November 2015 Issue - page 1

Vol. 22 No. 11
Our 22nd Year
November 2015
LANC., PA 17604
Winter’s coming—we help
you get ready! Pgs. 10-26
Mikala Gunderson and My Lady top soggy
Dressage at Devon … pg. 6
Leslie Howard wins her first Harrisburg Grand
Prix at age 59…pg. 28
California rider Tamra Smith is the 3 star
winner at Fair Hill … pg. 35
Budweiser Clydesdale rescued from New
Holland kill pen….pg. 4
... and much more!
(Continued on page 29)
By Crystal Piaskowski
He’s tall, dark, and hand-
some…and his paintings have
been the best-selling artwork in
Gettysburg, PA’s Gallery 30 since
he started to showcase his talent.
His name is Metro Meteor, and
he’s an off-the-track Thorough-
When Ron Krajewski ad-
opted then six-year-old “Metro”
from Penn National Race Course
in 2009, Krajewski had no idea
what he was getting into. “I was
in a racing partnership where
you could own three percent of
four or five racehorses, and one
of those horses was Metro. My
wife Wendy and I were actually
looking into adopting a different
horse, but we were kind of talked
into giving Metro a home,” said
Krajewski. “He probably wasn’t
the best horse for us at the time,
but now we consider him a
Bone Chips & Navicular
A talented sprinter with a big
attitude, Metro had enjoyed the
limelight of the tracks at Sarato-
ga and Belmont, earning just shy
of $300,000 during his career.
Born with problematic knees,
Metro endured two surgeries to
remove bone chips and each time
returned to the track to race again
in triumph. However, Metro’s
quickness began to falter when
signs of bone growth appeared
in his knees in 2009. He was
finished as a racehorse.
“We wanted to learn on
him, do a little light riding and
ride the trails,” said Krajewski.
“We had nine months of original
rehabilitation, and we did enjoy
the trails for a short while. But
the knee problems came back.”
The veterinarian pronounced that
Metro had a chronic degenerative
disease, and would need to be
euthanized within the next two
Ex-Racehorse’s Artwork Raises Funds to Save Lives–Including His Own
years because his knees would
lock up completely and render
him immobile. Krajewski had be-
come completely attached to the
gelding that always greeted him
with a nicker, and gave him every
knee treatment known at the time
to try and save his life.
“Our vet ended up getting
a license to import Tildren from
Europe, a then-experimental
drug used to treat navicular and
not yet approved by the Food
and Drug Administration in the
United States. We centralized
it in the knee joint, and after a
few months, we found that the
treatment was actually reversing
the knee growth,” said Krajewski.
“Tildren has since been approved
in the United States, and we can
say it saved Metro’s life.”
Pass the Paintbrush
Now while that may be a
heartwarming story in itself, there
is another twist in Metro’s tale.
While spending so much time
on the ground with his injured
gelding, Krajewski learned about
Metro’s personality, character,
When bad knees put an end to his racing career, Metro Meteor was adopted by Gettysburg, PA artist Ron Krajewski, who taught him
to hold and use a paintbrush. The sale of Metro’s paintings have paid for the expensive medical treatments that saved his life and have
raised more than $80,000 to save the lives of other retired racehorses.
Photo credit: Ron Krajewski
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