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Next Chapters (Formerly Pensioners on Parade)

Stories about your favorite retired racehorses. For archived stories, click here.

Talk Show Man

Take a poll of what Maryland is known for, and you’ll get consistent responses.

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Lochte

It’s a long way from the glamour of Saratoga’s select yearling sale and the glitz of the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle to the bucolic Mt. Carmel Hounds hunt field in Baltimore County, Md. Call it the road less traveled. But that’s exactly the path multiple graded stakes winner Lochte took en route to his forever home with veterinarian Dr. Trevor Wells.

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Manchurian High

He was a modest Florida-bred and $28,000 RNA at the OBS October Mixed Sale as a weanling in 2008. Ten months later, he sold as a yearling for $1,000, the ticket signed by Rey de Oros – Jose L. Ramirez. The colt’s first start came in the 2010 Saratoga Special-G2. He won back-to-back renewals of Gulfstream Park’s Florida Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes, ran – and won – on the flat and over jumps before retiring at age 11 with more than $500,000 earned.

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Adirondack King

Greg Newell is the first to admit he’s often late to a party. 

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Kings Canyon (IRE)

Picture this. Retired Thoroughbreds researching retirement communities and planning their golden years. After Googling "OTTB", "Foxhunting", "Amenities", "Five-Star Care", "Mid-Atlantic", they hit the mother lode. Oh yeah, this is it–they're going to Jeff and Michelle Rosenkilde's Hunting Fields Farm in Monkton, Md. 

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Russian Bay

The story here is not that the stakes-winning Breeders’ Cup champion gets to retire at Happy Acres. The story is your good-to-average, unremarkable horse goes on to have a remarkable after-story.”

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Call Waiting

As the founder and director of The Foxie G Foundation, Laurie Calhoun is accustomed to receiving “those” calls. You know the ones – alerts from fellow rescuers who come upon a registered Thoroughbred while flipping lips at auctions. The rallying cries indicate that a horse is in the slaughter pipeline and the clock is ticking. In her role, Calhoun has seen and heard more than most horsemen can imagine. But five years ago, one call stopped her in her tracks.

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Ironfist

His Jockey Club name comes from sire Iron and dam Miss List, but whoever christened Ironfist, now 29, could not have been more prophetic. Bred by Gordie Keys’ Oatland Farm, he was foaled in Maryland May 5, 1993, and aimed straight for a steeplechase career.

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