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Rescued IL Racehorse Enjoying Retirement
MILLSTADT, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois horse that narrowly escaped a trip to a Mexico slaughterhouse and became a Chicago-area racehorse is now retired.

Buck returned last month to Mid-America Horse Rescue near the southwestern Illinois town of Millstadt, two days after closing out his racing career with a fifth-place showing at Arlington Park.

Buck's prospects looked perilous in 2007. That's when horse-rescue operator Margo Sutter learned he was among horses bought at a southwestern Illinois paddock sale by a supplier under contract to a Mexican slaughterhouse.

Sutter bought Buck along with two other horses and had him trained to be a racehorse. His best showing of about a half dozen races was a third-place finish in May.

Starting next month, Buck will undergo retraining to make him a showhorse.

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