Jockey Debbie Downing: Battling it out with Jill Jellison at Rockingham Park

Lots of things to love about this story. The bravery and toughness of this jockey, one of the pioneers of female jockeys at the time; the jockey she battled down the stretch against, the late Jockey Jill Jellison; and the horse himself. Rich One, a direct male descendant of Man o’ War, powerful looking horse for sure. … More Jockey Debbie Downing: Battling it out with Jill Jellison at Rockingham Park

Laurie and Sham: Penny Chenery ~ Kindness and Class

With the passing of Penny Chenery, many memories come to mind.  When I was working for Frank Martin, and riding SHAM, I saw her at the track a lot, especially during the Triple Crown races.  One morning, before the Derby, while exiting the track, a tall, muscular chestnut was going by.  His rider smiled, said good … More Laurie and Sham: Penny Chenery ~ Kindness and Class

Jim Gath: The Healers and the Healed

THE HEALERS & THE HEALED. Yesterday, one of our volunteers described what we do here at Tierra Madre as “the healers & the healed”. Brilliant. Alexis wrote a spectacular piece on it last night, but I wanted to give voice to it, too. Here’s Alexis’ piece if you want to see it: https://www.facebook.com/ranchotierramadre/posts/1376084799093499:0. Many years … More Jim Gath: The Healers and the Healed

Flying over Rockingham Park – Right before Demo – Greg Kelley

Credit: Greg Kelley/Youtube Here’s a great view (great but sad) of Rockingham Park right before demolition. I also visited around this time and took pictures.  I was particularly attached to this racetrack.  I won my very first bet there; a daily double for $143!!  Both horses had Man o’ War in their pedigrees; that’s how I’d … More Flying over Rockingham Park – Right before Demo – Greg Kelley