Arrrrr Update

Hello everyone, here is GREAT news on our beloved Arrrrr!


Posted by Susan on 5/11/2010

Good news!

Arrrrr's trainer at Penn National - Mike Salvaggio - just retired him. The horse was vet scratched in a $4,000 claimer at Penn National on May 1. He was telling them he didn't want to be a race horse any more, and they listened.

The new owner - Stacy Hindt - had been following the horse, got in touch with the trainer over the weekend. A lot of fans from Saratoga - fans still remember Tom Durkin's classic call - across the Northeast were following the story.

Arrrrr arrived at his new home in Elkton MD yesterday. She's given him the barn name "Captain Morgan" and everybody's thrilled.

Arrrrr's new blog -

Thanks to Mike Salvaggio and all the folks who brought Arrrrr through his racing career, then retired him when it was best for the horse. Wishing Arrrrr - Captain Morgan - well in his new career! 

You can read more on Arrrrr at
The discussion can be found in the left navigation => Horse racing => Arrrrr


Thanks Susan!

Here is are past notable blog posts that mention Arrrrr, if you want to read more about him.


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Arrr....that's sweet and wonderful news! ♥

17 May 2010 4:41 PM

Thank you this is what horse racing is all about the love of horses. Kudos to all the horse lovers out there.

17 May 2010 4:56 PM
Karen in Indiana

How wonderful! When I saw him listed in that caiming race, my heart just sank. But good things can happen and this was a good thing. Blessings to the owner.

17 May 2010 5:36 PM

That's wonderful! Happy retirement Arrrrr!

17 May 2010 8:46 PM

I was wondering what had happened to this fabulously named horse.  Good to see he ended up in a good home.

17 May 2010 9:22 PM
Bill Daly

Great to hear that Arrrrr is retired and to a great home.  Never will forget this horse and Tom Durkin's gleeful calls.  Never has there been a horse with a name an announcer could have so much fun with. Heck, all the guys at the simulcast parlor in York, PA would growl ARRRRRR during his races.  Arguably one of the most famous and least accomplished horses ever to run on a racetrack.  Just loved hearing that he's OK.

17 May 2010 9:25 PM

Adam, that is such a wonderful story and I'm so glad Arrrrrr has a new forever home.  It's great when all the pieces fall into place like that and his adoption takes place so easily.  Thanks for letting us know.  Oh, and I love the new barn name - lol!

17 May 2010 9:43 PM

It was so wonderful to hear about Arrrrr finding his forever home. It sounds as if he is now owned by people who love him very much-also sounds as if he has a great new home. He will have many happy years in Maryland. Wouldn't it be nice if all retired horses could find a home like this.

18 May 2010 12:53 AM

Wow... I had no idea where this horse was, I watched one race where Tom Durkin called... glad Arrrrr has a nice retirement, and an easier barn name!

18 May 2010 8:32 AM

Great news for a fine old horse. Makes me glad there are still good folks out there looking over our beloved equine atheletes! May Arrrrrr have a wonderful,stressless retirement!

18 May 2010 8:59 AM
Stacy Hindt

Thanks Adam for putting this up on our boy. He is well loved by all the kids here, and has a puppy dog attitude. He's a big solid boy as you all know, but knows when there is a kid on the other end of the lead! I'm on facebook, and he's already got his photo gallery there, and of course his blog. We are heading him towards a career in jumping, and junior field master chases with the girls, since he likes the scenery and the cross country!

18 May 2010 9:08 AM


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