The Metro Fund
(Racehorse, artist, loving friend)
March 13, 2003 – March 28, 2018
We are deeply saddened to announce that our friend Metro Meteor, the painting racehorse sensation, has left us. Stakes-placed “Metro” became famous for his interest in painting alongside owners Ron & Wendy Krajewski, who cared for the horse after he left the racetrack and developed a degenerative knee condition. Metro outlived his prognosis by 5 years, but when it became apparent that the gelding’s quality of life had become drastically reduced, his owners did the responsible thing and allowed him to move on. Metrowas humanely euthanized on March 28, 2018. He was 15 years old.
Metro was taught to hold a paintbrush on a whim. As something that would keep him active. Nobody would have imagined that he would take his newfound talent to become an ambassador for racehorse adoption and one of the most famous horses in the world. Metro‘s paintings were sold to help pay for experimental treatments to keep the gelding sound and to raise funds for racehorse aftercare. Metro personally raised over $80,000 to support New Vocations’ mission to rehab, retrain and rehome retired racehorses.
“When Metro stepped off that trailer 10 years ago, he wasn’t the horse we had hoped for. But he turned out to be more than we could ever dream of.”, said Ron Krajewski.
While still in life, the painting ex-racehorse horse and international star, Metro Meteor helped New Vocations establish the “Metro Fund” to support the rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming of horses at the New Vocations’ facility in Hummelstown, PA. Up until Metro’s passing, two stalls at the Pennsylvania facility were sponsored yearly by the Metro Fund, and we speculate that this initiative benefited 10-20 retired racehorses that would otherwise not have been able to come into the program due to lack of funding.
Run free, our friend. You will be missed. And thank you for everything!
Metro Funded Thoroughbreds
1. Payasito – 2010 unraced Indian Charlie gelding. Sustained a sesamoid fracture to left front. Donated to New Vocations on 6/22/13. Adopted 8/30/13 by Bethany B. in GA for dressage and eventually as a therapy horse.
2. Shotgun City – 2009 Mr. Greeley gelding w/ 12 starts, $111,127 earnings. Donated to New Vocations on 8/23/13.
3. Fast Double G – 2009 Fastness(IRE) mare w/ 1 start on track. Sustained chips to left front knee. Donated to New Vocations on 11/22/13. Received knee chip removal surgery 12/27/13. Follow her rehabilitation progress at: Fast Double G Progress Report Adopted 8/22/14 by Susan M. in VA for Hunter/Jumpers.
Metro and owner Ron Krajewski photographed by Wendy Wooley