True Wings Remarkable Recovery, Daily Racing Form, 1908-01-21


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TRUE WINGS REMARKABLE RECOVERY. True Wing, which was cut down in the running of the Thanksgiving Handicap at Oakland, lias been taken from the hospital and returned to the training stable at the track. It was not thought possible at the time that the splendid mare could even be saved for breeding purposes, and her recovery is best told in the words of her owner, T. H. Ryan, who says: "In all the time I have been around horses I never before saw one with such a constitution as True Wing. Her vitality is simply marvelous, and I dont believe there is another case on record that equals hers. After she bail been on the table ten hours I thought she would fret too much if swum; up in a sling, and requested that she !"• placed upon the floor to do the best she could. She never had her leg in a sling a minute. Two weeks after the accident to her. lockjaw set in, anil it looked like a hundred dollars to a nickel that sin-would die. Such an attack of that malady as sh.. had would have killed any sound horse, but she pulled through all right. What makes her displ sjr of vitality more astonishing is the fact that all through her sickness and before it and since, she has stood uii — forty-three days in all. I had her taken from the hospital to the track iu an ambulance, but she walked from her stall to the ambulance, and after being unloaded at the track walked into the barn. After getting back in her old stall she showed she recognized the boy who always attended her by laying her head over his shoulder, and twenty minutes later she laid down and enjoyed a roll. She now walks about iu her stall, and I believe she could walk ten miles if I car d to have her do so. Of course, I will never race her aain. no mailer how good she might look, but just when I will ship her back to Illinois I hive not determined. She has certainly showed to be a wonderfully game mare."

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