Illinois Equine Humane Center

Illinois HBPA Officer Suspended 120 Days After Horse Found In Kill Pen

Stewards at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill., have suspended owner Dixie Harr for 120 days and fined her $2,500 after one of her horses was found in an Oklahoma kill pen. At the time of the ruling in mid-April, Harr was both secretary/treasurer and a board member for the Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: ‘Taxi’ Is All Grown Up

In 2013, readers fell in love with miracle baby Magna Fortuna, the subject of a profile we published when the gelding went into training. The son of Magna Graduate was rescued in utero when the Illinois Equine Humane Center (IEHC) pulled his dam, Silver Option, from a kill pen for $300. Gail Vacca, president and founder […]

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Court Battle Sullies Feel-Good Story of Rescue Racehorse, Magna Fortuna

What began as the well-publicized story of a miracle foal that made it to the winner’s circle in support of responsible ownership has turned swiftly into a cautionary tale featuring court hearings, allegations of trespassing, and bitter infighting between some of the horse’s connections. At the center of the dispute is a 4-year-old gelding named […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: ‘Taxi’ and Takeoff

When Magna Fortuna dug in for the start of Race 2 at Hawthorne March 13, the tote board said he was 4-1 odds to win. But if a futures pool existed for such a thing, the odds might have been four million to one that this 3-year-old colt would be alive, let alone anxiously awaiting […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: The Tale of ‘Great Fortune’

There’s a story behind every horse that walks into the starting gate, but the story of a 2-year-old colt about to debut in Illinois is one of the more unlikely tales you’ll ever hear. It begins on June 6, 2009, when former trainer Gail Vacca and colleagues arrived at the Shipshewana livestock auction in northern […]

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