Victor Espinoza Second in His First Race Back

Victor Espinoza

On July 22, 2018, Victor Espinoza fractured a vertebra in his neck when the horse he was galloping, Bobby Abu Dhabi, had a heart attack and died. Two days ago, Espinoza returned to racing, finishing second on  . I am speechless at his resiliency and determination. My own injuries are mostly better, but so far […]

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A Story of Survival

In January, I wrote about trainer Joe Herrick and his filly, Lovely Finish — both survived the Lilac Fire that swept through San Diego last December that killed 46 race horses. Both were recovering from severe burns. A few days ago, the Washington Post wrote an update story on the two, Through the Flames. Looked […]

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Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens Retires

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has retired for the third time and ruled out further comebacks after an MRI showed his C-4 vertebra up against his spinal cord. The 55 year old jockey’s career included 5,187 wins in 29,442 starts. The horses he rode won more than $258 million. Stevens was injured in the […]

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You can take the horse away from the racetrack . . .

Freedom Flying

Yesterday I wrote about a racehorse that didn’t want to race any more. Today, I’d like to share a video of Freedom, playing in his pasture. Thank goodness he never bucks like that under saddle. I can handle the galloping but the bucking might be too much. One of the funniest parts of the video […]

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Things you cannot force your horse to do

I always shake my head and smile when I hear people saying that horses shouldn’t be forced to jump. Obviously, there are people who will try to punish a horse into submission (the Big Lick Walkers come to mind), but ultimately, the horse has a vote. The first horse I owned was a failed school […]

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Own a Piece of Triple Crown History! Justify’s Autographed Halter at Charity Auction

Auction for Justify's halter

A halter worn by Triple Crown Winner Justify and autographed by trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith is being auctioned for the benefit of Remember Me Rescue — a thoroughbred aftercare alliance organization and a 501(c)3 charity. Since it was founded in 2008, Remember Me Rescue has successfully retrained and re-homed more than 750 […]

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The Curse of the Triple Crown?

Justify, this year’s Triple Crown winner, was headed for the Breeders Cup. It would have been his final race and yet another jewel in his crown. But right now his racing future is uncertain. The handsome chestnut gelding has had repeated filling in his left ankle. “Justify had some filling in his left front ankle […]

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