Monday, May 18, 2015

Congratulations American Pharaoh winning Preakness Stakes

Congratulations American Pharaoh, The Zayat Stables, Victor Espinoza and Bob Baffert for winning not only he Kentuck Derby, but the Preakness Stakes as well.  Just before the race began a torrential rain pour down on the racetrack and the horses. Despite the (very, very) sloppy track, A.P. managed to lead wire-to-wire and win by seven lengths.  On to the Belmont.  I'll be watching. Been waiting for a Triple Crown winner since 1978 when Affirmed won it ridden by Steve Cauthan.

I love horse racing. I know it has its ups and downs. Like any competitive horse sport (even trail riding) horses and jockeys have their casualties. One thing I've noticed about this sport is their desire and resolve to make things better for horses and jockeys. From the Disabled Jockey's Fund started by Secretariat rider Ron Turcotte to Old Friends and many other retirement homes for former racehorses. It's not perfect yet, true. But it is getting better. Vet's onsite at the track won't allow an injured horse (who sometimes plays too much in the starting gate) to race. Vets take blood tests for all winners and the public eye has been on horse racing that few people get away with breaking the  rules and  regulations.

I love horses Period.

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