MOUNT AIRY, Md. (ABC7) — Excitement is building for the first jewel in the Triple Crown as 20 horses take to the track Saturday for this year’s Kentucky Derby.
One of the most famous rivalries in horse racing involved Seabiscuit just edging out War Admiral in their 1938 match race. But a descendant of one of those famous horses has been abandoned in Maryland.
Lucky Bid was always destined for greatness, and he’s become somewhat of a rock star at Paradise Stables in Mount Airy.
“He right from the start was just a happy guy and was very happy to see us,” said Elizabeth Tate, owner of Paradise Stables.
Lucky Bid was born in Maryland in 2002. In January, he was abandoned at a boarding facility in Damascus.
“Lucky Bid was abandoned by his previous owner and we found that out because the owner of the facility contacted animal control,” said Joanne Heller, Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center.
“You’re very lucky that lady called,” Tate whispered into Lucky’s Bid’s ear.
Tate has been helping Lucky Bid recover from a leg injury. At some point, Lucky Bid broke his pastern. He’s being treated with anti-inflammatory injections and plans to get shockwave therapy.
But Tate learned more about Lucky Bid’s fascinating past from a tattoo on his upper lip that revealed he’s a retired racehorse. Over his career, he earned more than $140,000 in winnings, and he’s a descendant of War Admiral.
“War Admiral was the fourth winner of the Triple Crown,” Heller said.
Lucky Bid traveled the country competing in races in California, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, but now he is back in Maryland where it all began.
“We don’t know all the circumstances of how he got back here, but I think his name says it, we’re lucky he’s back in Maryland,” Tate said.
An investigation has been unsuccessful tracking down Lucky Bid’s previous owner. Now, he Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center is hoping to find the off-the-track thoroughbred a devoted owner.
“This is, hopefully, a story with a happy ending, and I think Lucky is very special and wherever his forever home is they’ll be very lucky to have him,” Tate said.
But for now, he’s enjoying his time in paradise.
If you would like to become Lucky Bid’s new owner, contact the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center at (240) 773-5900.