Magna Fortuna

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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Rescue foal Magna Fortuna finishes ninth in career debut

Magna Fortuna, the Illinois-bred juvenile featured in a recent Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday segment, finished ninth in his career debut at Hawthorne Park Wednesday. The story of Magna Fortuna has captured quite a following.  His dam was rescued from slaughter two years ago for $300.  No one knew at the time that the […]

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