Havre de Grace. (Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos)

Havre de Grace to be a collector’s item as she goes up for sale

“She will be a collector’s item for some lucky owner.”
Owner Rick Porter referring to Havre de Grace
Havre de Grace. (Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
Havre de Grace made history as the third straight female Horse of the Year. Shown here at Vinery Nov.2011. (Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos)

Cross-posted from Thoroughbred Times

Havre de Grace, the 2011 Horse of the Year, will be entered in the Fasig-Tipton November sale, owner Rick Porter announced on Friday.

The five-year-old Saint Liam mare, who was retired due to an ankle injury after winning her only start this year, could have sold at either Fasig-Tipton or the Keeneland November sale.

“I have decided to enter Havre de Grace in the Fasig Tipton November sale this year,” Porter wrote on his website. “I had been planning on selling her there for some time, and Mark Maronde of Keeneland has tried hard to have me sell her there, but I had committed her to Boyd Browning (of Fasig-Tipton) over a year ago. She is at Taylor Made and doing terrific. She will be a collector’s item for some lucky owner.”

Havre de Grace won five of seven starts in 2011, defeating males in the Woodward Stakes (G1) and also taking the Beldame Invitational Stakes (G1) and Apple Blossom Handicap (G1). The mare retired with six career graded stakes victories and earnings of $2,586,175.

See report here >>


Horse of the Year Havre de Grace retired with ankle injury; Daily Racing Form; Apr. 25, 2012

All Hail Havre de Grace, Horse of the Year; Handicapper’s Edge (Brisnet.com); Not dated

5 thoughts on “Havre de Grace to be a collector’s item as she goes up for sale”

  1. Enforcement funds will vary by state and federal funding is more likely to be more consistent in amount and more likely to continue. States are in various stages of financial need due to the market meltdown from 2000-2008 and states like Ohio could never afford to enforce a state anti-slaughter effort.
    Great example of a state effort is Texas, which has had an anti slaughter statute since 1949 and hosted Dallas Crown anyway. A federal agency, the EPA, shut that down finally in 2007.
    Another great example of the feds doing the job the states refuse to do is the recent (and always temporary) shut down of Ayache in TN. That took another federal agency, the DOT, to act to enforce via transportation.
    At the moment, the only paperwork required for a kill buyer to haul from any state to the border is paperwork for the destination site. If it is Mexico we are selling to, the only paperwork needed to travel across this country are the docs for Mexico. A trailer could stop many times along the way to illegally sell sick horses and no one could find out until too late. That is the current law, according to state sources in TN.
    Without a national law, states will vary in enforcement and according to local political will and circumstance.
    We have to act as a nation and as one group to end slaughter and so far, these groups do not join together and make a unified effort. I don’t know why. As a result, we have to act as individual voters and directly contact Congress to force them to do their jobs and listen to the will of the people.
    Until informed voters act on the people they elect to Congress, nothing will change. Congress makes law and controls the “power of the purse” re sustained funding. States don’t have the funds to enforce law and they do a terrible job, historically.


  2. If we want to stop Horse Slaughter , we must contact our States assemblyman, inform him to what you want to do, then when you have his interest by sending him all he needs to know on it, You inform him of the other States that have Banned it Illinois, California, New Jersey, your State doesnt have to be in the West !!!!! Ban Horse Slaughter in your State, this is how we defeat Horse Slaughter In the US, we do by State !!!!!


    1. Agreed. We have spoken and met with sheriff’s dept’s and officials in various States getting their input on enforcement so that we can make sure the legislation was written in a practical manner for them. At the end of the day, once the Governor signs it into law, it lands on their doorstep to handle.

      So we have been helping put some guidelines together on how to recognize when someone may be transporting for slaughter, evaluate the condition of horses, that sort of thing. Enforcement training is thankfully minimal. We have learned a lot more from them than they did from us!

      Once a few are busted they basically will only have to watch for suspicious trailers, do some spot checking while out on patrol on roads off the State highways, that sort of thing. These slaughter trailer drivers will have to reroute around these States taking a bite out of their profits. They hate that. We need to bottle up Illinois by getting this done in surrounding States.

      Kick on Arlene.


  3. So, as usual, this horse has been raced a very short time, gotten injured and is now to be bred for more babies who get hurt after several races.

    Why is she retired from an injury already? (as in, how long did Seabiscuit run?)

    How much doping has she already had?

    As clarification: she is not a thing to be collected, used and then disposed of. She is a horse and deserves better than to be called a “collectors item”. Hopefully, she will not be dumped later on, to show up at a TX kill auction as the Asmussen broodmares did.

    Remember Ferdinand. Let’s stop the sales of our horses to whoever antes up at the time, uses and then throws them away to slaughter for the last penny to be gotten out of their blood.

    Every horse is pretty and many die daily for no reason but fast cash for petty criminals and the inaction of a dysfunctional American Congress. (Just check out the AQHA.)

    End slaughter now
    Call/email daily thru http://www.Congress.org
    Bills HB2966 and S1176 have to be passed immediately. Let’s save lives.


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