Horses and Racing

PHOTOS: Rodeo at Tulsa RV Ranch

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PHOTOS: Oaklawn Park Racing


During a visit to Oaklawn in Hot Springs AR I took a few photos of horses running in races 1, 7, 8 and 9. If you are an owner/trainer/fan of any of the horses featured here, feel free to share with your friends, but please leave copyright notice intact. Where possible, the primary owner(s) of [...]

PHOTOS: Rolex 3-Day Event at KyHorsePark 2012

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  Rolex Kentucky 2012 – Images by Kathy Vespaziani

PHOTOS: Kentucky Horse Park Scenes


 This gallery contains photos taken in and around the Kentucky Horse Park in 2012. Check back for more behind the scenes action at the Epicenter of Equine Life  

Writing about Horses

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  Over the past few years, I’ve written about horses, racing and equine welfare. Below, you’ll find links to some of my favorites.  If its just photos of horses, Kentucky, equines, horse breeds and horse humor you’re looking for, you’ll find a number of galleries on my companion Photoshelter site at   Mass Euthanasia [...]

Speaking of Horse


    It was an overcast, chilly January day in Lexington when I left the campsite with camera in hand and followed the paved road that meanders through the KHP. Spread out over 1200 acres of pasture, polo fields, barns, event centers, museums and shedrows, this horsey wonderland entertains about a million visitors annually. As [...]

PHOTOS: Parade of Breeds Show at KyHorsePark

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Horse Feathers !

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It’s day 7 of the Professional Horseman’s Course, and our “mini” internships have begun. Each of us has a one-week rotation in the various other barns and departments “on Park.” It’s a chance to get to know the other breeds, network with other professionals learn as much as possible about how things work, and, of [...]

Exceller Runners Update for January

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If you have any horses with Exceller (Vaguely Noble-Too Bald) blood, feel free to post them Recent Works ALBIN worked 3f ft in :37.60 B (1/1) at CM, 01/20/11. ALBIN worked 4f ft in :50.00 B (5/7) at CM, 01/28/11. AUCTORITAS worked 5f ft in 1:02.00 B (1/2) at LRL, 01/17/11. BIG BEAR HUG worked [...]

We can make horseracing fun again !


Just because the NASCAR(r) marketing model (the human as billboard approach) is scoffed at by the Thoroughbred industry doesn’t mean we can’t “borrow” strategies from other sports. I think that today’s marketing dynamos could make quite an impact, so here’s the fruits of my brainstorming to get us started: Create additional corporate sponsorship ops at every U.S. [...]

Ode to Zenyatta


Zenyatta’s Classic spurred me to write a few heartfelt sentences, and the Daily Racing Form published it in their November 13, 2009 edition, here If you prefer not to leave the page, here it is :

Zenyatta has a big heart (in more ways than one)


Her big heart pumps more oxygen-rich blood into her lungs, compared to other Thoroughbred race horses This is a lively and easy to understand vignette on the mechanics (biomechanics, in fact) behind Zenyatta’s super-dominance

Now That’s What I Call Flexible

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I’ve been enjoying the jumping competition at the WEG (world equestrian games) from Kentucky this year. There are hours and hours of coverage available via the Universal Sports channel (comcast 288 for me). These are very talented and expensive horses and its a joy to watch their enthusiasm and concentration. There’s lots of “heart” on [...]

Six-Horse Incident at Meadowlands Looks worse than it was


3 harness drivers injured in spill at Meadowlands Three drivers have been taken to the hospital following a spill in the second race at Meadowlands Racetrack on Friday night. Six drivers were unseated in the accident. Usually, harness racing is a fairly pedestrian affair; the horses keep their distance from each other and the drivers [...]

Back home in Kentucky, its 3 in a row for Ready’s Rocket

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READY’S ROCKET vied for the lead along the inside on his own courage, took over when ready once in the stretch and drew off under mild handling. Above is a comment line from Ready’s race today. With Calvin Borel up, he trounced the compeition yet again in a starter’s allowance at Churchill Downs. Before he [...]

Did the Gods of Racing play a part?


On one hand, its bad news: Ready’s Rocket was claimed from my partnership group after several poor performances and losses. In another way, its great news: he was claimed by Tim Glyshaw, who trained Ready’s Rocket for all of his wins when we owned him. In his first race back at Churchill with Tim, he [...]

Quick Bits

Running Styles of Horses I’ve Noticed A.P. Indy (and many of his offspring) have a certain running style that jumps right out at you. Head low, neck extended; some A.P. Indy’s look like those “peanut pusher” Quarter Horses that were “in fashion” at one time. There’s a horse running at Hollywood Park right now called [...]

ZENYATTA: God’s Horse


She ran for them: Ruffian, Go for Wand, Eight Belles,: all of that brilliance and fire and destruction, somehow coming full-circle in a race for the ages, a performance that moved a crowd of thousands, and touched my heart.

My Derby pick just won the Belmont

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Note to self: It’s always the horse that no one is talking about. Although, I must give credit (props, man!) to Ken Rudulph who shared, prior to the race, that he was afraid his derby pick (Drosselmeyer) might be a bit late to the party, but still a “winner.” Drosselmeyer is out of Golden Ballet, [...]

Lookin at Lucky was the Ugly Duckling


Lookin at Lucky is just the latest example of a horse offered at public auction whose sale price was greatly diminished because of perceived physical problems that knowledgeable veterinary professionals believe would not impair its ability to train and race. He will be, as Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency said recently, the 2010 poster child to help educate buyers about how physical or radiograph imperfections do not have to affect a horse’s racing ability or soundness.

NBC Sports should watch TVG before the Belmont Stakes


First of all, maybe its just me, or my veteran T.V. I could be going deaf, or have the wrong audio setting, or whatever, but the race call, post-race jockey interview on horseback  and even the Bob Neumier interview with Bob Baffert was absolutely drowned out by the crowd noise. I get it that the [...]

Dean’s Kitten (or Devil may Care)will win the Kentucky Derby


When Rachel Alexandra, (voted Horse of the Year for 2009 over Zenyatta) was challenged in deep stretch by the long-shot, Rachel looked Unrivaled Belle in the eye, and then seemed to say. . . “eh–you take it, I don’t want to break a nail”

Rachel Alexandra would rather get a pedicure


When Rachel Alexandra, (voted Horse of the Year for 2009 over Zenyatta) was challenged in deep stretch by the long-shot, Rachel looked Unrivaled Belle in the eye, and then seemed to say. . . “eh–you take it, I don’t want to break a nail”

Can’t do better than Faulkner

This is just an excerpt of a piece written by William Faulkner for Sports Illustrated in 1955: Once the horse moved man’s physical body and his household goods and his articles of commerce from one place to another. Nowadays all it moves is a part or the whole of his bank account, either through betting [...]