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

by | 02.06.2013 | 2:37pm

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”

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