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Pure Thoughts Inc. expands OTTB Division for Florida Racetracks

March 27, 2009 - West Palm Beach, FL -- Go Smarty Go by Smarty Jones and Brave & Skillful by Silver Deputy are the first Off-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) to arrive at Pure Thoughts Inc.'s expanded Thoroughbred Program.

The decision came from observations made over the past 5 years pulling OTTB's from the auctions and killpens. After representatives from Pure Thoughts Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue recently attended the races at Gulfstream Park to watch Nicanor, brother of the legendary Barbaro, run his first race, it became apparent to us that much of the deterioration a race horse goes through is in the hauling to Northern auctions and the elements they are exposed to at these auctions as well as the risk of going to slaughter. Through recent research we have found that there are few groups in Florida dedicated to only OTTB's. The organization decided that there is a definite need for the horses racing at the Florida tracks including Calder, Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs.

Pure Thoughts, Inc. Horse and Foal Rescue has spent the last 6 1/2 years pulling horses from slaughter as well as taking in horses from abuse and neglect. Two months ago, the organization, with the help of others in the racing industry decided to expand the Thoroughbred Division for the horses at Florida tracks. Just this past week Miami's WTVJ/NBC, Channel 6 special projects reporter Jeff Burnside, reported a large, growing and illegal horse slaughter industry in South Florida. Horses are being tied to trees and slaughtered.

"They are poachers from Miami's black market who sell the horses' meat, which is a popular delicacy among new arrivals from other countries to the area. The horse meat can go for as much as $20 per pound and based on the number of bloody horse remains and meat-stripped carcasses found on the side of dirt roads and in stables across Miami-Dade, harvesting horses for meat is a lucrative business," reported Burnside.

There are also kill buyers here picking up horses throughout the state from racetracks and auctions and sending them to larger slaughter houses in Mexico and Canada.

Brave & Skillful was saved from going to auction by a group of people dedicated to the welfare of the racehorses. He arrived at Pure Thoughts, Inc. three weeks ago. Go Smarty Go was seriously injured in his last race at Belmont Park and his owners opted for surgery. Go Smarty Go was placed in rehab and after a successful recovery his owners have decided to retire him. He will finish out his rehabilitation at Pure Thoughts, Inc., after which he will be retrained as a riding horse and one day be placed in his forever home. All horses are placed with a strict adoption contract including a no breeding, no racing clause.

For more information on Pure Thoughts Inc.'s Florida Thoroughbred Rehab and Placement you may email FLTRP@PureThoughtsHorseRescue.com. To donate you may visit http://www.PTHR.org or mail to Pure Thoughts Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue, 19181 Capet Creek, Loxahatchee, FL 33470 Attn: Thoroughbred Rehab and Placement. You may also contact B. Moline at 772-485-3799.

 

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