Halos and Angels – Again

I have posted twice previously on Halos and Angels:

11/18/14, “Halos and Angels: Dead Horse Walking”

10/19/15, “Halos and Angels’ Hell Continues…”

After that last horrible race on October 17, nothing (again) for over 2 1/2 months. And then (again), she re-emerges:

Yesterday afternoon in a $5,000 claiming race at Laurel Park in Maryland, Halos and Angels “was distanced” – DNF. She is still owned by O. Mason Racing Stable; her current trainer is Bassam Captan.

The only way to save these creatures from abuse like the above is to ensure they’re never born. Please stop betting on horse races; please stop patronizing racinos.

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  1. I have been following her and in fact prior to this race the poor soul was entered in 2 previous races and scratched from both of them. Obviously she was not well enough to run in the last 2 races!

  2. > “The only way to save these creatures from abuse like the above is to ensure they’re never born.”

    Did you mean that you want to ensure that the abuse is never born or that the horse is never born???

  3. After Halo and Angels’ poor performances and her last two scratchings (the last reason “unavailable”) I took her off my virtual stable list thinking that they wouldn’t take the risk of racing her again, hence my failure to notify this last start.

    To date the period of her racing career is 2 years but she had 1 year off (highly likely an injury/adverse health condition) so it seems that she must make good for not bringing in any money for that period.

    O. Mason Racing Stable continue to race her with disregard for her welfare. They’re playing Russian Roulette with her big time.

    Despite the fact that this mare has been performing very poorly, coming home distanced and scratched twice from her last 2 entries, Maryland Racing Commission condoned and authorized for this mare to race. The chart says she came home distanced but that distance is not disclosed ……? I hate to think of her distress, this is blatant animal cruelty.

  4. I just don’t understand why it’s so difficult to rescue horse? Just from a pragmatic view it’s costing owner waaaaay more to keep her on track racing. They are losing tons if money keeping her on track. Strange
    Obviously awful for the poor horse

  5. Concerning Halos And Angels whom we affectionately call Angel. I am the assistant to the current trainer and we believe she has a high ceiling for improvement as a race horse. She is 100% sound and getting proper vetinary care. The performance in her last race indicated she was not as fit as we were lead to believe from her previous connections. As her new trainer and only having Angel in our care for 2 weeks and at the request of the owner we entered her to race at Laurel. Her current trainer, Captan, will make sure when he believes her race days are over, she will have a good home.
    Now if you are serious about horse rescue, why don’t you go to New Holland and buy a cheap horse from the kill pen. I have 3 horses I pulled from that kill pen and countless others that I have rehabbed and rehomed over the years. In fact I will be there tomorrow and doing just that if anyone would like to meet with me there and if you have any questions about Angel I would be happy to answer them face to face.

    • Michelle Sheets – this is the link to her profile

      http://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&refno=9141192&registry=T

      And the following links are a must read for you and then you will really know about her

      https://horseracingwrongs.com/2014/11/18/halos-and-angels-dead-horse-walking/
      https://horseracingwrongs.com/2015/10/19/halos-and-angels-hell-continues/

      You state you’ve only had her for 2 weeks…..what would you know about her?
      “a high ceiling for improvement”? This filly has proven to be uncompetitive and she is not well.

      If she’s 100% sound as you claim, why is she requiring veterinary treatment?
      If she’s 100% sound as you claim, why did she not finish off her last race?
      If she’s 100% sound as you claim, why did she have a whole year off?
      If she’s 100% sound as you claim, why was she scratched twice from her last 2 entries?

      All of her 19 starts have been in the Claiming races, so every time she’s raced she’s had a “For Sale” sign on her. I noticed that she worked out recently and no doubt she’ll be raced again soon – her owner O Mason Racing continues to play Russian Roulette with her and you and Bassam Captan play a major part in that. SHAMEFUL.

      You state “I have 3 horses I pulled from that kill pen (New Holland) and countless others that I have rehabbed and rehomed over the years” so Michelle you would know a lot about the mess that your industry creates with the overbreeding, abuse, whipping, drugging, maiming and killing of racehorses.
      And I wonder how many of the horses that have been rehomed have remained in those homes because in my experience many do not come up to the expectations of the new owner who is often unaware of the true state of health and injuries that the horse has suffered thanks to horseracing. I’ve seen many hearts broken when new owners have been deceived in this way and they have nothing but contempt for the racing industry.

      • Obviously you know nothing about the care and training that goes into training a race horse, or any horse by the sound of it.
        A Vet comes out to our
        farm on a bi weekly bases to do jog ups and flexion tests on all our horses, looking for any underlying issues they may have so they can be addressed if need be.
        She did not finish her last race due to her not being as fit and thought and we had told our jockey to pull her up if he needed too, which he did.
        It is also normal for race horses to have time off for some rest and relaxation, but your wouldn’t know that would you? Why don’t your check out Don’t Panic, she is owned by us, had a couple of years off and raced fantastic for us last year.

        Angel scratched from2previous races, 1 due to truck trouble and didn’t make to the track that day, the other due to a miscommunication with the owner and trainer.
        As for the horses I have rehomed, I have adoption contacts on them and check up on them every 3 months. Also at home I have Power Key, Proud Prospect, Tame, Oh Billy Billy, Proud Heart, Caseys Bluff and Good Girls Don’t, all retired races horses at my farm., As well as my none thoroughbred
        rescue horses that I bought from the killers that I feed and care for out of my own pocket.
        I am currently looking to purchase a bigger farm with more acreage so more retired race horses can live out their days. How many rescue horses do you have Carolyn?? In rescue I mean a horse that was
        in dire straights, ill health and in need of immediate attention?
        Keep an eye out for Angel and when she is entered to race why don’t you come to the paddock to meet her and I in person and I will happily answer any questions you may have.
        I will not be responding to any more comments as they its a waste of my time
        doing this over the computer, I am a more a face to face type of person plus I have been around horses my whole life and find that every horse I interact with I learn something new. I wish there was some more equine educated horse on this site that actually new what they are talking about.

    • Well I hope YOU’RE serious about horse rescue, Michelle Sheets, because as long as this industry that DAILY cripples and kills horses exists – an industry you take part in – you’ll stay extremely busy. And your efforts AND ours will never be sufficient. The numbers of discarded racehorses can be compared to a raging waterfall…and our saves, just drops in a bucket.

    • Offering horses for $500 – for a quick sale – makes me cringe. But that’s the way this industry works, right Michelle?…move ’em out ASAP because there are new slaves needing those stalls!

    • “A vet comes out to our farm bi-weekly”?…yet you’re asking for vet recommendations on Facebook because you’re in need of one?

      Yes, you’re definitely wasting your time here. You see, there are a number of individuals commenting here who’ve BEEN in the industry and have chosen to leave because they could no longer reconcile taking the money earned from the non-consenting horses’ labors. They know the ugly truth.

      • No need for “stalking” in this day and age…simply put the questionable individual in one’s FB search and behold! Doesn’t take much looking before the facts show themselves…see the need for a vet although you had claimed bi-weekly visits…see the cheap, previously injured horse that needs to go quickly…see that “your” horses are raced at Penn (even a Penn vet – Kevin Brophy – stated that the track is “less than desirable”). It’s quite simple to challenge someone’s claims these days…

  6. I grew up attending race meetings with family/friends and admiring the beautiful horses and thought how wonderful racing was until my racehorse owning family was informed that some of our horses were being mistreated. I soon took off my rose coloured glasses and felt that the only way I would find out the truth was to work at the coalface, which I did and the TRUTH I most certainly found. I witnessed what goes on behind the scenes when i worked in the industry and saw shocking abuse e.g. living conditions, the drugging, forced to race when sore and/or carrying pre-existing injuries, suffering catastrophic injuries when in training and killed out the back, the vicious beating with the whip every time the horse went out and believe me, this list is not exhaustive. After that experience, I researched and continue to research the life of the racehorse.

    Unbelieveable “she did not finish her last race due to her not being fit” BUT you still sent her out there fully aware that she wasn’t up to it and forced her to race? For the benefit of the readers, this is not uncommon in racing and sometimes results in a horse suffering an injury because her/his unfit body is unable to cope with the high speed exercise and stress, both physically and mentally, which a horse race demands of the equine.

    Agreed, it is a waste of your time Michelle Sheets to attempt to justify the unjustifiable.

  7. “Nothing but the best for our horses”. How many thousands have broken down and died, due to their wonderful treatment? How many suffer catastrophic injuries because they were raced with previous injuries, and end up dead in the dirt? How many flee in terror and crash into the gate splitting their heads open and dying, how many have died impaled on the railing, or who fell over another horse down. How many died from the constant drugging. How many have been discarded like trash, when they are no longer productive, or have been injured or maimed? The answer is THOUSANDS HAVE DIED for nothing.

    They have been abused, maimed, and many suffer and die alone all for nothing. You say “nothing but the best for our horses”, what a joke. You are just another exploiter. Why don’t you get a real job, instead of making money on the backs and blood of defenseless creatures. You are part of the problem Michelle. Your business is a blood sport, and if I were you I wouldn’t be too proud of it.

    Marlene Thornley

  8. Michelle I know your trying to stand up for the people in our business my advice to you is don’t bother .. See these people are so unbelievingly arrogant that they actually think they know more about this horse that they have never laid eyes on than you the person that cares for her on a daily basis … They also know more about racing than those of us who spend 7 days a week 365 a year at the racetrack

      • Yes Mary its me and no I’m not referring to you .. Im so very tired of no matter what we say or do . it’s never right or enough for you people . The professional horse people like Deb ,Michelle or myself who finally get fed up and comment here get told we are abusers , or stupid , or conditioned form birth (my personal favorite) to see things the way we do .. It just never ceases to amaze that y’all think you know more about horseracing than the people that actually do this for a living on a daily basis . Or know more about a horse that you have never actually even laid eyes on than the people who care for that animal every day

      • Laura, if I remember correctly, you asked me if I would be willing to help you find a place for one of your horses to go when the horse was done racing. The horse had an unusual name and was trained by Mr. Westermann. I will look up the name when I have some extra time to do so. However, when you reached out to me, I graciously offered to help the horse in any way that I could and that hasn’t changed. This isn’t about you or me having different views on racing….it is about the horses. With that being said, you need to realize that I spent years on the backside of a low level track and most tracks, as we both know, are low level. The atrocities I saw would fill the Empire State Building. In other words, I have personal experience when it comes to the racing industry. No, it will never be “right” or “enough” for “us” people just as it will never be “right” or “enough” for “you” people. I have been bashed and trashed, unmercifully, on pro-racing sites and I know that you have posted on those very sites. When I say bashed and trashed, I mean that I have been called every name in the book including moron, idiot, crazy, and imbecile. Today, Ms. Sheets said that we “wouldn’t know a horse if it kicked us in the head”, and here is another from that nice Ms. Sheets….”we have probably never touched a horse”. The poor girl was trying to put us down but only made herself look foolish. Anytime we speak out against the exploitation, we are attacked so I would assume if it is okay for you, and Ms. Sheets, to attack us we are entitled to stand up for ourselves, right?

        Just because someone cares for a horse everyday doesn’t mean they are doing what is best for the horse. Halos and Angels isn’t competitive, plain and simple. Sheets says this about the “idiots” that offered to buy her…the owner of this horse “thinks they are some kind of cult with a hard on for Angel and want to abuse her for their own entertainment.. There’s some sick people out there so it wouldn’t surprise me”. That was posted by Ms. Sheets. Now, I have experienced some pretty sick attacks from racing but I would put the Sheets comment right up there at the top. You see, Laura, I have a contact in the NY area that inquired about purchasing Halos and Angels about a year ago since she was “for sale”, i.e. she was running in claiming races, yet Sheets’ colleague thinks I am in some kind of a cult with a hard on for Angel. How sick is that? It reminds me of the time that Ms. Lynn (Marilyn) Boggs called Mr. Battuello a “sick fuck” on a racing supporter’s wall. Both are such filthy comments that I can’t even try to be civil to people who trash talk. .

        Ms. Sheets seems to be proud, mighty proud, of the fact that she has “rescued” horses from kill auctions. I have done the exact same thing and I do it because I love the horses. In fact, two of mine were inside Richelieu, the Canadian slaughterhouse, and I had to spend a small fortune to “save” their lives yet they never won a dime for me. For some reason, Halo touched me but so many of them do. Since Sheets has saved so many horses out of bad situations, it seems to me she would be more than willing to help Mr. Westermann’s horse should he need a place to go at the end of his racing career.

        I speak out against racing all the time and nothing you can do or say will ever change that. If what is posted here bothers you so much, it would be best to concentrate on the pro-racing sites where you have a platform that allows you to promote your agenda. I don’t believe that there is anything good about racing except for the horses that “put their lives on the line everyday”. Sickening…

      • Laura, I just replied to your comment below, but I believe Patrick has gone back to moderating posts. Hopefully, it will show up soon and I’m sure it will enlighten you!

      • Laura, I remembered the nickname of the horse you asked me to help when we communicated on email. You called him Chaz. I can’t recall his JC name and I’m not so sure I want to waste anymore time trying to find it.

    • So Laura, do you have an opinion on the lives of circus elephants?…road-side zoo tigers?…SeaWorld marine mammals?…monkeys used in experiments?…etc.? Well we can safely assume you best NOT unless you’ve been employed in those industries!

    • Laura Mohr, earlier this year you publicly stated the following in one of your comments –

      “People who think they are doing the right thing by adopting OTTBs and then realizing down the road that they have neither the money or knowledge to care for that horse are the ones you see starving to death in some pasture. That to me is true abuse!”

      Recently, you publicly stated that you buy OTTBs (discarded racehorses) and sell them.

  9. Michelle, like most people in the industry you are living a delusion. The ongoing abuse of this horse whom you refer to as “angel” is a disgusting blatant display of animal cruelty. I not only blame you and your connections, but the racing commissions for allowing this horse to enter, and run.
    Another thing, I simply don’t believe that you have bought horses from the kill auction. Feel free to state the names of those racehorses here.
    Finally, with the intense ongoing vet work being done to patch up this poor horse you would be much better off spending the money (because I know vets are very expensive) getting her a retirement home.
    If you really cared then you wouldn’t partake in this animal cruelty.
    This horse is an angel, but you are a devil for making this horse train, and race.
    It’s pure evil.

  10. To Laura and Michelle. You called me a liar. That’s fine. I’ve been called all sorts of names by pro-horse racing people. It doesn’t bother me. The following link is about a very rich prominent former racehorse owner called Mike Gill. In this article he states that the horse racing industry is corrupt. He talks about the corruption between jockey agents and the racing office. He talks about the allocation of stalls, how the tracks keep it a mystery while so many others are denied stalls essentially being denied access to the system. He has a long record of breaking down horses as well.
    It’s important to point out that this is coming from one of YOUR people, somebody who supports horse racing. So are you going to call one of your horse racing supporters a liar too?
    Here’s the link to the article:

    http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/55398/gill-racing-needs-to-admit-whats-wrong

  11. Halos and Angels just had another workout yesterday, 3/29/2016. Any chance her Hell will end soon. Before her life ends?

    • Carrie, my heart breaks for Angel, too, but, remember that there are hundreds more just like her. If you’ll remember, a contact of mine reached out to Halo’s connections a year or so ago, and they were unwilling to sell her. This is a quote on this blog from Ms. Michelle Sheets…”Concerning Halos And Angels whom we affectionately call Angel. I am the assistant to the current trainer and we believe she has a high ceiling for improvement as a race horse”. Oh, and this from Ms. Sheets insinuating that…”…they are some kind of cult (referring to the anti-racing folks) with a hard on for Angel and want to abuse her for their own entertainment”. Sometimes, Carrie, I am at a loss for words…not usually, but sometimes, and this is one of those times. What do you say to someone like Sheets? Either she is incredibly stupid or she is a prolific liar. It is hard to fathom any horse being under the jurisdiction of someone such as Sheets who, in my opinion, is pure filth. Angel is simply not competitive as a racehorse. End of story!

      On another note, I do believe that Angel as changed trainers, once again, and is now with a Mr. Anthony Daily so her exploitation continues.

  12. Pro-horse racing people like the ones who commented here are living a delusional denial psychosis (my made up term). There’s no other way to explain it. I call it DDP. I saw this firsthand when I was in the industry. I was once suffering from DDP. Thank goodness I’m cured. Once you make the decision to leave you start to realize that you were suffering from DDP. The more time evolves, the more you realize just how utterly insane the entire industry is.
    I mean think about it. It boils down to horses running in circles being beaten, maimed, dumped and/or killed for $2 bets. It’s a cruelty circus.
    If they are lucky to make it out alive, then a kill auction or subsequently a slaughterhouse many times. Then the environmental, and inhumane disaster called a slaughterhouse.
    Poor Angel. I fell so sorry for you. I dread the day I read the KIA list and there you are.
    Please darling, please little Angel make it out alive.

  13. The abuse of Halos and Angels continues…unabated. Halo raced on Monday, August 28th, at the “hell hole”….Mountaineer. She finished 8th of eight and won $62 for her connections In seven starts this year, Halo has earned $852 or $122 per start. When will her exploitation end? Unfortunately, there is NO end in sight. Heartbreaking….

  14. Yes she is literally running for her life, and nobody – not one – not any of the so called “good folks” of racing is doing anything about it.
    Unfortunately, she is one of many, and this business doesn’t give a damn as long as their races are filled, and the wagering profits keep rolling in with no responsibility to these horses either during their racing or even after for the most part.
    This poor gal is so obviously suffering – heartbreaking indeed!

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