Beyond the Blinkers

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

November 2011 - Posts

Blue Blue Sea's Brother Needs Your Help

Remember the amazing story of Miranda Prather and Blue Blue Sea ? It didn't surprise me to hear that Blue Blue Sea, a 12-year-old gelding by Sea Hero, currently has nearly 680 fans on Facebook. Prather contacted me a few weeks ago about a new development in the horse’s family that I would like to share. Recently, Prather began following the progress of Blue Blue Sea’s dam, Alytude. The Alysheba mare... Read More

Breeders' Cup Backstretch Snapshots

Greetings from Churchill Downs, two days out from the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships! It was a chilly morning in Louisville as I roamed the barns, talking with trainers of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT) contenders, but those frigid early hours have melted into a beautiful and mild afternoon. I thought I would share a few snapshots from this morning: Pearl the goat all bundled up BC... Read More

Old Friends Hall of Fame Day Draws Many Supporters

On Oct. 17, I was graciously invited to attend a benefit for Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky. honoring Hall of Fame members Skip Away, Noor, and Precisionist. I thought you all would enjoy seeing some photos of this special occasion. The event started with an observance for the three previously mentioned Thoroughbreds, who were recently buried in Old Friend’s new... Read More

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