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.


Arrogate after winning the Pegasus World Cup. Photo: Horse Racing Nation, The Dubai Cup is a Good Decision for Arrogate – My Facebook page – Twitter – Goodreads


Good news!

Chivalry is now available in paperback on Amazon!

I’ll also be giving away three autographed copies of the paperback version on Goodreads soon. As soon as that goes live, I’ll post a link.

The book is selling and getting good reviews so far. I’m so appreciative of my friends who have helped me through this journey. (see also Acknowledgements inside the book) I’m sure most of my sales are from friends, but that does help me get a leg up into the book-selling world. Pun intended. Did you get it? 😀


Chivalry's on Nook

I uploaded Chivalry onto Nook in hopes that their print on demand service is easier to figure out, but alas, it is the exact same process as Amazon/CreateSpace. The process consists of me uploading the manuscript, a cover, filling out all the info and numbers, then waiting two days to be told there is an error. The cover fits the template, so I’m not sure what else to do, and of course, they do not have help with these things. Instead, their answer in the FAQ is to make a whole new cover with their service. If I do that, surely, it will work. I see how it is.

BUT, it is on Nook now! Yay!

Secretariat’s Triple Crown

Secretariat's Triple Crown

Secretariat’s Triple Crown trophy in Saratoga, NY, at the Racing Hall of Fame.
Will we ever see another Triple Crown winner? Much has been said about breeding lately for speed, not endurance. People say horses are weaker and more fragile these days. Trainers are easier on the horses because they are very fragile animals despite their size. I am inclined to agree when I see the exhaustion at the end of the long Triple Crown races. Perhaps if they shorten the races and/or space them out more, we’d have another Triple winner. But, as it stands, I don’t think any horse on earth is strong enough to win all three races. Not even California Chrome. Sorry, folks. 🙂

EDIT: Wow, was I wrong!!! I’m really glad I was, though!


And they’re off!




In 1960s New York, seventeen-year-old Rachel McMahon has grown up on the backside of Belmont Park exercising race horses for her mother, a rare female trainer in a sport dominated by men. Her mother, however, doesn’t support her dream, fearing for her safety, not simply because of the inherent dangers of riding a high-spirited racehorse on the track, but because of the attacks other pioneering women jockeys have dealt with across the country.

Even so, the greatest threat to her dream was her abduction and subsequent torture at the hands of a depraved and evil man—a man she calls the “monster.” Nightmares and flashbacks take control of her life and threaten to destroy her. But then she met Erick, who shares her dream, and  is determined to help her find her way out of the nightmares and back to her dreams.

With the help of Chivalry, their barn’s newest and most promising horse, Rachel and her family set their sights on the most prestigious race in the country—The Kentucky Derby. But with the intense pushback from the male jockeys and the fans, they wonder if it’s all worth it. Will Rachel be able to hold on through the storms coming against her?