Something crazy happened!!! I brought Palmer home and noticed there's a freeze branded number on the right side of his neck, only visible after I got all the mud off. I found out that any Standardbred raced in the US is freeze branded with a serial number. I looked up the brand on the Saddlebred USTA site and he popped up! His registered name is "Plamer Steelster" he was foaled in Ontario, Canada on 3/28/1995! It describes his markings perfect and says he was last owned but Northshore Racing Stables in Illinois!
Holy cow, did I buy a registered Standardbred race horse for $300??!