Beyond the Blinkers

Esther Marr commentary on Thoroughbred retirement, aftercare, and interesting stories

Horses in Low Country

Hello and I apologize for being out of commission last week. I took a wonderful vacation to South Carolina near Hilton Head Island with my husband’s family. We caught blue crabs off the dock, saw dolphins, sharks, and jellyfish up close, ate lots of fresh peaches, and fished in the inner coastal waters. And...I had the privilege of riding my bike through this neighborhood every day: While South Carolina... Read More

Racehorses-Turned Hunter/Jumpers Show Off Their Skills

I know I just featured New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program a couple weeks ago, but I wanted to bring to attention the fact that the organization hosted its final Thoroughbred event last weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park, and it was, once again, a success. Nearly 40 Thoroughbreds gathered July 11 at the Lexington-based facility to compete in two Thoroughbred restricted Hunter/Jumper classes. New... Read More

Thoroughbreds Rocked it Out at KY Horse Park Show

You all know I have a heart for retired Thoroughbred racehorses that are able to find fulfilling, second careers. I want to commend the organization New Vocations for its dedication to this cause, and the fact it is actually proving its mission. The organization, which claims on its website to “stand in the gap for retired racehorses by providing a safety net through rehabilitation, education, and... Read More

Summer Bird in Paradise at Paul's Mill

Today I ventured out to Paul’s Mill in Versailles, Ky. to welcome 2009 3-year-old champion Summer Bird to his new home. Just when I thought I had seen all the most beautiful Thoroughbred farms in the area, Paul’s Mill took Central Kentucky's splendor of scenery to a whole new level. I was informed that Drs. K. K. and Devi Jayaraman, who bred and campaigned Summer Bird and will retain a major interest... Read More

P.J. Cooksey: Why She's a Rockstar

While I will not be at Pimlico this weekend to see Super Saver attempt to take the second jewel of the Triple Crown, I am eagerly anticipating the outcome of all the events of the next couple days, one of them being the Lady Legends For the Cure Race, a $30,000 six-furlong allowance on the main track for 3-year-olds and up May 14. Like many other events that day, the race focuses on breast cancer awareness... Read More

Top 10 Memories of 2010 Kentucky Derby/Oaks

Looking back over last week, I wish I would have written down more of these moments as they occurred so I could have more detail of the great memories that came out of this year's Kentucky Oaks and Derby. I will list some of my favorites below (with one thrown in from our editorial intern and guest blogger Kelsey Riley whose last day is today!). I will also include some red carpet footage shot by Alex... Read More

Blind Luck and Evening Jewel: Doing Fine After Oaks

Now that the Kentucky Oaks is in the history books and the mighty filly Blind Luck has emerged the winner by a nose over the hard trying Evening Jewel, everybody is probably wondering what’s next for the daughter of Pollard’s Vision. But before I update you on that, I have to say that this race was one of the most heart pounding stretch runs I’ve seen in awhile—especially since you all know how much... Read More

Devil May Care: Oaks or Derby?

As I’m sure you already read on our Web site a few days ago , there is a chance that Devil May Care could run in the Derby instead of the Oaks, depending on how her workout at Churchill goes April 24. What do you guys think about that? She has the earnings, but is this filly, who has never raced against males, ready to face a huge field full in the most prestigious race in America? I’m not so sure... Read More

What's in a Name?

It's time to start evaluating the possible Kentucky Oaks starters, examing their name meanings, as well as where they rank on the graded earnings list.... Read More

Sammy Meets Hard Spun

Emerging young writer Maria Michalak submits a guest blog entry about a girl named Sammy and the inspiration she found from grade I winner Hard Spun that helped her fight a battle with anorexia. ... Read More

Thoroughbreds in Tinsel Town

In this entry, I examined how real horses portrayed some of the creatures in "Avatar," and I interviewed Hollywood horse trainer Cari Swanson about what former Thoroughbred racehorses have been retrained to star in various films.... Read More

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