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, everyone--it was a great response.

I really enjoyed reading all of your comments and I was especially touched by the responses about your own OTTBs. Actually, I might be contacting some of you in the future to share your more in-depth stories on Beyond the Blinkkers.

I thought I would leave you with this priceless photo that my husband and I included in our Christmas card this year of our dog, Sancho. Do any of you inclue pictures of your horses or other pets in your Christmas cards?

Have a wonderful holiday season!!


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A Horsey Canuck

Esther, having met you in person, I thank you for so many of your wonderful "Beyond the Blinkers" blogs. I hope to see you next October when I come down for a bit of the Keeneland meet. In the meantime, thank you so much for all of your wonderful BH blogs, and all of the best to you, your husband and your pal, Sancho. All the best in 2012, Esther. Sincerely, Pat in Kenora, Ontario, Canada.

22 Dec 2011 4:06 PM

I include my OTTB race mare Touch of Success and my quarter horse Raven and my girlfriends jumper Elliot. In my chirstmas cards

22 Dec 2011 4:13 PM


I enjoyed all the stories & was reminded of so many past Champions and also loved the heart- warming memories of those (of us ) who wrote in about thier own horses.I continued to think of the stories all through evening stable.

"IF your lucky enough to have a horse , your lucky enough "

The Thoroughbred really is a wonderful horse no matter what his career !

I also felt really good to read that JOHN SHEARS HAS RETURNED TO SANTA ANITA..BEST WISHES JOHN !!!!

All in all , a fun way to start off the Christmas Cheer !

Thanks for the great story, I just love that stallion Eagle Time, he's a BEAUTY !!!

22 Dec 2011 8:10 PM

Esther, I make picture note cards with photos of my retired Thoroughbred racehorse on the cover. Ready Lady is now 15 years old and still graces my note cards all year long.

23 Dec 2011 9:26 AM

animals in the cards- always!!

26 Dec 2011 10:24 AM

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