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Martin O'Dowd is reunited with Upon This Rock, a Runnymede gelding he bred and cared for. Photo by Sherry O'Dowd

Runnymede Farm alum reunited, old pals

The kindhearted Irishman leaned close, placed a steadying hand on the face of the dark gelding, and the beautiful animal pressed his soft muzzle toward his old friend, a pal he’d known his whole life. With the soft green grass of the Kentucky Horse Park cushioning their feet, both horseman and horse stood a moment while their photo was taken, and then the senior horseman moved away, to let the gelding get on with the rest of his day. And he smiled with satisfaction to see that his lovely creation, Upon This Rock, was now quite fancy, his race-training days behind him. […]