09/20/2012 4:20PM

Old Friends takes in Racketeer, graded-placed for Adena Springs


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Racketeer, a graded-placed earner of more than $400,000, has retired to the Old Friends equine facility in Georgetown, Ky., after his rescue earlier this year from a California feedlot.

Adena Springs and the California group Neigh Savers arranged to pull the Adena Springs homebred gelding from the feedlot. In his last start, September 2011, Racketeer had won in claiming company at Fairplex Park for La Canada Stables and trainer Jack Carava, but then fell off the radar until identified at the feedlot, according to an Adena Springs announcement Thursday.

The 9-year-old gelding won 6 of 52 starts in his career and was once trained by the late Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel. His 9 seconds and 11 thirds include placings in five stakes, three of them Grade 3 races.

Racketeer shipped from the feedlot to Adena Springs in Kentucky, where he “recuperated, put on weight, and has been just fantastic,” said Adena general manager Eric Hamelback. “He has such a wonderful attitude, and he’s the epitome of what people want in a Thoroughbred. He’s sound, strong, and raced at the highest level.”

Hamelback said he thought Racketeer would be a good fit for Old Friends partly because Frankel had left his racing trophies to the Kentucky-based program.

Racketeer arrived this week at the Old Friends Kentucky division. Adena Springs also operates its own retirement and retraining program at its Canadian farm in Aurora, Ontario. Horses unsuitable for adoption retire permanently at Adena Springs Florida.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
This article brought tears to my eyes. I'm so happy for Racketeer. I am thankful he was found in that and he is now guaranteed a good and happy retirement. How horrible someone let him fall through the cracks to the feed lot. I wish we could give a happy ending like this one to all horses, truly I do. Thank goodness for all of the horse rescue outfits who work tirelessly to save as many as they can. They do wonderful work. Mr. Frankel is to be commended for his contributions to Old Friends, which is such a marvelous boon to the horseracing industry. Have a good life, Racketeer. Enjoy yourself, sweetie. You deserve it!
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Finally, a feel-good outcome for a racehorse. Thanx for this. Racketeer, enjoy your life, you deserve this. And thanks to Bobby Frankel for his support of Old Friends. This horse def belongs here!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Wish I could get ahold of these LaCanada pukes and Carava and send them through a tree chipper. All who read this and other stories like it need to contact the Humane Society, now!
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Is there one general contact site for reporting this any where in the country? What could be done if it's Canada?
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
This article makes me want to vomit. Thank God they found him and saved his life. Who the heck does this to a horse? Sick!
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Thomas, what exactly is a feedlot? I got the drift but never heard this term. Thanks, Susan
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Susan, feedlots are storage farms for animals prior to slaughter. Sometimes, actually fairly often, the animals aren't even fed or watered. Whoever is reponsible needs to be barred from racing. Probably why DRF quickly put this article in the old news category.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Thanks, Thomas. No matter where you post, I appreciate your candor and care about horses and the care, or lack thereof, by their connections. Bless you.
milezinni More than 1 year ago
This is why I don't play any claiming races, (or races where any horses have run in claiming races) and will not support minor league racing, or racing in Canada......In my opinion racehorses are athletes, not, livestock. You see, I love horse racing, I just can't stand what these a-holes have done with it......so I have to be selective until this sport gets an overhaul.....and make no mistake this "sport" needs a major, MAJOR overhaul!!
IAN More than 1 year ago
I don't get what you have against Canadian racing because we actually as trainers or owners CANNOT send a horse to slaughter. If we did and it can be proven we did we would be barred for life. Plus the fact that the feedlots here will not accept TB or Standardbreds any longer. There was a big fiasco right here in the form about some horses sent here from Ohio I believe and they were sent back when discovered.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I hope you don't believe that's enough, you gotta do more. Ferdinand wasn't a Claimer. Report it when you see it.
Wiccan Woman More than 1 year ago
Good job to all those who saved him. So sad he gave so much for his humans and then, because there was no money left in him as a stud, he is abandoned to the feedlot. Shame. Just shame on those that sent him there.