Off the Menu: Gourmet Dinner and Prime Cut survive Thoroughbred racing

With names such as “Gourmet Dinner” and “Prime Cut” one wonders whether this constitutes a deplorable sense of humor given the horrible fate that awaits many racehorses, or whether it is an earnest effort to make a compelling anti-slaughter statement intended to provoke public outcry and bring the slaughter issue to the forefront of racing. —JANE ALLIN

Source: Racing through the Slaughter Pipeline; The Horse Fund

In the case of these horses, they have not fulfilled what those unfortunate names imply, and survived Thoroughbred racing and thankfully avoided entering the slaughter pipeline.

Gourmet Dinner enjoys some grazing outside Barn 2, Colonial Downs.
Gourmet Dinner enjoys some grazing outside Barn 2, Colonial Downs.


    New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced today that graded stakes winner Gourmet Dinner has arrived at their Marysville, Ohio facility to start preparing for a second career.

    Bred by Ocala Stud and William Terrill and raced by Terrill’s Sugar Bear Racing, Gourmet Dinner won the Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes in 2010. The gelding retires with a total of 34 starts and over $1-million in earnings.

    In April, Terrill lost Gourmet Dinner in a $50,000 claiming race, before claiming him back for $25,0000 three months later.

    Gourmet Dinner comes to the program in collaboration with NYTHA’s TAKE THE LEAD Program, which partners with established aftercare programs to provide rehabilitation and retraining placements for the Thoroughbreds retiring from competition on the New York Racing Association circuit.

    Said Terrill, “I believe in these organizations, and I really love Gourmet Dinner. He’s a special horse. We claimed him back so we could make sure he had a good home when he left the racetrack. I know that New Vocations will take great care of him.”

Source: The Paulick Report; 17 December 2014

Thoroughbred Racehorse, PRIME CUT.
Thoroughbred Racehorse, PRIME CUT.


    Prime Cut, a half brother to eventual graded stakes winners Vyjack and Tepin, had all the promise in the world when Carrie Brogden of Machmer Hall first caught glimpse of him as a weanling at the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    “We bought (his dam) Life Happened for $45,000 not in foal because Prime Cut was right behind her (in the sale) and was so unbelievably gorgeous,” said Brogden, who was also the underbidder on the son of Bernstein.

    Prime Cut was pinhooked for $55,000 at that sale by F.J.M. Stables, after which he fetched $475,000 from Mike Ryan the following year at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

    Brogden never guessed that after Prime Cut had earned two graded stakes placings and banked more than $165,000 she would have another opportunity to purchase the colt–this time for just $1,000.

    After a career-ending injury, Prime Cut was offered at the 2013 Keeneland November sale as a stallion prospect, but with the absence of graded stakes victories on his resume, nobody was interested.

    “He’s 16’3, drop dead gorgeous, and here he would have been a no-bid at the sale unless I bid $1,000 on him,” said Brogden. “Tom Thornbury (of Keeneland) came (to let me sign the ticket) and I just started crying…because it’s such a sad statement for our industry. Here’s a horse that sold as a weanling for $55,000, sold for $475,000 as a yearling, then went on the (Kentucky) Derby trail and competed in high-level graded stakes, giving people lots of thrills and earning more than $100,000, and then he was just dumped like he was worthless.”

    Today, Prime Cut is being trained for a new career, thanks to the actions of Brogden and her sister, Kristy Willwerth, who is working with him at her Picturesque Farm near Warrenton, Va.

    Brogden hopes the fact she purchased Prime Cut–a horse with whom she had been formerly connected–in order to ensure his safety and welfare will inspire other breeders to do the same.

Source:; OTTB Spotlight; 20 January, 2014

5 thoughts on “Off the Menu: Gourmet Dinner and Prime Cut survive Thoroughbred racing”

  1. ~”We torture and kill two billion sentient living beings each week. Ten thousand entire species are wiped out every year because of the actions of one, and we are now facing the sixth mass extinction in cosmological history. If any other organism did this, a biologist would consider them a virus.” – Phillip Wollen, Australian Philanthropist~


  2. Thanks for the info Barbara. Big changes, for sure. Gotta wonder what the breeders are doing, besides choking on their breed-with-abandon business model. I guess that they’re as surprised as horse welfare advocates were by this ban. North American (re: US, Canadian, Mexican) horses have never been bred or raised for human consumption, yet some 102,000 US horses shipped to slaughter in Mexican plants in 2014 as of December 13.

    Will the countries who long accepted these live loads now fully comprehend that this meat was neither managed or regulated for the purpose of human consumption?

    Are authorities along every inch of this untenable situation now fully aware of the hazards that they’ve long turned a blind eye to? That their countrymen, their own families consumed this meat?
    Makes one think of some old movie with a conspiracy theory storyline. With the inevitable warning to never trust the government.
    Oh well. They just wouldn’t listen.

    Do you hear that sound? That’s the pharmaceutical companies. They’re scrambling now so they can get those equine wormers, painkillers, etc to USDA, etc., for approvals for use on animals intended for human consumption.


    1. Do you really think that the EU doesn’t know about the “tainted” horse meat from Canada and Mexico? They are equally guilty and send the same kind of horses to slaughter over there. Who really raises horses exclusively for human consumption? Virtually 99% of horses that go to slaughter sold for human consumption in the EU have the same drugs in their system as horses who are slaughtered in Canada and Mexico. Wake up, the system is totally corrupt, always has been. Think about it and educate yourselves. I apologize if I have offend anyone but really…….start thinking outside of the box.


  3. I hope the folks running this site have heard that the EU has banned US horse meat being shipped from Mexico. This information came out last week from Canadian Horse Defense first and then others picked it up. I also heard that some of the horse slaughter plants in Canada have changed from horses to cattle. I believe because they expect to the EU to shut off the supply of US horses because they are doing the same thing Mexico has been doing. I also read that the EU is looking to shut down shipments of horse meat from several or all of the South American countries.


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