2014 Shetland Pony Grand National

I always get a kick out of this event. It seems particularly appropriate to watch as a way to get ready for tomorrow’s Preakness!

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Ever watch the Palio?

Every year since 1625 the ancient town of Siena, Italy, has turned its main Piazza into a race course and it’s famous Palio race (named after the Italian word that means “banner” which is the prize given to the winning Contrada of the race). A thick layer of dirt is laid over the cobblestones and […]

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Thundering Hooves! Shire Racing in England

Who says draft horses can’t run? Check out this race — and it’s exciting finish — of Shire horses in England. Certainly the thundering of the hooves coming down to the finish line must have been impressive in person as these horses stood between 17.3 and 18.2 hands and weighed about a ton. Read more: […]

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An OTTB rescue success story

Great article yesterday on the New York Times Racing Blog about Philotimo, an OTTB who was rescued from a neglect situation. Glad to see the good news stories featured — a soft landing for the gelding and responsible former racing owners who stepped up to the plate and helped fund his rehab. Of course, there’s […]

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Sheldon finds his forward gear

One of the great puzzles about Sheldon has been his reluctance to go forward. I’ve restarted a few OTTBs and one thing they always had was a well established “go” button. Given his long and successful racing career, I knew that Sheldon had to have one too. I suspect that something must have happened to […]

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A look back at Triple Crown winners – Part 1

Horse racing’s Triple Crown — awarded to the horse that wins the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes — hasn’t been achieved since Affirmed won it in 1979. When he won it, he was the third horse to do so in the 1970s, making it seem almost easy. Certainly, with Secretariat winning the Belmont by […]

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Sulky race on Irish road causes road rage

There’s just so much wrong with this race on an Irish road — weaving in and out of traffic two Travellers raced their harness horses down a busy Irish road while police tried to stop them. There are moments where the cars are so close to the horses that you just have to hold your […]

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This horse wants to race!

I know I’ve seen this video before and was surprised I couldn’t find it on Equine Ink. This horse is so excited by the bicycle race going by his pasture that he joins in! The only thing that really bothers me is the potential of mechanical founder¬† . . .¬† I hate to see all […]

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