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A TB drifted from home to home until he stuck

A pretty white snowball of a horse drifted from home to home until about a month ago when he landed softly in the hands of a 13-year-old boy. Scattering Breezes had been in some fine hands along the way, but when young Austin hopped on his back and trotted, then cantered near the fence line of the gelding’s Salem, Va., paddock, the perfect fit of horse and young man was evident. And strangers though they were, the connection was instant; they got along famously. Race name: Scattering Breezes Barn name:Joey Sire: Concordes Tune Dam: Buck N Cavalry Foal date: March […]

Lainey Ashker and Anthony Patch on cross country at Kentucky Rolex Three Day. Photo by and courtesy of Lee Ann Zobbe

Rolex challenges stiffen resolve of OTTB riders

Despite setbacks and disappointments, two top Thoroughbred riders exited the Rolex Kentucky grounds last weekend brimming with pride in their horses, yet humbled by the experience of “going big” on a world stage. Four-star rider Lainey Ashker and her 16-year-old OTTB Anthony Patch put in a stellar performance in the Dressage ring, ending the first day of competition in 2nd place before winding up in an admirable 7th place for dressage. Meanwhile, Leah Lang-Gluscic, in her maiden trip to Rolex with her $750 T’bred AP Prime, accomplished a huge milestone in the “electric” dressage ring before withdrawing from the rest […]

A Suffolk Downs alumn takes a load off on a spring day.

Photo of the Week: Have a seat

Since retiring from Suffolk Downs in September 2014, Pats Love has embraced all the good things in her new life. Especially sunbathing while sitting up! Owner Shannon O’Neill says her mare will chill out in paddock in her best adaptation of a couch potato nearly everyday, particularly on a warm day. “She’s my silly girl,” says O’Neill, who notes that she fell instantly in love with the mare after a jockey friend told her about the OTTB. “I’ve ridden Thoroughbreds for years, and have been fortunate enough to exercise many of them on a private farm in Massachusetts. It was […]