Archive for May, 2013

A LIVING FLAME: WILL HARBUT AND MAN O’WAR
May 13, 2013

Great article; some of the comments take my breath away…

How awe-inspiring would it be to interview someone who saw Man O’ War – and who remembers the farm the way it used to be?

Just as amazing would be to talk to Tom Harbut. I wonder if his children are interested in their father and grandfather’s rich history?

I am so envious of some of these people. *sighs wistfully*

THE VAULT: Horse racing past and present

The names and stories of the men and women who were primary caregivers to thoroughbreds, whether great champions or hard-working horses who ran on local racetracks, are largely unknown. Since many of these people were perceived as menial workers employed in the stables of the wealthy, they were overlooked by turf writers and the general public. However, even though fragmentary, a few stories of thoroughbreds and the men who loved them have come down to us from the past.

One such narrative fragment concerns Will Harbut and the legendary Man O’ War. 

The Latin “texere” from which the word “text” derives means texture and was first used to describe the process of weaving textiles. There is a kind of lovely rapport between the concept of storytelling and weaving. Both involve the choice of a pattern, colour and intricate stitchery that produces a design. And both are human endeavours that seek…

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This is how you breed a horse, folks.
May 4, 2013

A Big Red powerhouse right here. Check out all the Man O’ War affiliations, plus a few other cool characters from Racing’s glory days:

ORB:
American Flag, Speed Boat, Galleon Gold, Judy O’ Grady, Coquelicot, Baton Rouge, Hostility, Free America (Columbiana & Firetop), Warrior Lass, War Woman, Mad Hatter, Friar Rock, Display, Oval, Mlle. Dazie, Striking, Busher, Misplay, Hour Glass, Iron Maiden, In Reality, Busanda, Bee Mac, Admiral’s Lady, Upset, Wildair, John P. Grier (more than once).

Honorable mentions to Colin and Shenanigans.

Kentucky Derby 2013 and the Big Red connection
May 4, 2013

Interesting little facts on today’s runners, especially regarding links back to Man O’ War. Some sentimental choices and hunch bets as well.

Normandy Invasion: Love the name (powerful), love the story, love the fact that he has 4 D-Day veterans cheering him on, love that he has interesting Man O’ War connections in his pedigree. Not even so far back: 5th generation, there is Fairy Manhurst right there. Red’s last stakes winning progeny, or so I have read. You don’t see him too often these days.

Sadly, Normandy Invasion has only a maiden win, and has not won a race this year. This is also his trainer’s first Derby starter. A few strikes against him there. But…what a great sentimental pick he is!!

Orb: Shug McGaughey, Easy Goer’s trainer. Can’t go wrong with Orb’s trainer! Orb is also a Big Red powerhouse. Hostility is in his pedigree. So is Free America, Galleon Gold,  Mata Hari, Judy O’ Grady, and Coquelicot. It doesn’t stop there. Complete list to follow. Ruffian connections; beloved Shenanigans is in here too, via her daughter Laughter. Pretty damn impressive!

Oxbow: Good, powerful name. Calumet Farms! Seeing Gary Stevens win would be pretty nice. Oxbow has a strong name. Oxbow is trained by Lukas: Not a huge fan of his, but could be worse. Dam is full sister to Tiznow, which means a few In Reality connections there! Olden Times on the top.

Revolutionary: Powerful name.  A SUPERB looking individual. He looks like a champ.

Lines of Battle: Powerful name. Haskin says he will handle the off track. Irish horse, very nice.

Verrazano: Powerful name

Palace Malice: Nellie Flag.

Mylute: Lousy name, I’d rather he won some big stakes later on instead of the Derby. However, he will handle the slop most likely, and he does have two interesting characters in his pedigree: Valid Appeal and Believe it.  Very nice, for obvious reasons.

Goldencents: Battlefield and Seaplane. Love his sire, Into Mischief. Into Mischief has an interesting pedigree too. However, I do not like Goldencents’ trainer. Sorry. But Goldencents will hopefully go on to do great things later on, just not today.