Eye of the ‘Tiger’: Mare that gave birth at Louisiana Downs in 2008 retired from racing

by | 02.06.2013 | 2:37pm
Tiger Eyed and foal, Louisiana Downs 2008

Tiger Eyed, a Louisiana bred mare by Ide out of Loveswept Cat by Tactical Cat first made news back in August 2008 when it was discovered that she at only two years old, had delivered a filly foal in her stall at Louisiana Downs. The story got national attention.

“We have been following this mare since the story about her having a foal at 2 years old came to light, “ said Marlene Murray, president of the R.A.C.E. Fund, a 501 C 3 non profit organization that helps retire and rescue thoroughbreds horses. “Tiger Eyed was a  steady check getter when she was racing but when she stopped hitting the board last year, we contacted her trainer, Shane Wilson and asked him if he would notify us when they were ready to retire her,” Murray said. “Mr. Wilson said he would speak to the owner about it and gave me his email address to send our contact information. I would contact Shane periodically and he said he would let us know when they were done racing her.”

“Months before we had contacted Donna Keen at Remember Me Rescue in Texas and asked her if she could take Tiger Eyed once she was retired so we knew had a good reputable place to send her and it was within close proximity of the Louisiana tracks,” Murray stated. Donna responded right away and said: “I would be honored to have Tiger Eyed here at Remember Me Rescue and I was at Louisiana Downs the day she had the foal and remember her well.”   

“On January 21st, 2013 Shane Wilson called me and said the owner was ready to retire Tiger Eyed,” Murray stated. “I contacted her owner, Mr. Cunningham to complete the necessary paperwork and to let Donna Keen know that Tiger Eyed was finally coming to her rescue.” With the help of Desiree at Richard Goetz Horse Transportation and Joe Offolter, Tiger Eyed was on her way within a few days to Remember Me Rescue in Texas.”  Donna says “Tiger Eyed is a sweetheart, very smart and everyone loves her.”
 
A collaborative effort between the R.A.C.E. Fund and Remember Me Rescue and her trainer making that call when Tiger Eyed's racing career ended she now will have another life after racing. One thing for sure said Murray, “she will not be a broodmare. “We were able to find out that the foal Tiger Eyed had in 2008 was sold for a polo horse but unfortunately do not know where she is currently located.” “We are hopeful she will have a long safe journey. Who knows, maybe Tiger Eyed and her daughter will be reunited someday”

  • Ida Lee

    I remember this story so well…weird, weird!! Anyway, what a great ending for the lovely Tiger Eyed!

  • Ida Lee

    I remember this story so well…weird, weird!! Anyway, what a great ending for the lovely Tiger Eyed!

  • Meyer1127

    Thank you all for caring

  • Meyer1127

    Thank you all for caring

  • ziggypop

    This mare is gorgeous!!! Check out Remember Me Rescue facebook page.

  • ziggypop

    This mare is gorgeous!!! Check out Remember Me Rescue facebook page.

  • Remembermerescue

    Here is a link to her webpage and photos of all the cool things she is learning.  http://www.teamkeen.com/horsesavailableintx/tigereyed.html

    • nu-fan

      Thank you.  The photos are great and this horse is just absolutely beautiful!

  • Remembermerescue

    Here is a link to her webpage and photos of all the cool things she is learning.  http://www.teamkeen.com/horses

  • Here is the link to Tiger Eyed’s webpage and photos of all the cool things she is learning to do.  http://www.teamkeen.com/horsesavailableintx/tigereyed.html

    • Roisin

      Thank you so much, Donna. We are so lucky to have people like you, not to mention the horses.
       

  • Here is the link to Tiger Eyed’s webpage and photos of all the cool things she is learning to do.  http://www.teamkeen.com/horses

  • We need a Find Tiger Eyed’s Filly Facebook page.  The story will not be complete until they are reunited.

    • Sevencentsstable

      Please tell me you understand that only a few, sensitive-natured, people will care about a “reunion”? Please tell me you do realize that neither Tiger Eyed or her filly will give a darn?

      Please don’t tell me anyone over the age of 12 belives that the horses “miss” eachother?

      • Roisin

        Very down to earth and knowing !!

        However, I can tell you some horses like each other and others do not. Also, when an old mare died one of the geldings would stop at her stall and peer in for several days in a row. Of course I could not say if he was looking for her or not but I thought it odd ! 

        The gelding and mare were usually side by side and apart from the others in the pasture.

  • We need a Find Tiger Eyed’s Filly Facebook page.  The story will not be complete until they are reunited.

  • nu-fan

    Thank you.  The photos are great and this horse is just absolutely beautiful!

  • In Tears

    NICE

  • In Tears

    NICE

  • Swiss305

    Did anyone ever figure out how a stallion got to the very young Tiger Eyed?  Someone completely asleep at the switch?  Has there been assessment of the past failure so it doesn’t happen again?  I never heard that part of the story.  Very glad for the happy ending.

    • Jleje68436

      She was probably turned out with colts and filly’s as yearlings.  This happens alot, although most won’t breed that young, but some will.  Not the first time I’ve heard about it.  My father had a mare that was bred by her yearling colt (son). Foal was never registered and was given away as a riding horse.

  • Swiss305

    Did anyone ever figure out how a stallion got to the very young Tiger Eyed?  Someone completely asleep at the switch?  Has there been assessment of the past failure so it doesn’t happen again?  I never heard that part of the story.  Very glad for the happy ending.

  • Roisin

    Thank you so much, Donna. We are so lucky to have people like you, not to mention the horses.
     

  • HappyHarriet

    This story is so touching.  I can’t get it out of my mind and even dreamed about this last night, I think!  So glad she is getting great care, is much loved, and is learning her new lessons so willingly.  Where’s the baby, I wonder.  I hope she’s safe and happy, and soon located.  She’s a missing piece, much needed, in this story.

  • HappyHarriet

    This story is so touching.  I can’t get it out of my mind and even dreamed about this last night, I think!  So glad she is getting great care, is much loved, and is learning her new lessons so willingly.  Where’s the baby, I wonder.  I hope she’s safe and happy, and soon located.  She’s a missing piece, much needed, in this story.

  • Jleje68436

    She was probably turned out with colts and filly’s as yearlings.  This happens alot, although most won’t breed that young, but some will.  Not the first time I’ve heard about it.  My father had a mare that was bred by her yearling colt (son). Foal was never registered and was given away as a riding horse.

  • Sevencentsstable

    Please tell me you understand that only a few, sensitive-natured, people will care about a “reunion”? Please tell me you do realize that neither Tiger Eyed or her filly will give a darn?

    Please don’t tell me anyone over the age of 12 belives that the horses “miss” eachother?

  • Roisin

    Very down to earth and knowing !!

    However, I can tell you some horses like each other and others do not. Also, when an old mare died one of the geldings would stop at her stall and peer in for several days in a row. Of course I could not say if he was looking for her or not but I thought it odd ! 

    The gelding and mare were usually side by side and apart from the others in the pasture.

  • Rachel

    I wonder what happended to the surrogate mother’s foal? (that raised her foal)

  • Rachel

    I wonder what happended to the surrogate mother’s foal? (that raised her foal)

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