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Lake Worth, FL - On the final day of the harness racing qualifying mini-season at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center, romps were the order of the day for most of the winners. It started in the very first race as trainer/driver Dan Daley won by 20 lengths with Lucky Sevens in 2:01.3. Lucky Sevens is a three-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. Also winning in romps were Homecoming King (Dan Daley) in 2:01.2 by nine lengths. Then Baggage Claim (Fern Paquet, Jr.) wired the field, scoring by ten open lengths in 1:56.4. The fastest mile on the afternoon came in the fifth race pace where Sweet Deisel and trainer-driver Dan Daley wired the field in 1:55.4 by three and one-half lengths. That was the fastest mile of the six races and gave Daley a trainer/driver triple for the day. Management at Olympia of Palm Beach looks forward to having a bigger and better mini-season of racing events next Spring. For full chart results, click here.  By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

Lake Worth, FL - The final qualifying races of the season will take place at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center on Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00 am. "Our mini-season of qualifying races was great," said Sam Stathis, owner of Olympia of Palm Beach. "We appreciate everyone who participated in the races and are proud of "Team Olympia." I want to say a special thanks to our judges and race secretary for their excellent work under difficult conditions. We hope our efforts put a smile and new hope to those we touched. We extend our prayers and best wishes for good health and prosperity to all. I look forward to greater racing events at Olympia in the fall." Entries for the qualifying races must be called into race secretary Kathy Breedlove by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 12. The call-in phone number is 954-654-0129. The qualifying races will begin Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00 am. Anyone planning on shipping in with their horse(s) for the qualifiers must call Ann-Mari Daley at 315-225-4992 as special arrangements have been made. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

Lake Worth, FL - The pacing filly Princess Royal can now lay claim to being the first two-year-old harness racing qualifying winner of the 2020 season in North America. She won the first of nine qualifying races Wednesday at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center. The Florida-bred daughter of Royel Millennium from the Real Artist mare, Check This, was driven by Ken Holliday for trainer Sergio Corona. The first qualifier of the day started off with the two-year-old trotter, Ciao Bella (Odino Jet) shooting out to the early lead from the rail for driver/trainer Serigo Corona, but before the opening quarter mile, Ciao Bell went off-stride and eventually was pulled up and did not finish the race. That allowed Princess Royal and Holliday to have things their own way, cutting easy fractions of :33, 1:09.2, 1:43.3, winning in 2:19.2. Princess Royal is owned and was bred by Amante Standardbreds, Inc. of Delray Beach. Driver Ken Holliday scored the fastest qualifiers on the day, winning both the 7th and 8th race pacing events in 1:57. He won the 7th race with Roll With Angel, trained by John Mungillo and the 8th race with Lt Col Je Leonard, who is trained by Richie Silverman. A rare dead heat for win took place in the fifth race trot. Celebrity Bianca (Fern Paquet, Jr.) cut the mile with Lady Jeter (Dan Daley) sitting right on their back. Then in a great stretch drive, the two horses could not be separated at the wire. The time of the race was 2:00.3. Lady Jeter is trained by Dan Daley while Celebrity Bianca is conditioned by Sam Stathis. Tee Wine, age 24, made his driving debut in the third race trot with Puerto Rico and finished a game third place after a strong first-over move in the backstretch against race winner Guardino (Fern Paquet, Jr.) in 2:01. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach  

Lake Worth, FL - There may only be two starters in the race, one a trotter and one a pacer, but they are the first harness racing Standardbred qualifiers of the year for two-year-old's in North America. They will be competing in the first of nine qualifying races over the five-eighths mile oval at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center on Wednesday, May 6. The action gets underway starting at 11:00 am, but due to the Corvid-19 virus, no fans are allowed to attend the races. The two two-year-olds will compete in the very first race. Both are fillies, trained by Sergio Corona. Both fillies are homebreds, owned by Amante Standardbreds, Inc. of Delray Beach. Starting from post one is Ciao Bella, a daughter of Odino Jet from the Victory's Force mare, Reverie Devictoire. She was a $134,000 career winner and this is her first foal. Ciao Bella will be driven by Sergio Corona. In post two is Princess Royal, who is sired by Royel Millennium from the Real Artist mare, Check This. Princess Royal will be driven by Ken Holliday. There will be video with race calls of all nine races posted at www.olympiapalmbeach.com later in the day. by Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach  

Lake Worth, FL - Entries for the Wednesday qualifying races at Olympia of Palm Beach, needs to be called into the race secretary by 12:00 noon (not 1:00 pm as usual) on Tuesday, May 5. Entries for the qualifying races at Olympia of Palm Beach can be submitted to race secretary Kathy Breedlove by calling 954-654-0129. The qualifying races will begin Wednesday, May 6 at 11:00 am. Anyone planning on shipping in with their horse(s) for the qualifiers must call Ann-Mari Daley at 315-225-4992 as special arrangements have been made. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

Lake Worth, FL - Dan Daley's Purpose Blue Chip made his 2020 harness racing debut after a year's layoff and was super impressive at the qualifiers Wednesday morning at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center, stopping the teletimer in 1:55.3. The first race for trotters saw Celebrity Bianca and trainer/driver Sam Stathis go to the early lead with Purpose Blue Chip and trainer/driver Dan Daley also leaving, then taking back to the two-hole spot as they sped by the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Celebrity Bianca led the group to the half mile marker in :58.4 and soon after that, Daley came to the outside with Purpose Blue Chip and blew up Celebrity Bianca. They sped past the three-quarters in 1:27.3. Coming down the stretch, Purpose Blue Chip kicked in a :28.1 last quarter mile, beating Celebrity Serena (Fern Paquet, Jr.) by five and one-half lengths. Celebrity Bianca was third. Owned by Ann-Mari Daley with James Crawford and Donald Brenner, Purpose Blue Chip is a five-year-old stallion by Chapter Seven. At ages two and three he was a stakes competitor in the NY Sire Stakes, winning more than $192,000. He then missed all of his four-year-old season due to injury. He now seems to be in prime shape when racing resumes this year. His time of 1:55.3 is being checked as the possible fastest trotting mile ever at the track. The second race trot saw Celebrity Liberty and trainer/driver Sam Stathis go to the early lead with Celebrity Titan (Fern Paquet, Jr.) sitting second as Baby Maker Hanover (Ken Holliday) left a little and then went off-stride. By the opening quarter Celebrity Liberty held the lead with Celebrity Titan second. Baby Maker Hanover found his stride and started to make up ground by the half mile. Then in the backstretch, Holliday has Baby Maker Hanover swinging to the outside and was second by the three-quarters in 1:37. Baby Maker Hanover then collared Celebrity Liberty on the final turn and those two sped to the wire in tandem. Celebrity Liberty barely hung on to win by a nose in 2:06, last quarter mile in :29. Celebrity Titan finished third. Celebrity Farms of Goshen, NY, bred and owns Celebrity Liberty. The third and final qualifier was a trot/pace mix as Celebrity Miracle was to take on Sweet Deisel, both of whom had been impressive in qualifiers at Olympia of Palm Beach. It was the pacer, Sweet Deisel and trainer/driver Dan Daley taking early command over Celebrity Miracle and driver Fern Paquet, Jr. as they sped to the first quarter in :29.3. No positions changed in the two-horse race as Sweet Deisel led past the half mile in :59.4. Then after the half mile, Paquet came to the outside with his trotter, Celebrity Miracle, pushing Sweet Deisel to the three-quarters in 1:29.2. It was then that Daley asked for and got another gear from Sweet Deisel, who put away Celebrity Miracle in the stretch to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:56.1, the last quarter mile in :26.4. Sweet Deisel, a four-year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou, is co-owned by Ann-Mari Daley with Crawford Farms Racing. To watch the live video and race calls, go to www.olympiapalmbeach.com. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach  

Lake Worth, FL - Olympia of Palm Beach, formerly known as the South Florida Trotting Center, will hold both two-year-old and qualifying harness races on Wednesday, April 29. The two-year-old races will be restricted to a time of 2:25 for both trotters and pacers. Two-year-old's can also practice behind the starting gate. Entries for the 2YO and qualifying races at Olympia of Palm Beach must be called in to Kathy Breedlove by 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 28 at 954-654-0129. The qualifying races will begin Wednesday, April 29 at 11:00 am. Anyone planning on shipping in with their horse(s) for the qualifiers must call Ann-Mari Daley at 315-225-4992 as special arrangements have been made. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

Lake Worth, FL - Olympia of Palm Beach, formerly known as the South Florida Trotting Center, will hold both two-year-old and qualifying harness races on Wednesday, April 15. The two-year-old races will be restricted to a time of 2:25 for both trotters and pacers. Two-year-old's can also practice behind the starting gate. "We will continue to use best practices during these events," Said Sam Stathis, owner of Olympia of Palm Beach training center. "The qualifiers the last two weeks have gone great and I hope this week we will have our first session for two-year-old's." Entries for the 2YO and qualifying races at Olympia of Palm Beach must be called in to Kathy Breedlove by 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 14 at 954-654-0129. There will be only three horses per race and, if possible, horses will be split into divisions by gait. The 2YO races and qualifying races will begin Wednesday, April 8 at 11:00 am. Anyone planning on shipping in with their horse(s) for the qualifiers must call Ann-Mari Daley at 315-225-4992 as special arrangements have been made. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

Lake Worth, FL - Olympia of Palm Beach, formerly known as the South Florida Trotting Center, will hold both two-year-old and qualifying harness races on Wednesday, April 8. The two-year-old races will be restricted to a time of 2:25 for both trotters and pacers. Two-year-old's can also practice behind the starting gate. "We will continue to use best practices during these events," Said Sam Stathis, owner of Olympia of Palm Beach training center. "I think the two-year-old races will be great. These youngsters are ready to experience racing against each other and getting to go behind the starting gate." Entries for the 2YO and qualifying races at Olympia of Palm Beach must be called in to Kathy Breedlove by 1:00 pm by Tuesday, April 7 at 954-654-0129. There will be only three horses per race and, if possible, horses will be split into divisions by gait. The 2YO races and qualifying races will begin Wednesday, April 8 at 11:00 am. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach      

Lake Worth, FL - In harness racing there are purses and prizes to be won when competing, whether it's going for over $1 million in the Hambletonian Trot, or just a local fair race for $2,500, there is always a prize that awaits the winner. Perhaps for the first time ever in horse racing history there will be races held on Wednesday (April 1) and what does the winner of the race get when they arrive in the winner's circle? You guessed it, a case of 12 rolls of toilet paper. And this is no April 1 Fool's Joke! Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center, formally known as the South Florida Trotting Center, will be holding five qualifying races Wednesday morning. Due to the Coronavirus-19, the public is not allowed to attend, but track management is hopeful to have live video and droning of the trotting races. Sam Stathis owns Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center. He has his Celebrity Farms Stable there and has entered seven of his horses in the qualifying races. "We wanted to have a prize for the winner of each race," Stathis said. "and we wanted to have some fun with it. At first the races were going to be for non-winners of a ham sandwich, but due to the hoarders grabbing up all the toilet paper, we switched the prize from a ham sandwich to a 12-pack of toilet paper. Maybe I'll thrown in a six-pack of Corona beer too!" Usually qualifying races are held to determine if a trotter or pacer can go in a specified time to meet the standards set by racetracks. There are never purses or prizes for qualifying races. "Right now," Stathis explained. "While everyone else is building bunkers and waiting for the world to end from Coronavirus-19, we take this virus very seriously and recommend and practice social distancing. It's ironic in a sport where we want to get fans to attend, this time we want them to stay away for everyone's protection. But in turn, we are trying to keep our horses exercised, keep moral up and show the world that we can have some fun with this incredible sport." Of the 12 horses that are competing in the five qualifying races, there is one unique standout performer. His name is Celebrity Maserati. The oldest horse in the field at age ten, Celebrity Maserati, was a top stake winning trotting colt at age two and three, amassing $198,000 in earnings for Sam Stathis's Celebrity Farms and has a record of 1:53. Over the years he has had some injuries that kept him from racing, but not from breeding horses. Over the years Celebrity Maserati (sired by Andover Hall), has bred numerous mares, enough in fact that he not only has three of his sons and daughters competing in the qualifying races, but in the third race Celebrity Maserati starts from post three with Stathis driving and its daughter, Celebrity Serena, starts alongside him in post three. The other "Celebrity" horses that Celebrity Maserati has sired include recent 1:54.3 winner at Pompano Park, Celebrity Miracle (race two), and Celebrity Bianca, whom also starts in race two. Another Celebrity horse, Celebrity Titan, who is sired by Yankee Glide, starts in the first race. He is a brother to Celebrity Miracle. The fourth and fifth races are for pacers and features $101,000 winner Jimi Wind Ricks in the fourth race against $49,000 winner Sweet Deisel. The fifth race spotlights $77,000 winner Rose Run Slider against $43,000 winner Roll With Angel. Some of the sports top harness racing drivers will be competing in the qualifying races including Scott Zeron, Jim Meittinis, Dan Daley and Fern Paquet, Jr. To get a program proof and to watch the video and droning of the qualifying races that will begin at 11:00 am Wednesday, go to www.olympiapalmbeach.com and look for the special links on the home page. Ann-Mari Daley will also be doing Facebook Live of the races from the starting gate. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

Wellington, FL - Sam Stathis, owner of Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center, formerly known as the South Florida Trotting Center, wants everyone to know that the track will be hosting harness racing qualifying races on Wednesday, April 1 and that the training center has stall space available for Florida horsemen. "I want everyone to know that we are here to help all horse people during this crisis," Said Sam Stathis. "And that we just received approval from the USTA (United States Trotting Association) to hold qualifying races. "We are just finishing arranging everything for the qualifying races," Stathis explained. "You need to have judges, a clerk of course, video, timing, an EMT and other special people to hold these races and I am pleased that we have assembled a team so we can hold these races for the horse people. "I am even hiring a drone person to video the qualifying races from the air," Stathis said. "I think everyone will love to see that special effect/view. As we do not want to encourage any crowds for these races due to the Coronavirus-19, I am trying to provide the best viewing possible for these races." Entries for the qualifying races at Olympia of Palm Beach must be called in to Kathy Breedlove by 1:00 pm Monday, March 30 at 954-654-0129. There will be only three horses per race and if possible, horses will be split into divisions by gait.  Qualifying races will begin Wednesday, April 1 at 11:00 am. "Also, at this time at Olympia of Palm Beach, we are inviting horse people to move to our training facility," Stathis said. "And the fee is whatever they can reasonably afford on an emergency basis. "All we request is that the horses must have current health papers," Stathis added. "And that at Olympia of Palm Beach we have a zero drug and alcohol tolerance policy on the property." For more information about Olympia of Palm Beach, visit their website at https://olympiapalmbeach.com/ or call 315-225-4992. From Olympia of Palm Beach      

Pompano Beach, FL - The "celebrities" are at Eldorado Pompano Park this season, both on and the off the harness racing track. Celebrity Stallone recently qualified this past Tuesday at Pompano Park and low and behold in the race paddock and then on the track apron was Dante Stallone, the younger half-brother of world-renowned Hollywood star, Sylvester Stallone. It was announced by owner Sam Stathis of Celebrity Farms, NY, that Dante Stallone has purchased a share and is now a part-owner of the Father Patrick colt, Celebrity Stallone. Stathis is also Dante Stallone's business manager. "I have known Dante for a number of years," said Stathis. "And always promised him one day I would name a good colt after him and his family and that day has come. Dante wants to learn more about harness racing so I sold him a share of the horse." Dante Stallone, 21, is attending Florida State University and studying towards a bachelor of science degree in biological science. He also works in his spare time as an actor, producer and screenwriter. "Before being introduced to the world of harness racing," Stallone said. "The only experience I had with the sport was what I saw on TV. Getting licensed and now owning my own horse legitimizes my interests. It still seems so surreal." After getting his owners license, Stallone was treated to a ride in the starting gate to watch a qualifying race. All Standardbred horses must trot or pace in a certain standard of time in order to be qualified to race at the track. "This was my first time at the racetrack," Stallone said. "And what a blast it was. I had the best seat in the house to view my first race while riding in the starting gate." Celebrity Stallone did very well as the two-year-old finished third and was race timed in 2:00.4. "From what I observed," Stallone said. "Celebrity Stallone has major promise on the track. After gaining some more experience I believe he'll be a force to be reckoned with." Stallone said it was nearly a perfect night at the races. "The track was beautiful, the Eldorado casino was fantastic, and the restaurant superb," Stallone added. "We ate at Farradday's Steakhouse after the qualifying races and what great food and service. Also, I got my first taste of the thrill of horse gambling, losing $50 dollars on a shady tip!" Stallone, who is on Christmas break from college, will be in south Florida for a month and Sam Stathis said his education into harness racing will be fast and furious. "Already Friday morning I had Dante here at Olympia Palm Beach (formerly the South Florida Trotting Center)," Stathis said. "And Dante is learning how to groom horses, put on a harness and even got to take Celebrity Stallone on the racetrack in one of our Theometrics Exotic Chariots. "We are already working on a special night at Pompano Park," Stathis explained. "When both Celebrity Stallone and Celebrity Eventsy are both racing, we will be inviting newcomers from all over South Florida via networking, to come out for a night of fun, hear about fractional ownership, get to meet Dante, and learning about how great harness racing is." The event date, times and location at Eldorado Pompano Park will be announced shortly. For more information, visit www.worldchariot.org. By Steve Wolf, for Celebrity Farms  

Boynton Beach, FL - There are still stalls available at the Olympia Palm Beach (formerly the South Florida Trotting Center) for those wishing to get out of the cold this winter to train their horses. The picturesque all-breed equestrian center sits on 102 acres and features 14 barns totaling 399 stalls, 50 caretaker residents, a veterinarian lab, equipment maintenance building and a restaurant. The property has three hot-walkers, two equine exercise pools, a newly re-surfaced 5/8th mile track, a 1/2-mile-deep sand track and a 1/2-mile straight training strip, plus a new synthetic surface show jumping ring and recent upgraded buildings and landscaping. The training facility is just seven miles from downtown Wellington and a 40-minute drive to Eldorado Pompano Park. It is the perfect location for any trainer who does not want to miss one day of training their horses during the winter months. The Olympia Palm Beach is located at 7563 S State Road 7, Lake Worth, FL. For more information, contact John Wallace at 212-627-8220 or email johnwallace4u@yahoo.com. Video of the farm can bee seen at https://vimeo.com/127206037 From the Olympia Palm Beach Center  

It was just over five months ago that the tragic barn fire took place at the South Florida Trotting Center in Lake Worth. Of the 23 Standardbred horses in Barn 9 that evening, only five have survived and now one of those harness racing horses that were rescued, a trotter named Celebrity Lover, has made it to the winner's circle. Sunday night at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, Celebrity Lover, trained and driven by Sam Stathis, who owns the South Florida Trotting Center, won the seventh race trot by a neck in 1:59. The homebred stallion, owned and bred by Stathis's Celebrity Farms, was rescued from the barn fire that frightful night on March 15. The four-year-old son of Andover Hall from the Yankee Glide mare, Celebrity Feeling, suffered 3rd degree burns over his back from the burning roof above his stall. Within days of the fire, Stathis set up a special therapy barn at the South Florida Trotting Center to help aid the recovery for the surviving horses from the fire. "There is no doubt that our therapy barn aided in the recovery and return to racing for Celebrity Lover," Sam Stathis said. "And the outpouring of support and love from people all over the world were a big factor too. "We enclosed Barn 1 in fly netting," Stathis explained, "We brought in or were donated everything we could get to help these horses. The latest in laser equipment to promote healing, special nebulizing equipment to treat the horses burned lungs from the heat and smoke of the fire, an electro-equiscope, heart monitoring equipment, a theraplate unit, an equine weight scale, the best floor matting available to help prevent hoof problems and more to aid with their recovery." "FarmVet.com donated an entire pallet of burn cream that was used up within months and then donated another pallet." Stathis explained. "We had to hand walk these horses before dawn and after sundown as their burns could not be exposed to sunlight. "Each morning we bathed the burns, then reapplied the creams, did treatments and then repeated it all over again in the afternoon. I want to give credit to caretaker Lyne Morneau and trainer Alex Spano who worked day and night for months caring for them and to Dr. Michael Carinda and Dr. Paul Caputo for their work. We argued tooth and nail over how to treat these horse but in the long run it worked. Most veterinarians never had burn victims like this to treat." The results were shown on the racetrack Sunday as Celebrity Lover raced parked out first-over from the half mile and Stathis rated the mare perfectly, clearing to the lead in the stretch and holding off Coogan in the final strides to win in a photo finish. Unraced at age two, Celebrity Lover made just five starts at age 3 with a qualifying win in 2:05.4. He just qualified at Pocono Downs August 10, was third in a pari-mutuel race, timed in 1:58.3 on August 19 and is now a winner. "I literally cried with joy after "Lover" dug in and held off Ake Svanstedt with Coogan for the win," Stathis said. "It was just five months that he (Celebrity Lover) was fighting for his life from the smoke inhalation and burns." Celebrity Lover is the first of fire victims to return to the races and win. Stathis said that the other three of his horses that were in the fire, Celebrity Tsipras, Celebrity Lambo and Celebrity Artemis, are coming back strong. Celebrity Tsipras just qualified and raced for the first time August 14 and hopefully the other two will be racing before the end of the year. Celebrity Lover is a full brother to the mare Celebrity Artemis. It should be noted that the fifth horse that survived from Barn 9 fire, Grateful Pride, a two-year-old colt by Bettors Delight, has also been racing for trainer Linda Toscano since late June, but has yet to win. "God didn't want these horses yet for a reason," Stathis said. "The trainers and grooms that helped saved them from the fire and risked their lives for these animals are the real heroes. And what a feel good way to celebrate with having them not just recover from their burns and internal injuries but to race and win. You could not script a movie any better than this. "And we will be adding more therapy equipment this year to Barn 1 at the South Florida Trotting Center," Stathis added. "I'm still trying to get an equine hyperbaric chamber if possible. Whatever it takes to help care for the horses. This fall the therapy barn will be available for all horses of every breed that need help." For more information, visit www.southfloridatrottingcenter.com. By Steve Wolf for the South Florida Trotting Center    

Loxahatchee, FL – N Luv Blue Chip, a two-year-old pacing colt who was rescued from the devastating barn farm at the South Florida Trotting Center last week, died on Thursday at the Reid & Associates Equine Hospital. It was reported that the colt could not overcome all his injuries from the fire and died from natural causes. He not only had severe burns but also kidney problems and the onset of laminitis. Sired by Art Major from the Western Hanover mare, Western Charmer, N Luv Blue Chip was bred and owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock, Inc. of Wallkill, NY. He was being trained by Roman Lopez. He was a full brother to Master Stroke (1:49.4) a $469,000 winner and Bullish Blue Chip (1:52), a $271,000 career winner. N Luv Blue Chip is now the 13th horse to have died from the barn fire on Wednesday, March 16. He was one of the 11 horses that were rescued. 12 horses perished in the fire. Four horses were released from the equine hospital last week and are recovering at the South Florida Trotting Center. Of the remaining six horses at the hospital, five are reported to still be in critical condition but improving daily. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink    

Lake Worth, FL - Sam Stathis, owner of the South Florida Trotting Center where a disastrous barn fire claimed the lives of 12 horses last week, including one of his own, is fighting another battle these days, and it is against the veterinarians at the equine hospital where seven of the rescued horses are. "I want to treat and take care of these injured horses as if they were my own children,"Stathis said. "Just like a human I want to explore every possible means of treating the 11 horses and giving them a chance. God took 12 horses in the fire but allowed 11 to be rescued for a reason." Five of the eleven horses are in critical condition at Reid & Associates Equine Hospital in Loxahatchee and Stathis is pulling all punches to get them the best care possible. "The horsemen and women at the farm were heroes in saving the eleven horses." Stathis said. "And the vets on the scene and at the hospital worked 24/7 and they all did such a phenomenal job during a major traumatic event. But now we have new crossroads to travel. "Who would not get a second or third opinion from leading doctors before pulling the plug on a loved one?" Stathis explained. "I have gone public that I am paying every bill for these 11 horses, even though only four are mine. Some of the owners have given me permission to oversee their medical needs but the hospital is refusing on minor technical terms. "If these veterinarians at Reid & Associates would just allow some specialists to come in and give a neutral second opinion, I would abide by it." Stathis said. "And if they all say that one of the horses will not make it and is suffering, then I will not stand in their way if they need to euthanize any of the horses." Stathis has been trying to get renowned equine internists, cold laser therapy specialists, dialysis experts and has reached out to human burn center doctors across the country to help with their knowledge and practices to help the rescued horses to survive. "After seeing the horses yesterday," Stathis said. "I disagreed with the head vet at Reid as he was going to euthanized one of the horses and they had me removed from the property by police escort. I am not trying to play God, I just want to exhaust every avenue we can to save these horses at any cost." "I wrote this prayer last night for the horses." Stathis said. "God you know I love you and I love these horses and my community, the very vets I am challenging and their entire team have done an amazing job (well almost all) through the first emergency phases and at the moment have kept the 11 you entrusted with me alive until now. NOT all voluntarily from day one they couldn't wait to stick the needle in one's neck and Macy's Big Boy is now doing better as I knew he would be. God, the strongest prayer here, please take all the horses you want to be in your stable with our other twelve, including my 2016 Hambletonian horse, Celebrity Pilatus. You are a merciful God and will NOT let any of your creatures suffer more than they can handle. Please take them before I have to see them again and I will not shed one tear if that is your will. If it is your will they survive and NOT die in the hands of a vet with a lethal injection, please give me one more miracle and let the outside experts agree to keep them alive at any cost. I know you are busy helping millions of people around the world and I am sorry to keep bothering you, but I guess that's why you keep sending me Angels. Please send me one with a strong legal degree." From the South Florida Trotting Center    

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