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By Susan Salk on April 18, 2012
Kim Gatto is on a roll! A year after penning a book on the Saratoga Race Course, she has released a new work capturing the excitement of America’s once preeminent stud farm, Belair. In this week’s Reader’s Clubhouse, Gatto talks about her new book, Belair Stud: The Cradle of Maryland Horse Racing, the famous horses contained within its pages, and hints at future projects. Q: Belair Stud follows closely on the heels of Saratoga Race Course: The August Place to Be. Both books are thoroughly researched histories that sparkle with excitement. Kim, have you found a new niche for yourself? […]
By Susan Salk on April 17, 2012
Robin Coblyn went to a lot of trouble for the fuzzy, bay colt with white socks. Even before he was born, she took great pains finding the perfect winning racehorse to sire the little guy, ultimately choosing Domestic Dispute, who, in his heyday, won over $700,000 and fathered some pretty fancy offspring. “There was a time when Domestic Dispute babies were selling for $150,000 and up,” Coblyn recalls. But, as luck would have it, the foals had dropped off the bloodstock radar shortly after her little guy was born. Worse, the vagaries of life would compound early on for this […]
By Susan Salk on April 13, 2012
In one of those ironic twists of fate, it was a layoff from her beloved job on the Sacramento, Calif. police force that led Alana Courville to discover her true “calling”— finding new paths and careers for ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds. Up until receiving her pink slip last June, Courville had kept her enthusiasm for horses as a sideline, and worked with gusto on community policing work and other projects for the force. But when her career ended abruptly in a widespread layoff, if wasn’t the allure of fighting crime that fueled her imagination, but rather, it was a scraggly racehorse with […]