12/19/2011 5:36PM

Retirement programs join forces to provide homes for two


Three Thoroughbred retirement programs have joined forces to permanently retire a pair of former claiming horses: a son of Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner who died in a Japanese slaughterhouse, and a runner who started 125 times.

Ferdinand's Star, a 16-year-old Ferdinand gelding who also competed in dressage, and the veteran runner and Anet gelding Mikethespike will retire to the Old Friends equine retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky. Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Maker's Mark Secretariat Center in Lexington, Ky., and CANTER Michigan teamed up to retire the pair.

The Appygolucky Memorial Trust also provided funds for Mikethespike's pensioning.