Press Exclusive: A Christmas Miracle

26 Dec

221300_508522909178150_547297385_oJust a few days before Christmas, Mindy Lovell of Transitions Thoroughbreds worked a miracle for one very battered Thoroughbred mare.  Press Exclusive was one of the OTTBs rescued by Mindy from a slaughter holding pen in Canada.  Thousands of U.S Thoroughbreds are sent to slaughter in Canada and Mexico every year.  There is currently talk of bringing the barbaric practice back to the United States because the Pro-Slaughter side claims to be concerned about the horses welfare during transport to the slaughterhouses.

Take a look at the pictures of this mare if you can.  This is what a horse looks like after being transported loose in a trailer designed for cattle. They are packed in too tightly to move or balance properly.  The aggressive horses bite and kick the weaker ones and the haulers aren’t exactly animal lovers.  If the horses fall or go down during the ride, they will likely be trampled to death.  This is NO way to treat any living creature.




How did Press Exclusive end up in this nightmare?  Maybe she wasn’t a good runner?  Wrong!  A quick search on Equibase will show that her career earnings were over $400,000 and her average earnings per start were around $9,000.  If you add in the career earnings of her offspring, the number jumps to around $750,000.

Maybe she wasn’t well-bred and had no value as a broodmare?  Wrong again!  Her pedigree is quite impressive and she had numerous foals, including one named A Notebook.  Her grand-sire was Fleet Nasrullah and there are plenty of other famous names in her bloodlines.  Even with a down economy, one of her fillies just sold for over $10,000 in September.  Press Exclusive is an older mare but she hasn’t reached such an old age that she would be useless.

Her unnamed yearling filly sold for $10,139
Philanthropist – Press Exclusive, by Press Card
(Annahein Racing Stables; Richard G. Hogan, agent) – Colleen Beaumier

You would think that earning over $400,000 might earn her a nice retirement on a farm somewhere.  Whoever sent her to the auction didn’t agree.  There are alternatives to sending a horse to an auction where you know they will likely be bought by a kill buyer and shipped to slaughter.  Find an equine rescue or another program where the horse can go.  Find a person that can be trusted to care for the horse.  If no home can be found, call a vet and have the horse humanely euthanized.  Yes, this costs money and so does burial or having the body hauled away but it gives peace of mind.  The owner knows their horse will never end up in a nightmare like the one that awaited Press Exclusive.  Yet another nightmare make still be unfolding.  Mindy’s vet reports that Press Exclusive may have been nursing a foal as little as 6 weeks ago.  This mare was bred to Milwaukee Brew for a 2012 foal.  The terrible question:  where is that foal now?

Press Exclusive was very lucky.  She found a guardian angel.  If she makes a good recovery, she may finally get retirement on a farm with one of her daughters for company.  She deserves to live out the rest of her days in peace and safety.



“I would also like to thank every single person who has stepped up to help with her costs and are wishing her the best recovery possible and I will do my best to make this happen for her. I would like to add just one more thing for now – PLEASE do NOT send your horses to auction – there are alternatives!! PLEASE take advantage of them!! NO horse deserves this!!” – Mindy Lovell

If you would like to make a donation to help Mindy care for this mare and many others that she has saved, please send donations via PayPal directly to:


Posted by on December 26, 2012 in Uncategorized


19 responses to “Press Exclusive: A Christmas Miracle

  1. titine1

    December 26, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    A true Christmas Miracle 😀

  2. Terri Russell

    December 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Damn those greedy bastards who suck up the money and throw the life away. Damn them!

  3. Melissa Munro

    December 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Thank you for sharing her story – she is so beautiful. Wishing her comfort and peace and a full recovery from her terrible injuries.

  4. Lori Shafer Thompson

    December 27, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    She definitely had an angel watching over her. Thank you for saving this poor baby. I would love to know where her foal is but then again maybe I don’t want to know. Some TLC and she will be beautiful once again. I just don’t understand why…use em up, throw them away. Makes my heart ache for all of those unfortunate ones that aren’t lucky enough to be save.

  5. Jo

    December 27, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    The breeder and owner of Press Exclusive when she won 9 races for him. The breeder and owner of Press Exclusive collected many more pay cheques off the 8 foals that his mare had produced.The breeder and owner of Press Exclusive also profited from Ontario Sired/Ontario Bred
    Reward cheques. He stood in photos with her many times.Did he own her a lifetime home? Its not even a question! Of course, this low life living high owed her a Home!He is on the Jockey Club of Canada as well as National Director of CTHS Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society.His name is Frank Di Guilio Jr. But would he give her a lifetime home? Oh no, dump her back in his own sale to get rid of her and still pickup another cheque.What kind of a guy does this? One from a bad pedigree! Frank Di Guilio Sr must have been a bad bloodline or something,because it wasn’t your horse’s bloodline that caused this mess.Just greed, selfishness and abuse.This guy and others like him, all need to leave Ontario horse racing. It was the hugeass purses at Woodbine that brought out every dirty rat from here to TimBuckTwo breeding oversupply of horses.Thats along with the regular -grind them out- commercial horse breeders in Ontario.Support Bill C-322.
    For more info Call 1 800 667 2393 NDP Alex ATamanenko Regarding Ban of Horse Slaughter in
    Canada! ” A business that is unhealthy and morally reprehensible”.

  6. Jo

    December 27, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    And for the record, Frank Di Giuilio, seeing how apparently you don’t know,you just move all yours along,don’t ya? Most of you do, thats the sad part of race industry. It cost me $167.00 to euthanize my mare, named Shelby’s Request only 8 weeks ago.When I got Shelby, she never came with her papers, but hay,we all know how to get those, why just contact(and pay) the Jockey Club of Canada. I loved that mare.She was only 12 and I had owned her for just over 2 years, She was damaged goods when I got her thanks to Race Industry farm connections. She had 2 foals before I had bought her. I’ve never bred an animal! Thought about it, but didn’t Thank God. Shelby’s 2 babies story is this! First one, named Santino’s Gold, sent to Carsons sale, barely 3yo but had been through a CTHS sale at Woodbine earlier.She was at racetrack training briefly, but wasn’t tattooed. Guess she wasn’t fast enough! So Amish Guy picks her up at Carson Sale…Apparently, Carson’s didn’t pay Molinaro Stables connection because the fillys papers were missing. Lol imagine that-
    papers on a horse missing? She was sent on to Quebec for an unhappy ending of her life! Shelby was sold again after foaling first time, then bred again.
    Now Shelby’s second baby,another filly born just outside of Orangeville, Ontario Well, this owner had a fallout with his trainer apparently and bunch of nonsense went on at that location. Way too many horses, bills weren’t getting paid etc. Also, Tennenbaum had his prize horse’Ontario Sire Stallion ,Judith’s Wild Rush’ who made money for him. Anyway,’stock’ was all
    dispersed, and I was told by person who ran the sale. “oh, some of the horses that were here
    for awhile didn’t do very well” Some of the yearlings looked more like weanlings.
    I wondered why when unknowlingy, I co-incidently 1.5 years later, took my mare there for boarding
    temporarily, and she always stressed even more than normal whenever a horse went into the arena. The foals birth registration was sent in but no DNA sample ever arrived. Tennenbaum, is You guessed it , a former member of the Jockey Club of Canada.He won a Soveriegn award for Judith’s WR. I recently asked Tennenbaum, what happened to my mares
    baby you foaled. There was no reply! You had better believe it, I’m pissed off as hell, about Press
    Exclusive maybe having had nursed a foal just as recently as 6 weeks ago? No problem, little extra driving doesn’t bother me over the holidays to backyard farms I suspect.This is exactly what Ontario’s Racing has taught me.They have zero accountibility for their actions.This must change. Ontario’s Horse Racing business deserves to be in big trouble right now! Horse Slaughter must be made illegal. It is disgusting. I’m looking forward to 2013 / 2014 changes.

    • CraZee

      December 29, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      Jo I am with you 120%!!!! I worked for a farm where the greedy bitch just bred the mares, made $$ on the foals and shipped the poor mares when they were done being useful to her. Same as her poor lesson and trail horses-use ’em up and toss ’em. She is still doing it-but also listing them on “Horses needing Homes” on FB saying “This poor dear deserves a home”. Yeah she HAS one, one that doesn’t feel they owe her a safe life however….save my horse before I ship it. She thinks someone else should give the poor dear a forever home, she sure as he won’t…..Grrrrr………….Yes Sandy Zelmer I am talking about you!
      Makes me sick to my stomach and it has been a long time since I even worked in the industry because of that stuff. I still am involved with horses, on the rescue side however! Yes I did donate to this poor mares recovery and rehab too-not a lot but it all adds up, and you can bet your bottom dollar I will never be the cause of something like this. Too bad so many cannot say the same!!!!

      • Jo-Anne

        January 12, 2013 at 12:39 AM

        Oh. Well, I guess this Sandy Zelmer must be a relative or maybe friend or neighbour of Di Giulio and other class acts.Now this week Backstreet Bully, a nice-minded gorgeous looking, chestnut gelding was butchered up for dinner plates.Of course, with the usual grind them through equine. This poor boy ran last race on Sept.16th, 2008 in Fort Erie, Ontario.
        Adena Springs retired /adopted him out but obviously it didn’t go well.
        Support bill C-322 also Contact Canadian Food Inspection Agency
        also MPP

  7. greyfel

    December 27, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    thank you so much for saving this mare. wish we could save th

  8. Kathryn Baker

    December 27, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    thank you for saving this mare. it’s a cruel world out there. we need more people saving and less people killing.

  9. CraZee

    December 29, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    And Mindy-“Bless you” is not enough words for what I mean to say ❤

  10. NorthStar326326

    January 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    This is disgusting…we all have our painful stories. Lots of good people here. As an aside…I cannot imagine anyone throwing away a Milwaulkee Brew foal…MB is a handsome son of a Breeders Cup winner…WILD AGAIN. Pray for that baby. Thanks so much for saving that mare. Bless you all!

  11. Diane

    January 3, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I cannot believe this happened to our mare. When we decided to sell our mares we were absolutely adamant that they get good homes. ” Matty” was like a dear pet to us while she was on our farm. We did not breed her back because we though she was bred enough and needed a caring place to retire.
    We investigated the farm and asked about the man who bought her, who claimed to be a doctor and loved her breeding and insisted he pay for her. All we cared about was that she get a good home. To see these pictures is more than enraging and heartbraking.

    I will post the name of the person or persons responsible for this shortly.

    • bcare77

      January 3, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Finding new homes for horses seems to become more difficult every day. Those who deliberately deceive people are very good at making themselves look like trustworthy people.

      I have not posted any names yet because at the time of writing, I did not have the full story on how the mare
      ended up in the slaughter pen. That will be covered at some point in the future when the truth has been uncovered.

    • Diane

      January 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      I would like to post photos of her on this site so everyone can see how well we treated her.
      How do we attach photos here?

      • bcare77

        January 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        I don’t know how to attach them to a comment. If you email them to me along with your story, I will do an update.

      • Jo-Anne Ward

        April 2, 2013 at 6:01 AM

        how well u treated her? like a dear pet to you at your farm? she is a dear pet now, not just a piece of unwanted livestock ya pass around. u should have kept her – bred her back again? what for, to line more horses up for slaughter, later in their lives. sometimes even as yearlings, or lucky if make it past age of 5 or 6

  12. Lisa Suphan

    January 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Mindy is an amazing person and deserves every word of praise and more! And wouldnt touched by Press’s amazing story – it brought tears to my eyes! In support of Mindys work , we’re holding a fundraiser on Facebook – please check it out on my page – Ultimate Side Reins


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