I have a 5 year old mare by Wiseman's Ferry. She is so sweet and sensible. She was at Finger Lakes until November, last raced in October I think, and I got her on christmas eve. I didn't start working her until May but she has done everything I have asked including long, large group, trail rides, a little event, and a hunter pace.
BTW she is on the small side as well at ~15.2 hands.
Great pics! Hee hee. I remember watching a BC Sprint horse jump a shadow years and years ago--first time I'd ever seen such a thing.
Ooh, found the race--it was Dayjur in the 1990 Sprint: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5an_VD-YCk He was in a nail-biting stretch duel with Safely Kept (one tough filly) and was jussst pulling away from her when he jumped the shadow just shy of the finish. It's all that was needed to get her head back in front of his at the wire. Incidentally, it was his first race on the dirt.
Warning before viewing--this is also the race where Mr. Nickerson died suddenly of a heart attack on the backstretch. When he went down, Shaker Knit fell over him and wound up breaking his back, IIRC. You don't see much in the video as it's shot from pretty far away, but still. Weird race, all around.
Last edited by Lauruffian; Nov. 17, 2012 at 03:41 PM.
Yeah, it is. Rough day for the sport. I actually was done with racing for years after this, but I didn't want to cast a pall over this cute thread.
(Incidentally, I didn't realize the video linked above kept going for several minutes after the race--the TV coverage goes back and shows more detail of Mr. Nickerson going down from another angle, but you don't see Shaker Knit fall over him. The sportscasters mix the horses up, saying it was SK that fell. They don't include the footage I remember of the track vet being interviewed and bluntly saying, "Well, Mr. Nickerson is dead..." when he updated the horses' condition.)
I galloped and broke Racehorses for a few years. Didn't really pay a lot, and sure did some scary things. Actually, I was supposed to ride in my first race when I got hurt a few weeks prior - a green colt swerved coming out of the starting gates, and my saddle slipped around the first turn. Ouch.
I have an awesome copy of a win pic from a rider friend of mine...he was riding a horse named Search for Summer at TDN in the mid 90's, and she jumped a shadow at the wire as a number of these other horses did. IIRC, he told me that the week before she had done the same thing and had cost herself the race. Thanks for sharing all of these links !