Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum – Virtual Tour

Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby may have been postponed, and the Kentucky Derby Museum is closed to live visitors, but you can now experience a virtual tour of the museum exhibits from the comfort of your living room as part of a nationwide #museumfromhome experience. The online museum is updated daily by curatorial experts who bring visitors […]

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It’s time to Muster the Minutemen

Every year on the day before Patriot’s Day, Captain William Smith rouses the Lincoln Minutemen to alert them that the British Regulars are marching on Concord. This is the night in history when Paul Revere was captured on the outskirts of Lincoln and several brave men took over his mission: to prepare the local resistance […]

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The Heyday of Central Park

I grew up in Manhattan at at time when you could still rent a horse and ride through Central Park. I never did but I would come across the occasional rider and envy them. Of course, I was simply born in the wrong era. There was a time when riding in Central Park was extraordinarily […]

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Caught by Vesuvius

The remains of three horses, one tacked and ready to flee, were recovered from a villa outside the walls of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, buried in AD 79 by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Was his owner trying to flee? The horse that is largely intact was wearing a bronze-plated military saddle, carried […]

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The Inn of the Prancing Pony

The Hartwell tavern

Lord of the Rings fans will know immediately that the Inn of the Prancing Pony is an inn in Bree where Frodo Baggins, Sam, Pippin, and Merry first met Strider. This sign isn’t from that Inn, but it’s the first thing I think of whenever I walk past it. This sign graces the front of […]

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Skeleton of 16,000 year old Horse Found in Utah

Skeloton of ancient horse. Photo by Rick Hunter.

When Laura Hill and her husband started a landscaping project, they didn’t think much of the skeleton that was uncovered. Initially, they assumed it was a cow. It was about the size of a Shetland pony and it was missing its head. Luckily, before it was destroyed, she asked a neighbor about it, who happened […]

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Will Justify or Magnum Moon End Apollo’s Curse?


Along with other Derby lore, such as the benefits of different post positions, is the Curse of Apollo. Although it sounds rather deadly, it refers to the fact that Apollo, who won the 1882 Kentucky Derby, is the only horse to have won the Derby without racing as a 2 year old. The Derby has […]

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Back Tracking: Nor’easter reveals historic hoof prints

Ancient hoof prints on Massachusetts beach

Here in New England we’ve been battered by three severe storms in two weeks. The result has been lots of damage, but also something quite magical. At low tide at Nauset beach, the storm exposed a Peat bed, previously covered by sand deposits, and revealed horse and carriage tracks from the late 1800s or early […]

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