In May of 2012, a member of the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition received an urgent request concerning a Thoroughbred racehorse. The gelding’s former owner, Anne, had been following him via her virtual stable, and she was aware he had endured yet another change of ownership. The New York-bred gelding - That’ll Do - had run the majority of his races in New York, but now he was running at a small Michigan track, Mt. Pleasant Meadows. Prior to reaching someone at the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition, Anne had placed many phone calls to several Michigan-based horse rescues and placement organizations that had left her frustrated and without assistance of any kind.
That’ll Do had just run in his 54th start in a $4000 claiming race at Mt. Pleasant for his new owner, coming in second to last. He was now entered seven days later, this time for a $2500 tag. Anne had valid apprehension for That’ll Do’s future and wanted to do what she could to facilitate his retirement. And even though the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition was unable to help, they knew who to contact. They immediately contacted Saving Baby Equine Charity and Beyond the Roses Equine Rescue and Retirement…help was on the way for That’ll Do.
That’ll Do, a 2004 bay gelding, had raced at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Saratoga, and Finger Lakes – all New York tracks – before ending up Mt. Pleasant Meadows. His sire is Freud, the New York leading sire of stakes winners four years in a row, and the full brother to Giant’s Causeway. That’ll Do was claimed by Castle Village Farm (CVF), a racing partnership based in New York, in his second start. Anne was and still is a partner in CVF, and she cares deeply about the horses she shares ownership of. CVF owned and raced That’ll Do for approximately two years. His last race for the race horse syndicate was a 5th place finish in a $7500 claiming race in December of 2008. After a five month rest, That’ll Do was running for a new owner and trainer, but Anne was watching…and she watched for three years.
By May of 2012, That’ll Do had earned almost $100,000 from nearly 60 starts. But he was now at a cheap track running in cheap races, and Anne was becoming more concerned. She could offer financial assistance to acquire That’ll Do for retirement, but she needed someone familiar with Michigan’s racing owners/trainers, and even more crucial, a home to which the gelding could retire. Fortunately for Anne and That’ll Do, the founders of both Saving Baby Equine Charity and Beyond the Roses Equine Rescue and Retirement were willing and able to assist.
After an outright offer to purchase That’ll Do was turned down by his owner, the decision was made to claim the gelding the next time he ran. Anne continued to raise funds. Expecting That’ll Do’s next race to be a $4000 claiming race, a trainer was contacted who would make the claim, and Beyond the Roses Equine Rescue and Retirement was waiting with a stall. On June 30, 2012, That’ll Do ran in his 57th start and was successfully claimed for “our group”…Anne, his caring, former owner…and those of us at Saving Baby Equine Charity and Beyond the Roses Equine Rescue and Retirement. We are grateful to Anne for watching over That’ll Do for three long years, for caring enough to reach out again and again until she found someone to assist, and for shouldering the bulk of the funds needed to acquire That’ll Do via the claim. We are also grateful to Beyond the Roses Equine Rescue and Retirement for their willingness to foster That’ll Do until a forever home could be found. And last but not least, we extend our gratefulness to the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition…although they could not directly assist, they took the step to find help for That’ll Do by contacting Saving Baby Equine Charity and Beyond the Roses Equine Rescue and Retirement.
That’ll Do was truly a lucky racehorse. He had a former owner that cared enough to follow him during his career, hoping to ensure he wasn’t raced until there was no hope for a life after racing or worse yet, that his life would end in the slaughterhouse. If only there were more owners like Anne!
Finally, That’ll Do has his forever home…Sharman Privett, co-founder of Beyond the Roses Rescue and Retirement fell in love with him during his stay as a foster horse at her farm, so she has adopted him. That’ll Do is finally home.
Here is the very handsome That'll Do at his forever home!
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