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Lezlie at the New Comer's Center, Emerald Downs

Clubhouse Q&A: ‘I’m a Thoroughbred liaison’

Long before Lezlie Wolff became what she calls a “Thoroughbred liaison” —writing articles for an industry magazine and helping to attract a new crop of race fans through the Emerald Downs New Comer’s Center—Ms. Wolff was mucking stalls at a Washington racecourse. The up-close perspective provided by that job at Longacres Racecourse, combined with her family background as racehorse owners, helped get Wolff moving toward a career in that world and a calling to raise awareness on behalf of the Thoroughbred. In this week’s Clubhouse Q&A, Wolff talks about her work to attract new fans to the game, and to […]

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Sea Walker is Rood & Riddle Horse of the Year

Sea Walker, a champion show jumper whose heart beats with the bloodlines of Secretariat, was named the 2011 Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse of the Year this month in recognition of his 17 wins at major shows. The naturally balanced ex-racehorse, who almost effortlessly switched gears from the racetrack to the show ring, was honored at the annual Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (TOBA) dinner Sept. 7. In recognizing Sea Walker, the second ex-racehorse Thoroughbred to be so honored by Rood & Riddle, it is hoped his success helps shine a light on the potential that most ex-racehorse have […]


Velcro, the horse who stuck in tough times

As a youngster, Katherine Perry didn’t expect much from others.  Shy, quiet, and perhaps somewhat uncertain, she was neither spoiled nor coddled. In fact, by the time she was in her early teens, her spirits had turned more melancholy, as entry into the teenage years were initiated first by sadness, so difficult at that age, and then by grief. Overwhelmed by the sudden death of her grandfather, the one in the family she felt the strongest bond with, her daily life became a dark place for a 13-year-old. “My grandfather had been my best friend and my biggest supporter,” Perry […]