On Sunday, 4-year-old filly Notinrwildestdremz will make her first start. In 2009, she was one of 177 horses seized when authorities raided Ernie Paragallo's New York farm after allegations of neglect. The filly was adopted as a yearling by Sean and Angelika Kerr and was one of the last three horses to find a home, reports the New York Times.
“Given that it was four months after they took Paragallo's horses from him, they certainly weren't as emaciated as what you saw in newspapers,” Sean Kerr said. “Still, they were absolutely underweight. You could see bones and they didn't have a lot of flesh. They were pretty spindly looking, but not as bad” as they had been at the time of rescue.
“For any horse to just make it out of that place and prosper is just fantastic,” said Ron Perez, the president of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who oversaw the rescue operation. “To think that one could actually race would be unbelievable considering what the place looked like when we got there. When I heard that this horse was going to run, I almost fell out of my chair.”
Notinrwildestdremz is the first horse rescued from Paragallo to race.
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