Legacy was humanely euthanized in June of 2007 due to problems caused by melanoma tumors.
He will be deeply missed.
Legacy's Story . . . from successful racehorse to starvation.
Legacy was one of 18 horses who were found starving in May of 2004 (at age 19). He was a Thoroughbred and almost 17 hands tall. As you can see (center left), he was extremely thin when he arrived.
Though his owner said he had not been to the track, he did have a tattoo. Curious, we contacted the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) via email (found their site on the web) and upon submitting an application for research, along with photos of Legacy and his tattoo - received a report of his pedigree and racing history.
Not only had Legacy raced (under his registered name of Gran Judgement), but he'd done very well, and had earned just under half a million dollars!
A little more research on the internet, checking out the websites for the tracks where Legacy had raced, enabled us to locate the track photographer at Santa Anita. Benoit Photo was very helpful, going through their records and finding the negatives of some of his win photos. Finally getting one with the best photo of Legacy (see photo top left).
When he was through racing Legacy competed in eventing, and later was shown in the jumping division and also in dressage.
It's a sad commentary on the horse industry, when a horse who worked as hard and successfully as Legacy (aka Gran Judgement) ends up starved and on the way to the slaughterhouse. Thankfully, Legacy was one of the lucky ones.
Legacy was a permanent resident at For The Horse.