Oldest Thoroughbred race horse in America

Hermosilla, a 15 year old race horse to run his 73rd career start!

This thoroughbred race horse is believed to be the oldest one racing in North America and he is a crowd pleaser. He is the son of Afleet and has won 14 races so far; 7 after the age of 13.

I not much of a race horse fan. I do love watching horses run, any horse run, but don’t like the fact that most race horses have a short, sad life, and many end up going slaughter. So it nice to read about one that has beat the odds and is still running and winning at age 15. I do hope they give him a wonderful retirement as they are quoted as planning to.

News article…Hermosilla, a fan favorite at age 15
Friday, August 03, 2007 By MARY RAMPELLINI DAILY RACING FORM

Too many people start horses too young and push them too hard, and these horses in many cases are washed up when still young. Lets go for the long haul and do what is best for the horse, not just what is best for winning.

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”
- Oprah Winfrey

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
- William Shakespeare

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”
- Henry Ford

Please leave a comment if you have heard of other race horses or horses doing other activities that have had long careers. Also do you always put your horse’s well being first? – be honest with yourself.

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