The Role of the Pony Horse on a Racetrack

The Role of the Pony Horse on a Racetrack

Images of Rich Strike savaging the horse ponying him to the winner’s circle (and biting the outrider) have raised a lot of questions in the media. Many people questioned the purpose of the lead pony and the outrider. After all, one person wrote, the jockey just completed the race. Couldn’t he ride the horse to […]

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Sale of Bob Baffert’s “Smokey” Raises $80,000 for Old Friends

Smokey

Bob Baffert’s famous pony horse, Smokey, was auctioned off on December 5th, with the proceeds going to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Home. The 11-year old buckskin gelding sold for $80,000 at an auction by Twombly Performance Horses, a renowned ranch horse operation in the Quarter Horse world that specializes in roping and reining horses. Smokey, […]

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Meet Harley the Magnificent

Harley the Magnificent

Harley the Magnificent is well known on the backside of Churchill Downs, where he serves as the voice of reason and a calming influence to the highly strung, high dollar racehorses he ponies on the track. As soon as I saw the video of him ponying King Guillermo in a video, I coveted him and […]

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