Beyond the Blinkers

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

December 2011 - Posts

And the winner is...

Using a random number generator, I have chosen a winner for the 2012 Blood-Horse calendar: gocurlin12: My favorite older horse is Forego because he always tried his best and showed so much courage on the track. A very worthy favorite! Be sure to email me your street address, gocurlin12, so I can mail you your calendar by the end of the day! My email is . Thanks so much for entering... Read More

Eagle Time's Story and Beyond the Blinkers Giveaway

This pre-Christmas blog has two purposes: to commemorate the career of the recently retired hard knocking stallion Eagle Time and to provide you guys with the opportunity to win an awesome Blood-Horse calendar. Consider it my Christmas present to you! You may have heard of Eagle Time, a remarkable 14-year-old horse whose final start was a 1 1/2-length victory at Thistledown Oct. 1. While The Blood... Read More

Inspired by Lights

Guest blogger Mary Cage shares the story of Lights on Broadway, a horse that was rescued from a near death experience, after which he inspired the foundation of a Thoroughbred non-profit organization.... Read More

OTTB Spotlights: Fleet Valid and Farrah

Fleet Valid, a hard knocking gelding by Montbrook, was a just a claimer during the majority of his 28 starts. The striking chestnut finished his career in a blaze of glory however, when in his final three outings, he consecutively won the 2009 Teddy Drone and Icecapade Stakes at Monmouth Park and finished third in the Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. I) at Laurel Park. Fleet Valid winning... Read More

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