get the supplies and feed to Puerto Rico was a team effort from a number of groups, including Thoroughbred Charities of America, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the Jockey Club and Ranch Aid, a FEMA appointed organization that assists with logistics and care for large animals during natural disasters.

The veterinary supplies and medications en route to San Juan were donated in part by MWI Animal Health and purchased by TEVA. Delivery was assisted by south Florida veterinary practice Teigland, Franklin, and Brokken. The hay cubes were donated in part by Cargill/Nutrena and purchased by the AAEP Foundation. Additionally, two satellite phones were purchased by the AAEP Foundation and delivery assistance was provided by south Florida Purina Animal Nutrition representative Shiela Conde.

“I have to commend the industry,” said Shelley Blodgett, a member of the Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare team who is based in Florida. “We got this plane in and it took Erin Crady of Thoroughbred Charities of America and others moving heaven and earth to make it happen. There were so many false starts with this. It is a mini-miracle that this plane actually got in and it is a credit to people in this industry who have a lot of influence. I am grateful for what people have done. This is literally lifeblood.”

According to a press release put out yesterday by TCA, Thoroughbred owners Terry Finley and Vince Viola played a vital role in cutting through the red tape and clearing the way for the plane to arrive in Puerto Rico.

Members of the Humane Society also arrived yesterday at Camarero and will assist with the rescue efforts and assess the situation.

Blodgett said that the biggest problems have been getting hay and clean water to the horses. Many have had grain but nothing else. She added that there is still a need for shavings and several horses are standing in stalls with no bedding.

“It has been 11 days since the hurricane, so for many of these horses, with the arrival of the hay and supplies, this will be the first day that they have had any forage,” Blodgett said. “It’s a lifeline for them. Some horses have had some grain but not enough forage or water, which is problematic. Having the forage will help them, help their digestive health so they don’t colic or founder. Water has also been a big problem. I’ve been told the water available at the track was not clean. On the flip side, there are folks hauling clean water in from their own homes or wherever they can get it from for their horses.”

Blodgett said that Stobie has been working nonstop since the hurricane hit and has had little help or rest. When reached yesterday, Stobie was clearly frustrated and said Camarero management has done little to assist her.

“It’s really been hard,” Stobie said. “There has been so much government crap and red tape. It’s unbelievable. I cannot believe it’s been almost two weeks since the storm and I am only now getting my first shipment of supplies.

“I’ve always worked with the racetrack, but I am very disappointed with the way they have handled the care of these horses. They have enough people that could have helped me with this and they didn’t. It’s not like they are making me do everything because they couldn’t care less if I did anything. This is my job. I am here for the animals. I don’t care about anything else. I’m here to protect them and fight for their rights.”

The phone lines remain down at Camarero, therefore the TDN was not able to seek comment from management there addressing Stobie’s complaints.

Stobie said the heroes have been the grooms.

“It’s the poor people, the local grooms, they have been busting their butts to help these horses.”

Camarero has issued a press release saying it expects the track will reopen shortly for training and that racing will resume there within 45 to 60 days.

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Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:58 pm

I've been in communication with CTA lately and have news of another war horse followed in this thread.

Poker Dave is retired and returned to his breeders in Ocala for retirement.
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Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:13 pm

Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: To The Rescue In Puerto Rico
America has been hit hard by natural disasters over the past few months, but few places, if any, have felt Mother Nature's wrath more than Puerto Rico. On September 20, in one fell swoop, everything collapsed. Not just trees, homes and other structures, but power grids, communications channels and dependable food and water sources. Not only were people's livelihoods gone, but in many cases their lives were hanging in the balance.

Never does a humanitarian crisis affect only humans. During times of natural disasters, animals also fall victim to nature's fury. For many whose livelihoods center around Puerto Rico's Hipódromo Camarero and the racehorses, pony horses and members of the jockey school who call it home, it is not only their own lives they are struggling to save, but their horses' lives as well.

While an estimated 300 horses were relocated by their owners to available farms and other areas prior to Maria making landfall, 800 horses rode out the hurricane in their stalls on the Cameraro backside. Since then, access to clean water, forage and even the most basic care has been hard to come by for many of these horses, just as it has been for their owners, trainers and care takers.

Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare's Kelly Stobie is on the front line of efforts to coordinate the intake of water, forage, supplies and care to many of the horses still left at the track.

“Many people are hauling in hay and water and are taking as good of care as possible of their horses. Most of the barns lost roofs and many of their caretakers' lives are in shambles or worse, so there are some horses who are not getting regular care, or any care,” said Stobie from a satellite phone on Monday. “Those are the ones we're focusing on.”
More: https://www.paulickreport.com/features/ ... erto-rico/
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Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:43 pm

Puerto Rican Horses Heading Stateside for Retirement
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... qus_thread

The article doesn't name the horses, but Shelley posted some names in the comments:
Horses waiting for USDA quarantine are: Poker Dave, Victor Spider, SweetLandOfLiberty, Salientito, Winning Dubai, Rodriguito, Lallie & Ugottabcatty [WA bred followed in this thread; I remember him running at EMD] (last 3 retired yesterday, and are at CTA farm today). 7 CTA horses we hope to find homes for next are: Calimaco, Not Too Shabby, Mr Shaddy, BJ Diablo, Cruise’s Creek, Run Binky Run, Amor Infinito.
Someone in the comments also asked about Go Black Tie [too young to be followed here]. That "another person" would be me.
Go Black Tie has been on our Watch List for months. West Point TB, his breeder, and another person have all asked us to help him. Kelley just spoke to his trainer, who will speak to his owner. It might not happen immediately, but they know we will help him at a moment's notice!
For anyone looking for specific horses racing in PR, Shelley is great at responding to inquiries.
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Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:36 am

There are 3 Harlingtons there that I havent gotten notifications in awhile- one was a multiple stakes winner in PR and she just dropped off the radar. I'll give her a try. Think there may be a Grand Reward or 2, but I would have to look at my lists.
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Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:30 pm

The still are ongoing issues at Camarero. I think they have about 36 barns there and there's a lot of fixing to do yet. A few days ago, they got hay, 50 tarps, and feed provided by Thoroughbred Charities of America and the The Jockey Club. TCA is working on getting them a trailer of shavings for the remaining horses who are still on cement. Some horses are in better conditions than others.

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20 Days after hurricane hit Puerto Rico, despite good efforts of @AAEPHorseDocs @TOBAhorses & others, horses at Camarero in bad conditions.
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Trainer tells Paulick Report that Camarera management not moving to repair/replace barn roofs. Feed in short supply. Said 16 horses dead.
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Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:29 pm

Poor babies- so sad. Hoping help is received soon, and track management does the right thing. This is not the first time I heard that management was dropping the ball.
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Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:31 pm

This guy just keeps going-
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Your Comment: Grand Reward x Amarata(Water Bank)

Date: October 11, 2017
Track: Thistledown
Distance: Four Furlongs
Time: 49:03
Track Condition: Fast
Surface: Dirt
Rank: 1/4
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