May 13, 2012
Satan's War got a Snowball's Chance
When the Kentucky Derby comes around, as it did last Saturday (I actually got to watch it live - very exciting race), stories about the horses and decendants of past champions get highlighted in the press. One such story is of a former race horse, a grandson of Secretariat, who sustained a knee injury in the early 90's. He had raced for three years before the injury.
Some former race horses are put out for breeding, some are re-purposed as hunter/jumpers. Some are sold at auction and find homes with the general public and others have an unfortunate end. However, Satan's War was put to work at the New Orleans police force (his street name is a more public-friendly Snowball). He has been on the job for 20 years, putting him at 25-26, a pretty ripe age for a horse. He has been semi-retired and now works parades, school functions and other special events.
He still looks magnificent running around in the field (see video in the story). We should all do so well in our old ages.
What a wonderful story - especially, as it is a true story. Thanks for sharing it. I wasn't expecting him to be white (why else would they name him snowball!) I wonder where he was during Katrina and what story could be told about him, then.
Posted by: Cop Car at May 13, 2012 9:20:20 AM
P.S. What a contrast between Satan's War and the Clydsdales!
Posted by: Cop Car at May 13, 2012 9:23:59 AM
I too wondered about how they handled the horses during Katrina.
Posted by: bogie at May 14, 2012 2:25:15 AM