Another pony question - how many are there at intervals around the track? I was wondering when poor Rough Sailing went down, then got up and galloped off, whether a pony would be right there close to catch him or how far it was to the nearest pony. How many ponies are stationed around the course on a typical race?
`Not me! but Pink Diamond Racing is a pony girl and she posts here frequently, works in Kentucky and got to work the BC on friday but was posting here on Saturday. I have learned a lot about ponying from her.
As far as Rough Sailing, they have the pony people, and they have outriders. They usually have less to do, and catching a loose horse is numero uno I would think. They are usually sprinkled around the track, you will see them standing still during the race. I noticed Friday and Saturday, the Pony peeps had the Purple jackets, and the outriders were in red.
The horses have to be dead quiet, and able to stand all day-well, that is for a pony person to tell. Look for her thread about Orbit going to BC.
I ponied this year for Oaks, Derby, and both breeders cup days. I rode the appalosssa pony (Applesauce). I took Rough Sailing and jock Anna to the gate and was upset when he went down...There are outriders on the track at various places (three or four on big days like Breeders Cup) but they can't be everywhere all the time. The guys at Churchill do a great job though and I was very glad the jock was not seriously hurt. While there are times when ponying can be fun...I can assure you that it is alot of stress and hard work. While some jockeys and racehorses are very easy to work with-some are not. Having a good pony that knows their job is key-and even then, it is a challenge. I don't pony all the time-but I am always sore after I do-and I ride everyday. On some of the bigger race days-it can be even harder because the crowds are big and alot of the fans are not "horse savy". I have to say this too-people yell some of the dumbest things to the jockeys that I have ever heard-I chalk it up to the booze!
i have more i have to get around to editing and posting. I have a VERY cute one of your appy's head with the breeders cup flag in the background. But I am swamped with exams this week and working keeneland so ill try to fit it in soon.
True love is taking their pain away and making it yours ~rest in peace momma (7/5/08)~ ~rest in peace thomas (6/2/11)~
Fleur de duck....thanks for sharing the photos...I look forward to seeing any more that you may have when you get time to post them! Applesauce is not mine-I was just using him for Breeders Cup...he belongs to one of the other pony girls-but he is a super nice pony and I enjoyed riding him! Again-thanks for sharing!