THOROUGHBRED (Animal Planet - Episode #6 - THE COMEBACK)
This episode focuses on Kevin's efforts to help an aging champion, WINSOX, get back to the winner's circle. Kevin has a special bond with the horse, having trained and ridden him for seven years through an immensely successful career. But now the nine-year-old horse is coming off an injury and hasn't raced for a year, so Kevin and Bill begin to train him very cautiously - if they see just one tiny hobble, they'll retire WINSOX. He gets the best of care as they train him, and even gets a visit from an acupuncturist to keep him limber and well. Soon, he is performing well in training, and is almost ready to run in his first race since his injury. Then, misfortune strikes. During routine training, he starts limping, having re-injured his ankle. Bill and Kevin are left no other choice but to retire the horse. But it's not the end of his days at Bonita Farm. Kevin has grown so close to WINSOX, that he will make him his riding horse, and WINSOX will live out his days on the farm, being loved and cared for by Kevin.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the 400 acre farm, youngest son John is getting a new group of one-year-old horses ready for the first performance of their lives - a yearling show. It's a family affair, as he also trains his nieces and nephews on the basics of horsemanship as they help train the yearlings. They'll have to learn quickly as the kids will be the ones who lead the yearlings at the show - a 100-year-old Maryland tradition where John and his brothers competed when they were young.
Finally, as foaling season ends, oldest son Billy faces a life and death emergency - he's got only seconds to keep the farm's most valuable foal from suffocating during delivery.
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