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
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
I remember shipping couple horses by a two-horse trailer to The Poconos and Charlestown and Shenandoah for night racing. The days at the training center would begin at daylight, but before that, we would all meet at Sherwood Diner to get coffee and breakfast and then we’d go get the horses out to the track. When the training was done, around … More Ralph Nester: Racing in ’71/72
I started riding ponies when I was 3 years old. Even though my parents were not horsey people, I always had a pony or a horse to ride throughout my childhood and teen years. I won tons of ribbons, tropies and even some money doing barrel racing and pole bending. I did go to college … More Jockey Sherry Mickle: The Beginning ~ 1972
Sherry was born a horserider! At age 3, she was riding ponies; by the age of 8, she was riding a horse that her father bought her, a half- broke Mustang/QH cross. She spent the next 7 years competing in barrel racing and pole bending with that horse. “I learned a lot from that horse!” Sherry will be … More Sherry Mickle Wood: The “GAL” Jockey!