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Stories about your favorite retired racehorses. For archived stories, click here.

Carrickboy

You could say Carrickboy (Ire) was an impulse buy, and you wouldn’t be wrong. 

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Monkey's Medal

Peter Brown-Whale didn’t plan on any of this. Not adopting an off-track Thoroughbred, boarding him at a local farm, retraining him and getting back into competition – none of it. The long-time exercise rider for trainer Tim Keefe had no agenda, but he had kept an eye on a favorite morning mount for several years after the horse was claimed away from Keefe.

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Dance for Jan

"Golden Bachelor seeks soulmate for long walks and beautiful sunsets.”

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Well Well

He’s now 27 and lives happily in retirement in Frederick, Md., but Well Well became a fan favorite 10 years ago in his role as traveling buddy and stable pony to 2013 Kentucky Derby-G1 winner Orb.

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Humdinger

Picture a fry-an-egg-on-the-pavement hot Saturday afternoon. The sun blazes. The only thing worse than the sweltering humidity are the summer bugs that buzz and dive-bomb. Yet somehow 20-year-old Humdinger and owner Laura Dietrich are a cool study in gentility as they pose for photos at Dietrich’s Middleburg, Va., farm.

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Helicopter

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Barbara Luna has influenced a multitude of facets of the Thoroughbred industry. The New Jersey native rode retired racehorses as a child and loved attending the races at Monmouth Park as a teenager. Walking hots in college led to breaking yearlings at Xalapa Farm for late trainer John Ward Jr. while attending graduate school at the University of Kentucky. Next came a job galloping horses at Keeneland and working in the research department of The Blood-Horse magazine.

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Melind's Adam

Blame it all on Fusaichi Pegasus. Eleven-year-old Carrie Schein was watching her first Kentucky Derby broadcast in May 2000 when the image of a striking mahogany bay colt in the paddock splashed across her TV screen. At that point, all she knew about racing was that she loved Thoroughbreds. Schein immediately fell in love and declared the horse her choice to win the race.

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Tahir

After her first trip to Aiken, S.C., in 2008, Christy Heffner put relocating to the area at the top of her bucket list. Eleven years later, she achieved the goal. 

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