Just came across a link on Equidaily to an article on sun-sentinel.com about the rescue of the horse Freedom’s Flight, a descendant of Secretariat. It’s a heart-warming story of the rescue of the horse from almost certain slaughter. Once rescued it was discovered that he is a former a race horse and has Secretariat and Seattle Slew in his pedigree. Now, his new owner is lobbying him for a role in the upcoming movie of Secretariat. He does certainly look like Secretariat in coloring. That lovely chestnut with the white blaze and socks. Though he may not be a “dead ringer” he certainly brings the great horse to mind. We hope he gets the role!
Like the recent story in the New York Times about the rescue of Tour of the Cat, this story also brings more publicity to the problem of abused and abandoned horses. The industry can do more to ensure that these horses (and all horses) are treated humanely throughout their lives.