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You know the old saying about there being two sides to every story with the truth lying somewhere in the middle?  That’s probably important to keep in mind when reading today’s post.  Some readers are going to be pissed off at me for it and I really don’t care.  I’ve mulled this over for quite awhile.  I’ve done a lot of digging.  I’ve had it sitting around marinating for months and keep coming back to it.  While HiCaliber is the common denominator in this situation, it only minimally involves them beyond the old birds of a feather deal, but there are a few familiar `birds’ in this flock besides HiCaliber. If you’re looking for snark, this probably isn’t the post for you.  If you’re tacking up for another long campaign, I really hope this isn’t it either.  I just felt the need to document a few things that have bothered me (and others) for quite some time.  In light of the recent shit show out of Kaufman regarding the 25 yearlings from Bartons this is timely and now the whole CERF situation, it is indicative of an elephant in the room with Thoroughbred aftercare.  I’ll get to that in a bit though. For now, put on your thinking caps and follow along.  This is gonna get weird.

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Rented Cop had a rather undistinguished racing career, never recovering his purchase price or even winning out his conditions .  Still, he toiled away at various SoCal tracks between 2009 to 2012.  While he started off in Maiden Special Weight company racing at tracks like Hollywood Park and Del Mar, he wound up his career racing for a $2000 tag at Los Alamitos.  Looking at his form, it is clear he likely had some issues as there are large gaps between some of his races with one of those spanning 15 months, not even racing at all in 2010 before being brought back by the same connections.  All this is easily looked up by anybody.  What happened to Rented Cop since his last start on January 29, 2012 is where things get a bit complicated.  It’s obvious he broke down to some degree that day as he was vanned off.  The next time he is traceable was the above post which was made on April 2, 2012.

 

Rented Cop, soon renamed `Pepsi’ ended up at Premier Equine Rehab within days of being rescued.  There was mention of a fractured sesamoid in one post and he appeared in remarkably good condition for a horse that allegedly came from a feed lot situation. Obviously a cute horse, he generated a fair amount of interest according to Jenny Earhart aka Premier Equine Rehab and was adopted out within a month.  I should probably note that PER was not a 501c3 at the time but did take in OTTBs for rehab/rehoming.  In a perfect world, this should have been Pepsi’s happily ever after and the most anybody should have heard of him from there on out should have been cheery updates, if that.  I wish that was the case.

 

Even though Pepsi’s adoption was announced all the way back in May of 2012, he was pictured still at Jenny’s ranch and listed as `in rehab’ September.  I do not know if his original adoption went through or if he was returned due to soundness issues.  It would be easy enough to give the benefit of doubt if this was all there was on Pepsi.  Sadly, the plot thickens.

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By October of that same year, Pepsi was announced as being adopted again.  I guess the fact that he was adopted as a trail horse means whatever landed him in rehab earlier was no longer an issue or at least patched over.

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In January 2014, Pepsi was still alive and well, even if not quite in the same shape as he was upon intake.  Again, it’s easy to give the benefit of the doubt as horses fresh off the track are usually in peak physical condition as far as coat, weight and fitness.  Even injured horses like Pepsi are still going to look good fresh off the track and they will look much different when they fall out of fitness.  I am not entirely sure where he was when this pic was taken or if he was still with his adopters.  Sadly, the next time Pepsi showed up on the radar, there would be no benefit of the doubt as to his condition.

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The next time Pepsi shows up on the radar he is emaciated and part of the Fallen herd. For those of you that haven’t been following the HiCaliber shitshow for years, the Fallen `rescue’ happened in February of 2015 and was a large scale rescue of mostly OTTBS out of Nevada.  It was also the beginning of the end for HiCaliber as it seemed to be the turning point of where greed took over.  However, that’s another issue for another day…or not.  From what I am told, he was only at HiCaliber long enough for Jenny Earhart to pick him back up and HiCaliber merely transported him or her.  So, a bit of a number fudge for them to count him as one of their rescues, but that shouldn’t surprise anybody.

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Barely a few months later, Pepsi is adopted out once again.  Surely, this would be the one that stuck and gave this horse a soft landing.  Nope…

 

 

Yet again, Pepsi shows up in trouble.  In December 2016 Pepsi showed up at Mike’s Auction.  Auction Horses listed him as an `Appendix type’.  Thankfully, he was spotted by another rescue and Ms Earhart arranged to have him bought back…AGAIN.

Once Pepsi was back in her possession, Jenny did a bit of damage control and assured her followers he was finally safe.  However there are a few red flags in this little post not the least of which is that she slid in there that he had actually run through auction prior to showing up at Mike’s.  Rather than enforce her contract, she elected to let him go for $800 to an alleged good home with no contract. Wow. The other problem with her post was the whole broken ankle excuse and saying he had been gone out of her possession since 2012.  The above screen shots show that is clearly not the case.  That horse bounced back and forth between adoptive homes several times according to her own posts.  I’m not sure if this post was intentionally vague, but it almost shifts some of the blame to HiCaliber as `the other rescue that seized’ the Fallen horses.  She neglects to mention she picked the horse up from them the very same day and it was she, not HiCaliber that adopted him out.  For once, and only this once, they actually don’t have any blame in this situation.  (we’ll return to their habitual fuckery on the next post). Let’s also not forget that back in 2012, when Jenny now says she turned Pepsi over to Fallen, her earlier posts had said he had been adopted out as a trail horse. So where is Pepsi now?  Sadly his ending was not a happy one.

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Pepsi’s next stop was a sanctuary/rehab place in Mount Shasta.  The above communication is from their founder (No, the email was not to me) and tells us that Pepsi was put to sleep and the condition he was actually in.  Hardly surprising given the number of homes this horse cycled through after falling through the cracks on a regular basis.  I get that mistakes happen and that some adoptions don’t work out, but how many times does one horse have to hit a bad home from the same rescue? I wish I could say this is an isolated issue with Premier Equine Rehab but that does not seem to be the case.

Remember how I mentioned that at any given time I have several posts rattling around my draft folder in various states of doneness?  This is one of those posts.  I have literally been following up on this stuff for years as the odd disturbing things hits my radar.  The above screen shots were the first thing about Premier Equine Rehab and Jenny Earhart that lifted my eyebrow.  Michael Gipson is  a POS kill buyer.  For whatever reason, he went all in on the fact that Jenny sent horses to him in the past and he made them disappear.  I don’t know if that is true or not.  One one hand, Jenny denies this, but on the other hand Gipson insists it’s true.  Neither one of them are well blessed with integrity so it’s  tough to say.  I’m merely laying this out for other people to make up their own minds on it. Maybe something more current will help them with that?

I am told that PER operates out of three, possibly 4 locations.  The above pictures were taken at her Norco location in March.  This is in line with what I have been told from more than one source about the level of care the less than high profile `saves’ get up until they vanish.  What generally happens is that pictures are taken when the horses are fresh off the track and looking great and that’s it.  Many of them disappear.  I’m sure some are placed in adoptive homes or flipped or whatever. PER doesn’t really do a lot of updates on horses after intake.  I’ve already posted about PER offering up a rescue horse as a broodmare all the way back in September of last year.  I said then that there were some things bothering me about them and it seems to just keep piling up.

Does anybody remember this old buckskin stud that Manson manifested last June?  He appeared to come from Salvador’s place or one of the usual suppliers anyhow.  The village idiots dutifully handed over their lunch money for him (there was another fundraiser showing close to $500 for him) even though he promptly went to Premier Equine Rehab.  Naturally they asked for money for him as well which is totally normal for a rescue to do.  The only problem is where is that horse now?  He’s dead and he was dead very shortly after arriving at PER.  Was he one of the trailer corpses?  I have no way of knowing, but apparently that’s a thing with PER.

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I’m sure most of you have seen the horrible publicity racing has been getting lately.  Actually racing always gets more than its fair share of bad publicity and it’s not always deserved.  Right now, aside from the breakdowns at Santa Anita, there is a a lot of propaganda going with the slaughter issue at racetracks.  If you were to believe the mainstream media, horses are walking straight off the track to slaughter and that’s rarely, if ever the case.  Thoroughbreds actually make up a very small percentage of horses shipping to slaughter and the ones that show up in kill pens have often been off the track for years.  The problem is that they are easily identifiable due to their tattoos.  Because they are a higher profile breed and stir up a lot of emotion in people they can often make it rain as far as funding when you do pluck one from a kill buyer.  What many people fail to realize is that the race industry takes an anti slaughter stance and many tracks have anti slaughter policies in place.  Such is the case in southern California.  All Magna Entertainment owned tracks have adopted an anti slaughter policy that states: ” any trainer or owner stabling at an MEC facility who directly or indirectly participates in the transport of a horse from a MEC facility to either a slaughterhouse or an auction house engaged in selling horses for slaughter will be prohibited from having stalls at any MEC facility.”  You can read article about it at this link.  This is all well and good as far as  being able to say that the industry is taking an anti-slaughter stance, but it’s all just for show in some ways.  The people that are ethical and would never send a horse to slaughter or a flipper don’t need those policies to do the right thing.  They do the right thing because they care.  The ones that don’t care find a way around it and this has created racetrack rescuers/ horse launderers.

I’m not saying that every person or organization that takes in OTTBs or even specializes in them are shady.  They aren’t.  There are a lot of really good organizations that deal with aftercare for OTTBs.  Then there are the ones that are the middlemen.  The ones that exist to launder OTTBs.  They take in a lot of OTTBs and aren’t as discriminate where they go.  If they can rehome them, great, if not…well, there are ways to make them disappear and they are the layer between the racing connections and the `bad home’.  That way if the horses do turn up in a kill pen or on a truck that flipped over, they don’t trace back to the track connections.  The `rescue’ takes the blame and creates a plausible explanation for how that happens and makes sure the next lot they send, direct ships.  Trust me, this happens and nobody wants to admit it or talk about it.  How I’m told this happens is these horses are `retired’ with supportive funds.  I’m told that this may or may not be the case with PER.  I don’t know myself with 100% certainty.  I do know that where there is smoke there is usually fire, or at least a spark smoldering, and for some reason I get inboxed about this rescue with increasing regularity.  I am by no means saying burn them at the stake, but I am saying to ask questions.  People should be able to ask respectful questions to any rescue and if 2 + 2 isn’t giving you 4 then ask more.  The HiCaliber mess was years of inconsistencies and red flags for so many people and got so far out of control.  We’re still putting out those fires and will be for the foreseeable future.   I know that you can usually judge people by the company they keep and this seems to apply to PER.  No, I’m not talking about Maggot because she’s nobody, but I am talking about the track connections, the trainer that signed Jenny’s license and the smoke around him.  I’m talking about the HiCaliber connection which would be a whole other post just for that.  She takes in a lot of horses all the time.  She just participated in that large rescue of CERF horses.  Where is the follow up on every horse?  Where is Kenny from HiCaliber and so many others?  Why is PER listed with Guidestar in Colorado instead of California? All I’m saying is ask questions and make up your own minds.  There is a bigger story here that has little to nothing to do with PER, but this is a start.  Somewhere in the middle of all this lies the truth.

 

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….to bring you MORE drama!  That’s right, today’s post is a giant tub of popcorn’s worth of drama, drama, drama but it’s only loosely related to HiCaliber.  We’ll be getting back to them in a few days.  In fact, it’s almost like sweeps week on the blog because we’re gonna have some fun over the next little while.  I know I’ve threatened posts recently and I have been chipping away to the point I was ready to start dropping them.  Really and truly!  What I have planned is a new direction with the same players and I think it will be most enlightening.  However, that’s on the back burner til Monday-ish because our old buddy Maggot is getting served a healthy dose of karma  while showing off her true colors.  Because she has been so hateful towards friends of this blog and attempted to cock block and run interference for HiCaliber,  it only seems fair to let her have her time in the spotlight too.  This is all still playing out, so I’ll put a bit of context around it as best I can for those of you that mostly ignore her.  I strongly suggest you grab some popcorn and a beverage of choice.  Welcome to Sweeps Week!

Today’s drama fest kicked off with this little post that came across my news feed today.  I’m not personal friends with Derek Simon and I don’t really know the guy other than, up until today, he was Maggot’s boss.  I have commented before that Maggot worked for an offshore betting account which Derek confirms in his post.  When I read this, I got a feeling that Maggot’s meat hooks were probably less than clean when it came to some of the statements he was making just knowing the crazy she is capable of and that she must always be in a state of crisis and battle.  Seriously, in all the years I have known her (more than I’d care to think about at this point), she is constantly angry or fighting some sort of online battle, so it’s hardly surprising that with the HiCaliber issue in a holding pattern and her getting thwarted at Judge Judy as far as being the one to unmask Shedrow, that she’s been stirring up shit elsewhere.  Think I’m making a leap? Think again…

 

Thankfully, I didn’t have to dig far or connect too many dots for people because yet another of Maggot’s former bosses cleared up exactly what was going on and I can’t say that I’m surprised.  Maggot has habitually been a jealous creature and I even called it back when Tara was hired at US Racing.  I knew Maggot would be threatened by not only her looks, but her hustle.  Tara actually hands on rescues horses and basically appears to be everything Maggot wishes she was. I especially love the part about plagiarism and the whole calling a spade a spade.  Fucking glorious!

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Here we have Exhibit A of the woman scorned plot line.  The ditching at Breeders Cup which wasn’t so much a ditching but more of a case of Maggot feeling left out.  Back in 2016 after Maggot won her award, they were all very chummy at BC in California.  If I recall correctly, US Racing bought them all tickets as a reward for their work with the Borell story.  Of course, Tara and another woman (not sure if she’d want to be named in the mess but I’ll happily give credit where it’s due if she wants) were the ones that actually rolled up their sleeves and did the work while Maggot wrote the book report and trolled social media for material.  She didn’t actually `do’ anything towards physically helping those horses or getting relief in there.  Flash forward to Breeders Cup last year and Maggot had to get herself there on her own dime and there were no seats for her this time.  I believe Derek and Tara were seated with a friend or something, but not 100% on that.  The bottom line is that Maggot got her feelers hurt and, true to form, she decided to fuck with them in some twisted payback scheme.  This is what Maggot does, just like when she marked herself up and tried to get Pasterfuck arrested for domestic violence when they had their holiday blow out a few years back.  No limits to how low Maggot will sink to get her revenge and apparently her boss’s marriage was fair game to her.

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Ahhh, the good ole `black heart’ insult.  Weren’t some of us accused of having black hearts when Maggot was on her anti-bullying mission?  I’m totally pissed I didn’t get the passive aggressive title added onto it because anybody that knows me knows I am the absolute QUEEN of passive aggressivity and I have no plans to abdicate.  As far as Derek and Tara are concerned, if they would like to use my reach to shed some more light, I hope they have their people call my people.  I’m all ears!

Right on cue Pasterfuck comes charging in to defend Maggot and lower the level even further.  I could have shown countless screen shots of Maggot sucking up to Tara over the years until the Breeders Cup snubbing.  As far as the never her boss, well it turns out that is a lie.  Yes, Tara was Maggot’s boss but right from jump street, Maggot bristled at being a subordinate to a younger, prettier, smarter and more sane version of what Maggot could ever be.  I love the accusation about being drunk that Maggot makes.  Wasn’t that one of her issues with the blog?  Didn’t she think somebody wondering if she was drinking was something worth suing over?

You know the old saying about many a truth spoken in jest?  Yeah, about that..This was the post last year when Tara was hired by US Racing and, in fact, became Maggot’s boss.  Maggot’s little joking post is an acknowledgement of sorts and probably the beginning of the seething jealousy that would consume her come November of that same year.

I’m probably posting these out of order because this was all going on between 3 Facebook pages.  It was hard to keep up.  This is from Maggot’s own page and it got one like and one wow as most real racing insiders have long since backed away from her crazy.  This time she flat out calls her former boss a drunk.  Classy.

More crazy making contradictions from Mags.  She’s clearly flailing at this point and nobody other than Pasterfuck is buying what she’s selling.  She seems to think that we all haven’t seen this play out from her in various forms over and over again.  Maggot gets, feelers hurt.  Maggot strikes out by doing something dirty and subversive.  Maggot gets called on her own shit.  Maggot plays victim card.  Rinse. Repeat.

I love this so much.  After hanging her ass out on social media, Maggot attempts to scare me into not posting what she put out in public herself?  What good is suing people that aren’t me going to do?  Didn’t she already try that?  I don’t think Judge Judy is going to keep handing her 5K every time she gets her feelings hurt and, as her buddy Angrid found out, real judges don’t have much time for this sort of thing.  But whatever, she still has no clue who I am and she signed a release that states she can’t sue JM again for the same thing for a certain period.  Here’s a tip for Maggot, who I know is reading this: If you don’t want to get a feature on this blog, tuck your crazy in and stop being such a festering twat to everybody.  Simple.

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Now that we’ve documented and marked some more antics from Maggot, I’m going to return to the regular planned posts provided her pant shitting doesn’t bleed on for days to come.  Where I’m at with the other posts is they are mostly put together but the important bits are going to another desk for polishing which will make complete sense very soon.  Basically I’m not that tech savvy so I hand that part over to those that are and I can’t dictate exactly when they get back to me.  I will explain more about that anon. I suspect Monday/Tuesday-ish.  Believe it or not, even posts like this one, which is mostly a phone in, take a bit out of me.  I have a weird process when it comes to putting this stuff together and it’s always an ordeal.  It’s been nice to step back and take a bit of a break from all that.  I needed it.  However with Manson attempting a re-branding and a comeback, I feel it’s time to lay some cards on the table and we’re going to do just that in a series of posts.  I’m also not done with RHI and there are also some unrelated posts in various stages of development rattling around too.  In short, I’m not going anywhere and we have miles to go before we sleep.  Buckle up!

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