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As a 3 year old Cape Kimberly (Bella) ran only 1 time before we brought her home. For some horses, the sights and sounds of the track can be overwhelming. Just because a horse is a Thoroughbred, doesn’t mean they’re meant to race.
Bella quickly found her place in life being a successful Eventer with her young owner/rider Bree Robinette of Georgia. With all their sweat equity, the rewards have been endless and we are always bursting with pride from all their achievements.
It’s the end of the 2022 season and together they’re both National and Regional champions. They’re such a strong and influential team, that they’ve been invited to train with Olympian David O’Connor in January 2023.
A glimpse by Z. Fry
He seemed to have appeared from out of nowhere, when I looked up from the racing form. An old man slowly walked down the shed row of horses, petting each horse on the neck and stroking their noses. His lips moved in silent conversation as he went to each of the stall doors.
He was dressed from head to toe in clothing once fashionable, but now faded, worn and outdated. A wilted brimmed hat was cocked to the side of his head, his old dress shirt two sizes too big with the cuffs of his trousers that dragged in the dirt.
For some reason though, it was his shoes that caught my attention. They were a deep shade of brown with a hint of chestnut, perfectly polished and buffed. A lovely hand tooled pattern on the tips of each shoe, scrolled in a delicate half shaped heart. They were wing-tipped shoes.
He stopped in front of a shy 3 year old’s stall and gazed at the youngster who stood back in the shadows. As the minutes passed, the old man began to quietly hum a tune and played with the change in his trouser pockets. It was enough to catch the youngster’s curiosity, as the colt carefully hung his head over the stall gate and stretch it’s nose towards the old man’s open hand.
This ‘glimpse’ was written by John Bourke, who is a Thoroughbred race trainer, breeder, owner and an all- around great horseman. How many times did he drive past this retired box and thought to himself what that phone must have meant to so many people. . . the riders, the trainers, the drifters and others who are now long gone. It is a melancholy glimpse that is too special not to share. Thank you, John, for writing this and thank you for Artful Way (Ray), Give Me Cash (Johnny), and Good Kid (Billy).
I was once an integral part of the backside. I was virtually used 24/7….but look at me now. Grass & weeds taking me over- inside & out, thanks to those dam cell phones.
I was even looked upon as a threat to the integrity of racing. Management locked me up 1 hour before the first post to keep those devious backside folks from calling their bookmakers, thus lowering the on track handle.
When I was unlocked after the last race, the desperados would be standing in line to make collect calls, pleading to friends or family to wire more money.
I was also witness to many a call concerning affairs of the heart. Some would profess their love & others question the fidelity of their long distance partners.
Then there were the battling trainers trying to eek out a living, (Pre-simulcast days) giving a story to their owners that rivaled a Tennessee Williams script. It was a common place for battlers to feed me Mexican Centavos in place of quarters. It was known as a con man’s discount.
I guess the lesson learned from all those calls is simple. Self preservation takes precedence over all else.
Just waiting for Ma Bell & Thistledown management to lock my door for the final time and carry me off to the old pay phone graveyard.
End of an era.
Our newest farm member is a promising, well-bred youngster who never set a hoof on a racetrack. Transitioning a Thoroughbred from the track to training for the show world is relatively easy. Why is that? With young Thoroughbreds whose futures are designed to run, earn money and possibly make history, they’ve experienced things by the age of 2, that the average horse might never experience in their lifetime.
When some Thoroughbreds don’t make it to a racing career for some reason or another, in my opinion they fall behind with their training on the farm, traveling on rigs, starting gates, workouts and day and nighttime racing. When I begin working with a youngster with no track mileage, I approach things differently in order to “feel” themselves out and recognize what they’re lacking in experience and exposure.
Frankie O’Prado is what I call a “pasture find”, who had all the paperwork ready for the Jockey Club, but for some reason never made its way to the desk of the organization. He was broke at 3 and turned out in a Kentucky field until early Summer 2022.
I jumped at the chance to restart him simply because he is by Paddy O’Prado. You can’t miss when there’s a Thoroughbred with any Prado blood whether its Paddy O’Prado, El Prado or Fort Prado. Those stallions have a reputation of being well boned, excellent temperament and talent from the racecourse to the show ring.
It’s going to be fun and gratifying producing Frankie. He is so affectionate, and I’ve already fallen for his gentle personality.
Frankie is a 4 year old Thoroughbred gelding who never raced. If his name rings a bell, it should. His sire is the famous Paddy O’Prado. Prado blood is like gold, especially now since the sire has passed from an unexpected farm accident.
We are in love with Frankie and his gentle ways.
More and more I’m seeing Thoroughbreds (who typically wear English tack), sporting Western gear. Thoroughbreds can do anything from racing, jumping, Dressage and Western sports. That is what’s so special about Puddle Jumper, because he can be an all-around Thoroughbred.
The farm congratulates Corey Bridges on her purchase of Puddle Jumper. She got a VERY special 4 year old and we wish them many years of happiness.
The farm wants to congratulate Bree Robinette of Magnolia Farm on their purchase of Hot Traffic. Thank you for the returned business and your enthusiasm and love of our Thoroughbreds.
Puddle Jumper (Boyd) has updated info on the HORSES FOR SALE page. I must admit that I’m quite smitten with this youngster and he puts a smile on my face. He would be ideal for an experienced woman who works in a 9 to 5 office job, and wants an uncomplicated horse in her life. Boyd is that horse, and is a talented Thoroughbred to develop for pleasure and the competition arena. He’d be perfect for the Young Event Horse Series.