“All my best friends have four legs.” John Hettinger’s vision at Akindale Farm and Thoroughbred Rescue

A year ago this month, multiple stakes winner Stud Muffin was on a farm just outside Saratoga, resting up for a fall racing campaign. Then eight years old, he hadn’t hit the winner’s circle in 2012. He raced twice more last year, non-competitively, and it was clear that his best racing days were behind him.

Callmetony, who at 11 years old was the very definition of “hard-knocking gelding,” was also winless in 2012. Unlike Stud Muffin, he’d never won a stakes race, but he did amass over $660,000 in earnings in his career. Stud Muffin earned just a little more, nearly $67,200.

Two geldings. Two winners. Two racers whose old bones and muscles were slowing down.

And by the end of 2012, they had something else in common: they’d both found a new home at Akindale Farm in Pawling, New York.

Continue reading at The Saratogian

One thought on ““All my best friends have four legs.” John Hettinger’s vision at Akindale Farm and Thoroughbred Rescue

  1. I read a story on Mr. Hettinger in TBH a few years ago. He was quite an accomplished man and he loved his horses!

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