It became evident from the piles of paper and notes that it was time to clean off my desk. And in the process I ran across a few random notes that I thought I would share.
Last week’s Breeders Crown races were some of the most entertaining I have seen in a long time despite the inclement weather. The gutty finishes of Market Share, Shelliscape, Captaintreachersous and Foiled Again clearly displayed the heart and soul of the Standardbred and their never-quit attitudes. It also did little to put any distance between the presumed favorites for Horse of the Year honors (Captaintreachersous and Bee a Magician) in the minds of those who vote. Both horses came through with championship performances and fully lived up to their billing going in. It will be a real nail-biter when the Dan Patch envelope is opened and the winner is announced next February at Dover.
And finally, a couple weeks ago I reported on a novel trick a horse I own had learned. At that time I also solicited for any of our readers who had horses with similar aptitudes to come forward and share their story. So now I present a couple of talented trotter’s tales, as described by their owners.
Michigan amateur driver Patricia Miller has a horse named Trotting Houdini who has a penchant to stick his giraffe neck out of his stall, reach down, grasp the pump handle, and pull it on. A couple times she had come into the barn to hear the water gushing down the aisle and figured out it was Houdini.
She also has an unnamed “flying filly." One day an inflatable tent blew over into her paddock and it scared her so that she jumped a six-foot fence and ran completely out of sight. Miller reports this was the first time she ever saw this filly jump anything and it took them several hours to find and catch her. After returning to her stall it was decided that camping was not in her future.
And California amateur driver and president of TrackMaster, David Siegel, wrote about a pacer he owns named Don’t Laugh at Me who fetches on command. He shows him something, throws it and he brings it back to him and puts it in his right hand. I’m sensing the makings of a beer commercial here.
Just for laughs I searched YouTube and also found a horse that plays a piano,
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