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Ann Banks on her Thoroughbred Jack

Ann Banks is a good steward of racing

Author’s note: This story was originally published on April 20, 2012. Walking “hots” for Hall of Fame trainer Elliott Burch back in the 70s, Ann Banks learned the right way to treat racehorses. Nobody yelled at them; they weren’t shanked around; and never did the blare of loud music disrupt the sanctity of the stabling area. “It was peaceful and quiet,” she recalls. “I learned to be respectful, and to speak softly to the superstar racehorses.” Stars she knew personally, by their quirks and charms, included Horse of the Year Arts and Letters and Key to the Mint, Eclipse Award American Champion Three-Year-Old Male. On […]