The Paulick Report posts the following on “Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday”:
Today I have much better news to report. Star Plus has been purchased back by Earle I. Mack, who imported the son of Alpha Plus from his native Argentine and raced him in allowance and stakes company from 2008-10, when his career was cut short by a serious injury. He will be moved to Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky., where he can live out his days in tranquility, something that can’t be said about the last year. Mack is making [a] generous donation to the horse retirement operation to ensure he is well cared for.
This is the last and perhaps most satisfying chapter in the life of this Thoroughbred racehorse, and we are so happy that the racing gods have smiled upon him.
There were many people who worked on behalf of Star Plus to make this all possible, going well beyond the call of duty to help get the injured racehorse off the track and into retirement as his owner originally stipulated.
Several people had been working pro bono on Mack’s behalf, both with the racing commissions and in attempting to repurchase Star Plus and ensure his safe being, including a trio of attorneys, Karen Murphy, Maggi Mossi and Fred Heyman. Then there were the 1,000-plus people who, within three days of an article about Star Plus’s plight in the Paulick Report, had signed a petition demanding the horse be spared from further racing.
We brought the petition to your attention here on Tuesday’s Horse. If you were one of whose who signed, on behalf of Star Plus and all of his caring connections, thank you.
A huge thank you to Ray Paulick, who brought the plight of Star Plus to everyone’s attention and certainly galvanized the movement to protect this horse.
It is so wonderful to have good news to report this Friday and any other day we can about horse racing.