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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Wire to Wire: Justify wins the Triple Crown with Stunning Belmont

Justify Wins the Belmont

Wow. I’m so glad I got to watch that live. Justify ran a fabulous race, ridden brilliantly by Mike Smith. After a clean break, Justify followed Smith’s plan — they broke first, then settled into a good rhythm and just kept going. At the end, Smith was fanning his whip, but Justify was still galloping […]

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Will Justify pull it off?

Justify at Belmont

Tomorrow Justify runs on the “Big Sandy” with the chance of bringing us another Triple Crown Winner. There was a 27 year drought before American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in 2015. Could we see another super horse so soon? The first winner of all three Triple Crown races was Sir Barton in 1919 — […]

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Big Money Mike

Mike Smith

They don’t call Jockey Mike Smith “Big Money Mike” for nothing. Smith, at age 52 is one of the oldest jockeys on the circuit — and one of the most successful. Last year, Smith won an astonishing 15 Grade 1 races, the most since he won 20 back in 1994. And, he’s still the “go […]

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