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Dirty Jobs: Assistant Trainer

Dirty Jobs: Assistant Trainer

If assistant trainers got paid by the hour they would be millionaires! These hard working and dedicated individuals log in more time at the track than anyone else.. Who's at the barn to meet a horse shipping in at midnight? Who's still on the backside watching their...

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Dirty Jobs: Hot walker

Dirty Jobs: Hot walker

Round and round and round and . . . seems like that's all we ever do at the racetrack, just keep turning left! But no one goes round and round more than the hot walkers. Thoroughbred trainers like George Weaver, Jerry Gryczewski, and Bobby Frankel hail from all over...

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Dirty Jobs: Exercise Rider

Dirty Jobs: Exercise Rider

An exercise rider gets paid to gallop, jog, and breeze racehorses. They facilitate the daily exercise that these equine athletes need to get ready to race for the first time and to stay fit in between races. The rider also passes on crucial information to the trainer...

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Dirty Jobs: Racetrack Groom

Dirty Jobs: Racetrack Groom

According to a 2005 USA TODAY series, "The 10 Worst Jobs in Sports," Horse Racing Groom rocked the number one spot and this is certainly true nearly a decade later. Horse Racing Groom beat out Mascot, Rodeo Clown, Sparring Parter, and Iditarod Sled Dog for the win....

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All the Horse Colors of the Rainbow

All the Horse Colors of the Rainbow

This summer I was cruising down a rural side road and spotted a shiny blonde horse in a nearby pasture. I'm aware that blonde is not a horse color but I swear he was blonde! Not just his mane and tail but his entire body glowed like my own sun kissed hair did as a...

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Accidents Happen! Stable First Aid Kit

Accidents Happen! Stable First Aid Kit

"I think we need stitches," was the text I received last Sunday at 8:30 p.m.  My friend Jessie's three-year-old Quarter Horse Ghost had a major cut on his hind leg. Talk about bad timing, our attempts to get ahold of a vet were futile and with the truck in the shop,...

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Thoroughbred Racehorse Name Game

Thoroughbred Racehorse Name Game

Aside from standing in the winners' circle, naming a racehorse is arguably one of the most fun parts of ownership. Over the years we have seen beautiful, witty, stoic, and even downright perverse names, each with a story behind it. Obtaining the perfect name can be...

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Up, Up and Away!!

Up, Up and Away!!

On the heels of the Kentucky Derby many people wonder how winner California Chrome travelled to and from his home racetrack of Los Alamitos in Cypress, California, to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. California Chrome wasn't shipped by train and he wasn't...

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The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby

Every year there is full-blown battle to obtain one of the 20 available spots in the Kentucky Derby's starting gate. Only the absolute best three-year-old Thoroughbreds gain entry and a chance to win their place in the history books. Beautiful and timeless Churchill...

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Horse Racing, Naturally

Horse Racing, Naturally

Nutraceutical is a relatively new word. So new, in fact, that my spellcheck doesn't recognize it. Nutraceutical is the product of smashing "nutrition" and "pharmaceutical" together, becoming representative of finding a natural pathway to better health, performance and...

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