One of only two live foals produced by Kentucky Derby winner Genuine Risk, Genuine Reward is now the newest resident of Old Friends Equine Retirement in Georgetown, Ky.
According to a story by the Daily Racing Form, the farm purchased the horse after it was brought to their attention that Genuine Reward had been placed for sale on Craigslist for $500 with an ad saying, ““We haven't used him for a few years, so we're looking for a retirement home for him.” Among those to notice the ad was author Laura Hillenbrand.
“On Sunday I was scrolling down my Facebook feed when I saw a stranger's post about Genuine Reward being for sale,” Hillenbrand said. “I clicked on the link and saw the price: $500. That distressed me, because it's a price low enough to draw killer buyers who would whisk the horse off to a slaughterhouse. That very second, I grabbed my phone and called [Blowen]. I told him whatever it cost, I'd pay to purchase the horse, vet him, and ship him to Old Friends, if they could take him. Michael was happy to say yes.”
Blowen said that Genuine Reward should arrive at Old Friends within the next two weeks.
Read more at the Daily Racing Form
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