Wild Horse Sanctuary

Equine Photographer Katey Barrett Passes Away

Photographer Katey Barrett, long associated with artful images of Santa Anita, passed away Sunday, Oct. 22 after a bout with cancer. She was 91. Barrett's images, often easy to identify due to her unique style, were part of Santa Anita's opening day Winter Meet souvenir calendar for over 30 years. A Minnesota native, Barrett came to California in the 1950s and worked on several TV shows, as well as on a movie with Don Knotts. "Katey had been on hospice and was diagnosed with cancer a couple of months ago,"...

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Nancy Messineo Bequeaths Surprise Windfall to California Horse Charities

Some wear their philanthropic largesse as visibly as the Great Wall of China from outer space. Others prefer a more discreet badge. "I only found out about this three days ago," said Lucinda Lovitt early Tuesday morning. Lovitt is the executive director of the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), the non-profit founded 15 years ago to raise money for the state's fleet of retired racehorses. Lovitt's weekend discovery? That CARMA was one of a handful of racehorse rehoming and animal rescue organizations bequeathed--and bequeathed without their prior knowledge--a sizeable sum...

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