Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Way He Were

Tuesday January 19 2010

Stormy (ex-racehorse) wishes to pay tribute to those two great newly-crowned Champion Thoroughbred mares, Rachel Alexandra (2009 Champion 3-year-old Filly, Horse of the Year) and Zenyatta (2009 Champion Older Mare).

He acknowledges they would have galloped double circles around him, but they did the same job, and they have the same ancestors running in their pedigrees.

Stormy recalls:

Cooling out on the walkers after a workout, steaming on a cold morning

Schooling in the starting gate

Ready to head to the track

Going onto the track

Posing on the backstretch - look at that slick coat!

Having the wet racetrack to himself

Stall living - and sharing watermelons with his favorite exercise rider

Winning! (photo by Longacres racetrack photographer)

You know how parents keep stacks of photo albums of their kid, and they want you to sit down and look at every single picture, as if every single one would mean something to you, as it does to the proud mother? Fortunately for all of you, Stormy's many, many photo albums are in an attic in Seattle, so you don't have to do this. Stormy picked out his best photos here.

Cheers to the Queens of the Turf!


  1. That is so cool that you have those great pics of Stormy from his racing days. What is his full name? Karen W.

  2. my first horse is Great Picken, an OTTB mare (can you say kentucky? ) so this is a subject near and dear to my heart :)

    cid and gazi

  3. Cheers to the Queens, indeed! What amazing mares!

    And hooray for Stormy, too, for being ok with the mares in the spotlight.

    He sure shone like a shining star in his day, though. Wow! Those photos of him are precious to have. I especially like the one of him nibbling the watermelon. hehe!


    ps Thanks for all the wonderful comments, encouragement, and words of support and advice you've been giving me over at my blog. They are much appreciated :)

  4. Awww thanks! I too have a photo alblum of my days as galloper pony-girl on the track....great times!

  5. A great tribute to the honored!

    Stormy sure had his day though didn't he? How exciting!