OTTB: Perfect Action

Brenda Lamb-Makarov says when she bought retired thoroughbred Perfect Action, she didn’t buy a horse, she bought a teacher. Brenda purchased the sizable chestnut mare in 2011 from Tanglewood Farm in Belleville, ON for her daughter Maria, then 11 years old. The mare, by a top Ontario sire, Ascot Knight, and a half-sister to the dam of 1998 Rothmans International (Grade 1) winner Southjet, had raced 23 times in her career without winning. “A lot of my horsey friends questioned my sanity,” said Brenda. “They said, ‘A 16.1 hand thoroughbred mare?’ There were a lot of raised eyebrows. It seemed a big leap from Maria’s 14-hand pony but ironically she’s a lot easier to deal with than that pony.” Brenda, who lives in Montreal but owns a farm in Vermont, has been a longtime supporter of off-track thoroughbreds and regularly volunteers for CANTER, a successful racehorse adoption network based in…

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