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    Barbaro Updates: 117

    updates are now here.

    Update 934: No update yet this morning for Barbaro. Well its almost like someone turned on the lights this morning. First set it was bright, which was nice (although first set will now be pushed to 6 am rather than 6:30 am starting tomorrow).

    A good morning for a monday morning. Nothing too exciting occured. I saw Fen, who was in Keeneland yesterday breezing Film Maker. She concured with Lisa assessment of the work (update 929). I asked Fen about the Polytrack, she said it was great. Film Maker loved it. Fen has also galloped on the synthetic track at Woodbine (when Better Talk Now was in Canada for his last win) and is a big fan.

    Rocky galloped out of the gate, then breezed 3/8ths. He went well, it was his first breeze without company. He's learning. He went in about 38. Hawty Creek went out back again, I'll probably take her to the track in the next couple of days. Mike Jensen (Philadelphia Inquirer writer) was at Fair Hill this morning, so it looks like another horse racing article in the works.

    Update 933: Again, today's Barbaro update will be likely to come late this morning.

    The Keeneland meet is now over and records have been set: Keeneland Reports Record Attendance, Wagering. The following is an excerpt:

    "This meet has been extraordinary for us in so many ways," said Nick Nicholson, president and CEO of Keeneland. "While we are proud of the many records that were set, we are even more proud of how well the Polytrack surface performed. It remained very safe throughout the meet, despite getting more than twice the usual amount of rainfall during the month."

    For those interested in the adoption of synthetic tracks, our focus now switches to Hollywood Park, that meet opens this week with the "Cushion Track". I spoke to Andy Durnin last night (exercise rider at Hollywood Park) and he said the backside at Hollywood Park is as full as it has been since he has been in California, a signal that horseman are supporting this new track. Andy has been very impressed with it during training hours.

    Update 932: Just spoke to Peter, who visited Barbaro earlier today. Barbaro was actually sleeping when Peter visited, so he left him alone. All was well.
    update, sunday october 29, 8:00 pm

    Update 931: I spoke to Steve Willard, Giacomo's exercise rider, earlier this afternoon. Giacomo breezed 3/4s this morning in about 1 minute 14 and change / 1 minute and 15 (Steve was not sure). A good work designed just to keep Giacomo ticking over and get some wind into him. He worked with another horse which he passed at the end of the work. He cooled out well, he blew for about 5 minutes. After cooling out he was picking grass, his normal routine.

    They are looking for a good race from Giacomo. Steve knows its an awfully tough race (Breeders' Cup Classic) but they expect he will run well based on how he is training. He will have tomorrow off and is shipping to Churchill very early tuesday morning. Steve will ride with him on the plane as will Frank, his traveling groom.

    The Daily Racing Form reports on many other works for a busy Breeders' Cup preparation morning: DRF Clocker Report: Sunday, October 29. This will likely be the last busy morning for horses working in preparation for the Breeders' Cup.

    Update 930: A nice article on Perfect Drift: Need a horse to cheer? Perfect Drift is a Classic. The following is an excerpt:

    "Over the years, he's become more professional," Johnson said. "He almost knows exactly what we're doing. When he gets with (exercise jockey) Joe (Deegan), he knows when it's time to go and when it's time to whoa. . . . He's just a good horse who gives everything he has every time. He doesn't come from any royalty. But he just keeps going. . . . He's started 41 races. I'd like to think he could get another 20."

    I know Perfect Drift is popular with many on this site, and am grateful for Joe Deegan providing us updates on this great horse. His longevity is necessary for the sport.

    Update 929: I just spoke to Lisa Davison, who worked Better Talk Now in company with Film Maker, this morning. They went 3/4s in 1:12 and change. Lisa said the track was riding quite fast (sounds like it to me!) They traveled well across the polytrack, it was a good work.

    It was amusing, as I was talking to Lisa she was watching her work on TVG. TVG said that the work was a positive for Film Maker and a negative for Better Talk Now (Film Maker was going slightly the better of the two at the end of the work) but Lisa told me that the work was typical for both horses, and Film Maker is just a better work horse. So all remains well for the Motion Breeders' Cup horses. They will walk tomorrow and ship to Churchill Downs for the final days before the big race day.

    Update 928: Another comfortable night last night for Barbaro (saturday night). I just spoke to Peter who had heard from Michael. Peter had not yet visited Barbaro, so I will try to get another update later.

    Jeannine Edwards e-mailed me to let us know the ESPN piece that will include a feature on Barbaro will air on Wednesday, November 1 at 3 PM. It should be about 5 minutes long. She also included a preview of the piece in this e-mail:

    TRACK 9: As Barbaro continues to defy the odds, another more abstract question arises: What is it about this horse that has so captivated thousands around the world?

    JEAN MANSAVAGE TAPE 2 He doesn't have the bad character traits that so many of our professional athletes have today 02 22 52 he's not getting caught with drugs, not getting caught with weapons in the back of his car, and he's not kicking somebody in the head on the football field. // He's a magnificent horse that represents something very fundamental to this country. 02 23 27

    MICHAEL MATZ TAPE 2 // 02 27 03 // the day after we said that he was foundered, there was thirty five baskets of apples and carrots and flowers, the first day 02 27 45 (choked up) I mean, the support I think that's the main situation that I would say how this horse brought so many people together (choked up).

    EDGAR PRADO TAPE 2 02 18 43 // the first time I got on him, he showed me that he was a great horse with a lot of talent and a lot of class. // 02 06 37 I think he really have a special place in my heart.

    DEAN RICHARDSON TAPE 1 20 45 // There's a lot of people really deeply emotionally attached to this horse for good reason. It's not just because he won a lot of money it's more to it than that. 21:27 JEANNINE Q: What is it about him? // 21:29 R: He's a charismatic horse. // He seems a little bit bigger than life because he did some bigger than life things.

    JEANNINE Q: What's the one derby moment that you think about more than the rest?

    MATZ TAPE 2 I think 02 04 34 when I heard the announcer say "here comes barbaro!" (choked up)

    Nat Sound Up: Kentucky Derby

    JEANNINE Q: 2 02 20 35 how often does a horse like barbaro come around?

    MATZ TAPE 2 I sure hope there's another one soon. It was a lot of fun having him that's for sure. Maybe never. I've gotten so many nice letters that say just think of the good times you had with him and not the bad times (REALLY CHOKED UP)


    ACN!!! At last!! YIPPEE!!! :-)

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 4:42 PM

    ##beat me!!

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 4:44 PM

    Thank you God for Bobby's right and perfect healing, and for his complete recovery. Thank you God that miracle follows miracle, and wonders never cease.

    Magnificent Steed! Another day closer. We hold the vision of your wholeness - you are perfect and complete - in vibrant good health.

    The Light of God surrounds you
    The Love of God enfolds you
    The Power of God Protects you
    The Presence of God watches over you
    Wherever you are Bobby, God IS.

    Love, Light and Protection for Bobby

    Posted by: Mary S at October 29, 2006 4:45 PM

    For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us…” Romans 8:38, 39

    For the love of who you are
    For the love of your spirit...

    God Bless The Fog

    I love you Fog

    Love, Light and Protection for All The Bearers of The Light

    Posted by: Mary S at October 29, 2006 4:45 PM

    Awww...I've just read the bits of the interview. Now I'm all choked up too!

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 4:46 PM

    When we pray for Barbaro, and focus on his physical healing, I humbly ask you to include prayers for his peace of mind and continued courage. His is a difficult path.

    Thank you God, that right and perfect decisions are made by Barbaro, and for Barbaro.

    Love, Light and Protection for Bobby

    Posted by: Mary S at October 29, 2006 4:46 PM

    Shannon...HA! It's my turn today! :-P

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 4:46 PM

    Lord God, wrap S1915 in Divine Love and Divine Order. Open the heart of every member of the Senate to clearly hear the voice of the horse, and feel the Magnificent Spirit of the horse. Compel each member to immediately move S1915 to the floor in a right and perfect way, and then vote with their hearts and their conscience for the highest good of all.

    Love, Light and Protection for The Boys (always)

    God Bless and Protect Us and all of The Horses

    Posted by: Mary S at October 29, 2006 4:47 PM

    Thanks Alex for the preview! Poor MM, thats gonna be a good clip. Can't wait to see it.

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 4:48 PM


    Posted by: Anna in Tx at October 29, 2006 4:48 PM

    I'm choked up reading Michael's quotes... I really am. Michael is so special, just like his precious Barbaro.

    Barbaro, Hooray... a comfortable evening for you! We love you and you will always be in our hearts.

    Daphne and Pee

    Posted by: Daphne at October 29, 2006 4:49 PM

    Wow.. I never post but I read the site everyday. A Barbaro update is more essential to my morning than a cup of coffee. I enjoy reading the comments and seeing people pull together. Heal hoof heal ! Bless all you guys for letting me peek in .


    Posted by: Nancy at October 29, 2006 4:50 PM

    Alex, thank you for the update and the "heads up" regarding the piece on ESPN on our boy. I will be sure to tivo it and can't wait to see it. Take out the tissue... I always get so overwhelmed when I watch anything about Barbaro- even when it's positive!

    Daphne and Pee

    Posted by: Daphne at October 29, 2006 4:50 PM

    Jo, oops. Sorry didn't see Aqueduct, skimmed and thought it was all Delaware. Are we betting today? Or waiting?

    Alex: I think we need to see Real Lace -----> THERE on the side under Tim's horses. Especially since she is a Winner now!

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 4:53 PM

    Good morning Bobby, Alex & Everyone! Glad to hear of another good night, Bobby! :) Hope you can get outdoors today, though it's a bit windy, the sun is shining finally! :)

    Have a good day everyone and Bobby, enjoy that sunshine! :)

    Posted by: Ruth Ann - NJ at October 29, 2006 4:57 PM

    Shannon...I've done my tutorial so I'm all ready to go!! :-)

    I've mentioned to Alex a couple of times about getting pictures of all the horses. Maybe if we gang up on him he'll get them for us!

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 4:57 PM

    God Bless Michael Matz and ease the pain and sorrow he feels at the loss of Barbaro the racehorse - open his heart to be comforted by seeing Barbaro's Magnificent Spirit. The spirit that won the races is the spirit that now guides us with his grace - the messenger that inspires us all to do our very best. Hold Michael in Your arms and let him be comforted knowing the spirit he admired on the racetrack is on fire at New Bolton.

    Love, Light and Protection for Michael Matz

    Posted by: Mary S at October 29, 2006 4:58 PM

    Thanks Alex for update day can proceed.Need to hear ACN ! Music to my ears.....God keep the healing coming to Barbaro!

    Posted by: Lin at October 29, 2006 5:02 PM

    great stuff on the ESPN tak Alex, wonderful..I can't wait to see it.

    THANK YOU for all you do.

    Posted by: mike c at October 29, 2006 5:02 PM

    For anyone worried about Lava Man liking the track, read this article. It's very good. He will check out the track tomorrow morning.

    I didn't know Lava Man bled in the Gold Cup?

    Lava Man Feels Out Churchill On Monday

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 5:03 PM


    Posted by: mike c at October 29, 2006 5:03 PM

    Thank you God for ACN for Bobby.
    Have a beautiful Sunday Sweet Prince. Hope you get outside to graze. Foggy you will always be missed furry one. Love you Fog. Thank you Alex for the updates. Your a true Saint.
    "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
    He restoreth my soul:he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name?s sake.Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever."
    (Psalm 23)

    Posted by: Melissa/Ca/Pa at October 29, 2006 5:03 PM

    Better Talk Now Worked!
    Film Maker Worked!
    Round Pond Worked!

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 5:04 PM


    Hi, Jo:

    I think Susan W. (not me but I'll answer for her...!) meant casinos, you know, gambling places....

    Posted by: Sue W. at October 29, 2006 5:08 PM

    You've got mail! I hope!

    Posted by: cindy a at October 29, 2006 5:12 PM

    Good Morning Alex -

    Thanks for the piece on Barbaro... When I read(choked up), my tears started... Barbaro is so loved.

    I pray we are blessed with another healing day which leads to more. Thanks to everyone. Thanks to God and the Angels who I feel certain are keeping an eye on this beautiful horse.

    Posted by: Pam Mross at October 29, 2006 5:16 PM

    Thank you, God, for Barbaro's comfortable night and continued healing.

    Keep the Faith, Dear Barbaro! We are here for you, Sweet Boy!

    Thank you, Alex for the information on the ESPN Coverage on November 1st! I can't wait to see it!

    Good Sunday to you all, Team Barbaro!

    Sue and Walter

    Posted by: Sue at October 29, 2006 5:22 PM

    Gosh Alex, I cannot wait to see the piece Jeannine is gonna do on Barbaro! I missed the one on early a.m. show last time. I am excited and do not want to wait til Wednesday! I am happy to get the chance to sneak a peek at our healing Big Ole Boy!! Love him so much...MUAH!! SMOOCHIE...(ALEX, that's for Barbaro, by the by) LOL CHEERS (That's for you, Alex)

    Posted by: Dora J Crow / Montgomery, Alabama at October 29, 2006 5:23 PM

    Good Afternoon Barbaro! ACN, Good Boy!


    Enjoy this beautiful Sunday!

    Ro & Brady

    Posted by: Rosemarie at October 29, 2006 5:24 PM

    To Mary S.
    I rarely post, but wanted to add to your wonderful prayer

    The Light of God surrounds you
    The Love of God enfolds you
    The Power of God Protects you
    The Presence of God watches over you
    Wherever you are Bobby, God IS.
    May the light of God send tendrils of love, light, healing throughout this torn world to bring healing and compassion to all God's creatures.

    Love and Light to all

    Denise in Newtown

    Posted by: Denise at October 29, 2006 5:24 PM

    Susan W...oh!! Thanks! lol

    Shannon...did you see those times? :-)
    Doug O'Neill seems pretty confident that Lava Man will adjust to the dirt, doesn't he? I hope he's right :-)

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 5:24 PM

    I am leaving now-will be computerless til around 7:00 p.m. ARGH...dang!!! BBL

    Posted by: Dora J Crow / Montgomery, Alabama at October 29, 2006 5:24 PM

    Thank you Denise.

    Love, Light and Protection for Bobby

    Posted by: Mary S at October 29, 2006 5:27 PM

    Jo, I have full blown BC fever. These writers sure know how to get you excited. I hope Lava Man can put his travel woes behind him. Sounds like they are doing everything they can for him.
    I was reading that he gets claustraphobic and wheels in his stall...

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 5:30 PM

    I recently posted a link on the discussion boards to an op-ed piece on anti-slaughter that I have had published in an online forum.

    It's been suggested that I post it here, however, not wanting to take up Barbaro's space--even though it is Barbaro-inspired--I am posting the link to it. Please pass it on to anyone you know who is not aware of the horse slaughter situation in this country.


    Posted by: Nancy Babcock at October 29, 2006 5:30 PM

    ACN!! That's official. it's in the books. The day may now proceed.

    Posted by: Susan E. at October 29, 2006 5:32 PM horrible for him on a flight if he gets claustrophobic and not be able to move! I know I'd be climbing the walls so can understand how that feels!

    I've been to have a little flutter on the horses! ;-)
    I can't find Delaware and Philadelphia though!

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 5:33 PM

    ACN for you! It is a beautiful day here in So. TX. Hope the weather up there where you are allows you to get out. Have a good time when Peter visits you. I'm sure you miss Michael. Stay healthy annd happy magnificent horse. I'll check on you again later.

    Posted by: Susan in TX at October 29, 2006 5:39 PM

    I am getting Aqueduct and Churchill..MM's race is coming up.. Just got works for Fleet Indian and Honey Ryder at Belmont :)

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 5:39 PM

    Thanks for the update and the heads-up about Jeanie's upcomimg spot on Bobby. I won't be home when it airs, I hope I can see it some other time.

    Posted by: Susan in TX at October 29, 2006 5:41 PM

    Shannon...has Philadelphia been cancelled?

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 5:50 PM

    Hi Barbaro,

    WOW....thanks Alex for the quotes form MM..this horse is so so loved by so many people, I get choked up thinking about that day he won at CD...It was soooooo glorious!!!!He will always be larger than life to me because he has so many qualities that ARE larger than life!!! Love to you always champ, keep getting better, then the miracle will be complete!!!!

    Posted by: Leigh in Austin,TX at October 29, 2006 5:53 PM

    Shannon & Zeena... you old rail bird, you!! LOL!

    I'm pulling for Lava Man too! Hope he can shake it off and let 'er fly.

    Everyone...please remember MM in your thoughts. I know that he is still realing from all these emotional ups and downs. He is such a good man. Barbaro obviously has learned a great deal from this wonderful trainier and caregiver. My wish is that he may someday have the pleasure to work with one of Bobby"s prodigy.

    Have a wonderful day everyone!

    Leslie in MN

    Posted by: Leslie in MN at October 29, 2006 5:54 PM

    Good day to you Barbaro and all the Fans of Barbaro!
    Keep growing that hoof, one day at a time! An amazing horse you are!

    Great afternoon/evening to all!

    Nancy in Va Beach :)

    Posted by: Nancy in Va Beach at October 29, 2006 5:59 PM

    Thanks, Alex, especially for alerting us to the Jeannine piece on Barbaro Wed., Nov 1 at 3. Darn, I have a doc appt with a headache specialist at the Cleveland Clinic at 2 pm. But, she's a horse lover (!), has 2 of her own, so maybe will be able to watch in the doc's office. Otherwise, will tape it. Do you happen to know if it's ESPN 1 or 2? ACN for B, fabulous!! Thanks for the millionth time for all you do for FOB!!

    Peggy in NEOhio

    Posted by: Peggy at October 29, 2006 6:00 PM

    Leslie, we are getting sprinkled with snow I agree about MM, but don't worry he has Barbaro's little brother, Man In Havana..incase you missed it :)

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 6:01 PM

    I just lost Aqueduct?? CANCELLED!! Woodbine CANCELLED both due to high winds! I can't see Philly either :(

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 6:03 PM

    Same with Philly, Shan...just seen it :-(

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 6:07 PM


    Shannon and Zeena

    Nope, not today. Just had Houston and Cheyenne out for some quality backyard roughhousing, and running through leaves time. :)
    It's coming here just in time for the poor trick 'er treaters on Tuesday though.

    OH yeh, thanks for reminding me about Man in Havana. Cool! I am planning to go to Canterbury Park to watch the BC on big screen! Cant wait! I dont have sattelite TV so I dont get to see much daily racing.

    Stay warm! HI Zeena (from Housty and CheyChey)


    Posted by: Leslie in MN at October 29, 2006 6:10 PM

    Delaware's still on...watching it now!

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 6:12 PM

    So glad you had ACN sweet Barbaro. You are so lucky to have Michael Matz in your life. The two of you are cut from the same cloth. Both of you have such character it is no wonder the bond between you is so very strong.

    Michael said that hearing the words Here Comes Barbaro were the highlight of his Derby memories, but I bet the highlight of his life will be hearing the words Here Comes Barbaro when you step out of the trailer and are finally home. Then you can graze on Lael grass to your heart's content. That is my prayer for you, sweet boy. Butterfly kisses to you!!!

    Posted by: Rosemary in NE OHIO at October 29, 2006 6:15 PM

    Jo, it's ok, Tims KQ scratched, Philly is on lock down from the Equine Herpes thing remember?
    No horses can ship in right now. I totally forgot when I got her race day reminder.

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 6:19 PM

    Barbaro, It's a magnificant day in Kentucky; sun shining bright, leaves turning their glorious colors. I hope you're enjoying the Pennsylvania colors at New Bolton. Next year you'll have your own paddock to enjoy the colors in!

    Have a great day, Boss Horse, I love you.


    Posted by: Kim at October 29, 2006 6:20 PM


    This is why the tracks closed I guess??
    Storm blacks out parts of Northeast

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 6:22 PM

    Hi, Fans of Barbaro!

    Alex, thank you so much for the excerpts from Jeannine Edwards' ESPN piece. The portions with Michael Matz had me crying. It just seems that he is still hurting over Barbaro. With what he has experienced, I just wish for him to be at peace. I was so happy to having briefly met him last time I was at Fair Hill. It just seems there are so many wonderful people who have heartbreaking challenges to deal with - whether its Michael Matz, the Jacksons, the Brennan family and those who are sick or lonely or afraid.

    Saw a rainbow last night and I think it was for Avi. I'm OK with this now - a little sad, but OK.

    LITF, there are many here on the board who really miss you and your shining over us my Long Time Sun.

    Barbaro, hope you don't get too windblown today here in Chester County. There are wind gusts of over 40mph, but the sun is out. You continue to inpsire us...Shine on you crazy diamond.

    Will go to the message board to look over all these scrumptious recipes. What a talented group...

    I am thinking I'm receiving more horse stories for Abbie (the little girl in the UK) so hopefully can get them written up. Someone I had dinner with last night is going to give me contact info with either an illustrator or another author who can give me publishing info. Will keep you posted.

    Gotta go and do some reading...

    Take care, everybody

    Healing, Love, Peace,
    Lyn Gilbert

    Posted by: Lyn Gilbert at October 29, 2006 6:22 PM

    Oh,yes! I forgot! I just went to their site and saw this!

    Philadelphia Park Changes
    Sunday October 29, 2006
    The Main Track condition is now: CANCELLED

    The Turf Track condition is now: DUE TO

    The weather at the Track is now: HIGH WINDS

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 6:23 PM

    Shannon...that looks scary!!! :-/
    Hold onto your hats everyone in the northeast!

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 6:25 PM

    Mary Poppins just flew by my window.. does that mean its windy Jo? lol

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 6:32 PM

    ###Anna in Texas - I just noticed your recipe posted here this morning. It looks great! Would you mind reposting over on the forum? We are collecting recipes for a "possible" FOB cookbook with proceeds going to The Barbaro Fund, but definately collecting for reference and enjoyment. The cookbook thread is on the forum under General and FOB Recipes.

    Love, Light and Protection for Bobby

    Posted by: Mary S at October 29, 2006 6:33 PM

    I'm watching Churchill's not blowing a gale there!

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 6:38 PM

    I have never posted here, but I come to this site at least once per day to check on Sweet Barbaro. He is an amazing boy, and I am so relieved every time I read that he has had a comfortable night. I can't wait until his condition is upgraded from serious to fair to good. I would love to see Barbaro in person one day. :-)

    Posted by: LR at October 29, 2006 6:40 PM

    Barbaro, I remembered you and your humans in my prayers at Church today. You are very special to all around you. Thank you Lord Jesus for bringing us all together because of Barbaro. Because of a horrible accident, You are making great things happen. Since You know when a sparrow falls, we know that You are interested in and caring for this horse. You also care very deeply and love the people around him. Lord may they know Your love for them and may they learn what You did for them, so they can rest in peace in You.

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 29, 2006 6:41 PM

    Barbaro, I am so glad to hear that you had ACN!
    The sun is shining bright today so I hope you get to see it today, just a bit chilly and windy though, have a good day Barbaro!
    Congratulations McDynamo on your win! You've got the bloodlines of Barbaro in you, no doubt about that!
    Also, I recieved the ASPCA special edition calender, on one of the pages for July it shows a beautiful horse with a ASPCA sun hat on and it says:
    Since the ASPCA's founding in 1866 up until the 1950's working horses could be found on NYC streets pulling wagons and carts in all kinds of weather. The ASPCA was responsible for placing hundreds of horse water troughs throughout the city to ease the thirst of the city's equines. The ASPCA also had horse watering trucks on the streets where no fountains were available and in hot weather, the ASPCA gave out free straw hats for working horses to keep the sun from beating down on their heads.
    Today the ASPCA works to protect and aid horses through legislation, advocacy, education , targeted grants and enforcement of the carriage horse and cruelty laws in NYC. We support the American Horse Slaughter Preventon Act and educate owners about basic horse care, responsible horse guardianship and alternatives to auctions and slaughter.
    We are also committed to helping the thousands of PMU foals born every year in the pregnant mares urine industry and the thousands of PMU mares made redundant by drastic production cuts in 2003. If you can give a PMU horse a good home, you can find information at
    Just had to share that with all of you, proud to be a FOB and a member of ASPCA.
    mary mi

    Posted by: mary at October 29, 2006 6:42 PM

    Another comfortable night...atta boy sweetie. I hope you have another comfortable day, filled with much healing, your favorite treats, outdoor grazing, and of course, lots of TLC from NBC. Hugs and scratches sweetie pie. I love you Barbaro!

    The miracle continues...

    Posted by: Sandie at October 29, 2006 6:43 PM

    ok, ok,,,,I am Dan Quale...........
    Love to Family and Posse,
    Fly Eagles Fly
    Believe in Miracles. Believe in our Barbaro.

    Posted by: SusanW at October 29, 2006 6:44 PM

    Jo; That is hilarious!! Is that how they really had it on their web site? Hahahahaha!!!

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 29, 2006 6:45 PM

    Lynda...I kid you not! It was exactly like that and it took me a while to work it out! lol

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 6:46 PM

    Jo; HaHaHaHaHa!! Whoever updates their web site must have decided to play around LOL!!! That couldn't have been an accident!! At least I don't think.

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 29, 2006 6:48 PM

    Just a FYI for Gorella Fans!

    Gorella (first-preference Mile, second-preference Filly and Mare Turf; five furlongs in 58): Great work for Gorella, who breezed under Julien Leparoux in company with one other horse, identified by a mirthful trainer Patrick Biancone only as "a stable companion." Gorella was eager to get into her work, but was forced to sit behind her mate around the turn, with Leparoux letting her do a little running after straightening smoothly into the stretch. Gorella easily beat her work-mate, while never allowed to fully extend herself, and galloped out six furlongs powerfully in 1:11. "Very good, perfect," Biancone said into his walkie-talkie as Gorella passed the finish pole.

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 6:49 PM

    Barbarooooo...get jersey on, we need it
    Ok.......Dan is getting to me.
    Love to Family and Posse,
    Believe in Miracles. Believe in our Bobby.

    Posted by: SusanW at October 29, 2006 6:53 PM

    Good Morning (late morning) All!
    Happy Sunday Thanks to Alex for updates, Thanks to God for our boy's continued healing and his caretakers

    Welcome Cheryl in PA Great to have you, and will add your girl to my prayer list. Please let us know how she is

    Hope everyone is safe and warm It's going to be in the high 60's today, still lots of snow on the mountains, and it's going to be a beautiful autumn day. MAN am I glad for that extra hour. Bet you are too, Alex, since it seems you haven't slept since the Preakness. I'm glad that you have daylight again for a short time for your morning workouts.

    Has anyone heard anything about Calculating Man? Haven't been able to find anything anywhere about him

    Will check in later
    Love to all,

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones at October 29, 2006 7:00 PM

    Hello, Barbaro! Hello, fellow Fans!

    I'm a little late checking in. Just got home from Quilt Camp and I can personally attest to the high winds in the Northeast! Yikes! I've lived through a calm serene sunrise, a gentle rain shower, a complete snow white-out and blinding rain --- all this morning! But I'm home safe, and Barbaro's had ACN and I see Round Pond is adjusting to her surroundings in KY. Life is good.

    Hope to hear another update later, but if not, I'll see everyone tomorrow morning.

    Proud member, Fans of Barbaro

    Posted by: Marg in Maine at October 29, 2006 7:02 PM

    Oh, by the way I wanted to share with you the most bizarre dream I had lastnight. There was a huge cloud of fog and hoofs pounding, and before long thousands of horses were running towards me the wind blowing through their manes, then they all stopped in front of me. A beautiful black stallion was the leader and he bucked, then walked slowly towards me and stopped. He had a piece of paper in his mouth and put it in my hands. All of the other horses just stood still and were watching me as I read it. The paper said in bold letters THE BILL HAS PASSED! ITS OFFICIAL S1915 and HR503 PASSED.NO MORE HORSESLAUGHTER! And then below it was in writing the new laws. I shouted to the horse "It passed!"
    Then all of the horses were shouting "It passed! We had to tell you!" and they all started jumping and naying and the leader the Black Stallion put his head on my shoulder and I hugged him. Then the dream ended, but it was so great I had to share it with you. Anyone else having horse dreams too?
    mary mi

    Posted by: mary at October 29, 2006 7:04 PM

    Weekend skritches, grasses, bushels of carrots, and apples - and anything else he wants - to undefeated champion big boss horse of forever, media star and very special guy, Barbaro Jackson.
    You rock. [And everybody knows it, too!!]

    Friar Tuck

    Posted by: Friar Tuck at October 29, 2006 7:12 PM

    Mary...funny you mention horse dreams! I'm having them too! Not as exciting as yours though! A premonition, maybe? :-)

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 7:13 PM


    Alright, JO (UK) and SHANNON -

    I think I am ready to play

    Exacta on:

    1. Lava Man
    2. Bernardini
    3. Gorgeous George

    Posted by: Socorro at October 29, 2006 7:14 PM

    Ok so we are gonna wait for Breeders Cup then?? We have $1000.00 to play with. So should we use it all on BC or set aside 200.00 play money strictly for BC ? Because if we lose it all, then we cant play no more...

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 7:16 PM

    Socorro...I know I said I took my tutorial, but what's an exacta again? I forget already and have no clue what bets I made tonight, although the races won't be run now so doesn't really matter. But I was just clicking everything! LOL

    How much did you bet on each of the boys?

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 7:17 PM

    Shannon...I only spent $8 cos I had no idea what I was doing and didn't want to waste money, but couldn't resist having a go! lol
    I don't want to spend it all on the Breeders' Cup because I'll want to play after! :-)

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 7:19 PM

    Does anyone know if it is difficult for a horse to go from turf to dirt?

    If he ran well on turf, could he have more speed on dirt?

    Posted by: Socorro at October 29, 2006 7:19 PM

    Jo -

    If I remember correctly, and will go back and check, it is saying they will place exactly in that order.

    Shannon -

    Is this final or can I do a little more research?

    Posted by: Socorro at October 29, 2006 7:22 PM

    Hay Barbaro, Friends and Fans of Barbaro, and horse lovers all over, last night I Emailed more Senators, their names are: Inouye, Akaka, Byrd, Cochran, Lott, Baucus, Allard, Salazar, DeWine, Voinovich, and Domenici. I'll Email more later. I did a Google search for a list of current Senators, printed it off and am working from it, checking off each name as I Email them. Boy are they gonna be surprised when their office aides get in on Monday! So as soon as you all get home from church, get busy and flood these Senators offices with Email! Just a suggestion, of course. For Rosemary in NE Ohio, both my parents, now deceased, were born and raised in Baltimore, Ohio, which is near Columbus. They remembered when the town was known as Basil, so our association with Ohio goes way back! Other towns, such as Canal Winchester and Lancaster come to mind, also. For the people in the Northeast, I sure hope you get your power back on pronto! It's bad enough to lose your electricity in the summer, but to have no power in the late fall and winter can be a real killer, in more ways than one! I have you in my thoughts, because I have been in that boat, too. Well, I hope this finds all are well, with fingers and whatnot rarin' to go! These horses are worth it, as you well know! Later, everybody!

    Best regards, and good luck from Laura S in Washington State!

    Posted by: Laura S in Snohomish, WA at October 29, 2006 7:22 PM

    Hi Sweet Boy, I'm still so in awe of you and how you've touched so many lives. Dr. D is my hero,alonng with U and I thank him for all he's done for U. Sleep tight tonight and I hope you got outside to graze today.

    Love, Marilyn

    Posted by: Marilyn Haley at October 29, 2006 7:23 PM

    lol, Mary, did you READ that recipe?

    Posted by: Anna in Tx at October 29, 2006 7:24 PM

    For anyone who is interested I have found a TVG Virtual Horse Racing/Betting. When you sign up, (It's free) they give you an account with $1000.00 in play money. You can bet in real time on real tracks and horses. ie: Breeders Cup

    A few of us were thinking it would be fun to play along and try our betting skills for the upcoming Breeders Cup. This is a really good way to learn about racing and betting and its designed for novices. It doesn't cost anything and if you win, well the money is only good for prizes etc, No cash value.

    It also has great access to tracks and results etc. I actually quite like it! The makers of the website thought it was a good way to help educate people about the ins and outs of horse racing and allow them to play with no financial risk, I think its a great idea.

    Maybe a thread for Virtual Breeders Cup Challenge is in order??

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 7:26 PM

    Socorro...I'm a very bad student and need to go and do the tutorial again, and maybe make notes this time!

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 7:27 PM

    JO -

    I was wrong, mine is a Trifecta

    Posted by: Socorro at October 29, 2006 7:28 PM

    it can be. Sometimes horses like turf....our Bobby went from turf to dirt.
    An impressive thing to do. There are so many factors in dirt racing.....everything thrown up in your face...not many horses appreciate that. If you look at them, they are not happy. What they have on them is dirt....and it gets in their eyes. They don't have three goggles.
    Believe in Miracles. Believe in our Barbaro.

    Posted by: SusanW at October 29, 2006 7:29 PM is an Exacta when you bet on three horses to finish in the order you say? I'm going over there now to take notes! :-/

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 7:30 PM

    Jo- Maybe so! Good premonitions for the horses and us, maybe they know something we don't!
    Keep dreaming of horses!
    mary mi

    Posted by: mary at October 29, 2006 7:31 PM

    Socorro, no its not final, you have all week to do your reading/learning. I am going to set aside a certain amount to spend on each race for the Breeders Cup.. Like lets say, 100$ spent on each card. That way I can see how much I made over the day or per race etc.

    I am waiting for BC, going to do my homework, lots of reading.. looking at numbers, conditions etc. I am interested in Lava Mans work tomorrow morning.. I will not place my bets until day of race.

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 7:33 PM

    You girls are getting Exotic on I might have to go for a super exacta trifecta quinella play.. hahaha. Just kidding, that doesn't exist. But it can get quite complicated!

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 7:35 PM

    ##Anna - hilarious - evidently I did not read enough of it!! Only got as far as recipe and ingredients - good one. Caught me on my powers of observation!

    Love, Light and Protection for Bobby

    Posted by: Mary S at October 29, 2006 7:37 PM're telling me it can be complicated! lol
    (I have made my notes!)

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 7:37 PM

    ##mary - they know LOTS more than we do!!

    Love, Light and Protection for Bobby

    Posted by: Mary S at October 29, 2006 7:39 PM

    SUSAN W -

    Thanks, I guess that answers my question about Gorgeous George. Dirt on Gorgeous George?

    He will probably pull one of his stunts like POSE AT THE GATE, wouldn't want to get dirty and that gorgeous coat of his.

    JO -

    I was wrong, Exacta is when you pick 1st and 2nd and they must finish in that order.

    I picked three to finish in that order, that is called Trifecta.


    Let me do a little more research. When do you want our choices, I will probably do a few.

    Posted by: Socorro at October 29, 2006 7:40 PM

    As a few of us seem to be having horse dreams, I thought you might enjoy looking them up in the Dream Dictionary

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 7:43 PM

    Socorro: we have until Breeders Cup day to make our choices. I have my own account to play with. You have your own. I guess we will just decide how much to bet on each Race and we will compare our picks and plays before hand, then watch and see see who did well and who needs a kick in the pants ( probably me ) strictly just for fun!

    I will be making picks for every race card. Every single race is going to be great!

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 7:44 PM


    Sorry about that. The postings are somehow being delayed.

    Posted by: Socorro at October 29, 2006 7:45 PM

    Jo, Socorro

    You can box an exacta and that way you win as long as those two horses come in first and second. It won't matter which one of them wins.

    Posted by: ShelleyA at October 29, 2006 7:47 PM

    Hey someone named Perfect Drift is on the leader board there.. Perfectdrift $157,450.00 in earnings in betting.

    Who are you all? I am Barbaro..LOL

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 7:49 PM

    GREAT, this should be FUN!

    JO -

    I also need to go back and practice a little more.

    Posted by: Socorro at October 29, 2006 7:51 PM that called a Quinella? I've never heard that term when watching the races but it was in the tutorial? It's confusing!

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 7:54 PM

    ShelleyA , there is no option for boxing on this site. Just the straight exotic plays.

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 7:55 PM

    Of all the people in Barbaro's life, my heart goes out to Mr. Matz first and foremost. It's so evident, in every single photo, that B is a huge part of his life, his pride and joy. Just reading he got choked up got me tearing up, and his saying, "Maybe never" because that's probably true..

    I wish you a happy comfortable day, Champion Barbaro and I wish Mr. Matz peace and serenity..

    Posted by: Christine at October 29, 2006 7:57 PM

    Alex, thanks for the article. Perfect Drift looks great. He looks happy and content! We wish him well always, we too appreciate Joe Deegan sharing with us.

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 29, 2006 7:59 PM

    Alex...I ditto Shannon!!
    Ready for race 7 at Delaware! come on, Circuit Breaker!!

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 8:01 PM

    Hi Barbaro. Glad you are doing well. We love you. You have the greatest people in your life caring for you. Thanks Alex

    Posted by: jane at October 29, 2006 8:01 PM

    ALEX, excellent article on Perfect Drift. Mentions Barbaro, McDynamo, and their daddy.

    Posted by: Socorro at October 29, 2006 8:02 PM

    Oh, no!! She's been scratched! :-(

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 8:02 PM

    Hey Mike C.

    Did I miss the your next installment of the call? Or is it still in the making??

    Posted by: Judy Walker in WA at October 29, 2006 8:10 PM

    Just read the qoutes from the interview, I'm sure everyone wil be choked up when they read it! As well as being a special horse, I think having a special owner and trainer has something to do with it, the attitude that they haave had, has shown everyone that money isn't the be all and end all of everything. thank you for showing us that integrity and just plain human caring is still out there in the world today, that is uplifting! As always prayers are with all!

    Posted by: Patti at October 29, 2006 8:23 PM

    Mary S.- I do bake, but I do NOT cook!
    I may go share a recipe daughter is moving back in and her room has been a *koff* storage room for a while now. *achoo*

    Posted by: Anna in Tx at October 29, 2006 8:28 PM

    LauraS. I wish you luck with DeWine and especially Voinovich. DeWine will say he supports the bill, but can't seem to get anything out of Voinovich. You keep contacting them - they have to hear us. Yep, those towns you mentioned are mid to southern Ohio. I am in the snow belt near Lake Erie, where we get all that lake effect snow.

    Welcome aboard Nancy. Keep posting!!!!!

    #### It is sunny blue sky day, but that wind is oh so cold after awhile. Brrrrrrrrr!!

    Barbaro, if you go outside today, no kicking up your heels, you hear?????

    Posted by: Rosemary in NE OHIO at October 29, 2006 8:29 PM

    I'm watching the races from Churchill Downs - all the races are babies - 2 year olds - I just can't watch - have to go in the other room and listen! Then rewind and watch - good races - really good!

    Posted by: Sally in Key West at October 29, 2006 8:41 PM

    Hello fellow fans,

    So everyone is picking horses for the B.C.?? that should be fun. I love Breeder's Cup day but as always, am nervous about the "injury" possibility.

    Laura S.

    Great job! We all need to stay focused now that elections are so close.


    A proud "fan of Barbaro"

    Posted by: Janice from Florida at October 29, 2006 8:44 PM

    Sally...I've got Woodlands and Bay Meadows now.

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 8:45 PM

    Thanks Jo,

    As you can see - it worked.


    Posted by: Janice from Florida at October 29, 2006 8:46 PM

    Janice...well done! :-)

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 8:47 PM

    Hola Barbaro Nation,

    Champ you are so amazing you make grown men cry. Those ACN's are a gift.

    Sorry completely off topic but I just wanted to thank all the FOB's who posted recipes. My dad is going through chemo and has very little appetite. I am a lousy cook, but he's been eating "Barbaro food" for 3 days.

    Mom gets a break, he is eating well and I feel like you are all in the kitchen with me. We have also been drinking Shannon's dr. Pepper recipe and are having a blast.Much love to all!

    Posted by: Marky at October 29, 2006 8:48 PM

    Marky...that's great news that your dad is eating FOB food!! :-)

    I'm itching to try Shannon's Dr Pepper and Cora's grits...and everything else!

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 8:51 PM

    ###Hi Socorro,Jo, and Sannon and Zeena,

    Are you girls planning on betting?

    Socorro, I noticed in your above post....Lava Man... Bernardini...G.W. ...just wanted you to explain your picks????
    My Gut feeling on G.W.:
    George Washington will either do it big time or not....if he's "on", direction of the track, acclimating from the trip over here, and length of the race( this race will be 1/8 mile longer than he's used to running)...then watch out!
    I watched him race the QEII and that boy has a lot of power behind him.... Beautiful horse....he deserves a win here!!!! Of course it was in England where he is used to running, but O'Brien has a reason for this "move"... he must think George can do it!!! It's worth a Win bet on him at any rate!! What do you think Jo????

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 29, 2006 8:54 PM

    I am so glad Barbaro continues to do well. May he continue to heal and to inspire us to do good things. God please comfort Michael Matz.
    I received a letter from Sen. Burr R-NC re:my email about the anti slaughter bill. He says it is still in committee and he is monitoring it. Seems to me if he co-sponsored the bill he wouldn't have to just monitor it. Some of these politicians are so maddening. They are so afraid to take a stand. But at least he acknowledged my email. Haven't heard from Sen. Dole R-NC yet. I'm going to try again.
    Barbaro doesn't give and neither will I.
    Love and light to all,

    Posted by: JoAnne at October 29, 2006 8:58 PM

    Same the letter from Burr and nothing from Dole. Her rep only held 1 hour in town to talk to him and I thought it was going to be a Forum was not!!!

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 29, 2006 9:00 PM

    MARKY -

    Please give your dad a HUGE hug and kiss from me.

    You probably have been told this, but if you can get him to drink Ensure or Wal-Marts brand, that would help supplement the vitamins he will need.

    Posted by: Socorro at October 29, 2006 9:05 PM

    Barbaro, you precious boy. You own the hearts of so many, and rightly so. You are indeed larger than life, and your accomplishments show that. It almost seems that you won the Kentucky Derby to say "Hey, watch this - so you think all there is to me is that I can run faster than anyone else and look the best while I'm doing it? Well, I've got something up my sleeve that will show you really what a Great Champion I am." And then you went through all that pain and anguish just to show us what a miracle is. Well, you certainly got the world's attention, and your message is loud and clear.

    I love you, Barbaro, and I believe in you. I know you are a miracle, and I'm thrilled that I can be a part of your world.

    Of course, we believe...
    We believe in Barbaro.


    Posted by: Mary Allen at October 29, 2006 9:05 PM

    My pick for LAVA MAN is because he is 7-0 this year and there is something about him.

    Bernardini is good, but LAVA MAN has more experience

    George Washington, I will have to think about that a little more. Although, it will be 1/8 longer than his usual races, he seems to pick up speed towards the end and not tiring himself right from the beginning. My problem with him is that he is GORGEOUS GEORGE and may not want to get dirt on his gorgeous coat.

    Of course, I am going to do a little more research before making my final choices, so all information is good.

    You would think I was betting real money!

    Hope you join in, it's free and easy.

    Posted by: Socorro at October 29, 2006 9:13 PM

    Mary Allen,

    That was sooo beautiful and true. thanks

    Ro & Brady

    Posted by: Rosemarie at October 29, 2006 9:14 PM

    In reading the article, in which Johnson said about
    Perfect Drift "He doesn't come from any royalty."
    I take exception to that statement, its in essence
    like saying that "Barbaro" doesn't come from royalty either. They both have the same sire "Dynaformer".
    Perfect Drift's pedigree shows royalty.

    Posted by: David Letell at October 29, 2006 9:18 PM


    PATTI - Great post! The people around Barbaro are the greatest. They restore our faith in humanity.

    Posted by: Christine at October 29, 2006 9:25 PM

    Hello everyone. I found an internet connection at a coffee house at the beach and I'm checking in on Barbaro and glad to hear he is doing as well as Mike. Just wanted to let everyone know that Mikey is doing well at home, worried about what to wear to the Breeder's Cup, and getting ready to go. I really think he will win the award. I just feel it in my bones. Wish I could be there with him. His evaluation for outpatient therapy is Tuesday, the day before he leaves for the Breeder's Cup, and when he returns he will be going 3 days a week for at least 3 months. I'm hoping the people who talked about taking a paper petition to the Breeder's Cup are still planning to do it so Mike will get more signatures! Again, I want to thank everybody for all they have done for my brother but we still have a very long road ahead of us. I hope to visit him soon before Thanksgiving and I'll keep watching this site and keep checking on Barbaro. We Believe in Miracles and We Believe in the Fans of Barbaro.

    Posted by: Cathy Rea Bosley at October 29, 2006 9:25 PM

    I love Lava Man ( with the Zorro mask :)too and he is a very good bet to win. So is Bernardini a sound bet but you can't make any money on him...everyone is betting he will win. Calling "the win" on any of these three horses is tough. Also I forgot to mention that George is going from turf to dirt which means he has to overcome that too!!! I read an article though that said they thought that going from turf to dirt gives the horse more this true?? I don't know. I thought though that if I were to bet "real" money on anyone of the three, I'd pick George because the payoff would be greater. I have developed a "love" for this horse...and I can't figure how I got it????? :)

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 29, 2006 9:25 PM

    Gracias Socorro, Hello Jo
    He does drink ensure. We are all having a good time and every 15 min"s they look into the kitchen and crack up.

    Apparently the sight of me cooking is hilarious, specially after several of Shannon's Dr. Peppers. My sister in law is amazed by the Barabaro recipe's.........and she can cook.

    Posted by: Marky at October 29, 2006 9:27 PM

    Socorro P.S. Maybe it's because he's a "Jackson"...:)

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 29, 2006 9:27 PM

    Hi Barbaro!

    I liked the way they put MM's "choked up" because last summer right after "L" conference he was exactly that. I didn't know how to say this and I certainly didn't want to make light of his feelings somehow. This is why I wouldn't go into detail that day about the look on his face. You just had to see it. But I guess saying choked up about describes it best.
    And that is how my Michael's Miracle came to be. MM said in that interview that all it would take was one miracle. And there was my mantra.

    So Barbaro now that you won't be running next weekend in the classic--tells us do you have a fav? And if so--who would it be???

    I'm glad to know that you're doing well. You keep hanging in there big guy. Together we will all get through this. And perhaps ESPN will take pity on us and put that special day on live tv! So that all of us can watch you walk out of the hospital onto a van to go to your new home. It'll be great Barbaro. But for now patience is the key. You can do this. I know you can because you've been hanging in there since May.

    Michael's Miracle


    Posted by: Margaret at October 29, 2006 9:27 PM

    Breeders' Cup Profile: Perfect Drift

    Veteran, Warrior, Home-Town Hero, all of these words personify Perfect Drift. Of all the horses running in this year’s 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic, I cannot think of another horse more deserved of winning this championship race. Perfect Drift is the epitome of a warrior; he's kindalike the 82' Honda Civic of horse racing, an old horse that keeps on running.

    Breeder's Cup BettingAt 7 years old, Perfect Drift never quits, year in year out, no matter what other race horses come and go, strutting for an hour or so in the sun, the classic bay just keeps racing. He wins on dirt, he wins on turf, whether running long or short, he's raced on at least 12 different tracks, and recorded a Beyer Speed Figure of up to 110 or better.

    The Drift has run in 18 Grade I races, and the hard-working warrior has always raced at the top of the sport, and will be taking another shot at the Breeders' Cup Classic under the leading jockey, Garrett Gomez. If he runs in this race, he'll tie Sprint winner Kona Gold as the only horse to make five starts in a Breeders' Cup event, and will also become the first to start that many times in the Classic.

    Posted by: David Letell at October 29, 2006 9:28 PM

    Perfect Drift is another one that could win...Last Cup he came in third. He keeps improving!!!

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 29, 2006 9:31 PM

    D'Anne...I agree with you. He's got the guts, determination and attitude to pull it off. Who knows what he'll do? One thing's for sure, Aiden pulled him out of a race that he was pretty sure to win and took a gamble because he believes he can do it too. I'd love to see him stun everyone and win the Classic :-)'ll be a first for alot of us seeing George not so shiny! lol

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 9:31 PM

    Hello Handsome Barbaro !
    Glad your healing continues !

    Alex - thanks for the article on Perfect Drift - I am rooting for him in the BC -watched him in the 2002 Derby at Churchill!

    I read the interview from Jeaninne, will be a nice piece, much love to Michael Matz- he loves Barbaro with all his heart,such a deep connection.

    Bobby , I love you too ! Wish I could come give you a big hug ! You are incredible !

    Rest well tonight !
    LOve, hugs and treats to you !

    Posted by: Julia B at October 29, 2006 9:33 PM

    Shannon, Jo, & Socorro - You girls better really brush up on your betting notes. Thankfully it is not real money. It is going to be a very difficult day to bet on. D'Anne is correct, for those of us betting real money, you have to wager a fortune to win.

    Posted by: Debbie B from Miami at October 29, 2006 9:34 PM

    Hi Cathy - a coffeehouse on the beach sounds wonderful. So glad to hear Mike is doing well at home. I've signed his petition, and am so hoping he will get the Extreme Makeover! I laughed when I read in your post he was worried about what to wear. Sounds like he feels better. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I was so sorry to hear your Mom lost Dreyfuss.

    Love, Light and Protection for Bobby

    Posted by: Mary S at October 29, 2006 9:35 PM

    Cathy! It's great to hear from you and get a report on how Mike is doing! :-)
    I bet he's getting so excited about going to the Breeders' Cup and I hope he has a fantastic time!
    Hope all goes well at the evaluation on Tuesday. I think Mike is probably more worried about what he's going to wear next weekend! lol
    Keep in's great to see you here!
    Lots of love to Mike and the family!

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 9:37 PM

    If you girls can't box your bets you might be better off betting on your favs to WP&S. Boxing gives you a lot of leeway for error, but you win less. I usually win the most when I do boxed tris and supers.

    Posted by: Debbie B from Miami at October 29, 2006 9:37 PM


    I just wanted to say a big kitty hello to all my friends out in Barbaroland.

    It's really windy up here again today so I'm staying under cover.


    Thanks for all the good thoughts

    Posted by: BDude at October 29, 2006 9:45 PM you're getting all technical! We're playing with monopoly money so don't need to take it too seriously...well, not sure about Shannon and Sicorro but I don't intend to, it's supposed to be fun! If it was real money I'd be in a right old state! lol
    I'm not going to bet it all either. Anything can happen at the Breeders' Cup so nothing will surprise me! I definately want to keep some money to play with because the Fair Hill gang will still be racing when it's over :-)

    Shannon and much are you two going to spend on the BC?

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 9:45 PM

    Jo - I know it is just for fun. I just take betting really seriously, probably because it is real money for me.It is just going to be hard to bet, real money or not, because you never know what will happen. There are so many great horses in these races. A surer thing would be to place bets on you top three or four to WP and S. IF you cant't box your exactas, tris or supers it makes it much more difficult to determine exact order. If you do the WP&S that way you are still covered if your top three fininsh in any order. That is a way to get around not being able to box the trifecta.

    Posted by: Debbie B from Miami at October 29, 2006 9:50 PM

    Debbie...I'll just bet a little something on every single horse to win, and a little bit more on George cos I love him so much! He's my gorgeous boy, and so is Echo of Light! :-)

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 9:54 PM

    Socorro and Jo
    I agree with Debbie because of what you are trying to do....and it's for play. Tri's and Super's are difficult to win at any rate..real or not..don't you think Debbie?
    Now at the track with real money I'd place two bets both to win on my two favorites. For "real" bets ....."across the board" takes too much away from your total money back. It's been a long time for me at the track, but I probably will bet the Classic. Live dangerously...:)

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 29, 2006 9:58 PM

    Echo of Light...what's the "buzz" on her (him)?

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 29, 2006 10:03 PM

    Jo - That is what Kenny does sometimes. He will bet on every horse in the race. Sometimes he only bets on the longest longshot, that has never paid off for him though. That is why I always end up having to buy dinner after racing, he never wins. My biggest wins have always come from the boxed supers. I will probably be doing some of those on Saturday. If it doesn't pay off, oh well. Unfortuantely I don't have thousands of dollars to bet on Berni, that is what it would take to win anything substantial more than likely. I take it very seriously, but I never get upset when I lose. Then I would feel like I am not showing respect to the horse that did win. I have weird views when it comes to racing. To be honest I bet on Barbaro in the Preakness, the majority of my money was on him. A few minutes before the race I went back and put some money on Berni. Don't know why. But I have done that before, kind of like hedging my bets. Because that one thing holds true in racing: You never know!!

    Posted by: Debbie B from Miami at October 29, 2006 10:04 PM

    Debbie B
    Do you handicap????

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 29, 2006 10:05 PM

    D'Anne - I agree that it is extremely difficult to predict the exact order. I love risk and have a tendancy to do a lot of tri and super boxes. Last time at Calder I did a box-super for $28 and won $290. I have had better success with that kind of bet on YouBet though. You do win less than if it was not boxed, but if they do not finish in the order you picked your out anyway. Sometimes I do WP&S for a horse when I cannot decide on a tri or super combo. It just depends on the horses, their histories and pedigrees....

    Posted by: Debbie B from Miami at October 29, 2006 10:09 PM

    D'Anne - My own version of handicapping. I look at the past performances, the pedigree, the trainer, the jockey, the other horses racing and the track conditions. Sometimes I will go with the track handicappers pick -- if I feel strongly about it.

    Posted by: Debbie B from Miami at October 29, 2006 10:12 PM

    Jo - Go with your gut instinct.You have a lot of faith in Gorgeous George, go with him. I will definitely have my fingers crossed for him to have an impressive debut on the dirt. Maybe I will have to do a boxed super with Berni, Lava Man, George & either Drift, Invasor or Giacomo. Aaaahhhhhhhhhh, so many horses. What to do!!

    Posted by: Debbie B from Miami at October 29, 2006 10:17 PM

    Debbie B
    In the "old days" the track...I'd get the racing form and handicap (I have my list of good and bad :)and I'd scratch out all the horses on my bad list. Then start eliminating the good list horses. Now sometimes the horses on the form that came up as being the best shot for the race were also long shots...I found these horses usually came in the money (W-P-S). Kenny,if he likes to place bets on the long shots should try handicapping usually paid off for me.(particulary with longshots that is)

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 29, 2006 10:18 PM

    Now you have named another "killer"... Invasor!!!

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 29, 2006 10:20 PM

    Good Night to all of the FOB's Alex and
    my UNDEFEATED CHAMPION Barbaro!!!! Sweet dreams...did you have your Mocha milk and studmuffins tonight before beddie???

    I don't know about you all but I'm having a small problem adjusting to the time's time to eat and my tummy is an hour late...growl....growl...
    Debbie if you have replied I may catch you for one last post ..if not talk to you all tomorrow!!!

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 29, 2006 10:29 PM

    D'Anne...Echo of Light is a Godolphin colt. He's a 4 year old but is still, as Frankie describes him, "babyish"...but he has a lot of talent!
    In his last win he veered so far to the left as he approached the finish line that Frankie almost ended up in the crowd on the opposite side of the track! And still he's chosen Echo over Librettist. I guess he loves him and knows he has the talent to win. Plus he's a cutie! :-)

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 10:30 PM

    D'Anne - I am not really good at handicapping, my own system works sometimes. I also don't go the races that often. I was betting on YouBet a lot, but that has tapered off. Since I don't get any racing channels it is not as much fun to bet when you do not get to watch the race. I am going to BC and hope that my system works at least a little. I don't understand all of the intricacies involved. Kenny, my husband, picks horses for their name or just because they are the longshot. At least I can get him to go, that is the most important thing. I have to pull teeth to get him to a hockey game, my other beloved sport.

    I love Invasor - I especially like the way that Kenny Mayne says his name.

    Posted by: Debbie B from Miami at October 29, 2006 10:30 PM

    D'Anne - If you are still out there goodnight.

    And yes, I always have a hard time adjusting to this time change. It is almost dark here already.

    Posted by: Debbie B from Miami at October 29, 2006 10:33 PM

    Debbie...exactly!! So many beautiful and talented horses that we love! It's difficult! Plus I probably know more about US horses than my own,\ thanks to Bobby! lol But I do have my favourites here, and if one of my boys or girls win, like Collier Hill did in Canada, I'll be thrilled to bits! :-)

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 10:35 PM

    ACN best words in the world!

    LOVE YOU B!!!

    Posted by: Karen at October 29, 2006 10:35 PM

    Debbie B
    You'd have a hard time getting me to a hockey game (I once dated a guy that insisted that I attend every Red Wings game in Detroit....After five years...I developed my dislike there I guess)
    Seriously, Kenny's system has to change if he wants to win but you have his company and that is a very good thing.....:) You know the old adage...the family that plays together ...stays together...:)

    Bless you Debbie, Jo, Socorro, and all the family!!!

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 29, 2006 10:37 PM

    D'Anne - The Wings had so many great seasons, too bad you weren't into it. Their great Russian line. Their Stanley Cups. I am anvious. My team went to the Finals once and got swept. I don't think that Kenny cares too much, he just really goes for me. He bets for something to do.

    Jo - You have a lot of European horses to chose from, you will be busy trying to decide like the rest of us. LOL

    I am going to take a power nap, @$#% time change!!

    Posted by: Debbie B from Miami at October 29, 2006 10:50 PM

    Dear Alex,
    What ever would we all do without you to share all these interviews with us.
    All I can say is,here come those tears again,
    just when I thought I was over it.
    To have celebrated a Derby win,and then the horror at the Preakness,I just wish I could hug
    every one tight,Michael,Edgar,Mrs Jackson,Edwardo
    all of them,and say,its going to be ok one day.It has to.
    Barbaro,you go boy,you just go!
    Someday I want to see you ,what a day that would be.Love you!

    Posted by: BrendaRyder at October 29, 2006 10:52 PM

    D'Anne...forgot to mention that Echo of Light is also the son of Dubai Millennium, another gorgeous boy who died much too young. Echo looks alot like him.

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 29, 2006 10:52 PM

    CATHY REA BOSLEY-Hello, I posted to you, Mike, Nancy, and your Mom on Mike's blogsite. I was so happy to learn Mike is continuing his therapy at home and concentrating so hard on it, being diligent. It shows how much heart and effort he puts into everything-his all.

    I was deeply saddened to learn of dear Dreyfuss. It is heartbreaking for your mom. I hope she is getting through this tough time. I know you guys all look after each other so well. My 2 sisters do the same for me, I have 1 in Michigan, and one here in Montgomery. Since Mary moved back to Montgomery, she has helped tremendously with my health problems. There is NOTHING like family. I steadily pray for all of the Reas and your extended families. Take care.

    Posted by: Dora J Crow / Montgomery, Alabama at October 29, 2006 10:59 PM

    Perfect Drift is quite impressive, I didn't know all that about him, good article.
    I wish I knew how to post articles like that with blue letters! Jo are you still out there? I'm back and still trying. If I don't figure this out tonight I'm gonna ask that kid I work with tomorrow to help me! I know I'm your worst pupil...EVER!!
    I think a quinella is basically an automatically boxed exacta. But if your two are the first two to finish you win but not as much as if you did an exacta or a boxed exacta. I'm not sure if this was answered before.

    Posted by: cindy a at October 29, 2006 11:21 PM

    Good Evening, Fans of Barbaro!

    Cathy Rea Bosley, so happy to read the latest about Mike. I'm thrilled he'll be at the Breeder's Cup. It sounds as if he has made tremendous progress and his strength and determination are inspiring. I signed his petition a while ago and am hoping you get TONS of signatures at BC.

    I'm going to have to learn about handicapping and betting...these posts have been very enlightening.

    LITF, you are one of the many shining lights in the heavens, my Long Time Sun.

    Barbaro, its getting very dark outside so its getting close to tucking-in time. Sleep well, sleep deep and dream of seeing the beautiful Mocha tomorrow. Shine on...

    Take care, everybody.

    Healing, Love, Peace,
    Lyn Gilbert

    Posted by: Lyn Gilbert at October 29, 2006 11:32 PM

    I know Alex said Peter was visiting Bobby later today - but it seems too late for an update now?

    Love, Light and Protection for Bobby

    Posted by: Mary S at October 29, 2006 11:34 PM

    If any of you get the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, there is a nice mention of Mr. Boxcar on page 49 of the November edition. It's in the Around the Ovals section.

    I can't get it on-line or I would post the link!!

    Posted by: ShelleyA at October 29, 2006 11:35 PM

    Barbaro, I am making a note to get out of school and come home so I can tape the piece they are going to do on you. I have a whole tape of anything I could find of you on T.V. I have a folder dedicated to you full of pictures, articles. You have really captured my heart. I still can't bring myself to watch anything or look at pictures of the Preakness. I get as emotional now as I did when it happened. And I know that is not the focus now. It's your healing that matters, and I pray every day for you. I just love you so much. I don't know how to explain it. You have just captured my heart, and I want more than anything for you to be better. I am glad people love you as much as I love you. You have brought so many people together that would have otherwise not known who one another were. I get inspiration from you, Barbaro. You have a special aura about you. I love you and am so happy that have been no major setbacks so far and , hopefully, never. I love you!!!

    Posted by: Amie at October 29, 2006 11:46 PM

    Ditto on what Amie said!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at October 29, 2006 11:51 PM

    Thanks Alex for keeping us updated this weekend (hope you had some fun at the FH Halloween Party - you deserve a break..)

    The week before the Classic....

    Believe in Barbaro
    Believe in Miracles!

    Continue to Pray!!

    Posted by: lynnette at October 29, 2006 11:56 PM

    Thanks for the daily update on Barbaro. The ESPN interview with Michael Matz nearly broke my heart. It is terribly sad to realize that Barbaro's racing days are over, long before he was fully able to show his stuff. That will always be painful. However, I am just so happy to have him alive, comfortable and steadily recovering. His racing career is over, but his new career as advocate and "spokeshorse" for equine rights has just begun.

    Posted by: Fran at October 30, 2006 12:08 AM

    Beautiful Barbaro, how are you doing "Sir"? Smile.
    I'm just a few counties away from you and the wind has been positively howling up to 40-50 MPH and my thoughts have only been with you! I know your NBC caregivers have you safe and sound, God Bless them all!

    Barbaro, I lit another votive candle for you this morning before Mass - it is burning for you in the Holy Family niche in the church; and you know I continue the Novenas for you round the clock 24/7.

    My heart beats for your heart, Barbaro, it truly does!
    Remember positive healing thoughts, the healing will take place in your most quiet of moments, as you nap in your straw while multitudes of angels keep watch. . . love you so much. . .

    Tonight is a good night for a nice pear and some horsie treats!
    I send you a kiss on your nose - love that pink spot!!

    Remember to give "your" hugs to The Jacksons, Dr. R, Michael, Peter, and all your special folks! Prayers continue for your many equine friends, too!

    Love you B!
    Lou Ann

    Posted by: Lou Ann, Pennsylvania at October 30, 2006 12:12 AM

    All the post are great, but its time to go to bed.
    Barbaro you sleep well, sweet dreams my love.
    Just keep, keeping on. Your in my prayers 24/7.
    Mary S thanks for the prayers for MM I know he is in need! What a lost for him, but we all know Barbaro is here, for something bigger than life its self. He is moving mountains, for all the horses.
    Together we can stop the Slaughter of the horses.
    We can do this! I know we can!
    Everyone sleep well, fight again tomorrow.
    Believe me the Senators are not ready for us! Not by a long shot!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at October 30, 2006 12:17 AM

    This morning at church, I took my class of children outside to do sidewalk chalk. We drew pictures of things that were our prayers to God, and I asked the children to explain their prayer drawings.

    Of course my drawing was of Barbaro. Another prayer for you, beauty!

    Posted by: kathryn in ok at October 30, 2006 12:19 AM

    Fran; It nearly broke mine too. I guess for me, deep down, I still feel like it was so unfair that Barbaro's racing career ended this way. That is partly why I get so frustrated when Michael's horses don't win LOL. He deserved to have a horse like that and it seemed so cruel to have him taken away like that.

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 30, 2006 12:28 AM

    People, we have to do something for Michael! I'm going to fall apart watching him on the ESPN show. He loves this horse so much. Going to the Breeders Cup and hearing that the racing world seems to have forgotten about his horse has got to be so hard for him.

    Posted by: Mary at October 30, 2006 12:33 AM

    Hiya Barbaro, and Friends and Fans of Barbaro, it's me again, Laura S. from Washington State! Just got through Emailing some more Senators. These Senators are: Alexander, Bennett, Hatch, Bunning, Inhofe, Coburn, Craig, Crapo, Wyden, Thomas, and Enzi. How's that for a Sunday?! Pretty good, isn't it! I'm going to take it easy for awhile, but if I get motivated later on yet today, I'll Email some more Senators. Otherwise, I'll try to get back to work on behalf of Our Top Horse tomorrow. Hope you all have a great Sunday night!

    Posted by: Laura S. in Snohomish, WA at October 30, 2006 12:34 AM

    Mary; That's why we have to root so hard for Round Pond. Having her win the Distaff would mean SO MUCH. I know they will have SOMETHING about Barbaro during the broadcast. I mean, they HAVE to. And mabe they will interview him then too. I don't think he feels anyone has forgotten about Barbaro. Not with all the stuff the horse and his humans get. His Birthday is in January, so we DO HAVE TO DO SOMETHING!!!! PEOPLE DON'T SPEND ALL YOUR MONEY ON CHRISTMAS!!!

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 30, 2006 12:38 AM

    I also wanted to say welcome to all the new posters!!!

    Posted by: Mary at October 30, 2006 12:40 AM

    good evening, y'all.
    I got interesting news this evening...the general consensus of one of the incumbent Senators here is that the person is not a nice person to deal with or even interested in the welfare of the state.

    One incumbent is not up for replacement this time, much to my dismay...

    and I've gone ahead and written to one of the hopefuls about the slaughter issue- briefly touched on it, along with a few other issues.

    it will be interesting, at least. Of course, I don't know whether this person will be elected, but thought they might like to know what constituents have on their minds.

    Posted by: Anna in Tx at October 30, 2006 12:42 AM

    For those of you novice betting fans getting your ducks in a row for the BC, here's a little info on SIREN LURE who will be in the BC Sprint.

    He is a 5 year old gelding who was claimed at GGF last year for $50,000, and had 5 wins in 6 starts this year, including 3 in a row in graded stakes - he has earned $531,138 altogether. He is trained by 67 year old Art Sherman from the Bay area, well respected trainer - and who was a jockey at Churchill Downs in the late 1960's!

    Sherman says he has had some outstanding horses over the years, but none as unusual as Siren Lure. He had already been claimed twice in 2005 before Sherman claimed him. He says he didn't know he was going to hit the jackpot and get a horse that would make half a million dollars, but the more he was around the horse, the more he liked him. The horse improved with every race, and all of a sudden it was like, "Wow".

    Siren Lure starts slow but "is a bull coming off the pace". While Sherman said slightly longer distances are more ideal for him, he believes the long stretch at Churchill could allow him to run down the frontrunners who will likely engage in an early speed duel. Jockey Alex Solis is adept at maximizing the horse's style, so Sherman thinks he is well placed in this race.

    "When he's leaving the 3/8th pole, then he really starts running," Sherman says. "It takes him a good quarter of a mile to get in gear. You'll probably see him in last down the backstretch. I just hope he isn't too far back, because he really is exciting to watch over the last quarter mile. I'm not changing his style, everything's going so perfect now."

    SIREN LURE is the only Bay Area trainer's horse in the BC, since Untouched Talent has been withdrawn from the Juvenile Fillies. She is still recuperating from surgery.

    I never placed a bet in my life until Lost in the Fog's memorial day at GGF, and I still haven't tried getting "linked" up. Guess I have a lot of catching up to do...

    Posted by: Shelley in CA at October 30, 2006 12:47 AM


    You hit the nail on the head..this is Barbaro's new career: as advocate and "spokeshorse" for equine rights.

    Posted by: Mary at October 30, 2006 12:50 AM

    Yes, I am in for anything for Michael. I think Michael is one of the main reason B is still alive. If Round Pond wins maybe we can send him a plant or some flowers and say its from Barbaro. I'm open to ideas.

    Posted by: Mary at October 30, 2006 12:54 AM

    I get to watch the BC meet!!!!

    a friend said I could watch at her house (we don't have cable) and they'll be out for the afternoon, so no distractions!


    Posted by: Anna in Tx at October 30, 2006 12:58 AM

    Mary I totally agree. Though I wold send him something no matter what happens in the race. Mabe we could all get together and send soemthing like that and write letters.

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 30, 2006 1:02 AM

    I can not post on the forum no matter what I try (goofy computer) otherwise I would put something on there to start a thread for Michael. Let's do something. He, Peter, and Alex (also Tim W.) are the only reason we got info every day.

    Posted by: Mary at October 30, 2006 1:12 AM

    Mary I agree. Michael and Peter are about the only people we haven't done anything for yet. We need to do something!!!

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 30, 2006 1:16 AM

    Mary I will go to the Forum and start one

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 30, 2006 1:17 AM



    Posted by: Mary at October 30, 2006 1:21 AM


    I've wondered for a while . . . but have never spoken up . . . if, along with MM, we really needed to also acknowledge Peter and Ricardo in some way.

    As assistant trainer, Peter always seems to stand stoically in MM's shadow, and yet has done so much for Barbaro's recovery.

    Ricardo, on the other hand, was his hot walker, and as far as I know has never been able to visit him.

    As deeply as I felt for MM while reading the excerpts from the interview, I also worried about the effect all this has had on Peter and Ricardo. What do you'all think?

    Posted by: annie inTX at October 30, 2006 1:23 AM

    Good evening, Champ:
    I bet that's a cute scene: The Big Boss Horse sound asleep! Wish we could get a picture of that! Pleasant dreams, Champ!

    Posted by: Daryl Smoliak at October 30, 2006 1:23 AM

    Mary, ok, I have one up in the General. I am not very creative so I just called it, "Thread for Michael". LOL

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 30, 2006 1:23 AM

    Well, don't great minds think alike!?!

    Posted by: annie inTX at October 30, 2006 1:23 AM

    Hello Barbaro Nation and precious Barbaro!

    Thank God for ACN and ACD...and many more...

    Thank you Alex for keeping us informed and for all the horse news that I am learning...

    Fred Stone captured something I believe is a big part of what has touched us all about Barbaro...Mr. Stone titled his painting of Barbaro "A Legacy of Hope"...and for me that rings so true...Barbaro gives me hope...Believe in Miracles, Believe in Barbaro.

    Now to light candles for Barbaro, Precisionist, Foggy, 2nd of June, Horse, Hocks, LinH ( to light candles).

    Love to all...Claire

    Posted by: claire at October 30, 2006 1:26 AM

    Bobby, you big sleepy head, you missed Peter!

    Posted by: Susan E. at October 30, 2006 1:27 AM

    Thanks!! I'm not very creative either, but will join in whatever is decided. So, glad you added in Peter!

    Posted by: Mary at October 30, 2006 1:29 AM





    Posted by: Cheryl at October 30, 2006 1:31 AM

    I thought Ricardo was his groom and he is the one that Peter and his wife took to visit?

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 30, 2006 1:32 AM


    Lynda: Eduardo was his groom. Ricardo was the hot walker seen in most of the grazing pictures.

    Posted by: annie inTX at October 30, 2006 1:35 AM






    Posted by: Cheryl G at October 30, 2006 1:36 AM

    Alex, thanks for Barbaro update. I can't blame the Big Guy for taking a nap, it was chilly and too windy today. Do people tiptoe around his stall when he's sleeping? Hope he's all snuggly for the evening. And thanks for the ESPN preview. This time I'll know to have my tissues next to the TV when MM is interviewed. He must feel such an incredible loss. A man of great dignity and class.

    I love Perfect Drift! Notice his ears when he goes to the post. Very alert, and very long LOL.

    Don't forget, Wed. is when the Barbaro folks get their award from the racing writers(??). I hope they show that on the ESPN show the next day. ESPN2, I think, is broadcasting Wed., Thur and Friday.

    Anna in TX
    Rum cake recipe, I am ROTFLMAO

    Mary, what an amazing dream. I hope you are a prophet!

    Cathy, our prayers for Mike. Isn't this an amazing thing for him!

    Laura S in Wash, you rock! Great job.

    Praying for ACN for Bobby (funny, when I type ACN in Word, it keeps changing the spelling to CAN. Yes, I think he CAN do it, don't you? G'nite all.

    Posted by: Jane in CT at October 30, 2006 1:37 AM

    Barbaro, you are an unbelievably strong soul and please keep being patient. I cannot believe the inter-strength this awesome horse has. I have 2 rescued thoroughbreds who at times have been confined to stall rest, one for 3 months with a broken ankle and my other, a grandson of Alydar with a nasal tumor for months. I had to hand-walk both every day for many weeks and it was so scary - Barbaro's mental strength is something to behold. God please help him stay patient and strong while he is healing!

    I love Perfect Drift - saw him lose the Whitney at Saratoga by a nose. He is all class and I am putting my money on him Saturday. I am also rooting for Miesque's Approval in the Mile, a horse I have known for a long time in the mornings in Florida. Saw all the workouts on TVG today, Film Maker is my girl in the F/M turf and I think Better Talk Now worked his usual work - would love him to win also. Don't miss THE WORKS on TVG, remember Barbaros' final work before the Derby, never forget it. Barbaro's mission is different, to make everyone aware of safety and slaughter. That will be his legacy and I hope that will give peace to MM. I look at how many horses have been saved because of Barbaro and the sadness goes away.

    Let's make tomorrow another call-in day to the senators. We can't let up now. We need to double our calls by next call-in day!

    Barb m in Florida

    Posted by: Barb m in Florida at October 30, 2006 1:39 AM

    Anniein TX ohhh I am so confused.

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 30, 2006 1:40 AM


    Lynda: I think I'm right about that (but, maybe not). Eduardo did get to visit, groomed Barbaro, etc. We sent him a nice basket of goodies, right?

    Then there's Ricardo. The other gentleman who was always with Barbaro. Please correct me if I'm wrong. (I't been known to happen!!! LOL)

    Posted by: annie inTX at October 30, 2006 1:51 AM

    Thanks for the update from Peter. Barbaro was sleeping, I like that! Maybe he had a busy day, ya know alot of company and grass to eat, getting petted getting yummy treats! I'm so happy our boy is well. ACN ahead!

    I'm off to light a few candles before bed. Everyone please light some for the sick 8 week old pound puppy Soone when ya'll light your candles for big boy. Everyone have a great night! cindy a

    Posted by: cindy a at October 30, 2006 1:54 AM

    Annie I think I am confused because the one Ikept seeing in the pictures, I thought it was Edwardo when it was really Ricardo and that is what confused me.

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 30, 2006 1:56 AM

    ACN!!! awww Barbaro, sweetie, you are the bestest horse! And you missed Peter's visit cuz you were sleeping...well a fellow has to take a nap when he's in the mood, right? Time to tuck you in, fluffing up the bedding, turning on the nite lite, and whispering a lullabye in your beautiful ears! Hugs and smoochies, babycakes! I'll be in tomorrow to check up on you

    Prayers for LindaH

    G'nite Foggy

    Posted by: Toby at October 30, 2006 1:58 AM

    Anna in Tx,

    Your comments above about incumbents and those hoping to replace them reminded me of Senator Conrad Burns' office reaction when contacted about the anti-slaughter bill. These officials who are up for reelection with close and possibly losing margins next week are undoubtedly irritable and unlikely to be changing positions at this point. One office staff member listened, but little "Katie" was hostile and may be preoccupied about losing her job if her boss loses his.

    I think it is a waste of time and energy to try to convince people like Conrad Burns to change his mind. He has never been magnanimous toward animals, and at this point why would he bother? That would be assuming he has a conscience, and if he loses his reelection bid, it would still be out of character for him to change his mind on this issue. Just my sour opinion on this individual who has done so much damage to wild horses and the western environment.

    Posted by: Shelley in CA at October 30, 2006 1:59 AM

    All Nancy from the Discussion Boards authorized me to post this link. PLEASE READ.


    Ro & Brady

    Posted by: Rosemarie at October 30, 2006 2:04 AM

    Sweet dreams and another comfy night to Barbaro and bless and protect the Army of the Kind...the miracle continues...

    "People think that we found this beat up horse and fixed him. But that is not how it was. He fixed us...he fixed each of us. We all fixed each other." Red Pollard in the final scene of the film SEABISCUIT

    Posted by: Melissa K. at October 30, 2006 2:05 AM

    Posted by: Rosemarie at October 30, 2006 2:08 AM

    Lynda: OK, let's see if I can do this:


    Posted by: annie inTX at October 30, 2006 2:10 AM



    Ro & Brady

    Posted by: Rosemarie at October 30, 2006 2:11 AM


    Lynda: Hehe. I'm so excited. It worked. Now later in the photos are pictures of Barbaro walking with two Hispanics. I think the one with the big 8 on his vest is Eduardo.

    Posted by: annie inTX at October 30, 2006 2:13 AM

    annie - Eduardo was Bobby's groom and he did visit. Also, I believe there was a basket sent to him from some FOBs. Don't think we know if Ricardo has visited. Ricardo is the one in most of the pictures hand grazing Bobby. He looks at B so affectionately - I often wonder how he is doing. Here is a picture of Ricardo and Bobby.

    Love, Light and Protection for Bobby

    Posted by: Mary S at October 30, 2006 2:14 AM

    I just read Alex's update....just the thought of that beautiful animal fast asleep, and walking in and finding him at such just warms my heart. Peter obviously has much more restraint than I ever could have had. I would have wanted to wake him up and visit!!! And give him treats and watch his feistiness.

    Well, thank God for Peter, and all who love and care for our sleeping angel.

    Slumber well, sweet Prince.

    'Nite all you FOB's

    Posted by: Therese at October 30, 2006 2:16 AM

    Eduardo is in the white with the number 8. Ricardo is the other one next to Bobby - the taller man of the two.

    Love, Light and Protection for Bobby

    Posted by: Mary S at October 30, 2006 2:17 AM


    Thank you so much for your prayers and healing thoughts for Star. She has tendon and ligament damage possibly a sesamoid fracture. The Vet does not want her transported at this time for xrays. So treatment for now is support wraps, anti-inflammatory - pain med, and of course stall confinement. The injury is in her back leg at the fetlock joint. So for now it is just waiting to see how she progresses in the next week.

    It is a very bad injury, possibly 6 to 12 months to heal if all goes well.

    The other problem is I have chronic neurological Lyme disease. Most of the time I am not strong enough to take care of her. So this puts another burden on my husband.

    Still IT IS GOOD NEWS!
    Cheryl in PA

    Posted by: Cheryl at October 30, 2006 2:18 AM


    Thanks, Mary S: That's what I've been trying to confirm for Lynda.

    Now back to my original query. Along with MM and Peter, shouldn't we include Ricardo in our well-wishes (whatever they turn out to be)? I wonder about him a lot, too.

    Posted by: annie inTX at October 30, 2006 2:19 AM

    No problem annie. I made it a point months ago to find out who the man is, that I thought, looked so lovingly at Bobby. Here is a great one.

    Love, Light and Protection for Bobby

    Posted by: Mary S at October 30, 2006 2:23 AM

    Mary S: I love that one, too. Thanks for reminding me.

    Posted by: annie inTX at October 30, 2006 2:27 AM

    Jane in CT, it's very good cake, I can vouch for that. I think. At least making it is fun!

    Shelley in CA, this incumbent needs to move on down the road, even if the slaughter issue weren't on the table.
    We can't fret over what we can't change (like someone's mind when they're deadset on something). We can, however, revel in the triumph when our persuasive abilities encourage them to change their minds themselves. So we have to concentrate on those who are willing to listen.

    Posted by: Anna in Tx at October 30, 2006 2:27 AM

    Hello Barbaro,

    It sounds like the tranquility of a cool and breezy day found you giving in to the temptation to nap. I don't blame you Honey. I honestly believe that the healing continues while you sleep.

    Chances are you woke up from your nap feeling alittle hungry. So, it was time for treats I'm sure! Well, I hope your tummy's full and your spot in your stall is still warm. So grab your blanket and cuddle up Barbaro.

    Go back to those dreams of family and friends Honey. Feel safe and secure, loved and happy. Everything that sweet dreams are made of.

    I'll be here in the morning to read the update that Alex gives us. Now close your eyes. Dream the night away Honey. I love you so much. Good night. XXOO

    Posted by: Laurie H. in MN at October 30, 2006 2:35 AM

    Way to go, Nancy Babcock!

    Posted by: Anna in Tx at October 30, 2006 2:35 AM

    My Precious Barbaro - Sunday night and you are comfortable! Another week awaits for you to conquer - prayers are already coming your way. My brave boy, my beauty, so patient and good. You are so loved. Do you know how much? Here are my arms around you giving you a great big hug. If Michael seems a little unhappy be sure to give him one of your own big horse hugs. He'll like that. You are our UNDEFEATED CHAMPION for ever and ever. Dearest love and prayers and XXXXs & 0000s.

    Posted by: Elizabeth at October 30, 2006 2:36 AM

    I hope Star does ok. I'll keep her in my prayers. I know it's a pain having one stalled for that long. You're lucky you have a husband that is willing to carry the load. Sounds like he's a good man! Hopefully she'll improve quicker than expected! Good luck and ya'll take care! cindy a.

    Posted by: cindy a at October 30, 2006 2:41 AM

    Cheryl in Pa ###
    I'm so sorry Star's fetlock is so serious. I hope it will heal well and strong. I'll say a prayer and keep her in my daily prayers.
    Also, I'm sad to hear of your lyme disease and I will have you in my prayers also. I wish you both the very best.

    Tomorrow is hitting the phones, faxes,etc. with all we've got. Everybody gear up and get ready to sock it to them ! ! ! Let's start their week right.

    Barbaro, I hope your sleep was restful and healing.
    You've completed another week of healing and growing a hoof, way to go , Barbaro.
    We are all with you, you lead on, and we will follow.
    You had me at hello.

    Posted by: Bobbie B at October 30, 2006 2:48 AM

    Cheryl: Thinking of you and Star and glad you have a good man who will help you both. HOping Star does well with the long raod to recovery. Please let us know how she is doing.

    Lisa in Colorado

    Posted by: Lisa Leach at October 30, 2006 2:54 AM

    Bobby, Never stop believing in yourself because so many of us believe in you. Please grow that hoof. Good night beautiful boy and the sweetest of dreams. You're so loved.

    Posted by: Doe at October 30, 2006 3:13 AM

    Thank you for the link about Perfect Drift, I like him, I guess because of his connection to Bobby.

    RE: Ricardo
    I've always wondered about if he ever gets to see Bobby. He's in so many pictures with him everywhere. Since he was his hot walker, I guess he travelled all over with him. They had to be close.

    You were asleep when Peter came. I don't know why, but that makes me feel sad for you. I hope you somehow understand why you didn't see him today. I hope you got out, got lots of treats, and had some other visitors, that you did see. I pray God will continue your miraculous healing, grow you hoof, protect your other 3 hooves and keep you from infection. You have a good night, magnificent horse. I pray believing and expecting there will be another good report on you tomorrow.

    Posted by: Susan in TX at October 30, 2006 3:22 AM

    Barbaro - you snuggle in your straw tonight and grab your blankie and sretch out. Have happy healing horsie dreams. Keep thinking GROW HOOF GROW! I love you sweetie, XXOO and SCRATCHIES!

    Alibi, Boxcar, Jessie, Ima, Cloud, Misty, Rosie, Glory, Bobby's Girl and Chicka - sleep well tonight have wonderful happy dreams. I love you all. XXOO and SCRACTCHIES!

    Aunty and Mommie Sally

    Posted by: Sally in Key West at October 30, 2006 3:41 AM

    I'm sorry to hear about Star. I pray God will keep her comfortable and begin her complete healing. I also pray for strength and wisdom for you and your husband as you help her through this.

    Posted by: Susan in TX at October 30, 2006 3:50 AM

    Love you Barbaro!!! You just keep on racking up those ACN's. We're all praying and pulling for you EVERYDAY. Wishing you a good night's sleep, filled with healing and sweet dreams of runnng in pastures and grazing to your heart's content. I'm praying for wonderful hoof growth in the front of that hoof this week. Just remember to keep on minding Dr. Richardson and eating all the carrots you can get your mitts on. Good Night sweetie.

    Posted by: Elaine Connors at October 30, 2006 4:04 AM

    I received my Barbaro bracelet today! Thank you so much. I can't wait to see the ESPN interview Nov. 1. I've got Breeders Cup fever!


    Posted by: Ashley at October 30, 2006 4:06 AM

    Bobby, my sweet Velvet Nosed sleepy head, time to tuck you in! They turned the clocks back last night and you took your extra hour of sleep in the afternoon, I guess. Well, guess what! You have now successfully completed ANOTHER COMFORTABLE WEEK !!!!! You are so amazing.
    Sleep well, heal, and dream of a strong, healthy, well-formed new hoof. Be careful getting up and down, and no clowning! Tomorrow you get to see Peter!!!!

    Good night Barbaro Nation, and good thoughts to all our human and animal friends who are tired, ill, or in pain tonight.

    Posted by: Susan E. at October 30, 2006 4:17 AM

    Good Evening Champ, just came to tuck you in. Nice to hear your already sound asleep. Hope your comfortable. Bless Peter for just watching you sleep.Look forward to your morning update. Love you lots big guy.


    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 30, 2006 4:18 AM

    Goodnight Magnificent Steed. Thank you for all you bring to us, today and every day.

    Thank you God for Bobby's right and perfect healing, and for his complete recovery. Thank you God that miracle follows miracle, and wonders never cease.

    Magnificent Steed! Another day closer. We hold the vision of your wholeness - you are perfect and complete - in vibrant good health.

    The Light of God surrounds you
    The Love of God enfolds you
    The Power of God Protects you
    The Presence of God watches over you
    Wherever you are Bobby, God IS.

    Love, Light and Protection for Bobby

    Posted by: Mary S at October 30, 2006 4:33 AM

    Shhhh ..... baby's sleeping!! Night-night, B. I love you forever.

    xo Susan

    Posted by: Susan in CO at October 30, 2006 4:54 AM



    Senator Richard Shelby R AL NO 202-224-5744 202-224-3416 E-MAIL

    Posted by: Socorro at October 30, 2006 4:55 AM

    Ok for anyone interested in having some fun betting on the Breeders Cup this weekend. Please go to forum under Breeders Cup Challenge

    We will keep track and post our homework on our horses there. Everyone is welcome. Info and instructions are in the thread.

    Posted by: Shannon & Zeena at October 30, 2006 4:56 AM

    Socorro, I know you are asleeep, Neither Senator from Alabama has written, called or emailed me back. Oh I got a response thingie from one of their offices. but not from both. Am ashamed to say I was born here!


    Praying hard for all creatures great and small, truly love you one and all. Pleasant dreams

    Posted by: Dora J Crow / Montgomery, Alabama at October 30, 2006 5:04 AM

    Good night sweet boy. Snuggle down in your fresh straw and get a good night's sleep filled with lots of healing and comfort. Pleasant dreams precious boy. You're in my thoughts, my prayers, my heart. I love you Barbaro.

    The miracle continues...

    Posted by: Sandie at October 30, 2006 5:08 AM


    What does your vet think about using Vet-Stem? Might be worth checking into.

    Posted by: joyce moore at October 30, 2006 5:08 AM

    Goodnight beautiful Barbaro.........



    Posted by: Lindann at October 30, 2006 5:13 AM

    Good evening, Bobby J.! I think about you a lot lately, with the Breeders Cup next week. I know you would love to be running at Churchill where you captured the imagination of the world. But, you have a more important battle now, and you're winning, you Big Boss Boy!!

    Have a sweet and dreamy nite, special one! I love you for always and forever!!

    Posted by: Judy B at October 30, 2006 5:21 AM

    Goodnight sweet Barbaro, you with the champion heart. Snuggle into your soft straw bed and enjoy quiet respite from the activities of the day. Grow that hoof and gather strength to keep healing. Bella, Gracie and I wish you a peaceful night and give you Butterfly kisses. Bella has huge eyelashes to give you good kisses with. Sleep tight big guy.

    Posted by: Rosemary in NE OHIO at October 30, 2006 5:22 AM


    DORA -

    I'm not asleep, it's morning for me.

    You have nothing to be ashamed off. I've been to Alabama and it is beautiful, just like in many places, the people or places are beautiful, but the government sometimes just plain "SUCK" (I hope it's not too offensive for the Board).

    Posted by: Socorro at October 30, 2006 6:44 AM

    A very quick good morning, sweet baboo and wonder-horse. Back to work this morning so I won't be around until lunchtime-ish. I was a bit upset to hear that you were sleeping when Peter visited. Sleep is good, but I don't want you thinking that he didn't come. I'll be looking forward to my ACN, although as they've been late I'm going to have to wait until I get home tonight, so hoping to hear that you're doing just fine! I love you, sweetie XOXOX

    Good morning,'s been raining, so a very grey and wet morning here in Thornton le Dale. Suits my 'back to work' mood! lol

    Annie..well done! :-)

    Ro...practice practice practice, you're almost there! :-)

    Good morning, Socorro! :-)

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 30, 2006 7:55 AM

    ps...Annie and Lynda...I still think of Ricardo often, and posted a really touching picture of him and Bobby a couple of days ago. He was Bobby's hotwalker and also spent alot of time with him, as you can see from the photos. He must miss him terribly too and I often wonder how he's doing.

    You can see that Ricardo Orosco loved Barbaro very much and I get sad for him too.

    Posted by: Jo (UK) at October 30, 2006 8:03 AM


    Good Morning Jo (UK)

    Posted by: Socorro at October 30, 2006 8:22 AM

    Good morning, Barbaro! Good morning, fellow Fans!

    ACN yesterday but you were sleeping, eh? Well, when the nap strikes, take it! (That's my motto!) Too bad you missed Peter but it was a good day for a nap.

    Morning, Jo and Socorro!

    I have a Barbaro "coincidence" to report - During my Quilt Camp weekend, I was talking with a woman who had lived in Kentucky and worked for the Thoroughbred Record, so she is still watching the major races. She asked about my Barbaro bracelet and chuckled when I explained. Her nephew lives in Kennett Square and his property backs up to NBC!!! She didn't say if he had seen the Big Bay One dragging anyone around on his daily graze.

    Off to find more coffee.

    Proud member, Fans of Barbaro

    Posted by: Marg in Maine at October 30, 2006 10:05 AM

    Good Monday Morning Alex, Bobby and fellow fans
    Morning shift - Jo, Socorro and Marg

    I'm hoping for another good week of contacting Senators for the big push. Time is short.

    Socorro - your idea is brilliant. that makes it so easy for everyone to use the Web forms or emails for Senator contact.

    Marg - I hope you had a great weekend quilting. I was wondering how things went when I saw the nasty weather for the northeast.
    What a chance meeting for you! BTW, there is some interest in creating squares for a quilt for Bobby. I don't know who suggested it but it came up in chat last night.

    Have a great day everyone!!


    A proud "FOB"

    Posted by: Janice from Florida at October 30, 2006 10:37 AM

    Janice - Keep me posted on the quilt squares - I can't do the chat thing as I only have dial-up at home!

    The weather was great for being inside! Rain, snow, sleet all day on Saturday. The lights flickered many times but never went out completely. Yesterday was clear to start (beautiful sunrise) then we had a white-out, then it cleared, then showered (snow and rain) all the way home.

    Proud member, Fans of Barbaro

    Posted by: Marg in Maine at October 30, 2006 10:51 AM


    Thanks for the link to that photo (Bobby & Ricardo). I had never seen that one before.

    Proud to be a "fan of Barbaro"

    Posted by: Janice from Florida at October 30, 2006 10:51 AM


    I will try to remember to ask if I get on tonight.

    Barb M in Florida

    I tried to email you but it got bounced back. I'll try to send it again.


    A proud "fan of Barbaro"

    Posted by: Janice from Florida at October 30, 2006 10:58 AM

    Posted by: annie inTX at October 30, 2006 11:18 AM

    Thanks Alex for reminding us about the later update.

    For those who appreciate Pat Day (I do) - here is a nice article about the recent honor he received.

    a proud "fan of Barbaro"

    Posted by: Janice from Florida at October 30, 2006 12:04 PM

    Here is that link again for the Pat Day article

    Pat Day Article

    A Proud "fan of Barbaro"

    Posted by: Janice from Florida at October 30, 2006 12:15 PM

    well, I got responses (2) from the Senatorial candidate I emailed- and neither were canned. Horse slaughter is one thing she discusses in her issues and wants to see and end to. Education reform is another (long overdue) daughter struggled with the TAKS tests 8 times before she graduated- and got As and Bs in her classes.

    This candidate's style is personable and her words encouraging.
    she said she addresses this under News- I have not downloaded each PDF file (only a few) yet to find it:

    Posted by: Anna in Tx at October 30, 2006 12:34 PM

    Annie, this is good news. I have 4 black cats and 4 non black cats, and they ALL stay in on Halloween! (much to their dismay, they want to be outside).

    Posted by: Anna in Tx at October 30, 2006 12:37 PM

    I tried posting the Senators e-mail links but won't post. Don't know why?

    JANICE -
    Thanks, but it is not letting me post the real stuff. Those links are to Senators who are opposed to the Bill.


    Annie in TX -

    Is it because of Halloween? There are people who are intentionally cruel and harm black cats on Halloween. Also, because of other things many don't want to hear about.

    Posted by: Socorro at October 30, 2006 12:37 PM


    I had not shared with anyone, but I had the same idea about a quilt for Barbaro a few weeks ago. I'm not even a good sewer! One square could have his races times, race numbers, first day at fair hill, race days, parents b-days, etc. the ideas are endless.

    Posted by: Mary at October 30, 2006 12:38 PM

    Thanks Socorro for making it so easy to make contacts for S1915. All the work you put into this is truly appreciated.

    Happy Monday to all fans of Barbaro. There is light again at 6:00am, well at least for awhile.

    Hoping to hear for another comfortable night sweet Barbaro.

    Time to phone, fax and email for S1915. We are down to the wire. Let your voice on this issue be tallied.

    Posted by: Rosemary in NE OHIO at October 30, 2006 12:53 PM

    Good morning Barbaro, hope you have a wonderful day full of carrots, healing and love. God bless you, sweet boy and stay strong. Prayers on there way to you.

    Good morning everyone, and happy Monday. Hope you all had a good weekend. Remember the trick or treaters on Tuesday, go out and but some candy.
    The kids love this day.

    The quilt sounds wonderful, we have a family quilt done,it was a family tree and everyone had there own leaf with there name on it(32 leaves and counting). A wonderful gift to my Mom and Dad.

    Alex, thank you for all you do.

    Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!



    Posted by: Caro Nichols at October 30, 2006 12:53 PM

    Socorro, I'm not Annie, but yes, that's why.

    Posted by: Anna in Tx at October 30, 2006 12:54 PM

    I didn't realize that - just saw that the links went to Senators. Well, that's OK - it makes it easy to contact the opposed to let them know it's time to become supporters.

    A proud "fan of Barbaro"

    Posted by: Janice from Florida at October 30, 2006 12:56 PM


    Those e-mails were a test. They are for the ones that do not support S.1915.

    You're welcomed to use it. I have made the list for the others, but for some reason are not being accepted.

    Posted by: Socorro at October 30, 2006 1:04 PM

    Hello Fans of Barbaro,

    I just wanted to give everyone the latest update on the wristband fundraiser for the Barbaro Fund.

    As of today, I had 138 responses which sold approximately 350 wristbands. The requests are still coming in, and I am getting the orders out as quickly as possible.

    I have a new supply of wristbands arriving today or tomorrow which has a slight change to the original wristband. The side that used to say, "Just be a winner Barbaro"; now says, "You're a winner Barbaro". Mrs. Jackson thought the change was more positive. As much as Barbaro has been fighting so hard to beat the odds - we want to be as positive as possible for him.

    FOB's please keep passing the word about the fundraiser - we are hoping to have a huge check to present to Dr. Sweeney.

    I will keep you updated each week on the progress of the sales.

    Thanks for your support,

    Posted by: Sharon Clark at October 30, 2006 1:06 PM

    Thanks for the heads up Socorro. I did notice it said test on the top. I have a working list of the seven senators and commerce committee taped to my phone table, so in between I will call a few of these guys.

    Posted by: Rosemary in NE OHIO at October 30, 2006 1:17 PM

    Welcome to the world of Barbaro...Just wonderful news..our boy doing good...It is better everyday...

    Thank you Michael are a precious person with an extreme good heart.

    Alex, we get the best from you. We cannot thank you enough from you...a precious person.

    Barbaro are full of love, compassion and unity...and that is what it is going to take to get the anti-horse bill pass. And it will pass...

    I want to thank you so much for making everyone including me feel special and a part of this marvelous family.

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at October 30, 2006 1:19 PM


    Sharon Clark.....

    Congratulations on the success of the wristbands...could you email me with info, or post your address for purchase of one of the new bands???



    Good Morning to all the FOB's and a special Howdy to the Big Boss Horse...have a grateful day!!!

    Posted by: Therese at October 30, 2006 1:19 PM

    Hi Alex and everybody,

    I notice it's been quiet lately here compared to the "old days".. I just want to let you know that I am still praying nightly for Barbaro and still thankful for the daily updates, even though I've gone to "lurking" status. I'm sure there are lots of others who are doing the same.

    Hang in there Bobby, you can do it!

    Posted by: Smitty at October 30, 2006 1:26 PM

    Good morning HANDSOME!! Waiting for the best three words in the world! LOVE YOU B!!

    Karen - TN

    Posted by: Karen at October 30, 2006 1:42 PM

    Something I would like to share...I was handing out flyers at my groomer's in Baytown, Tx...Came across a horse lover...she has several horses..She was absolutely shocked that they still have the slaughter house open...she thought it was closed down.

    People are not aware that this is going on...they think it was shut down...Our government has mislead alot in this thinking and it is time the Senate gets this on the floor and gets it pass and ends this suffering..

    And yes, Mary S, we need to pray for Barbaro's complete healing and peace of mind...for his journey is a few months for being completely healed...thank you..

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at October 30, 2006 1:43 PM

    Hi Folks:

    Praying for ACN for Bobby

    Please light candles for Bobby, MIke, Linda H, Erin, the rescue horses, those horses headed for slaughter and all of human and animal friends who need some extra help.

    Thanks to Tim & Alex for the site and updates.

    Call the Big Seven and anyone not supporting S. 1915 - now is the time to end horse slaughter.

    Pass the HSUS National Call in Day along to everyone - let's make 11/13/06 even more powerful than 10/25 - let them hear us again.

    Hi Dora - don't let a lack of response get you down. Keep calling your Senators every day if you have a chance - sometimes a call to their local office is better than D.C.

    Alabama is a great place - I've been down to Huntsville many times - few places as beautiful as the Tennessee River in spring and fall.

    I've had great luck the past week in contacting local 4H groups - they are all circulating the HSUS flyer about National Call In Day - it's a great project for the kids and parents - imagine how they will feel when the bill passes and horse Slaughter ends ?

    Steve & Bdude

    Posted by: Steve & BDude at October 30, 2006 1:59 PM

    Way to go Steve...How is Bdude?

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at October 30, 2006 2:01 PM

    Smitty, it has slow down here, but the love of Barbaro has not!

    New on the Discussion board

    Nelda is going to visit Jeremiah Salvation at the Grace Foundation Wednesday.
    I am so happy for her, I just had to tell everyone!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at October 30, 2006 2:08 PM

    Hi All,

    Is the clip on Nov 1 on ESPN or ESPN2- I need to DVR it?

    Posted by: Trish at October 30, 2006 2:09 PM

    Good Morning, Fans of Barbaro!

    Socorro, did you know there is a dove called the Socorro dove? Its very rare and there is a zoo in the UK (London Zoo, I think) that is announcing the birth of a little baby Socorro dove...

    I love the idea of a quilt. Is there any way that we could somehow get group pics and make them into transfers that could be sewn as part of the quilt? Or maybe group pics of KF, NBC, Fair Hill, etc, etc. Then it could be auctioned off and the proceeds go to The Barbaro Fund...if this idea has already been posted, forgive my ignorance...have been sidetracked and haven't read all the posts.

    LITF, good morning, my Long Time Sun. Keep shining and know there are many of us here who love you.

    Barbaro, you were all sleepy when Peter came last night. You probably needed the rest but I would have LOVED to see pictures of you asleep in your stall. The sun is out today in Chester County so you should have an ideal day for grazing.

    Must go...its going to be another busy day with "the boys" and probably one of the strangest job interviews I've experienced.

    Have a great day, everybody!

    Healing, Love, Peace,
    Lyn Gilbert

    Posted by: Lyn Gilbert at October 30, 2006 2:10 PM

    Happy Monday morning to all !

    It's hard to wait for ACN isn't is? I just pray every day that he is okay and had a good night.

    I have been emailing Senators , from the list above that don't support 1915. Doing that until 9am so I can start calling and emailing all my regular lists.
    I call the important 7 first, then the Commerce Committee co-sponsors to thank, then the Commerce Committee non-sponsors, then my 2 reprobates in NC, then a list of Southern Senators I've compiled, so it is quite a list. I keep adding all the time !
    Guess I better quit talking about it, and go do it. See ya later.

    Waiting to hear from you, big guy. love.

    Posted by: Bobbie B at October 30, 2006 2:24 PM

    Good morning Barbaro and buddys!!

    Lyn Gilbert-good luck on your "strange" job interview. I previously had forgotten to say how sorry I was about Avi also.

    Steve--(luv ya Bdude-kitty, not daddy Steve)-Thanks, for the encouragement. I still cannot believe that Shelby and Sessions both are pro-slaughter, I mean come on! They are too old to know any better, senile, maybe-hopefully. Huntsville is pretty. Had to go to 2 day workshop for my Masters license there in 2003. I did not get to sightsee, with my BOSS LADY-UGH!! I do not miss that part of my old ex-j.o.b.

    Socorro-I totally forgot it was a.m. time for you last night, gal! I was sleepy hungry and weird, I think I wrote before I ate. Umm,chicken & egg noodles fab!!! Left recipe for ya'll on forum...

    Hey Cahill, Zeke, Sasha, Felix, Rockett and Ms Maizie. Cold chilly wakey time. sorry some of ya'll ain't feeling so frisky. I keep you in my special prayers.


    Posted by: Dora J Crow / Montgomery, Alabama at October 30, 2006 2:24 PM

    Good Morning All...

    It's Monday morning and time to get back to work on our contacts. We don't have much time so we need to start our big push and keep the momentum going!!


    Senator Frist, Majority Leader to get on calendar
    202-224-3135 phone
    202-228-4637 fax

    Senator Stevens,co-sponsor and Committee Chairman
    to help move it out of committee
    202-224-1251 phone
    202-224-2354 fax

    Senator Ensign, Sponsor of S1915 and committee member to move it out of committee
    202-224-6244 phone
    202-228-2193 fax

    Senator Landrieu, co-sponsor
    202-224-5824 phone
    202-224-9735 fax

    Senator Reed, co-sponsor
    202-224-4642 phone
    202-224-4680 fax

    Senator McConnell
    202-224-2541 phone
    202-224-2499 fax

    Senator Harry Reid
    202-224-3542 phone
    202-224-7327 fax

    Also, please stay after your own senators. Those that are not on board yet to co-sponsor.

    Those that are already co-sponsors to let them know how important this issue is to you as a constituent so they will help move it.

    Remember, at this point, most of them know the details. They just tally up the calls at the end of the day. Keep it short, polite and courteous. It's the NUMBER of calls that will make the difference.

    It is urgent to remember.....our time is extremely limited now. Our work has to be complete before the Senate returns on Nove 13.

    Posted by: ShelleyA at October 23, 2006 3:03 PM

    Posted by: ShelleyA at October 30, 2006 2:27 PM

    Commerce Committee Members


    Ted Stevens (AK) Chairman
    202-224-2354 FAX

    Daniel Inouye (HI)
    202-224-6747 FAX

    John McCain (AZ)
    202-228-2862 FAX

    Trent Lott (MS)
    202-224-2262 FAX

    Olympia Snowe (ME)
    202-224-1946 FAX

    John Ensign (NV)
    202-228-2193 FAX

    Jim DeMint (SC)

    John Kerry (MA)

    Barbara Boxer (CA)
    213-894-5042 FAX
    213-894-5042 (Brian)

    Bill Nelson (FL)
    202-228-2183 FAX

    Maria Cantwell (WA)
    202-228-0514 FAX

    Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
    202-228-4054 FAX

    Not Co-Sponsors

    George Allen (VA)
    202-224-5432 FAX

    Conrad Burns (MT)
    202-224-8594 FAX

    Byron Dorgan (ND)
    202-224-1193 FAX

    Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)
    202-224-0776 FAX

    E Benjamin Nelson (NE)
    202-228-0012 FAX

    Mark Pryor (AR)
    202-228-0908 FAX

    John D Rockefeller (WV)
    202-224-7665 FAX

    Gordon Smith (OR)
    202-228-3997 FAX

    John Sununu (NH)

    David Vitter (LA)
    202-228-5061 FAX

    Posted by: ShelleyA at October 30, 2006 2:31 PM

    Morning Barbaro! Hope you're sleeping in today, get lots of rest before you begin your busy day of eats, treats, visitors, green grass and a few nips and a squeal. Praying for you everyday, everyday brings you another day closer to the only prize that matters to us, you're going home to the Jacksons!

    God bless Barbaro, make his hoof grow in all the right places.

    God bless Linda H, BDude, Cahill, Soone, Foggy, Darlin, Avi, Star, Felix, Alibi, Maizie and all who need God's care today.

    Have a good day everyone!

    Posted by: Sue W. at October 30, 2006 2:32 PM

    Dang, I forgot Sooner! Skyla in Oklahoma's (not our Skyler) puppy with parvovirus. She is tending to him at home trying to make him stronger to get healed from this horrible sickness. She got him from shelter and he got sick immediately after. Sooner is a 12 week old lab/retriever mix. Candle group under "Soone"

    Posted by: Dora J Crow / Montgomery, Alabama at October 30, 2006 2:38 PM


    This link will take you to their contact information



    LYN G. -

    I didn't know there was a dove named Socorro, good thing. Now I'm starting to like my name.

    Even if they named a monkey Socorro, I wouldn't mind because I like them.

    Thanks for the information, I will look that up.

    Posted by: Socorro at October 30, 2006 2:43 PM

    Debra WI got this response on Friday afternoon from Senator Landrieu's office. It's VERY exciting news and wonderful to know that the Senator is doing so much to help anti slaughter. We MUST show our support by keeping the calls, faxes and e-mails coming in.

    ------------------NEWS JUST IN!--------------------

    Sen. Landrieu has sent a Dear Colleague letter to her fellow Senators
    asking them to sign a letter addressed to Senate leadership (Sen. Frist, Sen. Reid). This letter asks Senate Leadership to ensure that horse slaughter prevention legislation is passed this Congress. This letter will be delivered after the elections but before the Senate comes back into session.

    I have attached the letter. I hope this information helps.

    Have a great weekend.




    November 10, 2006

    The Honorable William H. Frist, M.D.
    Majority Leader
    United States Senate
    S-230 The Capitol
    Washington, D.C. 20510

    The Honorable Harry Reid
    Democratic Leader
    United States Senate
    S-221 The Capitol
    Washigton, D.C. 20510

    Dear Senator Frist and Senator Reid:

    We are writing to urge you to pass legislation in this Congress that bans the commercial slaughter of horses for human consumption overseas.

    On September 7th, the House passed H.R. 503, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, by a vote of 263-146. The bill is now on the calendar awaiting action by the full Senate. H.R. 503 and its companion, S. 1915, will put and end to the despicable practice of slaughtering American horses for human consumption overseas. The Senate is on record supporting an end to commercial horse slaughter -- 69 Senators supported an amendment in the FY 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill which prevented funds to be used for the inspection of horse meat in the United States. A similar amendment passed the House by a vote of 269-153 and was retained in Conference. Unfortunately, the Department of Agriculture circumvented Congressional intent to end the practice of horse slaughter and has allowed inspections to continue on a fee for service basis. A poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies in August found that nearly 70% of Americans oppose the slaughter of horses for human consumption overseas.

    There is great deal of misinformation being circulated about this legislation and its impact on horses and the agriculture community. Although horses have never been part of our food chain, nearly 90,000 horses were slaughtered last year in three European-owned plants located in the United States. The horsemeat was exported largely to France and Belgium where Europeans eat it as a delicacy. Those who defend this practice and oppose this legislation believe that if this legislation is enacted, America will be faced with an “unwanted horse” problem. They want Americans to believe that ending the commercial slaughter of horses will create an unmanageable burden on owners and horse rescue groups, which would lead to suffering among horses. This belief is contrary to the evidence. Twelve years ago 300,000 horses were being slaughtered and that number is down to 90,000 with no evidence of increased abuse and neglect. The reality is fewer horses are being slaughter with no extra burden.

    California has served as a test case. In 1998, California banned the slaughter of horses and the interstate transportation of horses for slaughter. There has been no evidence that the ban resulted in an increase in the number of abandoned, abused, or mistreated horses. Instead, since California banned horse slaughter, horse theft in that state has decreased by 34%.

    Additionally, contrary to claims that horses sent to slaughter are old and infirmed, the USDA’s own statistics demonstrate that the vast majority (92.3%) of American horses being sent to slaughter are healthy and many of them are stolen or taken under false pretenses—a gross violation of private property rights. Most owners taking their horse to auction are unaware their horse may end up at a slaughterhouse due to a cadre of self-described “killer-buyers” that regularly visit horse auctions to buy horses for slaughter.

    This legislation does not prevent a horse owner from humanly euthanizing their horse and does not infringe on private property rights.

    As the leaders of the Senate, we believe it is vital that you allow this common sense legislation which is clearly supported by a bipartisan majority of our body the opportunity for passage before the year is over. A bipartisan majority supports this legislation and wants to end it once and for all.

    We owe it our constituents to end this practice. Therefore, we urge you to ensure passage of The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act this session. Thank you for your consideration of our request.


    "Until We Can Make A Difference, We'll Continue Campaigning For Barbaro!" "Fans of Barbaro"


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    Posted by: ShelleyA at October 30, 2006 2:43 PM

    Good morning, handsome boy - I hope you had ACN so that I can have AGD (another good day). I hope you had sweet dreams last night. I love you - and here's more healing energy and light for your use any way you'd like.

    Oh, yeah, I believe in miracles
    I believe in Barbaro


    Posted by: Mary Allen at October 30, 2006 2:45 PM


    Thanks for posting that link. It's makes it very easy to contact the senators.

    Posted by: ShelleyA at October 30, 2006 2:49 PM

    I am from Nashville TN and here is an article that speaks about the anti-slaughter bill in conjunction with increased inspections for the Tennessee Walking Horse by USDA if bill is passed. Great reading.

    Walking Horses may face more inspection

    Associated Press

    CHATTANOOGA ? A bill before Congress to protect horses from slaughter for human consumption could also give the USDA more money to expand federal inspections at Tennessee Walking Horse shows.

    The anti-slaughter amendment to the Horse Protection Act, which passed with wide support in the House in September, would stop the sale or transport of horses to three foreign-owned slaughterhouses for consumption overseas. It would also increase the financial limit for enforcement tenfold to $5 million.

    The USDA's minimal budget means inspectors can check for soring in only a fraction of the hundreds of Walking Horse shows held each year, leaving the industry to police itself through inspectors hired by Walking Horse organizations.

    Soring causes Tennessee Walking Horses to take their weight off their tender front legs, and that accentuates their natural high-stepping walk ? called the "Big Lick."

    The issue of soring resurfaced in August when several horses at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville failed U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections for signs of soring and the grand champion class was canceled.

    Federal agriculture authorities are warning industry leaders this year to clean up the physical abuse that has persisted more than 35 years after the passage of the Horse Protection Act or face stricter regulations next year.

    At a USDA hearing in Chattanooga in September, the government laid down an ultimatum: The industry must clean itself up, or force the government to do it for them.

    U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Murfreesboro, represents Tennessee's 6th District, the heart of the Walking Horse industry. He said the anti-slaughter bill would allow USDA inspectors to inspect any horse at a show, even ones that don't compete. USDA reports show that some trainers withdraw horses when federal inspectors arrive at a show.

    "It would vastly increase the inspections, which I think is more than necessary," said Gordon, who voted against the amendment.

    The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association, the breed registry and the largest Walking Horse organization, opposes the bill.

    "I think it is a concern to some as to how the Department of Agriculture will use these funds," said Jerrold Pedigo, the association president.

    The amendment could pass the Senate in the lame duck session after the November elections, but it's looking doubtful, said Jack Finn, spokesman for Senate sponsor John Ensign, a veterinarian from Nevada.

    Chattanooga horse owner Lucille Davis had heard the ugly rumors before she purchased a 5-year-old black gelding earlier this year from a reputable Walking Horse stable in Shelbyville.

    "I have to admit I didn't believe horses were being abused," Davis said. "Now as I am educated and older, I realize the whole picture."

    But she later discovered the horse had scars and hair loss on its forelegs from chemical burns ? the unmistakable signs of "soring." Davis also found small nails in the shoes used to painfully puncture the hoof.

    Posted by: JoAnn at October 30, 2006 2:53 PM

    AnnieTX and MaryS; Thank you for the pictures of Ricardo and Edwardo. Now I have them straightened out. I don't know about Ricardo, but I was a hotwalker and I didn't get to walk any one horse after every race. All the hotwalkers took turns walking the horses after a race. I guess my point about making a thread for MIchael is that he was the one who trained Barbaro, and if it wasn't for him Barbaro wouldn't have won the Derby.

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 30, 2006 2:56 PM

    I had a friend who attended the show in Shelbyville and said they cancelled because of the abuse...

    This bill has to be passed...just has to.

    What does it take to wake up people? We the Fans of Barbaro know the truth and have the heart to fight the fight...I just wish others would quickly join in.

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at October 30, 2006 2:57 PM

    Sue W

    Bdude is doing great - Now that it is lighter earlier due to DST he's up early, roaming around and ready to eat.

    Thanks to all for the prayers and good wishes - you helped make it happen - not the vets - we'll all do the same for Barbaro

    P.S. We watched Seabiscuit again this weekend - a great movie and book.

    Steve & Bdude

    Posted by: Steve & BDude at October 30, 2006 2:58 PM

    Hi All,

    Is the clip on Nov 1 on ESPN or ESPN2- I need to DVR it?

    Posted by: Trish at October 30, 2006 2:09 PM

    Posted by: Trish at October 30, 2006 3:01 PM

    Good Morning Big Boy! Just checking in to tell you how much I love you and think of you each day. Miss seeing new pictures of you and videos. May drive down your way one of these weekends. I know I cannot visit you, but just being in that beautiful area will help picture more clearly where you are hanging out. Also, may stop at Fair Hills. I forget when they give tours, but that's OK. You have a great day of healing on this beautiful fall day. Many hugs and smooches on your beautiful nose. Hi to all your special 'family'.

    Posted by: Phyllis at October 30, 2006 3:02 PM

    DORA -

    Don't feel bad, even though our Senators in Georgia say they will support Bill S.1915, it doesn't mean anything unless they become cosponsors.

    Just keep after them and use that Southern Sweetness, I know we have been told to voice our support and in most states that's all that matters, but you know in the South, they will do more for you when you make friendly chatter.

    By the way, what were you doing up so late?

    With all the recipes you submitted, I think we should call this "Dora's Tribute to Barbaro."

    Posted by: Socorro at October 30, 2006 3:04 PM

    Just spoke to Ellen at Sen. Burns...told her that we were pleading for him to help us pass the bill...she informed me that it was a major discussion...because what to do with 90,000 horses...just cannot be rescued, etc.
    She said as a farmer's daughter, she has no problem horses as meat, which i told her i detest that remark...horses are not i detest even helping the French or anyone over seas...

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at October 30, 2006 3:05 PM

    Good morning everyone!

    Another week is upon us in our pursuit to pass this bill. Remember to call, fax, e-mail at every opportunity, even at night.

    Over the weekend I distributed flyers at a couple grocery and tack stores as well as at our local horse/simulcast facility. My goal, like so many of us, was to generate more calls.

    Make it a good, successful, and comfortable week.

    Oh yeah, and comfortable baby.

    Take care everyone!

    Posted by: Skyler at October 30, 2006 3:13 PM

    Trish; I THINK its on ESPN, but would have to check and see. It sould be on their ESPN.COM page

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri from SE Texas at October 30, 2006 3:13 PM

    Of course Ellen at Sen. Burns office was pleasant and I was cordial to her..told her there has to be a better way than slaughtering our beloved horses...she said she would pass the word...maybe..they will help us..i pray so

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at October 30, 2006 3:15 PM

    -I do not usually go to bed til around 1:00 a.m. It hurts my back to lay down, so I choose not to , until I am so tired I cannot hold my eyes open. I used to have insomnia, stay up all night, read books-now I have to go to the eye Dr. to get glasses, my nurse sis thinks I GOT the PRESBYOPIA TOO! I stay up all night on computer, it has really ruined my eyes. Strain from glare I guess--that--and old age!

    Posted by: Dora J Crow / Montgomery, Alabama at October 30, 2006 3:16 PM

    Hello fellow fans,

    Just checking back for an update - will check again later.

    re: Soring - the abuse - almost beyond my comprehension. I'm surprised (sickened, really) but yet not. When I was handing out anti-slaughterhouse flyers at some of the horse shows, there were some horse owners who didn't have a problem with the issue, thought it was their right to get rid of a horse that way if they wished. They didn't seem to give a hoot about their horses, only interested in prize money. There were the minority - most horse owners had no idea that the slaughterhouses were still open -thought they closed years ago.


    The Seabiscuit story is the absolute best. I've lost count of the number of times I've watched the movie and read the book. I think I probably have every bit of film ever made about Seabiscuit and every book printed. Well - I take that back - I wasn't interested in the Shirley Temple version of the Seabiscuit movie. I did watch it once, though.

    A proud "fan of Barbaro"

    Let's continue to make our voice heard to the Senators. The above information ( re: abuse of horses) just adds to the reason S.1915 must pass.

    Posted by: Janice from Florida at October 30, 2006 3:20 PM


    Please light candles - let's keep him on that long road out of the woods per Dr. R.

    DOn't forget Mike, Erin, Linda H, Sooner and all our human and animal friends.

    Steve & BDude

    Posted by: Steve & BDude at October 30, 2006 3:21 PM

    Good Morning Everyone and Alex,

    The wind finally stopped blowing here,crazy weather. I ran across this web site over the weekend and thought you all might be interested in this group I already sent a donation.I love what they do for horses.

    Hay You great big beautiful boy,
    Barbaro did you get blown away this weekend like we did? I hope you stayed warm and snuggley. Have a good day today get some grazing in. The sun is shinning for you Dear one. Enjoy. Love you so very much!!!!~

    Posted by: Renee Antaya at October 30, 2006 3:33 PM

    ALL-Do not forget to light candles for the hairy dude himself--BDUDE!! He is certainly benefitting from our well wishes and prayers. But of course, we already knew that from our wonderful spokeshorsemodel-Barbaro!! Luv ya lil man, Ki-Ki(pretty tabby) , Grayson (grey tuxedo brat), Lil Buddy (gigantic siamese monster toothless nut), Alex (girl rotty mix), and Hardy(special lab mix preciousboy)---All says HELLO TO BDUDE HISSELF!!

    Posted by: Dora J Crow / Montgomery, Alabama at October 30, 2006 3:38 PM

    #### Morning all !!

    AMazing - Candles were at 1026 when I began - and after lighting a few - they were at 988 !!
    Things DO change quickly ....... I belive there is a message here: to be consistent - keep at it - and don't assume anything ! For me this means ............ to STAY ON the senators ...
    likely there will be other "STAY ON" messages for me throughout the day !

    Sherry - Arizona-land

    Posted by: Sherry at October 30, 2006 3:39 PM

    The hairy children were not minding their manners-they forgot to say-"Hello to Dudette, and to that tall meanie (but quite the looker) Tony also!!

    Actually, the hairy children are at the boyfriends house, but I will be up there in an hour to brush and play with all of them. You can call it my playtime too!

    Posted by: Dora J Crow / Montgomery, Alabama at October 30, 2006 3:42 PM

    Good Morning Nation
    I'm feeling a bit "under the weather" but am home armed with my phone & FAX machine.

    Joan....I'm speculating here but I think Ellen's response as a farmers daughter is typical of the mindset that horses are classified as livestock. To me, horses have served humanity in so many different ways unlike cattle, chickens etc.
    When you have a relationship with a horse a bond between human & horse is created.
    At least Ellen is Open to the conversation, unlike our dear Katie.

    Fan Of Barbaro

    Posted by: Cathy Potter at October 30, 2006 3:52 PM

    Hello Fur Children in Barbaroland.

    Posted by: Renee Antaya at October 30, 2006 4:02 PM

    cathy potter,
    I hope you get better soon.

    Posted by: Renee Antaya at October 30, 2006 4:02 PM get better...and thanks for your hard work like everyone else..

    i know ellen and a few others...have their own mindset...we just have to convince them different...
    thank you..

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at October 30, 2006 4:04 PM

    Thanks.....just a combination of too much yard work & too many Barbabrews yesterday. Gives me a good reason to play hookey today.

    Fan Of Barbabrews

    Posted by: Cathy Potter at October 30, 2006 4:06 PM

    Are you still here????

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 30, 2006 4:08 PM

    real nice person on Sen. Hutchinson's phone line...

    Posted by: JOAN ROYA at October 30, 2006 4:09 PM

    Just wanted to share this. I was working the Pet Expo in Hartford this past Saturday with my greyhound. I was standing in our area and I said out loud I smell the wonderful scent of horses. A friend said they are over there. After my shift I was on a hunt for the horses. I came across two beautiful throughbreds, that the owner had rescued from slaughter. Well the horses and I became friends fast. I told the owner, instructor about our fight regarding the slaughter bill. She asked what she could do to help. I explained she had to call our senators, especially being an owner of two horses that were almost slaughtered. She will be making calls. A good weekend working hard in Barbaro's name and the Jackson's.

    Posted by: Renee Antaya at October 30, 2006 4:10 PM

    Morning skritches and carrots to hay/sleepyhead undefeated champion big boss horse of forever, Barbaro Jackson. Bet you're up and about now...!

    From Maid M this a.m.: The password is...appropriate. This is one of those days where it's way easy to go over the top, especially when trying to make a point, so gently does it.

    Friar's interpretation/reminder: Don't forget: They just need us as a tally at the end of the day. So if you find yourself in an escalating "spirited discussion" feel free to back down.

    Friar Tuck

    Posted by: Friar Tuck at October 30, 2006 4:10 PM

    Barbaro... another good day to be ALIVE! Loved the report that you were asleep and they left you rest. You are SO loved!


    Mike's petition as of 4:04 p.m. (time this website)

    Signatures: 2,269
    Goal: 50,000
    Deadline: 11-15-2006

    The website:

    Horse Hands Across America and the World!
    Keep the Faith!

    Hoofray! Hoofray! Hoofray!

    Posted by: Linda Lee at October 30, 2006 4:10 PM

    Good morning, Champ:
    Waiting for your update. Alex, have a great day and thanks for all you do!

    Posted by: Daryl Smoliak at October 30, 2006 4:11 PM

    cathy potter,
    Barbabrews sound good to me.

    Posted by: Renee Antaya at October 30, 2006 4:11 PM

    I hope you had a great night sleep champ and that you woke up this morning feeling full of yourself! Wishing you a pain free day and that you get to graze outdoors today. Day by day "B", day by day. You're in our thoughts and prayers 24/7.
    God Bless and God Speed.

    hope you had a great time at the Halloween party!!! Any pictures? Thanks for the info/update on PERFECT DRIFT! I get emotional about this horse as I've followed his career since the 2002 Kentucky Derby. He almost does it, almost....let's see what happens this weekend!

    Just another article I thought was important to post. Sorry if this has been duplicated.

    September worst month since 1995 for horse slaughter in US
    October 29, 2006
    September closed out the bloodiest month for horses in the United States since 1995, as 11,166 were sent to slaughter at one of three foreign-owned slaughterhouses in the US, a report by the US Humane Society has revealed.
    September's record number brings the year's total to nearly 100,000, including horses slaughtered in the United States and those shipped to Mexico, Canada or Japan for slaughter, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures.
    The 2006 weekly average of horses sent to slaughter is up to 2,178 ? up 235 per week over 2005. During the last week of September alone, 2,225 horses were slaughtered.
    The U.S. House of Representatives outlawed the slaughter of horses for human consumption Sept. 7 by a vote of 263-146. The bill, H.R. 503/S. 1915, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, is now in the Senate for a vote.
    "The horse slaughter industry is racing to gather up and kill as many horses as possible ? trying to squeeze out more profits before the Congress puts an end to their despicable business of butchering healthy American horses," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. "Americans must call on the Senate to act this year to put an end to the carnage produced by these foreign-owned companies."
    Opponents of the legislation claim that slaughter is necessary to deal with the "unwanted" horse problem, saying most of the animals are old and infirm. But, according to the USDA, nine out of ten of horses slaughtered are healthy. Further evidence that no link exists between "unwanted horses" and slaughter is the fact that the industry continues to import horses from Canada for slaughter, including 2,773 horses so far this year and 298 in September alone.
    The legislation was introduced by Representatives John Sweeney (R-N.Y.), John Spratt (D-S.C.), Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), and Nick Rahall (D-W.Va) and by Senators John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.), It has been assigned to the Senate Commerce Committee, led by Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Ranking Member Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), both cosponsors of the bill. Last year the Senate overwhelmingly approved an amendment to stop horse slaughter by a vote of 69-28.
    Other data reported by the USDA:

    * During the first nine months of 2006, 23,096 American horses were exported live for slaughter in Mexico, Canada or Japan.
    * Exports to Canada and Mexico are up significantly over last year (46.3% and 20.2%, respectively) - with 6,411 live horses sent south and 16,547 transported north to be slaughtered, compared with 5,332 and 11,309 during the first nine months of 2005.
    * Two of the deadliest weeks in the last decade occurred during September 2006 - the weeks ending September 2 (2,520) and September 16 (2,463).

    In addition to a record-breaking month for horse slaughter, September saw two serious vehicular accidents involving horses en route to slaughter. In Missouri, 41 horses and a mule were being transported to slaughter in Dekalb, Illinois, when the cattle truck in which they were being hauled crashed. Seven horses died when crushed by others and nine others had to be euthanized at the site because of the severity of their injuries.
    In Texarkana, Arkansas, several horses were injured when a tire blew on the truck hauling them to slaughter in Fort Worth. The horses appeared to have suffered injuries from the accident or while fighting in the close quarters, according to news accounts.

    Posted by: Debra, WI at October 30, 2006 4:11 PM

    Beautiful Barbaro,
    My heart beats for your heart!
    Hugs, scratchies, & a kiss on your nose!
    Novenas & Votives continue 24/7 for you and equine friends!
    Enjoy your daily outing with your friends!
    Love you, Lou Ann

    Posted by: Lou Ann, Pennsylvania at October 30, 2006 4:12 PM

    Good Morning Alex...let there be light?....Yes?
    The earlier 1/2 hour that you have to go to work isn't going to help the hour you it?

    Hello UNDEFEATED CHAMP!!! Waiting for the good news!!! Kissies....
    I'm making split pea soup and I have to go back upstairs to check on it ...I will be back !!!

    Posted by: D'Anne in NC at October 30, 2006 4:14 PM


    This link will take you to their contact information


    Posted by: Socorro at October 30, 2006 4:16 PM

    990 candles are lit. Get out your matches please!

    Horse Hands Across America and the World!
    Keep the Faith!

    Hoofray! Hoofray! Hoofray!

    Posted by: Linda Lee at October 30, 2006 4:18 PM

    I got one of only 3 A's in the class on my lab test last Friday, our scalped for under face value Wednesday night Game 4 tickets suddenly became the tickets for the clinching Friday Game 5 due to the rain Wednesday, We won the World Series, and I GOT ENGAGED as Strike 3 was called. Pretty good day.

    I'm happy! and way to go Cardinals!!!

    Through it all I made time to check in on Barbaro.
    He is dear to my heart forever.


    Posted by: miss mish at October 30, 2006 4:21 PM


    This link will take you to their contact information


    Sorry, thought I could copy and paste, but you need to enter the link information again.

    Posted by: Socorro at October 30, 2006 4:21 PM

    MISS MISH---CONMGRATULATIONS!!! Save me some wedding cake-YUM!!

    D'Anne-I have to leave in a while to the boyfriends house, did you need me for something? I will check back here before I leave out.It is 10:35 now

    Posted by: Dora J Crow / Montgomery, Alabama at October 30, 2006 4:29 PM

    Good Morning everyone.

    Alex - terrific updates. Thank you very much.

    A story to share (much like Renee's). I took an online reservation last week from a gal. She is bringing her 2 cadaver rescue dogs here in December for some R&R. They worked in LA. in the aftermath of Katrina. She wrote and said that she hoped she didn't upset me by talking about her dogs. I said of couse not. Then I told her about our 'mission' and sent her to HSUS. I heard from her this AM and she got involved and has spread the word in her circles. Miracles continue.

    We get some pretty interesting 'guests' up here. Last month it was the 3 gorgeous mules.

    Posted by: Margie at October 30, 2006 4:40 PM


    Barbaro's group just dipped below 1,000. Here's the link for his group at, Happy Lighting!

    Barbaro candles

    Posted by: Susan in Saratoga at October 30, 2006 4:42 PM

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