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While Thoroughbreds are much like any other breed of horse you’ll encounter, admittedly those off the track can be a little confusing to figure out.

Karen Gustin has been the executive director at the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center in Nicholasville, Ky. since April 2012.

How and when you were introduced to Thoroughbred racing? My father was originally from Kentucky and would visit Keeneland often with his relatives, and I remember him talking about what a treat it was to go to the races! I first visited Keeneland when I moved here in 2012.

Praetereo proved to be fast during his racing career, winning 11 of his 82 starts – including a stakes race – and finishing on the board 29 other times. But the speed at which Sharon Potter adopted him from ReRun may have been even faster than any of his races.

There are many therapies for military veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but none is entirely effective. Tragically, many veterans never receive help, and of those that do, approximately one third drop out, probably due to the stigma attached to PTSD or the demanding requirements associated with exposure treatment.

We all know that horses can race on dirt and turf, but did you know horses can also race on snow? That was the case for Encanto, a grandson of Unbridled who switched between turf and snow throughout his career racing in Europe.

The gelding started his career in Germany, where he won his debut in 2002 before being sold to Switzerland shortly after placing third in a stakes race in 2004. The gelding found success on both surfaces in that country and by the end of his career had run 56 times – with two of those races taking place over jumps – and earned over $100,000.

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