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New Light for Retired Race Horses

     When he crossed the finish line first at the 1968 Kentucky Derby, the thought of Ferdinand ending up in a slaughterhouse would have seemed ridiculous.  When Exceller beat Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Affirmed in the 1978 Jockey Club Gold Cup on his way to earning more than $1.5 million over the course of his career, no one could have imagined that he too would end up on the cutting room floor.  But each did.  And every year, thousands of injured, non-competitive, or retired race horses meet the same fate as these two champions did.

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