Lady and The Track | November 30, 2021

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Mary Perdue

Groom Elite: Making Life Better For Horses And People

April 22, 2018 |

Lifelong equine educator Dr. C. Reid McLellan trains prospective grooms both inside and outside prison walls By Mary Perdue “I teach inmates how to take care of horses, but the horses teach them things they’re not expecting.” Dr. C. Reid McLellan, As a brand new class of inmates begins their first day of training in […]

The Story Of Bet Gold

April 22, 2018 |

By Mary Perdue (Part Two in a series about South Carolina Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances program at Wateree Correctional Facility) Six years ago, when Kentucky-bred gelding Bet Gold raised his head from grazing in a field with fellow retired thoroughbreds, he could see barbed wire behind the fences surrounding his pasture at Wateree Correctional […]

Together, OTTBs And Inmates Find A Better Road

April 20, 2018 |

“Horses make me a better man” — Tyrone, Second Chances participant By Mary Perdue On an unseasonably warm South Carolina spring morning, Dogwood and Redbud trees are already in bloom along a stretch of concrete driveway, where a fine yellow dust of tree pollen lingers on car hoods parked near the barn ahead. Turning off […]

Gomez Family Gives Back to Thoroughbreds at 2017 Makeover

October 24, 2017 |

By Mary Perdue Wife and daughter of champion jockey Garrett Gomez continue his legacy of love for the Thoroughbred and the sport of racing Outside stall number 523 on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park, a 4-year old-grey gelding pokes his head out into the sun-drenched alley and nibbles at a paper flyer stapled to the adjacent […]

Lookin’ Good: OTTB Follows Yellow Brick Road to New Career

October 17, 2017 |

By Mary Perdue In April of 2016, a 6-year-old New York-bred gelding by Disco Rico set the pace throughout much of a starter allowance at Aqueduct going 1 1/16 miles on the turf, but faded in the stretch to finish fifth. It turned out to be Goodtolook’s last race; the hearty bay had compiled 33 […]

Heading for Home: Off-Track Thoroughbreds Excel at 2017 Makeover

October 17, 2017 |

by Mary Perdue What do a gelding who raced 50 times over seven years, a bay mare who finished dead last in her most recent race at Turf Paradise, and a 5-year-old who still hadn’t broken his maiden after 18 tries have in common? One word: success. Off-track Thoroughbreds Bowdrie, Dreamsicle and Uncle Silas were among […]