Yeesh, the $2k claimers at Los Al, ouch. What a workhorse. Good thing the last trainer was more interested in the horse's welfare than the owners (what is the point of racing a horse when the best the trainer can tell you is "He probably won't break down" and he's not-so-subtly hinting you should think about not running him? It's not business because the owner's losing money on that.) And that the reporter/blogger followed him and decided to go ahead and call. It never hurts to ask.
Thank you for posting that heartwarming story. I never would have stumbled upon it otherwise and it is testament to the many acts of concern and kindness that human beings are wont to do, more so, I think, than the opposite. As much as I understand the position that Cooper was in, as a trainer I would not run a horse that I felt was so seriously compromised, owner be damned!
May that sweet horse live many happy, pain-free years with the people who did the right thing for him!