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From Monster To Magic: One Gelding’s Journey From Ugly Duckling To Gutsy Goober

By Margaret Ransom

Monster, a Texas-bred claimer out of a former kill pen mare. Photo: Monster Facebook Page

In 2002, trainer Donna Keen (then Donna Gowdy, as she’d yet to marry husband Dallas Keen) was early into what is now known as her passion — saving discarded and slaughter-bound former racehorses from kill pens in Texas, rehabbing them and finding them new homes with second careers. Long before she founded the Texas-based and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA)-accredited Remember Me Rescue, Keen rescued a plain Texas-bred daughter of Daring Damascus named Won Ton Win, who apparently had no interest in being a racehorse anymore.

Won Ton Win’s life is significant. Not only is she a kill pen success story, but she is also the dam of Monster, a much-loved former claimer and now starter handicap horse who, like his dam, has accomplished much more on the racetrack than anyone ever expected… (more)

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