01/20/2015 4:36PM

Escapedfromnewyork dies at age 10


Escapedfromnewyork, a resident of Old Friends Equine Retirement in Georgetown, Ky., died Sunday from a heart attack brought on by colic at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in nearby Lexington.

The 10-year-old son of Aristotle had been one of 117 Thoroughbreds in various states of neglect discovered in 2009 at Ernie Paragallo’s Center Brook Farm in upstate New York. The horses were seized by the state and Paragallo was eventually charged with 33 counts of animal cruelty and sentenced to two years in jail and a $33,000 fine.

Escapedfromnewyork was unnamed, unraced, and unregistered when he was found at the farm at age 4. He was adopted by Old Friends, which officially registered the colt with cooperation from The Jockey Club. Old Friends supporter Fred Jones named the horse via an online contest. The name borrowed from the 1981 film “Escape From New York” starring Kurt Russell, and the horse was nicknamed “Snake,” after the character Russell portrayed.

"Snake was a very brave little horse," said Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends. "Despite his rough start in life he was affectionate and kind and a pleasure to be around. Our thanks go out to New York's Columbia-Greene Humane Society for the wonderful work they did to rescue all of the horses found at Center Brook and for allowing us to adopt this little horse. It has been very rewarding to have given him six happy years."

Bred in New York by Paragallo’s Paraneck Stallions, Escapedfromnewyork was the last registered foal out of the unraced Fortunate Prospect mare Prospect Street, who had two runners, but no winners. He is from the family of Group 3 winner Overdose and stakes winners Fortune Forty Four, Smoke Chaser, Placid Lake, and Federal Highway.