When a groom falls in love with a horse that gets claimed, her friend works a bit of magic to bring the lost horse home.
When grooms or racing enthusiasts spot racehorses that they want to stay connected with, it can be a challenge. It's hard to find a lost horse that has been bought or claimed by trainer after trainer. But every once in a while, there's a success story. Megan's story is one of the great ones.
Megan groomed Alfie, whose racing name is Last Tribute, when the racehorse was three. But Alfie was claimed, bouncing around from owner to owner during his racing career. The Thoroughbred continued racing until he was seven, and Megan tried to track him down with plans of buying him when he was ready to retire.
But that proved to be more difficult than she had imagined. Alfie was claimed again, and Megan lost contact with Alfie's trainer.
But luckily for Megan, she has a great friend in Mike Mehak. Mike found and contacted Alfie's new trainer, explaining the situation and stating that he wanted to buy Alfie when he was done racing. The trainer agreed to the arrangement and called Mike after the horse's next race; he was ready to sell.
Mike had to arrange international shipping for Alfie to Megan in Canada, but the plan went off without a hitch. Mike managed to keep everything secret from Megan, and then asked her to help him with a "new racing prospect" that had just arrived at the farm.
Take a look at this magical moment.
Racehorses are frequently claimed, and some are claimed over and over again. If you spot a racehorse that you want to buy into retirement, the best thing to do is to connect with his trainer.
Hopefully you'll be able to track that horse if he is claimed, but doing so requires some persistence and the occasional bit of luck. We wish that everyone's story could be as moving as Megan and Alfie's.
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