Jim Gath: Ruffian ~ There was a girl one time. But, only one time.

  There was a girl one time. But only one time. * She won every race she ever finished – by an average of 8-1/3 lengths * She set new stakes records in every stakes race she entered * She was U.S. Champion 2 Year-Old Filly… * She was U.S. Champion 3 Year-Old Filly * … More Jim Gath: Ruffian ~ There was a girl one time. But, only one time.

Ralph Nester: Horseracing is about the Backside…Keep the Glamour!

  It’s about the smell of pine oil in the shed row as you walk in your barn, and hearing your horses whinny for you, knowing they are going to get a great meal. It’s about grabbing a halter off its hook on the stall door and grabbing a shank and putting halter on a horse and walking him … More Ralph Nester: Horseracing is about the Backside…Keep the Glamour!

Ralph Nester – 1970 Early Training Days

The year was 1970…I was putting a stable together; friends were sending me horses. I was scouting on my own and getting advice from other trainers. First, I went to Mrs. Samuel duPont at Hextonia Stables in Georgetown, Maryland on the Sassafras River. My brother Howard and I looked at this one filly who was sired by Map Maker, a … More Ralph Nester – 1970 Early Training Days

Jockey Joe Datillo: 1918-2010. RIP at the 1/4 Pole at Rockingham Park!

 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!

THE WONDEROUS WAR HORSE OF A LIFETIME: GOLDEN ARROW

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

Jim Gath: BARBARO

  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

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