Saturday, as the racing world held it’s breath for Zenyatta, a lovely 5 year old chestnut stallion named Pious passed through the ring of a southern California livestock auction that is often the last stop for horses before a Mexican slaughterhouse. Even on Breeder’s Cup Day, the attrition of former Thoroughbred racehorses continues unabated. Pious is a son of the great sire Forestry, and he was sold at the January 2006 Keeneland sale for $240,000. He raced three times without success at Del Mar and Oak Tree as a two year old in 2008, and yesterday afternoon he was rescued for $300.
Pious arrived safely at Tranquility Farm today thanks to Caroline Betts of Southern CA Thoroughbred Rescue who spotted him at the sale, and to Denise Smith who bid for him and provided transportation. We can only save horses like Pious because of the donations of our supporters, so PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TODAY TO HELP PIOUS Pious is a gentle soul and he seems to be quite sound. With a few months of rehabitation and gelding he will make someone a wonderful horse!