Locating A Lost Love: What The Future Holds For One Retired Racehorse

by | 01.13.2019 | 4:55pm

Blogger, researcher, and former farm manager Carleigh Fedorka is deeply immersed in the Thoroughbred racing industry and is an avid proponent of Thoroughbreds in second careers. Having worked hands-on in the foaling, care and sales of hundreds of Thoroughbreds, Fedorka is keenly aware of what a fragile position a horse can be in once it retires from racing. The process of tracking a horse — especially one you did not own yourself — isn't an easy one, as Fedorka writes in her popular blog A Yankee In Paris.

Though she has watched and been a part of hundreds of foalings, Fedorka fell in love with a spunky bay colt named Bode five years ago. The colt entered the world with a bang after a rough delivery, surprising everyone with his zest for life. He sold for $150,000 and over the next few years Fedorka made sure to let everyone affiliated with the horse know that she wanted him when he retired from racing. She followed his racing career, but didn't receive a call after he stopped posting published workouts.

Years later, Fedorka and Bode have been reunited after internet sleuthing, crossed fingers, and scrimping and saving on Fedorka's part.

Read more at A Yankee in Paris.

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