Laurie and Sham: Sham’s Hat Fetish, Listen to the Horse

SHAM was a gentleman of a horse. Easy and playful to ride. He was very kind at the stable, and funny at times. He loved rolling in mud; rider, saddle and all. Everybody there at the barn adored him.  One groom, Gato, said a prayer in Spanish, whenever he raced.  He and I loved SHAM very … More Laurie and Sham: Sham’s Hat Fetish, Listen to the Horse

Laurie and Sham: Santa Anita, Early ’73 A Training Day I’ll never forget

     Well…Training is training, some days and workouts more memorable than others.  Some days, however, something special happens. There was a morning, when SHAM and I were out for our usual 6 am walk around the barns.  He was very, very distracted by girl horses, which is why he exercised early morning, or late afternoon. I loved … More Laurie and Sham: Santa Anita, Early ’73 A Training Day I’ll never forget

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