Here is Joe in 1942 Suffolk Downs!!! He died in 2010; his ashes were spread at the quarter pole at Rockingham Park, Salem, NH. Joe’s Obituary January 30, 2010 Mariano Joseph “Joe” Dattilo was born in St. Louis, MO on May 7, 1918. Were horses always his passion? No! Growing up, animals didn’t much … More Jockey Joe Datillo: 1918-2010. RIP at the 1/4 Pole at Rockingham Park!
Golden Arrow. Born 1961, died 1989. He raced from 1964 to 1979. To say this horse raced past his prime doesn’t do him justice. In today’s world of thoroughbred racing, we’re lucky and thankful if a great horse races until they’re six. We thank the connections for keeping them in the game for so long. Then, … More THE WONDEROUS WAR HORSE OF A LIFETIME: GOLDEN ARROW
Beautiful words written by Jim Gath of Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary…my favorite writer! BARBARO. The world lost Barbaro eleven years ago today. But, really, we didn’t lose him. See, his magnificence still shines through on this dark morning. It shines through hearts & spirits & in fields & paddocks & pens & stalls all … More Jim Gath: BARBARO
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
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
Penny Chenery has died. She was the epitome of the best in racing. One time, I wrote a poem for her & her daughter, Kate Tweedy, gave it to her. Ms. Chenery showed her appreciation by gifting me with an autographed copy of the famous Bob Coglianese photo of Secretariat winning the Belmont. Tomorrow morning, … More JIM GATH: A POEM FOR PENNY
It was August of 2000. I had come out of retirement the year before to ride basically just my horses. I was at Saratoga at the Oklahoma track from early spring getting my 3-year old filly and my 4-year old gelding ready to run. The gelding, named Makes More Sense (stable name Junior), was a … More Jockey Sherry Mickle: Out of Retirement to the Spa!
“Diane came to New England the same time I did in 1986. She was such a wonderful, upbeat person. All she wanted to do was ride and win. That winter of 86-87, she had a wonderful duel for the riding title with David Moore. It was all done with the greatest sportsmanship and they dead-heated … More The Great Jockey Diane Nelson: RIP “Ponytail”
FIRST MOUNT Debbie Downing is a retired jockey. She started riding in 1977 at all of the New England tracks, even the “bullrings” – the bush league tracks. She rode during a time when women jockeys had it incredibly tough, tough to break into the sport, tough to be taken seriously. These were the 70’s, … More Jockey Debbie Downing: Riding to Win
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