Category Archives: Horses

A good day for Racing…

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Two amazing horses finished one-two in the Preakness… Barbaro’s little brother broke his maiden… Azeri delivered her third foal and is doing fine… viewing of the Preakness telecast was up 38%… horse breeders got good news when a colt sold in Maryland for $850k… and no horse broke down in the first two thirds of the Triple Crown.

I let my herd out to run in the moonlight last night, and they all went to bed happy.

The Last Shall Be First… And pay $103 to win!

triumphWe were at church until 3:45 pm today. As we were getting ready to leave, I checked my phone and saw that I had received a text message from Judy. “The dream can be anyone’s,” it said.

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Post Positions

THE FIELD IS SET!

Those are the words emblazoned across the Post Draw page on the Derby website. By the time I had my coffee this morning and thought to direct my browser to said page, the post positions had already been picked. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to see the little silks icons slide into place!

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Win Willy Won’t

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Willy Won't

Another horse drops out of Derby contention. Win Willy had a suspicious x-ray on Tuesday, revealing a “line” in his near fore ankle. That’s too bad; he is an intriguing horse, having won the Rebel Stakes as a 57-1 longshot.

This reduces the number of starting grays to three.

Willy will be replaced in the gate by Nowhere to Hide, a colt who has won once out of eight starts, and seems to like fourth place: he was fourth to Friesan Fire in the Risen Star, fourth to Musket Man in the Tampa Bay Derby, and fourth to that horse again in the Illinois Derby.

But you can’t bet on fourth place.

It’s the Derby, Baby!

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The changes in the Derby lineup have been coming fast this morning. Square Eddie is out, Quality Road is out… That meant that my horse, Take the Points, would be in, but…. Take the Points is out! It seems like trainers these days are being careful with their top tier horses; instead of throwing them in the Derby, no matter what, they’re pulling them out if the horse is not 110%. Which is a good thing. I suppose the demise of Eight Belles last year is weighing on everyone, a little bit.

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Kentucky Derby Beauty Contest

I’m instituting my very own Derby Beauty Contest this year. I have picked the finalists… you can vote on the winner.

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Leader of the Herd

It was a beautiful day at the stable yesterday. All of our herd got turned out in the morning, which they love.They spent about 45 minutes socializing, playing, and interacting, and then they were ready to go back to their stalls. At least Lacey was.
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Wash Day

Summer 2007: The heat, the flies, the dry, dusty days. We find respite in the wash rack, putting the hose on its mist setting. That’s the only way to sprinkle the top of a horse’s head. Pickle and Buster, with their long Thoroughbred necks, throw their heads up in the air to avoid the spray of water. However high we aim the nozzle, they lift their muzzles higher.

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Blue Ruler

I am out of the habit of getting on eBay regularly… which is a good thing. I have more important things to spend my money on these days, namely an old gray mare who would rather munch a bucket full of ‘senior feed’ than a flake of hay, and a handsome, young chestnut racehorse, who would rather chew on my hair than anything else.   

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The Jealous Pickle

Do animals play? Can they smile? Do they feel emotion?

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Through the Ears of a Horse

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“The world is best viewed through the ears of a horse.”

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