Kentucky Derby

Del Mar resident perseveres to give blue-blooded thoroughbred a second chance at life

Del Mar resident perseveres to give blue-blooded thoroughbred a second chance at life

By Kelley Carlson

When Marla Zanelli first laid eyes on Adonis two years ago, it was love at first sight.

“He was a very handsome horse,” she recalled when reflecting upon her initial meeting with the bay gelding.

Little did the Del Mar resident know that one day, she would be rescuing him from what potentially could’ve been a sad fate.

Officially named Adonis D N A, the blue-blooded thoroughbred — a son of the late stallion Unbridled’s Song and a Storm Cat mare — was a $90,000 purchase as a 2-year-old. He was initially placed under the care of Doug O’Neill, who is perhaps best known for conditioning I’ll Have Another,...

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