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Life after racing

Retired thoroughbreds shine at Saratoga Horse Symposium

Lily Donnan, 8, of Gennesseo, gets a nuzzle from Sam at the Saratoga Horse Symposium at the Saratoga County 4-H Training Center in Ballston Spa on Sunday.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Lily Donnan, 8, of Gennesseo, gets a nuzzle from Sam at the Saratoga Horse Symposium at the Saratoga County 4-H Training Center in Ballston Spa on Sunday.
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Jerry Lee’s life could have taken a turn for the worse a couple years ago. The thoroughbred once known as “Doctor Wu” was nearing the end of his career in racing at Finger Lakes. In 29 starts, he had amassed about $15,000 in winnings and placed first only once — stats that landed him among the roughly 400 horses culled from competition at the racetrack annually. Some of these horses are pulled into equestrian competitions ...

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