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Stud Muffin: Going The Distance

Published: September 23, 2013, Teresa Genaro's The Brooklyn Backstretch

Stud Muffin & Alan Garcia winning the Empire Classic, 2008. Photo credit NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Stud Muffin & Alan Garcia winning the Empire Classic, 2008. Photo credit NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Teresa Genaro

In his six years on the racetrack, Stud Muffin showed a definite predilection for distance: the bulk of his 14 lifetime victories came at a mile and or more, with the gray guy coming from off the pace, often eking out a win, sometimes winning by a length or so. He seldom won by more than that, doing just as much, it seemed, as he needed to get to the winner’s circle.

But even his distance tendencies didn’t prepare him for what he faced last Saturday: a nine-mile hunter pace, across the fields of his new home, Akindale Farm. READ MORE...

Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue Receives Grants from Blue Horse Charities and TCA

Published: August 30th, 2013

by: Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue

Pawling, NY - Blue Horse Charities and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) are thoroughbred aftercare funding organizations designed to assist non-profit thoroughbred rescue groups who are working to improve the lives of thoroughbred racehorses. Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue is proud to announce that both groups have awarded grants to ATBR for 2013. These funds will be used to assist in ATBR's efforts to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome retired thoroughbreds. READ MORE...


“All my best friends have four legs.” John Hettinger’s vision at Akindale Farm and Thoroughbred Rescue

Published: July 26, 2013, Teresa Genaro's The Brooklyn Backstretch

By Teresa Genaro

A year ago this month, multiple stakes winner Stud Muffin was on a farm just outside Saratoga, resting up for a fall racing campaign. Then eight years old, he hadn’t hit the winner’s circle in 2012. He raced twice more last year, non-competitively, and it was clear that his best racing days were behind him.

Callmetony, who at 11 years old was the very definition of “hard-knocking gelding,” was also winless in 2012. Unlike Stud Muffin, he’d never won a stakes race, but he did amass over $660,000 in earnings in his career. Stud Muffin earned just a little more, nearly $67,200.

Two geldings. Two winners. Two racers whose old bones and muscles were slowing down.

And by the end of 2012, they had something else in common: they’d both found a new home at Akindale Farm in Pawling, New York. READ MORE...


Akindale Farm provides life after racing

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013, The Saratogian

Stud Muffin arrives at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue

Stud Muffin arrives at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue

A year ago this month, multiple stakes winner Stud Muffin was on a farm just outside Saratoga, resting up for a fall racing campaign. Then eight years old, he hadn’t hit the winner’s circle in 2012. He raced twice more last year, non-competitively, and it was clear that his best racing days were behind him. READ MORE...



New York horsemen form Take The Lead, a Thoroughbred retirement program

Horses based at New York Racing Association tracks who are no longer able to race but could be trained for second careers now have a place to go.

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association on Friday announced the creation of “Take The Lead,” a retirement program for Thoroughbreds stabled at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.

Take The Lead will partner with four established aftercare facilities that will provide rehabilitation and retraining for horses that are ready to begin second careers. READ MORE...

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Soledad O’Brien buys 2nd Akindale OTTB

Published April 8, 2013,

By Susan Salk


A delicate gray mare and handsome bay gelding from Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue have made  Soledad O’Brien a true believer in the value of ex-racehorses for equestrians of all levels

“If anybody had said to me a year ago that my 10-year-old daughter, who’s 4-foot 10, would be on a Thoroughbred right off the track, and that she’d be training him to jump cross-rails, I wouldn’t have believed them,” O’Brien says in a phone interview with Off Track

She adds, “It’s amazing to me that horses like mine could be slaughtered. Horses that are really a throw-away for some people are, for our family, horses that we’ll have forever.” READ MORE...


A birthday and Christmas present for Stud Muffin: retirement at Akindale Farm

Published: December 29th, 2012, Teresa Ganaro's The Brooklyn Backstretch

By Teresa Genaro

He made his first start at the very end of two-year-old year–December 16, 2006–and it was not what you’d call an auspicious debut. Racing for his breeder, Majesty Stud, Stud Muffin finished seventh by 17 lengths in the 1 1/16 miles race over the inner dirt at Aqueduct.

It would take Stud Muffin another five races to finally get to the winner’s circle; it happened at Belmont on May 24, 2007. He’d win twice more that year, and in March of 2008, he was claimed for the first of nine times, by David Duggan for Louis Zito, who would own him in partnership at first with Gerry Reid and Donall Fingleton, and later with John Crean and James Romanelli. Out of that same March race, Maggi Moss would claim a horse named Buddha Calling.  READ MORE...

Evening Attire and Tacticianor, happy at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue

Published July 18, 2011,

By Barbara Livingston

As Saratoga prepares for mid-90 temperatures, racing fans countrywide try to beat the heat.  For fun, enjoy some cool photos of the beloved fan favorite Evening Attire and his half-brother Tacticianor ambling through knee-deep snow at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue this past winter.  Special thanks to the great folk at Akindale, including Erin Pfister, Karin Millard and Stephanie Cowser, for helping out! READ MORE...

At Akindale, Dignity in Retirement

Published June 2, 2011, The Rail, The New York Times Racing Column


Last week, as part of my travel with my book, I had the opportunity to visit Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, a part of Akindale Farm, in Pawling, N.Y. Akindale Farm is owned by the estate of John Hettinger. I had heard of A.T.B.R. and its strong reputation among horse rescues. That, though, did not prepare me for my visit. READ MORE...

Akindale Farm: The Big Names

Teresa Ganaro's The Brooklyn Backstretch

By Teresa Genaro

Akindale Farm gained national attention in 2008, when it became home to fan favorite Evening Attire. The folks at Akindale had long been committed to Thoroughbred aftercare; Akindale founder John Hettinger establishedBlue Horse Charities in 2001 to help fund Thoroughbred retirement, and the rescue part of the farm was founded in 2006.

But until Evening Attire’s arrival, Akindale was not known for accepting famous racehorses to live out their days on the farm in Pawling, New York; it was dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-training horses that could no longer race. Evening Attire was, when he arrived, a fortunate exception. READ MORE...


Hotstufanthensome Finds a Home!

Many of you may have already read in the updated section of the previous blog that Hotstufanthensome has found a forever home, but I wanted to make a separate post to make sure everyone saw the great news.

After much consideration of several individuals and organizations that offered to take Hotstufandthensome, New Vocations announced Jan. 12 that the gelding would be going to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, N.Y., an organization with which they have a longstanding relationship. READ MORE... 

Emaciated thoroughbred with illustrious pedigree saved from certain slaughter

Published: August 4th, 2010,

By Maureen Harmonay

When the story of Tacticianor is written, it won't be about his rather pedestrian record on the racetrack, or even about his rather illustrious pedigree and family connections, as a grandson of the great Storm Cat and a half-brother to the much-heralded and fabulously successful runner, Evening Attire.

No, Tacticianor's claim to fame will spring from the fact that as he stood forlorn in a notorious Ohio kill pen--an anonymous, emaciated, and broken down horse whose days were numbered to the amount of time it would take for him to travel to a slaughterhouse in Mexico--some good-hearted people stepped forth to save him, not knowing who they'd found. READ MORE...

Evening Attire: Working Class Hero

Published: Saturday, January 17, 2009,

By John Pricci 

Saratoga Springs, NY, January 16, 2009--His biggest win might have come in the Jockey Club Gold Cup of 2002, and his last victory in the mile and a half Greenwood Cup at Philadelphia Park in record time, but if Evening Attire ever had to report to work daily like many of us do, he would surely arrive carrying a lunch bucket.

No modern fancy-pants of a race horse would ever think about getting the job done at age 10; he would have been retired and munching on alfalfa a long time ago. But not Evening Attire.

Actually, the old man tried retiring once before, but his A-type personality wouldn’t allow it. In fact, if he didn’t get back to work he probably would have hurt himself trying to stay active. Ultimately, a suspensory injury would force him to the sidelines late last year. READ MORE...