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California Chrome's connections will turn out for a fundraiser this week to benefit OTTBs. Photo courtesy Thoroughbred Charities of America

California Chromies to turn out for OTTBs

California “Chromies” will join a former major league baseball player to help raise money for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses this week during a fundraising event in California. Luminaries connected with 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome will join former ballplayer and TVG analyst Paul Lo Duca on Nov. 2 at Matt Denny’s Ale House in Arcadia, Calif. “An Evening with Team California Chrome” will feature behind-the-scenes stories and good cheer in a fundraising event to benefit the Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA). Frank Taylor, Perry Martin, Art Sherman and Victor Espinoza will discuss the history made by the North American all-time […]

Bridleless Wyatt ponies racehorses by day and eats treats from a spoon or fork in his off hours. Photo by Terri Cage Photography

An escape-artist horse who eats with a spoon

In the 16 years since Wyatt the racehorse pony narrowly escaped the slaughterhouse, the funny, opinionated, master of stall-door locks and connoisseur of junk food has been delighting his owner, no end. Known as Bridleless Wyatt on the tracks where he works with Texas horseman Donna Keen (sans bridle), the beautiful gray she purchased for a song brings humor and delight wherever he goes. “Everyone knows Wyatt,” she says. “People I don’t know are always coming up and saying, ‘Hey Wyatt!’ And he pricks his ears at the sound of his name” acknowledging the greeting. Wyatt has been nearly human […]

Silver and Smoke has started to train under saddle for a possible show career. She's building up her fitness in 20-minute workouts, and is ridden by Brooks Chernisky.

Mare goes from Fla. shanty to show training

A young, gray mare who nearly died while confined in a shoddy stall in Miami-Dade Florida two years ago has blossomed with the help of her original breeder into a budding lesson pony. After battling back from starvation that nearly claimed her life, Silver and Smoke, 6, began training two weeks ago with Long Island instructor/trainer Eileen Tobie Delgaudio, and is showing every sign of being a natural show horse. Silver and Smoke Sire: Mountbrook Dam: Quiddich Foal date: March 5, 2010“This horse has been through a lot, but she’s damned amazing!” Delgaudio says. “I have personally rehabbed 74 Thoroughbreds […]