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OTTB Monsterinthecloset Was a Blessing in Disguise

When Morgan MacKenzie Ross of Langley, BC went looking for a horse to train in dressage last year, she knew exactly what type of horse she wanted. She didn’t get it, but what she did get was a remarkable off-the-track thoroughbred, Monsterinthecloset, who has become a special horse for Ross and anyone who spends time with the 10-year-old gelding. Ross adopted the Washington-bred son of Vying Victor through New Stride Thoroughbred Retirement’s Carmen Kramer. “Carmen was a friend of my riding coach and there were three horses I looked at,” said Ross. “I didn’t want a thoroughbred, a green horse or a chestnut horse either, but I fell in love with Monster.” Originally a $2,000 yearling purchase in 2007 by Doug Clyde, Monsterinthecloset raced 50 times through 2013 for three different owners. He came from eighth-place halfway through his penultimate race to win a $4,500 claiming race for Hammer Racing and…

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