21 September 2006
The Horse For The Course
My parents first took me to the races when I was two years old. They asked me who to bet and I pointed to a horse. He came in at an incredible price and I fell in love with Horse racing. For sixty years, I have adored these magnificent animals, but it is rare when you have news of three of the very best all on one day.
At the top of today's article you have Lost In The Fog the way he should always be remembered. Sunday he finally lost a race: His battle with cancer. Do take the time to read about this champion. He will be buried at his home in Florida where he trained during his first year. Anyone who ever saw him run and all those who just love horses are a little sadder today.
Personal Ensign has been pensioned. She ran 13 races and won 13. Ten of those races were graded stakes. Her children have gone on to win graded stakes as well. Now her breeding days are over and she will spend the rest of her life being loved and cared for in praise of the champion she was. The Lady Is A Champ.
When everyone knows your name, you must be Barbaro. First the shattered leg with the world watching. Then the extensive surgery just to save your life only to have laminitis set in on the load bearing leg. It has been an uphill fight, but his owners wouldn't give up as long as their champion was able to go on fighting. It has been over 20 weeks with guarded improvement since the scares of the early weeks. For the first time this week we had the report that Barbaro had an excellent week. The cast has come off the laminitis leg, he grazes daily and while the battle isn't over, for now it seems to be taking a real turn for the better.