Sometimes, even I am left virtually speechless. Yesterday at Ellis Park, a mare named Texas Gold Digger was entered to run in the 6th race. Although she was ultimately scratched (reason unknown), her longtime trainer/owner, Robert Winstead, appeared ready to send her into battle (a $4,000 claiming battle worth $9,500). But here’s the thing: Texas Gold Digger is 13 years old. 13. When, Mr. Winstead, is enough enough?
There is no limit to the abuse of the horse. Interesting to note, in this business it is perfectly fine to enter a 13 year old in a race !!!
Winstead claimed the mare July 4th 2007 for $5,000 at Ellis Park. She was already 6 and had started 53 times ! Winstead has started her 35 times including 3 times in one month at 11 years old !
As has been said, every horse has a story. Unfortunately, most of their stories have sad
Mr Winstead, have some compassion for your mare. Find Texas Gold Digger a home.
I have offered this mare a retirement home, and they have accepted. I will start spoiling her on Saturday!
What great news ! Thank you Danielle. Now she will experience some human kindness and have the experience of being a horse !
Thank you, Danielle.
This only seems unusual to you because race horses are atarted at such an early age. 13 is not old, the average horse has a life span of 30 years and upwards!
PS In the same race, #6 at Ellis Park, a 6yr. old mare, Bristol Song was pulled up and vanned off shortly after the start.
Thank you. I do realize a 13 year old mare is not “old” under normal circumstance. But what is normal about the life of the racehorse. They start racing at 2 years when they are still growing and developing their super important bone structure; they are given drugs that are detrimental to the development of strong bones; they languish in stalls for 23 hours out of 24 which in many cases results in psychological as well as physical problems ; they are bounced from owner to owner and barn to barn in the claiming game; they are fed a “high octane” diet which strains the kidneys and live….
While 13 is not old chronologically, a race horse is very old physiologically and that is what counts. Most race horses are, literally, worn out by the time they are 6 give or take a year or two.
The gold digger isn’t the horse…
Texas Gold Digger won a race at Ellis last year at the age of 12. I offered this mare a retirement home a few weeks ago. the trainer/owner’s son is attempting to disperse his horses, but they have not yet taken me up on my offer. I heard she was scratched by the state vet.
update! I just heard they will be giving me the mare-she will retire on my 40 acre farm outside Lexington, KY.
Great news. Thank you.
Texas Gold Digger has a three year old foal who is running Friday. He needs a good home too. He won’t get a bath after the race if Winstead has to do it.
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