In early March, Maryland-based trainer Pat Dale was preparing Third Regiment, a Pennsylvania-bred retired Thoroughbred racehorse, for the next step in his second career: a performance in the Battle of the X’s in Texas, after which he’d be auctioned off to a buyer approved by Remember Me Rescue, which was coordinating the event.
With thirty years of experience buying, training, and selling horses, Dale knows that what she does is a business, and through the course of her career, she’s bid farewell to dozens, if not hundreds, of horses. But this one was different.
“I’m going to cry when I leave him,” she said at the time.
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Featured image: Third Regiment & Tara Ziegler, photo credit Pat Dale.