Good Fortune-no slaughter

I love seeing good rescue stories and this one is outstanding!

By Associated Press  As posted on Mail Online PUBLISHED:10:51 EST, 3 May  2013| UPDATED:13:58 EST,  3 May 2

He may never run for the Kentucky Derby  roses, but Illinois race horse Magna Fortuna and his owners are celebrating a  victory none-the-less — his survival. The three-year-old gelding’s name means  ‘great luck’, and he was a long shot when he won a recent race at Hawthorne Race  Course outside Chicago – one of the biggest race tracks in  America. His mother Lulu was purchased for $300 at an  Indiana slaughter auction by Gail Vacca, founder and president of the Illinois  Equine Rescue Center.

Lucky: Magna Fortuna, with jockey Julio Felix up, rides to a 9 3/4-length win during a horse race at Hawthorne Park in Cicero, Chicago

Lucky: Magna Fortuna, with jockey Julio Felix up, rides  to a 9 3/4-length win during a horse race at Hawthorne Park in Cicero,  Chicago
Dark horse: The three-year-old gelding whose name means 'great luck' was the longest of long shots when he won the race

Dark horse: The three-year-old gelding whose name means  ‘great luck’ was the longest of long shots when he won the race

Vacca found out later that Lulu was pregnant  when purchased. When the foal was born he was first named  Taxi – that was until Vacca traced his  lineage back to an impressive sire — a $2.58 million career stakes winner called  Magna Graduate. Speaking about the race, Vacca said the horse – who was the number six spot in the seven horse race – led the entire  way. ‘He was out for a joyride,’ she said  afterwards. ‘He didn’t even look back.’ Magna Fortuna’s ‘biography’ explains the  moment Vacca rescued the horse’s mother  Silver Option from slaughter: ‘Ms Vacca was at the auction looking for any  thoroughbreds that may have come from the tracks in Illinois when she spotted a  smallish bay mare that was in obvious discomfort from being severely lame in  both front feet.  ‘Unfortunately the mare was already in a  “kill pen” just waiting to be loaded onto a trailer for the grueling ride to  slaughter in Canada.’ After being taken back to Illinois, Silver  Option soon gave birth to Magna Fortuna, who was originally named Taxi until his  routes were traced back to his race-winning father. It was then that Vacca decided he would be  trained to race. Since the victory, offers have flooded in to  buy the horse but so far they have been rejected.

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