Metro Meteor had a long, successful career as a racehorse. In his day he was one of the fastest turf sprinters at Belmont and Saratoga. He was stakes placed at two, and again at five, winning nearly $300,000 in his four years at the track. But eventually injuries forced him to retire.
Metro is owned by Ron and Wendy Krajewski, who had plucked him out of a claiming race—his third and final set of proprietors. They were thinking about getting a horse to trail ride, and Metro seemed like a perfect fit for them. Though plagued with bad knees, it was hoped that Metro would be suitable for casual riding.
However after a couple of years, Metro began losing the flexibility in his knees. Ron Krajewski loved the gelding dearly and began contemplating what Metro could do to add purpose to his life. An artist by profession, Krajewski thought perhaps he and Metro might paint together.
It wasn’t long before he sent an e-mail to New Vocations Executive Director Dot Morgan.
“Krajewski described Metro Meteor, and how he’d taught him to paint, and that he wanted to commit part of the proceeds to New Vocations,” Morgan recalled. “He said six paintings had sold the first week and he was sending 50% of the sales to New Vocations. In addition, an article about Metro’s mission appeared in the Gettysburg Times and was picked up by the Associated Press. It was obvious that Metro’s ability to help horses beyond the track would far exceed his accolades at the track. Here was the high profile spokesman that racehorses needed!”
Eventually, Jill Rappaport of the Today Show heard about Metro, and the rest, as they say, is history. Metro’s story is scheduled to air in three, 2-minute segments on April 4 from 7-9:00 am.
There is now a 50 person waiting list for Metro’s original paintings, and prints can be purchased from Metro’s SmugMug store. For more information about this amazing horse and his philanthropic support of retired racehorses, visit www.paintedbymetro.com or join his Facebook page: Painted by Metro.