Monday, February 28, 2011

The Man

Check out this excellent tribute to Man O 'War from the Daily Racing Form:

This story, complete with video, audio and photos, describes in detail Man O' War's funeral. While it shows that a horse of his stature is in fact mortal, the story also reiterates the fact that equine athletes can be great heroes, and people should not be afraid to show their love and appreciation for them.

During the time of Man O' War, horses were well utilized, and they were a necessity in American society. Today, those of us in the racing industry are in the unique position of trying to market the Sport of Kings in a society where the horse is no longer put on a pedestal. Racing fans can be criticized for their appreciation of the beauty of the horse. Those who criticize, however, need only read this tribute to realize there is room for a little compassion in our rough and tough industry. It was there during the golden years, so why not now?

I hope 21st century greats like Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, and Curlin will be remembered and celebrated with the same enthusiasm and perfection that Man O' War was.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Top Hat

While working with Darley rehab trainer Johnny Burke at Keeneland last week, I was very fortunate to run into millionaire racing veteran Brass Hat. Now 10 years old, Brass Hat is looking in great condition, and is reportedly doing well with an eye towards a racing campaign this year. After walking out to train on Keeneland's Polytrack, Brass Hat paused and posed for about five minutes while a few bystanders snapped photos. Even with age he still knows who's tops!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hoofing It Up

It feels like it's been forever, but I've finally been published again. Check out my guest blog post on about my time as an amateur horseshoer at Old Friends:

This guest blog is for Beyond the Blinkers, the blog of Blood-Horse staff writer Esther Marr. Beyond the Blinkers features a variety of topics, but has recently focused on Thoroughbred rescue and rehoming. The blog is always a heartwarming and encouraging read for those of us who love Thoroughbred racing.

Thanks to Esther for helping me share my experiences, and I hope you enjoy it!