john hettinger

Fifty Five Battles To Repeat Victory In John Hettinger

Peter Brant’s Fifty Five continued to find her best stride at Belmont Park, staying off the speed before overtaking Wish Upon at the top of the stretch and fending off War Canoe’s late challenge to win the $125,000 John Hettinger for New York-bred fillies and mares 3-years-old and up for a second straight year on […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton Saratoga NY-Bred Sale: Storm Cat’s Rise And Influence On The Breed

This PR Special for the first session of the two-night Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-Bred Yearling Sale chronicles the career of Storm Cat, who has had a major influence on the Thoroughbred breed, including in New York where his son Freud is the leading sire. It’s part of the “Success Beyond Expectations” series authored by Eclipse Award-winning writer Natalie […]

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Grand Opening Of New ‘John Hettinger Memorial Barn’ At Old Friends To Be Held July 9

On Saturday, July 9, the Thoroughbred-industry radio show “Horse Tales with Ercel Ellis” will broadcast live from Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility based in Georgetown, KY. The show, which airs from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on Fox Sports Radio 1580 AM in Lexington, will feature several special guests, including Old Friends’s Michael Blowen, […]

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Fasig-Tipton’s Blue Horse Charities Gives $50,000 Toward New Barn For Old Friends

On January 24, 2016, fire destroyed a “hospital” barn at the Old Friends farm in Georgetown, Kentucky.  Old Friends is a retirement sanctuary for more than 150 Thoroughbreds including such racetrack heroes as Silver Charm, Sarava, Alphabet Soup, War Emblem and Game On Dude. Today, Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen announced that Fasig-Tipton, […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    By Ray Paulick When the committee that doles out Eclipse Awards of Merit or Special Eclipse Awards announced the other day that Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation founder and longtime chairman Monique Koehler would be a recipient of a Special Eclipse Award next month, my first thought was, “What took so long?” But then I […]

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TURNING CHALLENGE INTO OPPORTUNITY

By Ray PaulickOne of the Thoroughbred industry’s biggest challenges may also present one of its greatest opportunities. The challenge, brought to the fore this year by a series of widely publicized events but always lingering just off center stage, is the issue of animal welfare. How the industry deals with this subject may be one […]

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INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION POSITIONS ON SLAUGHTER

By Ray Paulick (UPDATED OCT. 10 TO REFLECT NEW POLICY FROM MAGNA ENTERTAINMENT) When the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives held a markup hearing on Sept. 17 to discuss H.B. 6598, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008 that would ban slaughter and criminalize the transportation of horses for the purpose […]

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HETTINGER: A MAN WHO LOVED HORSES

Saturday was a bad day for horses. One of their best friends in the world, John Hettinger, passed away at the age of 74. No one fought harder to end the slaughter of horses in the United States than John Hettinger. He was tireless and passionate about ending slaughter. He talked about it, wrote […]

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NEW ERA FOR FASIG-TIPTON

Consignors and buyers attending Fasig-Tipton yearling sales in Lexington, Ky., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in July and August may be a little disappointed if they are looking for a sudden transformation of the 110-year-old Thoroughbred auction company under the new ownership of Dubai-based Synergy Investments. The sale, announced in April, closed May 30. […]

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