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Ransom Notes: Modern-Day Kanthaka A Kentucky Derby Contender

By Margaret Ransom

Kanthaka and Siddhartha. Photo: VachalenXEON

Tibetan and Buddhist history remembers the sixth-century horse Kanthaka as “a favorite horse of length eighteen cubits (27 feet) who was a royal servant of Prince Siddhartha.”

Legend has it that because their bond was so strong after the death of Siddhartha, who eventually became the sage Buddha, Kanthaka died of a broken heart. Even today Kanthaka is depicted in Tibetan art and décor as a beautiful mythic creature and, as one of the most beloved Buddhist legends, his likeness is collected by horse lovers around the world.

Now in the 21st century, the ownership group known as West Point Thoroughbreds is hoping their Kanthaka will… (more)

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