Getting a Handle on After Care

With great interest I read a recent letter to the editor stating one horseman’s opinion of how to handle unwanted horses (The Blood-Horse of Dec. 25/Jan. 1, page 3832). His reasoning was logical and reminded me of so many people who elegantly tell you about a problem but most times can’t be creative on how to fix it. I don’t …

Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Tranquility Farm

Maybe it’s the name. Tranquility Farm offers visions of a blissful world where Thoroughbreds no longer able to compete on the racetrack live out their lives like happy seniors at a retirement community, taking lazy afternoon strolls and playing parlor games into the night. Hay, feed, veterinary supplies and services just parachute out of the heavens. “There is this ‘Valhalla’ …

Text of Tranquility Farm piece read by Jerry Moss

Those of you who watched last night’s Eclipse Awards heard Jerry Moss read an excerpt from a piece written by Priscilla Clark, president of the Thoroughbred retirement facility Tranquility Farm in California. The prose was from the 2011 Tranquility Farm calendar and is entitled “The Story of Tranquility Farm.” It is reproduced here in its entirety: Calm has returned to …

Thanksgiving Week Charity Focus: Tranquility Farm

Earlier this year when 46 Thoroughbreds from a California breeder’s farm wound up by deception at a feedlot in Arizona, their eventual destination likely to be a Mexican slaughterhouse, Priscilla Clark of Tranquility Farm in Tehachapi, Calif., stepped in. Working with a nationwide network of friends and supporters who helped raise awareness of the horses’ plight and, more importantly, the …

Old Warriors Two of The Lucky Ones

By Jay Hovdey – Daily Racing Form For all their travels, there was a reasonable chance that 9-year-old Buddy Gil and 6-year-old Fete, a pair of well-seasoned geldings, might have crossed paths at some point along the way. Through two solid years, Fete raced at Louisiana Downs, Oaklawn Park, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, and Saratoga before heading west to run at …

Tranquility Farm Profiled in CTBA Magazine

Upon my first visit to Tranquility Farm, The Harry A. Bizzantz Memorial Center for Equine Retirement, I was excited about what I was going to see. In speaking with Priscilla Clark, I was moved by her love and enthusiasm for the horses whom she cared for, and the mission that she had been a part of for almost 12 years. …

Endangered Mares Removed From Feed Lot

Following more than a week of difficult negotiations, 36 pregnant Thoroughbred mares and one stallion were removed from a Phoenix, Ariz., feedlot Aug. 15 and are now at two safe locations in the state, eventually bound for new homes. That’s the word from an exhausted Priscilla Clark, president of the horse retirement facility Tranquility Farms of Tehachapi, Calif., who spent …

Rescue Effort Seeks Help for 46 Horses

A Thoroughbred retirement facility in Southern California is seeking public support in its attempt to save 46 horses culled from a large-scale breeding farm in the region that are awaiting possible sale at an auction lot in Chandler, Ariz. Priscilla Clark, president of Tranquility Farm in Tehachapi, Calif., said that unless her facility can raise the money to buy and …

Areyoutalkingtome retired to Tranquility Farm

Areyoutalkintome, winner of the 2004 Cal Cup Sprint; the Pirate’s Bounty Handicap in both 2005 and 2006; the Gr. 3 El Conejo Handicap; and the Los Angeles Handicap, has been retired to Tranquility Farm. The 2001 Smokester gelding, bred in Calfornia by John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery, retires with nine wins in 45 starts and earnings of $926,254.

Descendant of Sea Biscuit Saved

ARCADIA, Calif. — By the time a Thoroughbred enters the ring at the livestock market in Chino, located only about 25 miles east of Santa Anita Park, that horse has become anonymous. It doesn’t matter where it was bred, how many times it raced, or if it won or lost. Sharp buyers might know enough to check a tattoo, if …