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Health of Subzero, 1992 Winner of Melbourne Cup, Threatened After Customs Mix Up
Date:10/30/2009

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- With the Melbourne Cup, Australia's most prestigious and coveted horse race only days away, Subzero, the beloved winner of the 1992 Melbourne Cup, and "Subbie" to several generations of Australian schoolchildren, has dodged a painful and unnecessary death, thanks to the quick actions of a "fairy godmother" from the United States, Nana Patricia McPeak.

McPeak, nicknamed "RicePatty" due to her pioneering efforts in the rice bran industry, flew to Australia to help save the well-known horse when Australian customs officials banned a rice-bran-based natural arthritis formula McPeak invented from entering the country. The 20-year-old equine Cup winner suffers from arthritis, and his veterinarians were successfully treating him with McPeak's arthritis relief product.

"Subzero was deteriorating rapidly after we ran out of the Flex Plus formula that we were giving him," said Graham Salisbury, Subzero's owner. Subzero's vet, Tammy Howard DVM, concurred with Salisbury. "We were devastated when the news came that, for some reason, customs would not allow the product to come into the country. We knew that Subbie was in grave danger of going down fast. His joints began to swell, and we could see that he was in severe pain. We were desperate, and we tried all sorts of alternate therapies. Nothing worked like the Flex Plus," she said.

McPeak learned about Subzero's plight and immediately contacted Salisbury in Australia. According to Salisbury, she said, "Graham, I'm coming with an updated version of the original formula, and we're going to save this horse." A few days later, she arrived with enough of the natural human grade arthritis formula to last for three months.

"She said she was coming," said Salisbury, "and I thought, no way, but two days later, there she was. It brought my wife Anita and me to tears. We are so grateful that someone cared enough about
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