Letters to the Editor: Oldest Thoroughbred

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In the story in Wednesday’s TDN on 38-year-old Thoroughbred Prospect Point, Bill Finley wondered if he were the oldest living Thoroughbred in history. Two readers wrote in to say, ‘not so fast.’

I noted your story on the 38-year-old Thoroughbred in today’s news. We had one that lived to be 40 on our farm who belonged to my mother. She had him since he was a 2-year-old, and always said she wondered who would go first. She made it to 4 months shy of 100, so they were a pair!
–Peggy Conroy, Conroy Farm, West Chazy, NY

I looked in a Thoroughbred Times almanac just out of curiosity. They listed a mare named Mercian Queen as being the oldest in their records, which would be from The Jockey Club database. Born in 1929, she lived to 39. Merrick was next after her. Very interesting!
–Jeff Lowe, Team Valor

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