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Lock the Door and rider Lexy Small took home the ribbons at the Coastal Hunter/Jumper Series in Florida. Photo by Morgan Mickel

Spooking at birds, mare jumps into new career

The mad flapping of wings and exuberant barking of a dog hunting his quarry was too much for the young ex-racehorse mare; and she bolted. Putting as much distance between herself and the flock of geese as she could at a mad-dash scramble, Lock The Door made a beeline for the gate of the jump-filled paddock where the ruckus took place, but took the time to put a little flair on her flight. Rather than dash around the obstacles in the ring, she approached each with the aplomb of a tested hunter/jumper show horse, and sailed over the top like […]

Quick Call at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Wallkill Correctional Facility program Second Chances turns 30 today.

Quick Call, the ‘Horse for the Course,’ is 30

Quick Call may not have the racing legs that once carried him to victory twice in Saratoga’s Forego Handicap, and earned $800,000 in his race career, but he still has the attitude. “He’s still pretty much the same,” says Jim Tremper, farm manager at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s (TRF) Second Chances Program at Wallkill Correctional Facility in New York. “He doesn’t look for company, from horses or people, and if you need something from him … you have to go out and get him. He commands respect.” On this, Quick Call’s 30th birthday, the gelding with the deservedly proud face […]

Leading jockey Rosie Napravnik, the fifth-place finisher in last year's Kentucky Derby, enjoys some pleasure riding aboard her OTTB Sugar.

Olympian, Derby jock & champion are all for TBs

Capitalizing on the excitement that surrounds the U.S. horse-sport season, stars of the racetrack and cross-country fields will converge in Kentucky to honor the Thoroughbred as all eyes turn to the fabled battlegrounds of the Kentucky Derby and Rolex Three Day. Leading jockey Rosie Napravnik, the first female to win the Kentucky Oaks two years ago, and past contender in the Kentucky Derby, will join Pan American Games Eventing gold medalist Lynn Symansky and Olympic dressage rider Linda Zang to honor and support Thoroughbreds at the third annual Thoroughbreds for All event. Both women will speak to approximately 600 Thoroughbred […]