A sad goodbye

A Breeder’s Cup winner in 2004, a gelding who lived most of his life at Fair Hill Training Center in MD, Better Talk Now was euthanized two days ago and his loss was a big one in the horse racing industry, especially by those who cared for him all those years, including his trainer, Graham Motion.

What do those in the industry really feel when they have to say goodbye to one of their own?

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Maggie Kimmett

 

Arrogate, my horse-crush

I have to talk about Arrogate. He’s baaack! I can’t wait to see him run again. Have you heard of him? He’s the “Best Horse in the World!” Seriously!!!

I know you’ve heard of American Pharoah, and if you’re into horse racing at all, you’ve heard of Arrogate. However, he’s still not a household name, though he solidly deserves it.

His record is astounding. Let’s start with his purse winnings. WAY more than Chrome. Get this: $17,084,600. That’s 17 MILLION. Ok, Chrome won $14 million. But still. That $3 million is a lot of money! What I could do with…oh…ok…back to the races.

Out of ten starts, he has nine wins and one third. In one of those wins, the Dubai World Cup, he went last to first to beat California Chrome! He blew the start and it didn’t look like he’d win it, but he fought hard for every last step of that race and overcame his foe by a half-length or so. It was close, but he did it! This was his most recent, and I think most incredible, win.
Let’s work backwards. Before that, he won America’s richest race, the newly formed Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. Amazing!
Before that, it was the Travers in Saratoga, the graveyard of champions. Not this one! In this race, he set a stakes AND track record. He ran a mile and a quarter in under two minutes. Very few horses can do this. Secretariat’s Derby win was just under two minutes, and his record still stands. I expect Arrogate’s record to stand for a long time, too.
Before these races he ran in allowance races and two maidens. In his first start, he came in third. We can toss that one. Even Secretariat lost his first race.

Back to present – Arrogate was on a short hiatus for a couple of months, but now he’s back in training. I cannot wait to see him run again. Bob Baffert, trainer of Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah (my other horse-crush), has him set for possibly three upcoming races. – “Arrogate’s pre-Breeders’ Cup agenda could include any or all of a trio of races in California, including the San Diego Handicap (G2), the TVG Pacific Classic (G1), and the Awesome Again Stakes (G1). Baffert, who won his third World Cup in March with the slate-gray runner, hasn’t made any concrete plans—but mentioned that he will know in the next few weeks if the San Diego is an option.” – Arrogate Reenters Racing’s Spotlight, Bloodhorse Magazine

To catch up on this outstanding horse, check out this Bloodhorse video. You have to see this one.

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Arrogate after winning the Pegasus World Cup. Photo: Horse Racing Nation, The Dubai Cup is a Good Decision for Arrogate

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Reading/Reviewing

Currently I’m reading a couple of books and will be submitting reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. First one looks pretty good so far. The author’s name is Angel M.B. Chadwick. I’m only in the first chapter and there’s already a grisly murder. We’ll see how this turns out.

I’ll also be beta reading for another author and helping her out with that some.

Wounds into Wisdom is selling now and I’m looking forward to some good reviews. If you’ve read it, please be sure to submit a (good) review. 😉 I truly appreciate it. Reviews sell the book, of course. What do other people think about it? That’s what really counts. I can use all the help I can get! Thanks!

Wounds into Wisdom

The second book in the Backstretch series, Wounds into Wisdom, should be approved and available tomorrow, May 12, 2017 on Amazon. The paperback version should be available not long after that. We shall see. They make it pretty hard to do, but I’m trying. 🙂

“I couldn’t put it down!”

“…I had to find out what happened next!”

Set in 1969, in this parallel sequel to “Chivalry,” Candy O’Neil is a strong young woman who has risen from one problem after another her entire life. Drugs have ruined her family, her brother steals money she earns from her job as a groom at Belmont Park, and now her best friend has been kidnapped and is presumed dead. Feeling she has no other choice, she escapes, hitchhiking out of New York to find a new life.

After an unsuccessful attempt at modeling, she goes back to grooming horses, this time at Pimlico in Baltimore. There, she meets a horse trainer who is strong, financially secure, knows what he wants, and can help her. This time it must be fate; she’s got the perfect job, the perfect man, the perfect life. Finally, she’s found what she’s always wanted – security. However, what she perceives as security slowly and methodically turns into insecurity, confusion, fear, and then abuse.

Follow Candy’s journey down the east coast as she finds herself, then loses everything. Again. How many times can she pull herself out of trouble before finally giving up?

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Cute Foals of the Week for Feb. 19 | America’s Best Racing

Thoroughbreds in North America all celebrate their birthdays on Jan. 1, so as soon as the New Year rolls around, so does “foaling season” – that magical time that lasts from the beginning of January through the late spring when racehorse babies are born. In this weekly piece, we’ll bring you the best of new arrivals to the Thoroughbred world. So sit back, relax, and take in the Cute Foals of the Week for 2017!

Source: Cute Foals of the Week for Feb. 19 | America’s Best Racing

Cute Foals of the Week for Feb. 19 | America’s Best Racing

Thoroughbreds in North America all celebrate their birthdays on Jan. 1, so as soon as the New Year rolls around, so does “foaling season” – that magical time that lasts from the beginning of January through the late spring when racehorse babies are born. In this weekly piece, we’ll bring you the best of new arrivals to the Thoroughbred world. So sit back, relax, and take in the Cute Foals of the Week for 2017!

Source: Cute Foals of the Week for Feb. 19 | America’s Best Racing

Secretariat’s Birthday Celebration

The great Secretariat was born on March 30, 1970 in a tiny shack in Doswell, Va.

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Meadow Farm currently holds an annual celebration of Big Red’s birthday by throwing a massive three-day horse event – a horse lover’s dream weekend.

In attendance, you’ll usually see Kate Chenery Tweedy, Charlie Davis, and a few descendants of Big Red. This year, Bill Nack was there as well. Last year, unfortunately, we missed seeing Ron Turcotte, as he had just been in an accident and was unable to attend. I was happy to sign his get-well card, though.

As far as horses, last year and this year, Moe, a G-G grandson, was there. This year, Groundshaker, a G-G granddaughter, was also there. Last year, Covert Action, a grandson, was in his stall, loving the attention.

 

 

Here is Moe (I don’t remember is racing name), keeping his eye on me. He did let me pet him, but only as long as I didn’t touch his nose. This is Moe telling me not to touch his nose again: 🙂

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Here’s Covert Action, Secretariat’s grandson. He loves doing tours and meeting all the fans. He raced a little bit, but wasn’t very successful. Secretariat was known in the breeding shed more for his daughter and granddaughters. Covert Action was adorable, though. I wanted to keep him in my back yard (as well as every other horses there):

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Here’s me with my new bestie, Kate Chenery Tweedy, and my mom on the right. Smaller pic so I don’t scare anyone. I look awful because it was windy and rainy:

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Charlie Davis and me. He’s so fun. Quite the party animal, he is, and a great story-teller. I loved hearing about his days with Secretariat:

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Many, many clinics and shows:

Some of the auction items in the exhibit hall:

 

I couldn’t afford those things, nor could I afford a horse, so my mommy bought me a wittle Secretariat of my own:

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Read more about the history of Meadow Farm here and be sure to attend next year’s festival on March 31-April 2 in Doswell, Va. Do the VIP tour with me so we can hear about the history of the farm and hear stories of Penny, Secretariat, and family.

(I humbly apologize for my lack of photography expertise. I will blame it on the fact that I could not see what I was taking pictures of because of the sun glare. I was also a bit too excited and took pictures of almost every horse in attendance. *grin*)

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