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Jockey Reunites With Former Mount, Retires Him

Retired jockey Jackie Acksel made a return to the saddle at the age of 45 because of a horse. Smalltownman (who is anything but small, standing at 17.2 hands) had quickly become her favorite horse to exercise in the morning and she had become one of his favorite humans in the barn. With the blessing of his connections, she got back in the gates in 2011 to help turn his form around.

The comeback was a successful one–the pair won over $200,000 together before the horse was claimed away.

“I've won a lot of races in my life on horses that got claimed later. It never bothered me. But that day, the day Smalltown got claimed, I walked back to the jocks room, and I was crying,” Acksel told the blog Off Track Thoroughbreds.

Recently Acksel, who tracked down each of the gelding's subsequent owners with offers to buy him, got a phone call. Smalltownman had reached the end of his career and needed a home, and Acksel was only too happy to give back to the horse who had given her a fantastic ride.

Acksel reported that Smalltownman is now a permanent member of her family.

Read more at Off Track Thoroughbreds

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