(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)
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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