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!
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
Being in Louisville during Derby week in 1973 was magical for me…never mind the media frenzy it has become these days. Silly hats, the gold jewelry of star the athletes, etc. It used to be that Wide World of Sports did the real story on T.V. They showed us gorgeous horse farms, lots of beautiful … More Laurie & SHAM: 1973 Kentucky Derby
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!