Gail Vacca’s baby wins long-shot horse race


(Personal note – Gail Vacca was instrumental in closing down the slaughterhouse in Illinois and has done miracles in saving the lives of hundreds of horses. She is also a personal friend. – Jerry)

130503070140_magna_fortunaGail Vacca, founder and president of the Illinois Equine Rescue Center, entered the 3 year old offspring of one of her rescued horses in a race at the Hawthorne Race Course and won.

The horse, Magna Fortuna, was the son of a horse Vacca purchased out of the kill pens for $300. Lulu was pregnant when purchased by Vacca.

After the purchase, Vacca did research into the background of Lulu and found out that the sire of Magna Fortuna was a $2,58 million career stakes winner.

Manga Fortuna, which means “great luck,” was a long shot on the field, but to the surprise of everyone but Vacca and his trainer, he took the lead and won.

Vacca and others from the equine center formed a partnership, Rescue Me Racing, and some of Magna Fortuna’s winnings go back to the rescue.


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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch

    May 3, 2013
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    May 3, 2013
  • Arlene

    I second that standing ovation !!!!!! Bravo !!!!!!Gail

    May 3, 2013
  • Daryl

    Some times it just works out really good for every one, glad they did the reserch on the horse.
    Great jog

    May 3, 2013
  • Linda Parker-Fedak

    Who was the sire? Congratulations on the win! What a wonderful story! Please keep us informed on future races. Would love to follow this story!

    May 4, 2013