Skinny, limping and filthy, he went for a mere $60 at Monday’s New Holland Auction in Pennsylvania.
In his career as a racehorse, he earned $241,901 for his owners, working right from the start with some of the sports’ most talented trainers. But those glorious moments in the winner’s circle were now far behind as he stood gingerly on his sore feet, trying to avoid the desperate kicks of other horses, tethered unnaturally close.
Finally, when instinct and adrenalin combined to provide the sheer strength to do it, he broke free. And where did he run? Well, straight into the arms of A-Circuit rider Melissa Rudershausen, his rescuer.
Rudershausen was visiting family in Pennsylvania when she decided to make a stop at the New Holland sale, where she had purchased horses in the past.
And just happened to walk near Mascot as he hit his limit with the kicking herd, and busted free.
“He ran right to me and I caught him,” Rudershausen says. “He was in horrific shape, but he had the most wonderful expression.”