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    Barbaro Updates: 228

    updates are now here.

    Update 1586: The retirement of Holy Roman Emperor just seems unprecedented: George Washington Taken Out of Stallion Duty. A 3yo, getting ready for the spring classics, and clearly one of the favourites ... now retired because he needs to replace another stallion! Retiring Bernardini appeared premature...

    It was not Round Pond's day today: Miss Shop Rings Up Register in Rampart, excerpt:

    "We had a little problem with her in mid-week," Matz said. "She tied up, but seemed okay to go ahead. Still, we got a race into her and hopefully can go on from here with the Apple Blossom next if she’s okay."

    Smokey Stover had little competition for his win for the same connections as Lost in the Fog: Smokey Stover Stays Hot in Bay Meadows Sprint.

    Update 1585: We are now busy planning Barbaro's birthday celebrations at Delaware Park for April 29. The entire weekend looks like it will be fantastic, thanks to FOB Sharon Crumb's dedication to putting all this together. I have created a page, which is also linked to the navigation bar on the left, to keep everyone updated as we get closer to the event: Barbaro Birthday Celebrations. Thus far we have more than 170 people signed up, and plenty more room for others. Events in Florida, California and Texas are also being organized locally.

    Update 1584: A gorgeous morning this morning at Fair Hill. A bright sunny day with appropriate temperatures. I just had Hawty Creek to ride and she went well. She open galloped a mile, although I would have no clue how fast we really went. Perhaps 14 seconds an eighth, or maybe sixteen seconds an eighth. Either way she was very relaxed and had a decent blow afterwards, which was the purpose of the move. A nice quiet morning on the track. The barn was nice and quiet, I think Hawty Creek was the only one trained in the barn. Tim came in a little later to supervise his horses, who mostly walked and relaxed.

    Update 1583: Its sunday morning, and after a little lie in, off to Fair Hill to gallop Hawty Creek. The plan is to open gallop her about a mile to set her up to hopefully run in a week or so. For a little fun, check out Graham Motion's Sue's News and scroll down to March 7. Film Maker and Ouija Board enjoying their new career together.

    Update 1582: Another banner day for Todd Pletcher with the winners of two Derby preps: Circular Quay Takes Orbit in Louisiana Derby and Pletcher Lassos Gotham With Cowtown Cat. The latter was ridden by Ramon Dominguez. Todd Pletcher did let someone else win the El Camino Real Derby, Bwana Bull under Russell Baze, in a workmanlike performance.

    Update 1581: Circular Quay won like a good horse today in the Louisiana Derby. Last early he won by a couple of lengths in a hand ride. He would have to be close to the top of anyone's Derby picks at this stage. More reports and links later.

    Update 1580: Here's some unexpected news, Gorgeous George may make a comeback: Guineas hero in fertility shock, excerpt:

    He has been relieved of his stud obligations pending the veterinary report, but it is feasible the horse could return to racing.

    Update 1579: A busy morning this morning at Fair Hill, although I only had six to ride. We also had a couple of FOBs visiting (Paul and Lyn) which was cool!

    The morning started with Hawty Creek (as usual) on the Tapeta track shortly after it opened. We went three turns, galloping about a mile and three quarters. She went well. On my way back from the track Paul (FOB) called and I guided him to our barn. Next set was Tim's Farouche, who galloped a mile and a quarter. Tim was on Red Aspen, and he was working her a half (I hear all went well with the work, but missed watching it.) Next I was to work one of Linda's (Fox) with Jesus Bracho on another. We went a half and the filly I was on worked well. As we were warming up for the work Chuck Lawrence had a set working (Carl, Emily and Beth) and I think I might have gotten in the way a little (my horse ducked in a little coming off the turn). Anyway, all was well. Next set was galloping Gator Nation. He galloped a mile and a quarter, the first time I have galloped him since he ran second. He galloped nicely and nice and relaxed. My final two sets were for Bobby, one went to the gate, galloped out nicely and then breezed a quarter. It was her second quarter and I managed to get a lead off one of Steve Klesaris' which breezed passed me as I was getting ready to breeze. That works well, especially since my horse is a little green and the lead really helped her focus. Final set was a gallop for a mile and three eighths. This time I managed to find company with one of Bruce Jackson's. A good way to end the day galloping. While I was on the track I did manage to see a few more of Tim's work. Quick Quest looked nice breezing three eighths on his own. Tim also breezed Nonpariel in company with Grandma (Robby Walsh in the irons). They looked to go nice and evenly.

    On other news we had another x-champion jump jockey at Fair Hill galloping today. Apparently he only needs one day's practice galloping to get ready for the opening jump meet tomorrow (in Florida). His uncle was a pretty good flat jockey (think John Henry). Any guesses who he is ? We seem to be the training center for jump jockeys, lets hope they all fair well this weekend and are back next week galloping.

    Update 1578: Kiaran McLaughlin breezed both Invasor and Jazil yesterday at Palm Meadows: Invasor Drills Sharp 5 Furlongs, to Ship March 20. Michael Matz's Round Pond is running on sunday, her first start since winning the Breeders' Cup: Round Pond Ready to Make Splash in Rampart Today we can enjoy the Louisana Derby (The Downey Profile: Circular Quay Pick to Loop Louisiana Derby Field) and the Gotham (Summer Doldrums Tries for Third Straight Score in Gotham), both early Derby preps.

    Comments

    Good morning all. Hoping for a safe weekend for the horses and riders.

    Thank you Tim and Alex for the opportunity to participate in the wonderful projects for the good of the horses, all under the umbrella of The Barbaro Effect. Thank you is never enough.

    The Rosie Cam is down (what else is new?) and I am hoping maybe this weekend Bobby's Lil Angel will make his/her appearance.

    LIVING PROOF OF THE LIVING TRUTH

    Hope Peace Love Music & RESPECT - CJ the craziest catlady (Blackie's Mother & Pleasure's Aunt) in Hammond IN, f/k/a CJ of T Bar J (Elgin IL)

    Posted by: C. Jaffe at March 10, 2007 11:17 AM

    Happy Weekend Alex, Barbaro and FsOB

    I'm praying for a safe day of racing.

    Rosie cam down again - darn - wonder what's going on there.

    Have a great day all!!

    Janice
    A forever FOB

    Posted by: Janice from Florida at March 10, 2007 11:18 AM

    Rosie cam is back up.

    Posted by: Marydel at March 10, 2007 11:46 AM

    Good morning FOBs! I haven't been here for a while due to my daughter's hospitalization but we are getting much better now! I cannot believe that Rosie hasn't foaled yet! Wow. With her original "due date" being mid-February, is there any cause for concern? Do they induce mares like they do over-due humans? :) I am thrilled to see the recent legal decisions regarding the Texas SH. Keep up the work by putting pressure on our legislators to pass this bill once and for all! I received an email from UPenn asking for laminitis fund donations - was happy to have the reminder and am donating a little extra than my monthly $29 in honor of the Big Boss Horse. Have a great day everyone.

    Posted by: Sheila at March 10, 2007 11:55 AM

    Good Morning all.
    Alex, thanks for your unwavering passion to this website. I truly enjoy coming here every day, several times a day, to catch up on everything "horse". Even tho our great Barbaro is no longer with us, I have a deep sense that he sees all, hears all, knows all of the work and dedication of so many that come here for the good of all animals.

    Checked in on Ms Rosie...seems she has her head out of her feed bucket and decided to lay down and get some much needed rest...she will be busy in labor, one of these days I'm told!!!

    Good luck and safe passage to all horses and riders today and everyday (that includes YOU, Alex) and wishing everyone a great weekend and a heart full of gratitude and love.

    Posted by: Therese at March 10, 2007 11:59 AM

    Good morning, Barbaro! (and all of your little frens up there in Heaven) Good morning, Alex! Good morning, fellow Fans!

    It is 30 degrees warmer in Maine this morning. 20 feels like the tropics compared to earlier this week! Maybe you can shed a few layers this morning, Alex!

    Safe trip to all who put hooves to turf or dirt today. (Michael has 4 runnning at Gulfstream: Brokerage House and Diamond Fever in the 4th, Pocomoonshine in the 5th and Western Wall in the 6th. Here's hoping at least one finds their way to the winner's circle, like Lady Monarchos did yesterday!)

    I'm off to my Saturday chores - groceries, etc. Might get out on my cross country skis later.

    Marg
    Proud Fan of Barbaro forever

    Posted by: Marg in Maine at March 10, 2007 12:02 PM

    Good Morning Barbaro!!

    Good Morning Alex!!

    Good Morning Barbaro Nation!!

    Have a wonderful day today.

    I hope and pray that today is a safe day of racing for all.

    Roses are Red
    Violets are Blue
    We love you Barbaro
    and still miss you to

    I will always believe in the Miracle of Barbaro!!

    Posted by: Debbie Cline at March 10, 2007 12:05 PM

    Good morning to the early ones (it is midday here so I don't qualify).

    I was looking on my calendar and it said that daylight saving starts this weekend in the US. Does this mean you put your clocks forward an hour? Our summertime doesn't begin for another two weeks, so it could be that during this period we'll be a little closer in time.

    I tend to think of our racing worlds as being like Venn diagrams, with only a small portion overlapping. Certainly at the moment they are quite different, with hardly a mention of the flat season here and the new crop of 2 year olds not yet seen. It is difficult to describe the buzz of Cheltenham, but the excitement is growing and huge crowds including thousands of Irish will be at the racecourse over the four days, beginning on Tuesday.

    For all those racing today, just come home safe and sound.

    Posted by: Liz (UK) at March 10, 2007 12:05 PM

    Good morning, all! Four hours ago I awoke to discover Rosie laying down - got all excited until I watched for a few minutes and discovered the poor girl was simply sleeping!!! Just saw her on her feet briefly before the camera went down again!

    Liz, yes, we turn our clocks ahead one hour tonight...it used to be the last weekend of the month, but Congress voted to extend daylight savings time so tonight's the night!

    Safe home to all brave horses who put hooves to track this weekend!!! Special good luck to Michael Matz and Edgar Prado, two of my favorite guys...

    Barbaro, sweet spirit horse - blessings to you forever in the land of light and peace. Please shine your light on this weary world and inspire our actions! I love you sooooooo much and still have a hard time not hearing your updates, but someone here pointed out that ACN means you are ALWAYS COMFORTABLE NOW...and there is comfort in that thought! Thank you for being such a big part of my life, even if only for a short time. Love forever to the Big Boss Horse, otherwise known as BARBARO - CHAMPION OF MY HEART!
    Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 12:20 PM

    Morning everyone. Hope all things horse have a safe and prosperous weekend. And thanks Alex for your dedication to this site. We couldn't do this without you. Stay warm everyone in the cold belt. Hope your weather will improve in the near future. After all, spring is just around the corner. Very cool that BBB has a new name.

    Posted by: Marcia S. at March 10, 2007 12:32 PM

    Barbaro Is Love.

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at March 10, 2007 12:33 PM

    Good Morning Earth Angels With Love. A Beautiful And Safe Weekend. Blessings.

    Alex An Angel. Blessings and Love.

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at March 10, 2007 12:35 PM

    Angel Barbaro Is A Very Beautiful Rainbow.

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at March 10, 2007 12:35 PM

    Did you see this? more details on Barbaro's scholarship...

    Barbaro inspires scholarship fund
    By MIKE WELSCH
    Gulfstream Park has announced the establishment of a scholarship to provide financial aid and professional mentoring through the American Association of Equine Practitioners to students pursuing a career in equine medicine and surgery.

    The Barbaro Scholarship Program, named after the Kentucky Derby winner who died of complications that set in after he broke a leg in the Preakness, will be held in conjunction with the University of Florida and Magna Entertainment Corp., which owns Gulfstream. It has initial funding of $30,000 and will offer two scholarships to fourth-year University of Florida veterinary students and a third to a graduate student in equine veterinary research at the school.

    "The health and safety of the Thoroughbreds and those who ride and take care of them is of paramount importance to Magna Entertainment Corp.," said Gulfstream Park's president, Bill Murphy. "Barbaro's injury has served as a call to do all we can to promote research that will one day lead to the kind of medical developments that will preserve the lives of some of these wonderful animals."

    Murphy credited Gulfstream track veterinarian Dr. Mary Scollay for her assistance in getting the new program up and running.

    Winners of the scholarships will be announced on March 24.


    I miss Barbaro so much. I will encourage everyone to pick up the books Alex is suggesting they are all excelent!

    Posted by: MJ at March 10, 2007 12:41 PM


    Good morning everyone, another repost :) ...

    ********Anti Slaughter Postcard Update********

    Planning to professionally print a substantial number of anti slaughter postcards and make them available for 50% of cost + shipping!

    * Please send an email to:
    antislaughterlobby@earthlink.net with the quantity and your mailing info if you would like to participate.

    * The cards will be 4X6, card stock, glossy on the front and cost will be between .03 and .18 a piece depending on the total quantity printed. They will be offered in multiples of 25 and should take approximately 2 weeks to print.

    The more we order the cheaper they are!

    * Go to Anti Slaughter Issues, POSTCARD OFFER thread on the forum to see the card design. If you can't access the forum, email the above address and I'll send you the files.

    * As with the new approach of targeting our calls and faxes to the politicians, a coordinated mailing campaign should maximize our impact. More news on that front as we get further along.

    Looking forward to your emails!

    Posted by: Christian at March 10, 2007 12:54 PM

    Good morning to all. It's pouring rain here today. That's a first in a long while. We've had more than our share of snow storms here this winter in the snow belt.

    I pray for good health for all those who are ill, both human and beast.
    I pray for a safe trip for all runners and jockeys, today, tomorrow and forever.

    Posted by: Donna in caNADA at March 10, 2007 12:56 PM

    Here's yesterday's big article about Harry Aleo's and Greg Gilchrist's SMOKEY STOVER in the San Francisco Chronicle. I wish Smokey were going to beat MORE horses in this race, but I think they were afraid to enter!

    ---------------

    "SMOKEY" HAS SOME THINKING ABOUT "FOG"

    Larry Stumes, Special to The Chronicle

    Friday, March 9, 2007


    There's nothing wrong with five wins and four seconds in nine starts, but with a little luck Smokey Stover could have a record rivaling that of Lost in the Fog, who won the first 10 races of his career en route to an Eclipse Award as the nation's champion sprinter in 2005.

    Lost in the Fog died of cancer in September, but trainer Greg Gilchrist and owner Harry J. Aleo figure to be pursuing another Eclipse with Smokey Stover, who runs in the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint on Sunday.

    "You could almost make a case for this horse being undefeated," Gilchrist said.

    Smokey Stover has been victimized by a habit of breaking tardily out of the starting gate and an inordinate number of inside draws.

    He lost his second start by a neck at Golden Gate Fields after breaking poorly and rushing up to duel for the lead. He lost his fourth start at Del Mar by a neck after being idle three months and having several races canceled due to lack of entries. He lost his fifth start at Del Mar by 2 3/4 lengths when he was stuck behind horses from the turn to midstretch. He lost his seventh start at Turf Paradise by a half-length when he couldn't get past the very fast Sailors Sunset.

    But Smokey Stover put it all together in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint on Jan. 27 at Santa Anita when he drew the No. 8 post and dominated a field that included Proud Tower Too and Bordonaro -- considered at the time two of the best sprinters in America -- by 3 1/4 lengths.

    "For the first time that horse got an absolutely perfect trip, and Aaron (Gryder) rode him to perfection," Gilchrist said. "He drew the outside, sat off of two good horses and was really able to show what he could do. When he turned for home, that horse really kicked that day. If you could tell me that Smokey Stover could run that same race every time he went over there, he would be a very tough horse to beat."

    Smokey Stover finished 6 furlongs in 1:08.03 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 113 that is the best in the nation this year in races 1 mile or shorter. Ever since then, he has been ranked the nation's No. 1 sprinter in the Daily Racing Form's Watchmaker Watch -- a position Lost in the Fog never held.

    "It didn't really surprise me," Gilchrist said. "Everybody connected with the horse had the idea that he could run a lot."

    Gryder will ride Smokey Stover again Sunday, and they drew the outside post against only three opponents: multiple stakes-winners Trickey Trevor and Areyoutalkintome and Britt's Jules, who missed by a nose in the Fairfax Stakes on Feb. 3 at Golden Gate Fields.

    "We just take everything one at a time and don't underestimate any opponent," Gilchrist said. "You do your job and hope the horse does his job and you get a good trip. If that happens, you hope he comes back well and then you can plan for the next one."

    ---------------

    SMOKEY STOVER runs tomorrow at Bay Meadows, 1:45 pm, Race 3...


    Good morning to all, and have a wonderful weekend.



    Posted by: Shelley in CA at March 10, 2007 1:29 PM

    ###
    Hay, Family ...
    Has anyone heard from Martita lately? It doesn't seem like we're all together if I don't see a post from Harriette Brillianthawk, Laurie H., Lisa Leach, Maggie from MO, Verna, the Nancys, Joan Roya, Stu, Cal, Daryl, Cheryl G., etc., etc. Well, you get the idea. When you scroll through the posts, you notice who is missing ...
    Nite all. Praise the Lord and pass the carrots, hay, mints, apples, pears, stud muffins ...

    (((Barbaroooo)))

    Jackie in VA
    FOB forever

    Posted by: Jackie in Arlington VA at March 10, 2007 1:48 PM

    Good morning Barbaro and Fitch!! Hugs to you both. Ruffian, hugs to you, too. I will never forget any of you.

    Posted by: Cathy Barlow at March 10, 2007 1:56 PM

    Morning Barbaro. Missing you more each day. We love you. Thanks Alex

    Posted by: jane at March 10, 2007 1:59 PM

    Thank you to you wonderful FOBs! Because of you, I recieved 35 letters myself ... and I'm sure Angela even received many more from people who didn't cc me on theirs (since they weren't asked to do this, but I received many "courtesy copies") anyways. I haven't talked to Angela yet ... but she is probably wondering what the heck happened today! The FOBs are coming through like I've seen so many times before.

    Prior to this morning, we had 60 letters after nearly 3 weeks. We almost met that same amount in just one day - thanks to those of you who responded to today's cry for help.

    Tomorrow is another day - I ask that anyone who couldn't write today, please don't forget to do it. We have finally got some momentum going and I am so grateful for the outpouring of suppport we received today. That Cavel's horses received today.

    With much love and gratitude -

    Dawn

    Posted by: Dawn in MI at March 10, 2007 2:10 PM

    Good morning Alex, Get another good nites rest?

    ####
    Jackie, Don't forget about Ruth Stacy.

    ####
    Ruth, WHERE ARE YOU? How about chiming in. Let us know about your brothers Animals. I hope you are well. Don't be a sranger.

    Posted by: Cal at March 10, 2007 2:12 PM

    Once again I want to say THANK YOU!! The pool to pick the birth date and time for Rosie's baby has grown a lot!! We've raised $170 in the past 24 hours with our small $5 bets. The pool is at a total of $620!!! It's awesome. For those of you that don't know, the money will be sent (honor system here) to the winner's charity of choice once we get a winner!!! C'mon Rosie!! YOU CAN SEE THE LATEST PICKS HERE. Thanks again everyone!!

    Posted by: Wendy at March 10, 2007 2:15 PM

    ###
    Thanks for the reminder, Cal. Ruth, where are you? How are you and your brother's furkids?

    Jackie in VA
    FOB forever

    Posted by: Jackie in Arlington VA at March 10, 2007 2:15 PM

    I am putting this up for everyone's information. I submitted this to the Daily Chronicle, but it was turned down because I am not part of a recognized "group", and not qualified to speak on the subject. DeKalb's politics regarding Cavel reach right into the press there. Tucker got his letter printed, he is only an expert at murdering horses.

    OP-ED

    Regarding the on-going situation with Cavel International, Inc.'s issues with
    waste discharge amounts and in light of the growing
    public concern and awareness of the lack of attention being paid to the
    possible toxins being spilled into the Kishwaukee River, I am compelled to
    completely debunk the idea that our legislators and some uneducated citizens
    seem to have that horse slaughter exists and operates in close comparison to
    the standards of operation set forth and upheld by the other American animal
    processing industries, namely the cattle industry. The notion that the two
    have any type of connectedness whatsoever, other than that animals are being
    slaughtered, is completely wrong. Furthermore, not only is tainted horse
    meat being sold to and consumed regularly by unsuspecting Europeans, but the
    waste from those very same horses is being systematically delivered to the
    citizens of the communities wherein the horse slaughter plants reside. Due
    to the nature of the horse slaughter industry itself, as compared to the
    highly regulated and monitored cattle industry, the chances of commonly
    used substances in horses being present at the time of slaughter are
    incredibly high.

    Unlike the other food-animal industries, meat withholding times are not
    adhered to by any entity presenting horses for slaughter. The USDA, FDA,
    National Cattlemen’s Association, and every state in the union where
    slaughter facilities reside, ALL have mandates and standards set for
    raising, feeding, medicating, and record-keeping for food-producing animals.
    States such as Ohio, Kentucky, and North Dakota - to name a few, all have
    Beef Quality Assurance programs that must be adhered to by persons who are
    producing animals for slaughter. Record-keeping, which includes veterinary
    records, is mandatory and all records must be made available for animals at
    the time of slaughter. Withdrawal times for medications and other
    substances are strictly adhered to before an animal can be slaughtered for
    food.

    Such safeguards are put into place by these agencies and adhered to by the
    cattle industry to ensure that illegal substance residues are not present in
    any of the meat that will be consumed, nor in the waste that will be
    discharged by the slaughter plants and into the environment. No such
    safeguards are in place in the horse slaughter industry. Horses in the
    United States could contain any number of toxic substances, ranging from
    the known human carcinogen, Phenylbutazone (basically the “aspirin” of the
    horse world); the dewormer, Ivermectin (highly toxic to aquatic life);
    Salmonella (common in horses and shed by animals under extreme stress); and
    even Anthrax. All of these substances are resistant to traditional methods
    of water treatment.

    Horses are not raised for food. They are never a part of any type of
    structured, regulated program designed for food-producing animals wherein
    they are monitored for pharmaceuticals or disease. In fact, most horses
    ending up at slaughter have been purchased by agents who travel from auction
    to auction, sale barn to sale barn in search of horses. The animals are
    collected from many different sources, with many different backgrounds.
    They are delivered to the slaughter plants with unknown medical histories
    and are most likely carrying one or more of substances and diseases in
    their systems. The horse slaughter plants do not require documentation
    regarding these factors and will slaughter any animal that passes a VISUAL
    inspection by the USDA Inspectors on sight. Only random residue testing is
    performed on the carcasses and meat. Most tainted and toxic meat will pass
    through the slaughter plants, undetected - including the waste from these
    animals.

    Public pressure is now being applied to the DeKalb Sanitary District to
    start testing and regulating the waste that Cavel plants has been
    discharging into the water treatment plant. For as long as this plant has
    been in operation, the DSS has never questioned the slaughter plant as to
    exactly what may be present in the waste. The slaughter plant, knowing all
    too well what could be in the waste, would be foolish to divulge such
    information after having been off the hook and under the radar for so long.
    The DSS has indicated that it is not the body to ensure that the meat and
    waste is safe, and has indicated that the USDA and Illinois Environmental
    Protection Agency are the forces to reckon with.

    I will agree that the USDA has been completely remiss in its oversight of
    this industry. That is why the problem exists today. Both the FDA and USDA
    have cancelled themselves out of the equation. The FDA will recommend drugs
    that can be used on horses, but makes it clear that they can’t be used on
    horses intended for food, knowing that ANY horse in this country can be used
    for food. Such a statement takes away any liability from the FDA should a
    horse be slaughtered with residues present in it’s meat. FDA will approve
    the same drugs for other animals, because the FDA knows that these
    substances will be monitored by those industries and residues of these
    substances will most likely not be found in slaughter animals. Likewise, the
    USDA does not check horses for these substances at slaughter, because FDA
    has set the standard that these substances should not be used on horses
    intended for food. So they won’t be in slaughter horses, right? Wrong. It is
    ludicrous to assume that only the horses ending up at slaughter will not
    possess such substances in their systems. The IEPA won’t touch this matter,
    because it is under the misguided impression that all of these other
    agencies have set forth safeguards (as in the cattle industry) that illegal
    residues and diseases are not being passed into the water treatment plant
    and subsequently into public waters.

    Because all government agencies involved have failed to protect consumers
    from exposure to these toxins by enabling each other to skirt the issue, the
    discharge must be addressed at the root of the problem, the source of the
    pollution – the slaughterhouse itself, and the hodge-podge industry that it
    represents. Simply passing the buck from agency to agency will only further
    the ability for this plant to discharge more toxins into the city's water
    supply and continue to put American citizens, aquatic life and wild life in
    harm’s way. This issue is completely riddled in beaurocratic red tape.
    Until all of the government agencies involved start recognizing the
    magnitude of the situation, and taking appropriate actions to correct the
    blatant wrongs being committed, the public will continue to be tangled up in
    this red tape.

    Dawn M. Mancina


    Posted by: Dawn in MI at March 10, 2007 2:16 PM

    OOOoH,
    Thanks for the article on Smokey Stover Shelley CA

    Reminds me of the line in the Wizard of Oz when the cowardly lion was trying to act tough..

    "Awe Scared Huh?, ....Afraid are ya?" LOL LOL

    Thanks!!

    Posted by: Leslie in MN at March 10, 2007 2:19 PM

    Good morning Alex,

    Have a great day and thanks for everything you do!


    DAWN,

    I have copies of some facts I got from your thread in the forum and will have that letter to you by Sunday evening.

    I haven't forgotten just getting some info.
    I'm glad to hear so many have responded to your plea for help.

    cindy a

    Posted by: cindy a at March 10, 2007 2:20 PM

    Just want to give everyone who is coming to Delaware Park on April 29th a heads up about our official "Celebration Tees" that I will be supplying at the request of Sharon Crumb, our coordinator.

    I will be bringing many, many in all sizes. They can simply be purchased there (either at the Fundraiser on Sat. night or at the Park on Sunday.) They will cost only $8 and 5 of those dollars will go to The Laminitis Fund in memory of Our Boy.

    The shirt has a silouette of Barbaro's head and says in blue and green (the Lael colors) FANS OF BARBARO celebrating their hero's life on his birthday Delaware Park Sunday April 29, 2007

    You can also see a photo of the shirt on the discussion board by going to BARBARO then clicking on "Official Celebration Tee-Shirt".

    Posted by: Ernie at March 10, 2007 2:23 PM

    And While you are looking at Ernie's T shirt, also stop by the thread in the forum "FOB's Photos needed for April 29th celebrattion.

    We are collecting digital photos of ALL FOB's for a banner at the DELPARK CELEBRATION. Even if you are not attending...ESPECIALLY if you are not attending!!. We want you with us ! So send in your digital photo as per the instructions in the Discusssion Board

    Thanks

    Leslie in MN

    Posted by: Leslie in MN at March 10, 2007 2:27 PM

    Good morning chestnut mare at Joe's! Abigail!
    You clever girl...welcome to your new life. It warms me just to think of you going home to Joe's with the other two horses...cheating the kill buyers, cheating death itself.

    Happy calling everyone. There is so much to do, and time's a wastin'.

    Thank you Alex for going through the growing pains of the Barbaro Nation with us.

    Posted by: jonna at March 10, 2007 2:34 PM

    ####
    Leslie in MN

    I'm afraid my photo might scare the horses. LOL

    Posted by: Cal at March 10, 2007 2:34 PM

    Dawn M.

    This is great news. I'm so glad that you have received so many letters. I truly do admire and appreciate what you are doing. Your dedication is inspirational. I will be doing a letter this weekend.

    To all the wonderful FOBs - thanks for your kind comments to my note. It was not my intent to focus on myself, but to simply say that there are lots of us doing lots of things, and we do what we can. I know that many, many people on this site do so much more than I do and I am so proud of what everyone does. I know that lynz has THREE jobs and still does much work for the horseys, and I know there are many more. I just want us to be kind to each other.

    May all of the racing horses come home safely this weekend. My thoughts and prayers are with Ernie, Leah, Squirt's baby and family, Deb G. and Eagle, Glenda's friends who lost their son in Irag, Chocolate Pie's mommy and family, Maggie and Mary and all of those who are suffering today. I am praying for you.

    And lastly, Harriette, I cannot imagine that you would ever say anything but the wisest of words. You lift me up when I am in such despair. Thank you.

    Posted by: Linda M. in TX at March 10, 2007 2:40 PM

    ####

    CAAAAALLLLL!!! LOL!

    I am going to be there in person, so they will already be scared long before they see any photos!!

    Posted by: Leslie in MN at March 10, 2007 2:44 PM

    hello dear J,
    i heard you.
    i am very much here.
    .let me tell you.
    good mornig to alex and his unbelievable wizzzadry to keep this site going..a true lifeline for barbaro;s legacy and all the voices of the horses...who cant be heard and deserve to be heard---
    i am recovering from the death of fitch and having raged and ranted for a few days and wept another river
    and this morning too,
    i am ready to take my place in the count for getting this anti slaughter bill passed.
    .the next stage.
    i also have been so grateful to the fob for the superb work being done to rescue and support several emergencies that have happended this week.
    stepping to the bad side, for a few hours, i have returned in the light -raising the fax and telephone wires to congress,
    loving rosie eating for the whole naiton of horses..
    today ,
    i realze more then ever, that FAR BEYOND THE SURFACE,
    i say7 to myself ,holding my heart for heavens sake it hurts so much, I CAN GO FURTHER NOW..FURTHER..-FARTHER--
    there is stunning work to do for barbaro and it will take me through my life to do it right.
    i stand proud and honoured to have met this increadible family --and be in this time.
    .and while i am deeply sorrowfuil today ,missing him, i can not speak for those that bred him,.trained him and fought so hard to save him/
    but the miracle of the eihgt months..the divine eihgt, led me to a deeper part of myself and i am ,i hope, far the better artist then i was before. ..
    for all of you out there , an exiting card of races this weekend --destny ready to hand out its hand...may the joy of running in the wind be free of injuries and filled with the splendor of training and hard work that it took to get the horses and the riders to the gates..
    may the folds of the light today..and the vigil time be filled with praise and concern for the voiceless ..who we hear now.
    .the killer trucks will be still one day
    ..their sorrofwul jobs gone and empty of blood and innocent horses.' cries
    and for themselves ,what ill they ahve to show for their lives>?.oh my....
    may the spring come today --a bit closer.
    thinking of all of you..
    ]in the light and light-- the clear line ..that the heart of the matter is the greatness of a horse who gave his life so we would get it.
    in the ight, light, a family ..like a giant tree reaching up to the sky.
    oh my...i hear your pain.
    .i hear the heavy hearts ..
    oh dear dr richardson, the nurses, edgar prado, the jacksons..the fans..
    in the light,
    martita

    Posted by: martita goshen at March 10, 2007 2:44 PM

    Martita, it is wonderful to have you back. Thanks for your beautiful words.

    Posted by: Linda M. in TX at March 10, 2007 2:49 PM

    Alex -
    Thank you for keeping the board open for us to be together, to share thoughts, to learn and to know where our efforts can be used.

    I Love Barbaro…

    July spared his life
    To much relief
    It strengthened
    Our steadfast belief

    But January came
    After so much to face
    God lead him to
    A new place

    How can it be
    I mourn so much
    Without ever giving
    A loving touch

    But he grabbed my heart
    In a spiritual way
    And I’ll carry him
    Every day

    And I’ll fight to the end
    To save all in need
    I’ll do it for Barbaro
    Our spiritual steed…

    Pam

    Posted by: Pam Mross at March 10, 2007 2:52 PM

    ###
    MARTITA - welcome home! I'm quoting you here because I can't possibly express it better..."i am recovering from the death of fitch and having raged and ranted for a few days and wept another river"


    Little baby Fitch wormed his way into my heart in the precious few days we knew him...and there he will stay along with my beloved Barbaro!

    Good to "see" you again!
    Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 2:54 PM

    ###
    PAM Mross - such a beautiful expression of all our thoughts and feelings...THANK YOU!
    Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 2:56 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at March 10, 2007 3:12 PM

    The "Letters" section of today's New York Times contains an anti-slaughter letter in response to the "We eat meat" op-ed from earlier this week; the letter is written by four reps and one senator.

    I don't blue link and I don't want a long link to throw off the site, but you can find the letter in the online edition of today's Times in the "Opinion" section.

    Teresa in Brooklyn/Saratoga

    Posted by: Teresa at March 10, 2007 3:17 PM

    Good morning Barbaro Nation.

    ###
    Sheila, Foals develop very differently that human babies. If a foal is born 3 weeks early that is about the equivalent of being born 3 months early for a human. The foals develop their respiratory system very late in the pregnancy. They also develop the bones in their joints very late in the pregnancy. Horses actually have a due date that is a range 330-35? days. The center of the range is the "due date" everyone talks about. Going way over due can be a concern if there are worries about the pregnancy (fescue toxicity, etc) but OLoPP doesn't have any such issues. They only induce labor in VERY rare circumstances because they want to be sure the baby has its lungs fully developed before he makes his way into the world.
    Someone else ask the other day about C-Section - that is only done if there are big problems with the delivery - too much risk to the mare - blood loss.

    Well - that was really long and drawn out - hope it answered your questions.

    ###
    Dawn

    I haven't been following the issue (gives me nightmares) but skimmed your op ed - if water is being dumped into the river has any one checked to see if the river is in violation of the Clean Water Act? Also - are their any threatened or endangered fish species- that would give that argument more teeth?

    BTW- I'd be happy to sign a letter - just can't read it first.

    Posted by: lynz at March 10, 2007 3:20 PM

    Very Beautiful Words Pam On Barbaro.

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at March 10, 2007 3:21 PM

    So Beautiful Words Martita.

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at March 10, 2007 3:24 PM

    Rosie Cam was down due to not being able to connect to the Media Server early this morning. Please note, server(s) located in TX, SC, GA, and KY

    Thanks...Have a wonderful day everyone!

    Stephanie

    Posted by: Stephanie Pierce at March 10, 2007 3:27 PM

    Thank you Pam Ross for your lovely poem. It's heartwarming to see how people have been inspired by Barbaro to write beautiful poetry.

    Posted by: Tricia at March 10, 2007 3:31 PM

    Good Morning Sweet Barbaro in Heaven!

    Everyone have a good Saturday!!!

    Rosie please have that foal...

    Ro & Brady

    Posted by: Rosemarie at March 10, 2007 3:32 PM

    Stephanie, I am rooting for YOU! May 8 hour - no - 16 hours of uninterrupted sleep be yours soon.

    Posted by: lynz at March 10, 2007 3:33 PM

    ###Fans of Barbaro

    Hope you all have a good Saturday and do all the things that you want to do today without any hasle. Sitting here this morning and thinking "again" about Barbaro I have to say some things.

    I have loved Barbaro since long before the Kentucky Derby. I also knew that he was without a doubt going to win the tripple crown because he was such a powerful and consistent horse. The day of the Preakness I couldn't function because of what happened. I know that in the last several months people have said all kinds of things as to "why" Barbaro went back into that gate the second time. We can all wish that he had been kept out of that gate, or not even done a false start but he did. He did because he was suppose to. He was also suppose to be rushed to the NBC for Dr. R to take care of him (Bless the Jacksons Heart). Had it been a horse of a different color (meaning a horse that was not a famous horse or a un-defeated horse) the death on January 29th, 2007 would not have hit any of us as it did with Barba. Because it was Barba look at all that has been accomplished by people on and off this board. There are a lot of people that don't even come to this site that have donated moneys to the Barbaro fund. Sure we lost a Champion that day. We lost the most loving horse in the world. BUT he was un-selfish enough to give his own life to save the thousands of other horses from being slaughtered and this and that. The track conditions are getting better and in time they will be much safer. The age to race a horse is in question and will soon be up in Congress as well. Laminitis is a horrible desease that horses get and when they get it, there is no cure. With all the donations given for the cure of laminites, I would venture to say that there will be a cure "or" a prevention soon.

    My point being is as all of you on this board probaly know when we get hurt mentally or physically for whatever reason it makes us stronger. In Barbas case his step at the Preakness was painful to him for a very short time. He didn't let that bring him down. He is such a good natured horse and his attitude was "so what", now it is time to keep on going. Well in his 8 months at NBC he went through more than any horse has gone through. It wasn't Dr. R or the Jacksons or anyone else that made the real decision to put Barba down. It was Babaro. He told Dr. Richardson in a way that he knew the Doc would understand that he had done everything he could do and it was time to start working on saving all of the other horses. We didn't know then why Barba gave his life but it was Barba that made that decision. Remember when Dr. R said that "he was just a different horse that day, he was upset. We could tell that he was not comfortable". That was Barbaro talking not anyone else. You know it is very very easy to communicate with a horse. I have done it all my life. I am sure that Alex does every single day. Horses are very very intelligent animals and they are a whole lot smarter than most people know. When I use the quote that came from Neil Armstrong only I change the words a bit, I use it in a positive way. I don't use that to hurt people. I use it because it is a fact. I actually was talking with someone about this that has been to the moon and he told me that it was a wonderful way to express the accomplishments that have transpired RE: Barbaro. Just as Armstrong's quote and step on the moon changed the way that mankind is living, Barbaro changed the way that horses will be treated and living now. THAT IS WHY I USE THAT QUOTE. Barbaro is NOT in any pain now. Barba was only in pain for a very very short time and all of us know that. Dr. R made sure that he was pain free. Well I am going to use my quote because it FITS. It is in reality the best way to describe the way that Barbaro has changed the world for the horses. Think of all the pain that thousands of horses would be feeling had Barbaro not made that step. I am sure it is in the thousands if not the millions.

    So on this note if this bothers some of you scroll past it and don't even bother with it. You are on a compuer and you have the power to ignore anything you want to. I myself as well as many others understand the true meaning of why I came up with that and what it really means. If I don't use it the way that I have been, it would not have the impact that it does.

    ### Nancy hope your doing good today...

    ### Cal you don't want to say hi to me :-( LOL

    ### Alex Thank-You for the up-dates and all you are doing. I really hope for good weather for you. I hate wearing a thousand different layers of clothes. I have to do that in a cold skating rink and it SUCKS!!!!! Spring is just around the corner and I am sooooooooooooooo glad for that.

    ##### Barbaro... Keep on having fun my buddy and I know that you are smiling because you know that what you started is being finished. You are such an un-selfish horse. I love you big buddy and thank you so much for being exactly who you are.

    "One short painful step for Barbaro, One Giant Leap for ALL of the horses in this world!"

    ((((((( Barbaro )))))))))))))))))))

    Posted by: Nina at March 10, 2007 3:45 PM

    ###
    FOB's, A couple of questions. Any help?

    I read that Nicanor is the new name for Barbaro's baby brother. Is this official, or does it still have to be approved? Also, is it one of the names of the Foxhounds in the Jacksons picture? Most of this thoroughbred stuff still confuses me.

    Posted by: Cal at March 10, 2007 3:47 PM

    ###
    CAL - yes, it's the name of one of the foxhounds...great thread on the Forum about the name...including links to the picture of the hounds.

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 3:50 PM

    Cal- The name is official. It is the Jockey Club that approves names. Once the name is approved then the owners can use it to nominate horses to specific races (or groups of races) The Breeders Cup nomination form was what we all saw here.

    Posted by: lynz at March 10, 2007 3:57 PM

    ####
    Nancy/lynz, Thanks, Clears it up a bit. Learnin' every day.

    Posted by: Cal at March 10, 2007 4:00 PM

    Good morning, my Beloved Angel Boys.

    Good morning, Barbaro Nation. Spring has sprung here in St. Louis, and I hope the rest of you get it soon. Good luck and safe racing to all who will be on the tracks today!

    DAWN,
    that is a very powerful letter and I will forward it to my environmental friend. I checked in Forum and may have just missed it--but can youi supply me with cites, sources, etc. over and above the DSS memo? I would like to pass on as much as possible to my friend, as time is short.

    Martita and Pam, beautiful poems.

    SHEILA, welcome home! I'm glad to hear Chloe is feeling better.

    I have to leave to go to my temp job shortly and so can't be on the boards this afternoon. This evening/weekend thing screws up my cyber life! Anyway, I just wanted to wish everyone a good, peaceful, friendly day here.

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 10, 2007 4:02 PM

    ########
    Apparently they're about to murder dogs again in China. I've posted info with a fax number to send your letter of protest. The deadline is March 16, according to the email I received.

    http://forums.prospero.com/TimWoolley/messages?msg=6224.1

    Posted by: C. Jaffe at March 10, 2007 4:02 PM

    For those not registered with the NY Times on line, this is the letter referred to here......it is brief but good to see the legislators taking the time to address this in the press....

    A Bill on Horses (1 Letter)
    To the Editor:

    As sponsors of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, we take issue with Christa Weil?s views on the horsemeat industry (Op-Ed, March 5). The horse slaughter industry in the United States has nothing to do with feeding hungry people and everything to do with animal cruelty. The facts are these:

    ?Most horses that end up slaughtered are bought by buyers acting on behalf of slaughterhouses. Many of these horses have been stolen or were surrendered to buyers who promised to care for them but who sell them to slaughter instead.

    ?The transport and subsequent slaughter of these animals is brutal. They are often crammed into trucks built for cattle and pigs and subjected to starvation, exposure and abuse. At the slaughterhouse, improper use of the stunning bolt frequently results in horses? being shackled and dismembered while still conscious.

    ?Every year, 100,000 horses are slaughtered at foreign-owned slaughterhouses in the United States to satisfy the palates of wealthy diners in Europe and Asia.

    Last September, the House voted 263 to 146 to pass this legislation. Congress ran out of time before the Senate could act.

    We urge our colleagues in the House and the Senate to take up the matter again and put an end to this barbaric practice.

    (Senator) Mary Landrieu
    (Rep.) Jan Schakowsky
    (Rep.) Ed Whitfield
    (Rep.) Nick Rahall
    (Rep.) John Spratt
    Washington, March 6, 2007

    Posted by: Lisa in CT at March 10, 2007 4:06 PM

    ##########

    While we wait and wait for Rosie, here's another form of voyeurism that's really fun. When you get to the site, scroll down to where the panda cam is. Two of them, like bookends, back to back, intent on grooming themselves, when I checked in a moment ago. Thanks Lucy for this post at TWF. CJ

    [reposting from TWF]

    Hi,
    The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington has a panda cam on 24/7.
    The pandas are so fun to watch.
    Just thought I would share the info.
    Lucy(Manlius,New York)

    FOB Always

    http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/

    Posted by: C. Jaffe at March 10, 2007 4:15 PM

    Yesterday, several of us asked nina to stop posting the following hideous phrase that she made up and thinks is cute: ""One short painful step for Barbaro, One Giant Leap for ALL of the horses in this world!"

    Her reply today was, "I don't care if it bothers many of you. I will continue to post it here despite the wishes of the board."

    She has posted this hideous phrase about 100 times so far over the last few days. It is tasteless, and cause hurt to many many people here. I ask you all to speak up about this. Nina has caused A LOT of trouble here in the past, and she continues to do so now. She is reverting to her old trouble-making ways.

    Posted by: Liana at March 10, 2007 4:16 PM

    Regarding "Official Celebration Tee-shirts" being sold at Delaware Park on the 29th of April:

    This is an email I received from Sharon on March 2, 2007:

    Delaware Park has a no solicitation policy. so you cannot have a fundraiser, sorry. Alex has mentioned to me that selling products would be taking away from why we are there.
    The only focus on Sunday will be Celebrating the life of Barbaro. I'm sure you understand.

    Take care,
    Sharon Crumb
    185 Washington St.
    Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
    *************************************************
    "Delaware Park has a no solicitation policy."

    Apparently that no solicitation policy only applies to some people............

    This is the email I originally sent to Sharon:

    On a separate issue: would I be allowed to hold a fundraiser for the Laminitis Fund that day? It would entail my selling unisex, adjustable satin cord necklaces, with a pewter Horseshoe pendant and blue and green crow beads strung on the cords. With a "quantity discount" I can cover the cost of the materials to make the necklaces at $1.00 each. My "labor" is free. My idea is to sell the necklaces for $11.00 with $1.00 cash to cover cost and $10.00 cash or check going to the Laminitis Fund. I want to make (and hopefully sell!) 100 necklaces, therefore if they ALL sell, the donation to the Fund will be $1000.00. Necklaces I don't sell will go into one of my horse rescue projects.
    *************************************************
    Maybe someone can help me understand this, because right now I am very confused! How is the fundraiser I proposed different than the one that WILL be taking place at Del Park on the 29th?????

    Do I belong to the "wrong" group of FOBs or something?????

    Glenda Jo

    Posted by: Glenda in NE PA at March 10, 2007 4:23 PM


    ""One short painful step for Barbaro, One Giant Leap for ALL of the horses in this world!"

    Her reply today was, "I don't care if it bothers many of you. I will continue to post it here despite the wishes of the board."


    Thats kind of like saying Pearl Harbor was a GOOD THING..DUMB..I'll leave it at that.

    Posted by: mike c at March 10, 2007 4:23 PM

    I agree with Liana: and in the interests of the sensibilites of SO MANY people on this board, I agree that this phrase mentioning the pain of Barbaro's fateful step be stricken from your posts, Nina.

    IMHO: the only person who can speak with authority as to the pain this horse was in and continued to be in is Dean Richardson. and maybe Edgar Prado. He FELT, HEARD the step, the snap, and pulled the horse up, saving Barbaro's life for almost 9 more months.

    Why does this have to be such a big deal, Nina. AND remember, there are many on this board who cannot look at even one scene from a wonderful video which Pamela produced that showed one brief aspect of horse slaughter. Maybe you can. But others cannot.

    This repeated mention--
    what's the point. You're clever enough, think up something else...please.

    Posted by: jonna at March 10, 2007 4:24 PM

    Hello Barbaro Nation ...

    In reading over the posts here, I'd just like to give my opinion about something before another 'controversy' rears its head again.

    I just the post from Nina timestamp 3:45 PM and then I read Liana's post timestamp 4:16 PM.

    I am not taking sides on behalf of either post, because everyone is entitled to their opinion; however, after reading all of Nina's post, I see nothing offensive or hurtful with her reference to that phrase about Barbaro's one short painful step as a leap for all the horses for the future. In fact, I find that comment to be quite truthful and not at all offensive or controversial.

    So, please everyone, let's not look for trouble and we will find, instead, ease; let's not ask for people to post 'for or against' something, and we will have peace. If there is a comment written that someone doesn't particularly care for, but this comment, in and of itself, is not harmful or being said to cause dissension, then just 'scroll on by' and ignore it.

    Personally, I find nothing at all 'wrong' with that comment and I consider myself a very sensitive person, so let's move on and forget about this or Alex might have to take some action that we would not like to see occur here.

    Peace to all ...

    Posted by: Linnie at March 10, 2007 4:31 PM

    ### Cal and other OH FOB's

    I was looking again at Voinovich's website and I noticed that he has office locations, Cleveland, NE OH, SE Oh, Toledo......

    Has anyone tried to fax, call these. I know personally I have only called, e-mailed the DC one?

    Do you think it would help if we bombarded each individual location?

    Just a thought......

    Posted by: Michelle-GBI NE OH at March 10, 2007 4:32 PM

    Is today the Doctor Richardson interview on ESPN?

    Posted by: mike c at March 10, 2007 4:39 PM

    Hi Mike ... The Dr. Richardson interview on ESPN is slated to air on March 24th! I've sent myself a reminder !!! LOL

    Posted by: Linnie at March 10, 2007 4:41 PM

    Linnie

    Aren't you the other big troublemaker from wed/thurs who caused a big fuss here?

    Posted by: Liana at March 10, 2007 4:42 PM

    ALL:########
    Please keep calling and writing, even though it is the weekend. most of the pols have answering machines...and Dawn can use all the letters she can get for the Cavel situation...the horses standing in the kill yards don't have weekends, right? I guess we should just keep rolling...as for the other: I've said my peace.

    BTW

    ####################
    Hey: How many FOBs are there in the central NY area?
    At least three of us? We could have a little "do" here on April 29, couldn't we--for those who can't leave their house full of retired racing greyhounds--and other obligations for other people--and come down to the Maryland do?
    You can reach me at jonnagrey@twcny.rr.com....

    Posted by: jonna at March 10, 2007 4:42 PM

    Linnie

    Aren't you the other big troublemaker from wed/thurs who caused a big fuss here?

    Posted by: Liana at March 10, 2007 4:42 PM

    #########

    I don't know who or what you're referring to, Liana, but if you consider me a "big troublemaker from wed/thurs who caused a big fuss here" ... then I guess that's me! No argument at all!

    Have a great weekend, Liana ...

    Posted by: Linnie at March 10, 2007 4:44 PM

    ###
    LISA IN CT - thanks for posting the NY Times article...These elected officials are heroes in my opinion...it's a wonderful thing to co-sponsor the bills and to vote to end horse slaughter (MAY IT HAPPEN SOON!)...but these folks took the extra step of responding to a horrible article in the Times and I'm so very grateful to them! I wish I could vote for all of them...but unfortunately none of them are "mine."

    ELISABETH IN CT - if you're having another visit with Moses at H.O.R.S.E. of CT today, I wish you both a wonderful shared experience.

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 4:46 PM

    ###Linnie

    I really don't mean any harm by that at all. It isn't that big of a deal. I am not by any way trying to cause trouble and Alex of all people knows that I am sure because if he did have a problem with it, he would let ME know. If he asks me to not do it, I will change my quote. I feel that quote is very appropriate because it is the truth and thousands of horses have been saved.

    "One small painful step for Barbaro, One Giant Leap for ALL of the horses in the future".

    ### Alex.. You know me, email me if you feel that there is a problem with that OK. You know that I mean no harm by that at all...... ;-)

    Love to Barbaro.........

    Posted by: Nina at March 10, 2007 4:53 PM

    Updated SAPL action alert re anti-slaughter campaign

    http://www.saplonline.org/horses.htm

    IMO this is a great link to send to your contacts. Can somebody blue link it please? Thanks. CJ

    Posted by: C. Jaffe at March 10, 2007 4:53 PM

    Hi Glenda ... Maybe I can clear this up a little for you ...

    There will be NO fundraising on Sunday, April 29 whatsoever at DelPark ... ONE of the reasons why is because DelPark will not permit it.

    The only fundraising efforts that will take place will occur on Saturday night, April 28 in a venue away from DelPark and not at all affiliated with this. All of the arrangements for this fundraising event on Saturday are being handled by Alex Brown and Sharon Crumb, but Alex is really the one in charge of this event. From what I understand, Glenda, all of the items being used for Saturday night's fundraiser are, basically, Barbaro-related and they are all donated items with no monies going to the donors.

    The T shirts that are being offered were done with the express permission/sanction of M/M Jackson/Alex Brown/Sharon Crumb or any combination therein. If I am mistaken about this, I hope that someone else will correct me, but I have asked enough questions to be just a little knowledgeable about this. In fact, Glenda, I offered to bring some items to be donated for which I would take no money whatsoever, and at this time, even those are being politely declined for various reasons which I completely understand and accept.

    Nothing is to be taken personally here, Glenda ... it's just following appropriate guidelines to maintain strict dignity and integrity of the entire event, of which the main focus is the Celebration of Life of Barbaro on Sunday, April 29th at DelPark.

    I hope this clears it up a little more clearly for you, but again, if I am mistaken about some of this information, I am sure that someone will step in and correct me and I welcome that completely.

    Posted by: Linnie at March 10, 2007 4:55 PM

    Nina began posting the end of January. Since her arrival (just 6 weeks ago) she has been the leader of a group that commandeered the board to use as their personal chat room. Nina made shameful comments about Alex. When called on the shameful behavior she posted a long rambling apology to all FOB and Alex. Prior to that, her posts were one outrageous personal drama after another. Nina has once again showed her true nature with her tedious comments about not caring how her new sign off upsets others. I agree the sign off is tasteless and offensive. My suggestion is to email Alex. It will accomplish nothing by trying to reason with her; you can not reason with the unreasonable.

    Posted by: Judy in WA at March 10, 2007 4:59 PM

    ##### THIS IS WHAT I SAID. SOME OF YOU NEED TO LEARN HOW TO READ.

    "So on this note if this bothers some of you scroll past it and don't even bother with it. You are on a compuer and you have the power to ignore anything you want to. I myself as well as many others understand the true meaning of why I came up with that and what it really means. If I don't use it the way that I have been, it would not have the impact that it does."

    Now where you get "I don't care if this bothers you, I have no clue"..........

    Blessings to all and Barbaro......

    Posted by: Nina at March 10, 2007 5:00 PM

    nor the insane

    Posted by: Liana at March 10, 2007 5:01 PM

    ### Judy in WA

    I haven't caused any troube on this board. You seem to not like me and that one I can say I don't care. I have not insulted anyone on this board not even you.....

    God Bless You Nina.......

    I have been posting a lot longer than January believe that!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Nina at March 10, 2007 5:03 PM

    Hey Guys! Happy Saturday...

    Oh Rosie...you are wearing me out girl!! LOL ! You are really into this spotlight thing arent ya girl? You must want to gain all the fame you can. LOL LOL."I am ready for my close-up Mr DeMille"

    Hey! we are getting in some really nice photos of all the fellow FOBS for the Barbaro Birthday Banner. Keep 'em coming folks. There is a wonderful banner being created to honor Barbaro and contains as many faces of the FOB that would want to participate. There is a thread to help you with the instructions called "FOB photos for 4/29 celebration" in the Discussion Board.

    Have a great Saturday folks...C'mon Rosie!! Go BABY GO!!!!

    Posted by: Leslie in MN at March 10, 2007 5:03 PM

    Good morning, baby boy. We love you so much. You are in our hearts every minute. We hear you breathe, we see your eyes, we feel your grit, we even see you yawn ...

    Martita! So uplifting to see your post. Your words bring Barbaro and all of us full circle, to the work we have yet to do, the slaughter-bound horses we have to bring into the light, to the facilities that have to be created, manned, and maintained to receive these horses one and all -- from nursemare foals to retired TBs. Barbaro started this for us, pointed to way for us. Now, Martita, whenever I read your words, I feel empowered to follow Barbaro's lead. Thank you, Martita.

    Jackie in VA
    FOB forever

    Posted by: Jackie in Arlington VA at March 10, 2007 5:03 PM

    #### I will email Alex for you guys........

    What he tells me is what I am going to do....

    God Bless all of you................

    "One small step for Barbro, One Giant Leap for ALL the horses in future"

    Posted by: Nina at March 10, 2007 5:05 PM

    New Update!!! www.equine-heaven.com

    Posted by: Equine Heaven at March 10, 2007 5:05 PM

    Judy

    Not to mention her continuous lunatic posts about buying a new car and naming it the "Barbaromobile" and having it painted two tones of brown to make it look like Barbaro.

    Posted by: Liana at March 10, 2007 5:08 PM

    ERNIE UPDATE:

    Great news about Ernie the yearling colt from Nancy J in Campbell, CA as she reported on the DB...

    "Ernie had a couple of poops this morning, started drinking water on his own, and had a couple handfuls of hay and he is doing much better! Cheri was in the middle of giving instructions to her volunteers so the morning report is late and brief!

    Stay tuned....."


    YAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Keep praying for Ernie.


    Posted by: Liana at March 10, 2007 5:11 PM

    Lisa: thank you so much for posting the NY Times Op Ed letter....onward! Onward....

    Posted by: jonna at March 10, 2007 5:11 PM

    ####
    Deb G
    I just wanted to make sure you saw my post at the very end of the day yesterday:

    ###
    Deb G
    I have been away all day and just skimmed the posts. I can't tell you how sorry I am about Way of an Eagle. I remember months ago staying up late one night "hearing" all about him from you, and it was obvious that he is a wonderful horse, and that you love him so much. When I heard that his hock was injured, I felt CERTAIN that he would be scratched. I'm shocked to hear that he was raced anyway, and then claimed. I am praying that you will find his owner and be able to maintain a physical connection with Way of an Eagle; you will always have a spiritual connection. (((((Deb G))))))

    Posted by: Marilyn/CA at March 10, 2007 1:54 AM

    Posted by: Marilyn/CA at March 10, 2007 5:14 PM

    Stop it. Please Now. Alex has too much to do to police every comment, to respond to each request to remove posts, let's just police ourselves and step back an look at what we write before hitting that "post" button. If it looks like something that might insult/inflame/hurt/misquote/misrepresent/whatever don't send it. We are supposed to be adults and should have read the rules of the road for behaviour here in Alex and Tim's site. We are guests here, we really need to get out our manners handbooks and refresh our memories.

    This diatribe takes away from all the good here. Remember who is reading. The Jacksons, Dr. Richardson, some of our elected officials, maybe even some ( hate to even give the term credence by posting it here ) "proslaughter" individuals.

    Focus. PLEASE

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones at March 10, 2007 5:15 PM

    ####

    Cheryl Jones,

    Kudos, as soon as the "proslaughter" individuals see that we are weak, they will strike....stay focused FOBs.....

    Posted by: Remi at March 10, 2007 5:22 PM

    ####
    Time Stamp 3:45 PM - - - NO

    Posted by: Cal at March 10, 2007 5:23 PM

    I would like to purchase a VCR video of the Kentucky Derby when Barbaro won. I usually record them but failed to do it at that time. Does anyone know if one is available I can buy? FOBs have a good weekend (maybe Rosie will come through this weekend). God Bless the FOBs, the Jacksons and we will celebrate his life forever. What a heart he had.

    Posted by: sandra at March 10, 2007 5:24 PM

    Please, please, please, use the scroll button! It isn't worth it, and it will cost all of us so much if we lose this wonderful venue. Personally, if I thought I was offending anyone, I'd apologize and try to modify my behavior. But some thrive on being in the center of the controversy. Nothing we can do can heal their need, best we pray for them SILENTLY.

    Posted by: Marsh in TN at March 10, 2007 5:24 PM

    ### Cheryl Jones

    It appears to me that I am the one here that is being insulted. Your right. Alex does not have time to babysit this board. He works 80 hours a week. It is so easy to just scroll by a post if you don't like that person or what they say. I do it all the time. There are people that post everyday in here that I don't even read one word of their post because I don't want to. The mouse works really well in scrolling..........

    And yes there are a lot of people that read these posts. Even the one that came up with that quote believe it or not ;-)

    Blessings to all Nina....................

    Posted by: Nina at March 10, 2007 5:25 PM

    #### Marsh in TN

    Ditto.....

    God Bless you all.................

    "One small step for a horse we all know as Barbaro, One Giant Leap for the future of all the horses in this world"

    Posted by: Nina at March 10, 2007 5:28 PM

    Just wanted to say good day to everyone in the Barbaro Nation out there. Still miss Barbaro and now Fitch so much. Fitch's death was totally senseless. So much good work is being done in Barbaro's name. Great job, let's keep up the good work, focus and look to the future.

    Heard that Barbaro's brother was named. Anyone else hear that?

    Posted by: Barbara at March 10, 2007 5:30 PM

    #####Liana

    Correction. It is the Barbaro Derby Mobile and it is not brown.... It will promote Barbaro because of the stuff I am putting on it. People that don't know who Barbaro is will when they see it........ :-)

    God Bless..................

    Posted by: Nina at March 10, 2007 5:33 PM

    This is the post from Ernie on BOTH this venue and on the DB:

    Just want to give everyone who is coming to Delaware Park on April 29th a heads up about our official "Celebration Tees" that I will be supplying at the request of Sharon Crumb, our coordinator.

    I will be bringing many, many in all sizes. They can simply be purchased there (either at the Fundraiser on Sat. night or at the Park on Sunday.) They will cost only $8 and 5 of those dollars will go to The Laminitis Fund in memory of Our Boy.

    ********************************************

    "... or at the Park on Sunday."
    I rest my case on THAT issue!

    As per Linnie:
    "Nothing is to be taken personally here, Glenda ... it's just following appropriate guidelines to maintain strict dignity and integrity of the entire event, of which the main focus is the Celebration of Life of Barbaro on Sunday, April 29th at DelPark."

    "Dignity and integrity" - cripes, I wasn't planning to make clown collars! And for cryin' out loud, it's a BBQ at a race track, not a black tie affair at the Four Seasons!

    But, don't worry I won't sully your event with my crappy jewelry.

    BTW, NO ONE can claim to have more respect for the life and legacy of Barbaro than I do. I don't personally make one penny on anything I have designed or sold on zazzle. EVERYTHING I design is designed in good taste and with utmost respect for the magnificent horse that Barbaro was. (Unlike some of the things I have seen on that site recently - but there is nothing I can do about other people's designs...)

    Honest to God, when will I give up trying to fit in here.

    Glenda Jo


    Posted by: Glenda in NE PA at March 10, 2007 5:34 PM

    ### Cal

    Good now we can both move on :-)
    Have a wonderful weekend...............

    Posted by: Nina at March 10, 2007 5:35 PM

    I am happy to report that I had two very good meetings this morning regarding anti slaughter and assisting our rescue and retirement facilities.

    First with the Chaplain at Philadelphia Park Race Track. He is sending out the Veternarian Support form, along with a cover letter, to all of the veternarians involved with Phila Park. He will be asking for their support in making their voices heard over the AVMA stand.

    Secondly, I met with the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association regarding getting smaller owners involved. I have offered to donate 1% of any win purse and am asking other owners to do the same. He and I will be working out the administrative details. Of course the program is strictly voluntary but we are hoping this will bring attention to the need. This is a way that small owners like myself can help. He has even offered to address the issue at the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Banquet on March 28.

    I am very proud of Philadelphia Park. They have already been doing their share and are willing to go a step further and do even more!! It is an issue that they truly care about

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 10, 2007 5:37 PM

    ####Marsh
    Do not assume that "we" will pray for those people.

    I do not believe they are worthy of any prayers and should be ignored and let to destroy themselves on their own.

    Pray for the animals and those people that are worthy.

    Posted by: Jeri at March 10, 2007 5:40 PM

    Pam,
    Loved the poem. Of course it brought tears to my eyes just like anything I read or see about Barbaro and now Fitch.

    To anyone who has the site that was posted the other day about nominating a vet for some award, could you please post again? I was at work when I read it and neglected to write it down and don't remember what it was.

    Have a good day.

    God bless.

    Posted by: Debbie at March 10, 2007 5:43 PM

    Warm greetings, FOB,

    Even though I haven't felt up to commenting for a few days, I read this site many times every day. You are so passionate and alive... it is very empowering to me to "listen in" even if I am not an active part of the conversation. The amazing array of ideas and emotions expressed by you humane healing activist-spiritualists is my answer to prayers. I live in the country, Northern California, surrounded by big Ponderosa Pines. Homeschooling my teenage daughter has been my career for the past 9 years and I have little contact with adults who share my interests. My heart has longed for a group of friends, like you, and the internet is the perfect vehicle for me. Even though I just started sharing recently, I long to meet you. When Alex announced Barbaro's birthday party, I tentatively decided to come.Then I learned that my daughter is dancing in a ballet that weekend, so the date doesn't work. Here's an interesting "coincidence." The ballet in which Katrina is performing..... RODEO! While watching the ballet, I will spend some time reflecting on the glory of the HORSE, specifically our Barbaro. In that way, I will connect with you as you celebrate at Delaware Park. Hopefully, we can have other real life reunions where we give and receive physical hugs.

    My gratitude to each of you very special beings,
    Shirley
    California

    Posted by: Shirley at March 10, 2007 5:43 PM

    ### Glenda Jo

    I was over there last night looking for stuff to put on my Barbaro Derby Mobile and I need to know how to get it from YOU. That site is confusing me......

    "One small painful step for a colt we all know and love named Barbaro, One Giant Leap for the horses being saved in the future"

    Posted by: Nina at March 10, 2007 5:44 PM

    Nina,

    Please don't drag me into your drama.

    I have too many problems of my own.

    And BTW, your "catch phrase" is in BAD taste and I do not believe you spoke to an astronaut who thinks it is a good idea.

    Sorry, but I'm going to tell it the way I see it. The reason I am sorry is because I may loose sales and the horses need the money.

    Glenda

    Posted by: Glenda in NE PA at March 10, 2007 5:49 PM

    ###

    Any word on Rosie???? She looked pretty big, any chance horses can have a "litter" of foals-LOL

    Posted by: Remi at March 10, 2007 5:51 PM

    Continued prayers for sweet little Ernie. I'm so glad he is doing better! Thank you God!

    Posted by: Tricia at March 10, 2007 5:53 PM

    Hi Glenda ...

    I am sorry that you are so upset, but I can see that you are, and I have no desire to escalate this, so I am stepping back from this and I suggest that you contact one of the key people handling this event for further information.

    My attempts at clearing things up apparently only incensed you more, so I will say nothing more about this here.

    Posted by: Linnie at March 10, 2007 5:54 PM

    ##
    Glenda you wont' lose sales, I TOTALLY agree with you in regards to nina.. I don't care for her "jingle, in poor taste" and I don't care for her calling her stupid car the Barbaro Derby Mobile, again in POOR TASTE..

    I don't find that site confusing at all, I find it user friendly.. i plan to buy some things from you also!!

    Nina please keep your derby moble to your yahoo group.. not here..

    Posted by: marie at March 10, 2007 5:56 PM

    how is Ambercrombie doing??..anyone hear anything?

    Posted by: mike c at March 10, 2007 5:57 PM

    ShelleyA - good news!

    Posted by: SarahFromNC at March 10, 2007 6:11 PM

    Hi Mike ... I think there was some mention of Abercrombie and that he was doing better now that he can stay at Pure Thoughts permanently. He's going to be fine, I hope and pray!!!

    Posted by: Linnie at March 10, 2007 6:13 PM

    ####
    Alex,

    In response to your trivia question at the top of the page....(x-champion jump jockey) would that be James "Jim" Day........

    Posted by: Remi at March 10, 2007 6:14 PM

    ###
    I posted about my dog Maggie last night, here is the update on her:

    Ms Maggie

    FOB Colt Ernie update (thanks to Nancy CA)

    Ernie Updates


    Posted by: Mary L Ohio at March 10, 2007 6:14 PM

    #mike C...Abercrombie is doing better now that he is at his permanent home and the horse Uncle Buck has taken him under his wing and has become his pal.

    Posted by: SarahFromNC at March 10, 2007 6:16 PM

    ###
    THere are pictures of Aber and uncle Buck that Jen at pure thoughts ask me to do for her:


    Abercrombie and Uncle Buck

    Posted by: Mary L Ohio at March 10, 2007 6:16 PM

    # mike C...Abercrombie is doing better now that he is at his permanent home and the horse Uncle Buck has taken him under his wing and has become his pal.

    Posted by: SarahFromNC at March 10, 2007 6:16 PM

    # Yikes, sorry for the double post thingy.

    Posted by: SarahFromNC at March 10, 2007 6:17 PM

    ###
    SORRY!! I forgot to paste the new one for Aber!!
    This is the correct one!


    Abercrombie and Uncle Buck

    Posted by: Mary L Ohio at March 10, 2007 6:18 PM

    Just popping in before leaving.

    Glenda--sounds like Delaware Park has all the authority with respect to sales. Have you spoken with anyone there? Maybe you can work something out with someone there.

    **************************

    I will be home around 7 and plan to check in and catch up. Comments will probably be closed for the night. I hope it won't be closed permanently.

    Come on, everyone, let's focus on the horses. There are probably pro-slaughter people out there high-fiving each other over the events of this past week and saying that TWR is collapsing and soon we won't have to worry about them, because all they do is fight with each other.

    Please remember what Alex posted recently about how to deal with offensive or inflammatory posts. It's his site and he can pull the plug at any time, so please follow his rules!

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 10, 2007 6:18 PM

    thanks for the info on Ambercrombie.

    Posted by: mike c at March 10, 2007 6:19 PM

    #######
    Mary L - tho I can get to Forum now, for some reason I STILL can't get there via links as what you posted. Didn't see a Forum thread re Maggie update - can you direct me to the thread please? Thanks - CJ

    Posted by: C. Jaffe at March 10, 2007 6:20 PM

    ### To respond to people that are bashing me. I don't care what you do and do not believe. I know what I know. I would very much like to see moneys donated to Barbaro and his legacy. I was going to buy bumper stickers from whats-her-name but now? NO I think I will just go somewhere else. I thought I would be doing her a favor. As far as the astronaut? HA! I don't have to answer to any of you. I can say this. That person that you say I don't know, does come in here and read your posts.

    I no longer have a group because I don't have time. I will call my car what-ever I want to call it. If you don't like it scroll down. If you do then hey no big deal. Do you guys have anything better to do than to insult people for no reason? I don't understand how a place that Barabro created turns into such a wicked place for combat. None of you know me. I don't know any of you. From the things that you have said to me on this board which have been very offensive, I don't really want to know you (most of you anyway).

    Anyway.... God Bless you all...... I have no ill feelings toward anyone. Not even the people that call me names. In fact, I feel very sorry for those that do......

    Posted by: Nina at March 10, 2007 6:23 PM

    Re-post:

    FOALING MARE'S SECRET CODE

    The mare's secret code of honor is as old as horses themselves and is ultimately the species best kept secret. No mare shall ever produce a foal before it's time.

    (It's time being determined by the following factors):


    1. No foal shall be born until total chaos has been reached by all involved. Your house must be a wreck, your family hungry and desperate for clean clothes, and your social life nonexistent.
    2. Midwives must reach the babbling fool status before you foal out. Bloodshot eyes, tangled hair and the inability to form a sentence mean you're getting close.
    3. For every bell, beeper, camera or whistle they attach to you, foaling must be delayed by at least one day for each item.
    4. Vet check, add a day, internal add three. If you hear the words, "She's nowhere near ready. You'll be fine while I'm away for the weekend," Wait 12 to 16 hours and pop that baby out!
    5. Owner stress must be at an all time high! If you are in the care of someone else, ten to fifteen phone calls a day is a sign you're getting close. When you hear the words "I can't take it anymore!" wait three days and produce a foal.
    6. You must keep this waiting game interesting. False alarms are necessary! Little teasers such as looking at your stomach, pushing your food around in the bucket and then walking away from it are always good for a rise. Be creative and find new things to do to keep the adrenaline pumping in those who wait.
    7. The honor of all horses is now in your hands. Use this time to avenge all of your stable mates. Think about your friend who had to wear that silly costume in front of those people. Hang onto that baby for another day. OH, they made him do tricks too! Three more days seems fair. Late feedings, the dreaded diet, bad haircuts, those awful wormings can also be avenged at this time.
    8. If you have fulfilled all of the above and are still not sure when to have this foal, listen to the weather forecast on the radio that has been so generously provided by those who wait. Severe storm warning is what you're waiting for. In the heart of the storm jump into action! The power could go out and you could have the last laugh. You have a good chance of those who wait missing the whole thing while searching for a flashlight that works!
    9. Make the most of your interrupted nights. Beg for food each time someone comes into the stable to check you. Your stable mates will love you as the extra goodies fall their way too.
    10. Remember, this code of honor was designed to remind man of how truly special horses are. Do your best to reward those who wait with a beautiful filly to carry on the mare code of honor for the next generation of those who wait!

    Posted by: Rosie and Chunky at March 7, 2007 3:07 PM

    Posted by: Rosie and Chunky at March 10, 2007 6:27 PM

    Hi all, Sounds like a cat fight in here...bring on the dogs. GM to Nancy in CT, I asked last nite how to get to the forum you mentioned, then this silly board went down again and I didn't see if you answered. Did you mean the discussion board and chat on the left top of this page? Or where is it?

    Posted by: NanCat San Jose Ca at March 10, 2007 6:28 PM

    Someone on the board yesterday said that Senator Casey (D-PA) was on the fence about S. 311. I too find this really irritating. I just sent them an e-mail which I'm going to post on the Anti-Slaughter post in case anyone else is following up with Casey & wants to read.

    Posted by: nancy r. lewis at March 10, 2007 6:28 PM

    ####
    Alex,
    Your mornings at Fair Hill put me in the perfect frame of mind to face the day. I do so enjoy hearing about what it takes to get a horse ready for its racing career. Your descriptions give me great visuals.

    Will you please ask Mrs. Jackson if we could be informed of Nicanor's training schedule ?? It would be so great to be able to follow his career from the beginning.

    ####

    Glenda Jo, you fit in just fine here. You are a Fan of Barbaro through and through. Those who have purchased your merchandise realize the quality of everything you do. The best part is, it is for the horses first and foremost. I have received so many positive comments on my bumper stickers. People really notice them. Thanks for all you do in the name of Barbaro!!!

    Posted by: Rosemary in NE Ohio at March 10, 2007 6:29 PM

    I am happy to report that I had two very good meetings this morning regarding anti slaughter and assisting our rescue and retirement facilities.

    First with the Chaplain at Philadelphia Park Race Track. He is sending out the Veternarian Support form, along with a cover letter, to all of the veternarians involved with Phila Park. He will be asking for their support in making their voices heard over the AVMA stand.

    Secondly, I met with the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association regarding getting smaller owners involved. I have offered to donate 1% of any win purse and am asking other owners to do the same. He and I will be working out the administrative details. Of course the program is strictly voluntary but we are hoping this will bring attention to the need. This is a way that small owners like myself can help. He has even offered to address the issue at the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Banquet on March 28.

    I am very proud of Philadelphia Park. They have already been doing their share and are willing to go a step further and do even more!! It is an issue that they truly care about


    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 10, 2007 5:37 PM

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 10, 2007 6:31 PM

    ShelleyA,

    Excellent news. Thank you.

    Mary L,

    Sorry to hear about Maggie. It sounds like she will be all right. I will keep you both in my thoughts.

    Posted by: Barb AZ at March 10, 2007 6:34 PM

    Nan Cat,

    The forum I believe you are referring to can be reached by clicking on the Discussion Board /Chat on the top left of this page. Then you will see the various threads (topics) click on the one you are interested in and you are there. I hope this helps you.

    Posted by: Rosemary in NE Ohio at March 10, 2007 6:34 PM

    ###

    Barb, thanks, I still can not get that dog scream out of my head! I have had dogs all my life and never heard one screaming like she was.. wow.. just tore my heart out!!

    Posted by: Mary L Ohio at March 10, 2007 6:35 PM

    Beautiful words, Martita. Thank you. And as always, Alex, thank you!

    Ann (Maryland)

    Posted by: Ann (Maryland) at March 10, 2007 6:36 PM

    ## ShelleyA ... you are an inspiration. Your professionalism in dealing with these issues is superb. I so admire your capability and your leadership.

    Posted by: SarahFromNC at March 10, 2007 6:37 PM

    # Mary L... Maggie is so beautiful....prayers that she will be ok!

    Posted by: SarahFromNC at March 10, 2007 6:39 PM

    Shelley A
    Great news about Philadelphia Park! I am proud of YOU! You are really stepping up to the plate as a racehorse owner, in so many ways.

    Posted by: Marilyn/CA at March 10, 2007 6:40 PM

    #### Do any of you even know anything about the Apollo missions? Do you know who and who was not on those flights? Maybe it would be wise to do some research before you start making accusations toward me.

    God Bless You all....................

    Angel Barbaro you are a Champion in every way.

    Posted by: Nina at March 10, 2007 6:41 PM

    Shelley A,

    This is such good news - getting Philadelphia Park to participate in publicizing the need for a fund for the horses, if I'm reading it right. I applaud you for your insights and ideas and then being able to execute them with such vigor and good intentions is commendable. I am always amazed at your persistance, it is very inspiring to me and makes me want to do more which I pledge I will!

    Posted by: Bonnie MacRaith at March 10, 2007 6:41 PM

    NanCat,

    Alex announced a couple days ago that he is having computer problems and will have to shut down the board in the evenings for awhile. To get to the discussion board chick on "Discussion and Chat" at top left.

    Posted by: Bonnie MacRaith at March 10, 2007 6:45 PM

    Alex continued thanks and appreciation for all you do for us and for all the interesting updates, articles and views you give us about your business of racing!!!

    Barbaro made the list of:

    CELEBRITIES WHO DIED TOO YOUNG (on the internet)

    Everyone on the list was a human. So he really stands out.

    Go to Google and type in celebrities who died to young, then a picture of the first one (happens to be Anna Nicole Smith) comes up. Then go to the fourth row of little pictures and he is the next to the last picture. Click on picture and it enlarges and has a paragraph on Him.

    Another honor and recongization of how wonderful, special and what a great loss it was to loose him.

    A forever fan of Barbaro, the magnificient!!!!

    Karen M. Dallas, Texas

    Posted by: Karen M. at March 10, 2007 6:45 PM

    ShelleyA....YOU ROCK WOMAN! Once again you are a shining example of caring & loving TB ownership. Folks...Shelley walks the walk. We need to take a great big breath, focus and remember we're here to save horses. Which ever path each of takes....we're here to SAVE HORSES.


    Lisa....all I can say about the NY Times rebuttal is a big ole WOW. Kudos to the Senator and Representatives to tell it like it is. That piece in an of itself is perfect letter/fax material.

    Glenda....I'm going to check out your stuff at zazzle. May I ask which rescues you support with the proceeds? Just curious and you need not respond if it's none of my business.

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 10, 2007 6:45 PM

    ####
    Michelle-GBI NE OH

    I'm sorry I didn't respond earlier. Crazy day. I like your Idea. I will go to Voinovich's website and look it up. I will get back to you.

    Posted by: Cal at March 10, 2007 6:47 PM

    In response to Verna1's comment to me:
    ------
    ####cristina in new york city... BRAVO ! ! !
    That is a FANTASTIC letter.
    Verna
    -----

    Verna, thank you for that! I can't really take too much credit actually, as all i did was go through the letters others (Dawn, etc.) had already posted on the forum, learned the points i wanted to make, and wrote my letter including & patching-in some of their paragraphs that already expressed beutifully what i wanted to say.
    I'm only reposting the letter here below again in case some who intend to write their letters this weekend will benefit from finding yet one more sample letter "handy"--you are all superwelcome to use it!
    I love that we are not leaving any stones un-turned in helping these beloved creatures: what IF our hundreds and hundres of letters really could help shut down CAVEL? Or even if this turned out to be just a first seed we dig deep into the earth, it may just be the seed that turns into a powerful, strong tree..

    cheers to "believing" & good weekend, everyone,

    cristina in nyc


    RE-POST
    ---------------
    Hello All,

    have never posted before. I have been emotionally (and actively) involved in Barbaroland and everything that he's been bringing into my world, from wonderful people expressing themselves with such heavenly grace, to the awareness of how powerful we can all be in helping more innocents and each other find light and harmony; Barbaro, Fitch and all their (our) friends are such great teachers.

    I wanted to share the letter to DeKalb i put together today (with help from other posted letters), in case it helps someone to just change mine slightly and send one more: we can be such a force in numbers!

    Bless you all,

    Cristina in New York City
    "Finish these tasks on mine.."

    LETTER TO DEKALB
    -----------------------------------
    March 9, 2007

    Members of DeKalb Sanitary District Board,

    It's outrageous and shocking to find out from the media as well as several other sources that the CAVEL International Inc., the horse slaughter plant, a foreign-owned company nonetheless, is dumping toxic substances into the water systems of Illinois.

    Shouldn't CAVEL's Industrial User Permit have been revoked a long time ago for not disclosing the chemical content of the bloody discharge from their facility?

    A typical American horse is given several drugs on a regular basis, most of which are all clearly labeled, "Not for Animals Intended for Human Consumption". Most of these drugs cannot be broken down even under the best lab conditions. Yet they're in the tissues and blood of the horses butchered at CAVEL and then dumped into our waters.

    Horses are not raised for food and most that end up at slaughter have been purchased by agents who travel from auction to auction, sale barn to sale barn in search of horses. The animals at facilities like CAVEL have arrived with unknown medical histories and could be carrying any number of substances and diseases in their systems. CAVEL does not require documentation regarding these factors and will slaughter any animal that passes a VISUAL inspection by the USDA Inspectors on sight. Only random residue testing is performed on the carcasses and meat. Most tainted and toxic meat will pass through CAVEL, undetected - including the waste.

    Because government agencies such as the USDA, the IEPA, and the FDA have failed to protect consumers from exposure to these toxins by enabling each other to skirt the issue, the discharge must be addressed at the root of the problem, the source of the pollution: CAVEL. Simply passing the buck will only further enable CAVEL to continue discharging such substances.

    The only entity that can address this pollution and ensure the safety of the discharge itself is the DeKalb Sanitary District. Until the DeKalb Sanitary District takes responsibility for what is happening under its own nose, and takes steps to eliminate the problem, the illegal substances and potential of disease will continue to be putting the citizens of DeKalb and its surrounding communities, and therefore ALL citizens, in harm's way.

    So far, the Sanitary District has apparently done everything in their power to protect Belgian owned company CAVEL, instead of acting in the best interests of the American citizens that they are supposed to represent.

    As a primary protector of CAVEL, Sanitary Board Member Mr. Collins, has repeatedly shown he is clearly not concerned with the people he has vowed to protect, us citizens, although he is now campaigning relentlessly for the County Board to reappoint him on March 13th. Absolutely NO votes should go to someone who will put the health and safety of citizens before the profits of a Belgian company: I will make sure everyone I know and everyone they know get this message loud and clear.

    I finally urge you to take full responsibility, take and action, and rectify the situation with CAVEL without any further delay.

    Thank you for your prompt attention and response to this matter.

    Concerned Citizen, (name & email)
    -----------------------------
    I sent it to:
    --(dekalb)
    mail@dekalbsanitarydistrict
    --(dekalb board members)
    http://www.dekalbcounty.org/CoBoard_Inter/cb_members.html
    --bcc to:
    amgardnicholas@yahoo.com
    dmancina@wowway.com
    -----------------------------

    Posted by: cristina in nyc at March 10, 2007 6:48 PM

    Barbara,

    Yes, I heard Barbaro's brother is named Nicanor. It may be after the old painting the Jackson's have with hunting dogs in it with various names evidently - don't know the whole story!

    Posted by: Bonnie MacRaith at March 10, 2007 6:50 PM

    ## cathy potter's repost:
    "ShelleyA....YOU ROCK WOMAN! Once again you are a shining example of caring & loving TB ownership. Folks...Shelley walks the walk. We need to take a great big breath, focus and remember we're here to save horses. Which ever path each of takes....we're here to SAVE HORSES."

    Well said, Cathy. Shelley is a dream. She focuses on the issues with no fanfare or drama.

    When emotions run high, we might find it helpful to look at Alex's welcome page with the words "Barbaro remembered" and then gaze upon that beautiful picture to the left.

    I also find it helpful to imagine what my role model, Mrs. Jackson, would do or say when confronted with negativity. "Grace" should be her middle name.

    And last, but not least, I remind myself of our gracious host, Alex, who has the patience of Job. He is tirelessly volunteering his energy for the horses and putting up with quite a bit.


    Posted by: SarahFromNC at March 10, 2007 7:01 PM


    Well.......I am very HAPPY to hear Ernie is POOPING:)....I NEVER thought I'd be happy about a horse "pooping"...but I'll add that bit of happiness to my "list":)

    So glad to hear he is doing better, and even eating HAY:) Keep up the good healing, Little Ernie:) We LOVE you!

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at March 10, 2007 7:07 PM

    Hurray for poop!

    Hay, on another note, please stop in and light candles. Barbaro's are dwindling. Light for all you care for who need a little help or remembrance.

    Posted by: Barb AZ at March 10, 2007 7:09 PM

    ##### In order to raise moneys for purposes such as fighting for a cure for laminitis or saving the horses on the track or whatever whatever, you must legally have a Non-Profit Organization up and running. It has to be certified and it has to be approved. In one of my graudate classes we learned all about fundraising and the red tape involved. It isn't hard as long as you go with the rules and follow the law.

    Anyone can design things and "say" they are doing it to donate to whatever. There are laws in place to prevent people from doing this without a contract that is approved by whom-ever is in charge. If they do this and get caught, it can be very serious.

    Anyway... I will probally get bashed on this too but what I am stating are facts.

    "One small step for Barbaro, one Giant Leap for all of horsekind"

    Posted by: Nina at March 10, 2007 7:24 PM

    Thanks Bonnie! I must have missed that post from Alex.

    Posted by: NanCat San Jose Ca at March 10, 2007 7:28 PM

    And thanks to Rosemary too! What a bunch of nice ppl on here!!!!!

    Posted by: NanCat San Jose Ca at March 10, 2007 7:29 PM

    ######
    cathy potter

    I must have missed your post at first. Yes, of course you can get info on who gets the proceeds. It IS your business! (Although I haven't "named" my next rescue, I will do the necessary research to make sure the money will be used properly.)

    For products on zazzle.com that I designed (labeled "GlendaJo" under the picture of the product), I receive a 10% royalty credited to my account as items are purchased. This information is available on the zazzle site.

    When there is enough money in the account ($60-$75)I will use that money, along with some of my own, to purchase raw materials to make "horse-themed" necklaces. My labor (and designs) are free, so when the batch of necklaces (I should be able to make 50) is completed, they will be given to a horse rescue for FREE so that the rescue makes 100% profit on the sales. They should make between $500 and $750 depending on the price for which they sell the necklaces - that decision is up to them although I did suggest a price range to them.

    The first batch of necklaces I made (at my own expense) were mailed to a horse rescue in Quakertown, PA (Last Chance Ranch) for them to sell at their spring events. I have not chosen the next recipient, but it will probably be another horse rescue in PA.

    The cost of materials for 50 of these particular necklaces will run between $100.00 and $125.00 depending a great deal on what pendant I use. Originally I thought that I would be able to fund this on-going project on my own, but I had to cut back my work hours due to stress (LOL...)and therefore, my paycheck is smaller, so I am hoping that sales of the products on zazzle will help fill in the gaps so that I can continue my horse rescue projects.

    If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Sincerely,
    Glenda Jo

    Posted by: Glenda in NE PA at March 10, 2007 7:32 PM

    Can anyone explain what Alex meant when he said he was able to "get a lead off" another horse?

    Thanks

    Posted by: lynz at March 10, 2007 7:32 PM

    Afternoon (psychic) skritches to the BBH and all of his 'frens' in Equine Heaven. Glad you all had AFN, and hope you get your girl...

    ####
    ShelleyA
    Congrats! That is huge!!!

    ####
    FsOB:
    Here's a link to the Veterinarians for Equine Welfare Petition. Because it's extremely well written and focuses on the humane euthanasia aspect, most vets will be very comfortable signing it.

    http://www.horse-protection.org/pdf/vetsupport.pdf

    ####
    Nancy, CT
    Are you here?

    Cheers,
    Friar Tuck

    Posted by: Friar Tuck at March 10, 2007 7:32 PM

    Can anyone explain what Alex meant when he said he was able to "get a lead off" another horse?

    Thanks

    Posted by: lynz at March 10, 2007 7:35 PM

    ###
    FRIAR TUCK - just arrived!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 7:35 PM

    sorry about the double post.

    Posted by: lynz at March 10, 2007 7:38 PM

    ShelleyA -
    Great news. Sounds like really productive, positive meetings. Thank you so much.

    Pam

    Posted by: Pam Mross at March 10, 2007 7:40 PM

    I'm not sure what Alex meant but it could be that he got a lead rope from another horse.

    Janice
    A forever FOB

    Posted by: Janice from Florida at March 10, 2007 7:45 PM

    Shelley A.

    I can't thank you enough for all you do on behalf of the horses. That is such good news. I agree - hooray Philadelphia Park.

    Janice
    A forever FOB

    Posted by: Janice from Florida at March 10, 2007 7:47 PM

    ###
    Sigh Nina. you are so wrong about that, anyone can fund raise and donate to whom they support, they do not need to be a non profit to do so. Goodness. tell that to my 2 little girls who have a lemonade stand and they donate all the money to a horse rescue. In the last year they have raised over $500.

    Now, back to ignore on Nina. Please stop using that "phrase".. not cool and not original.

    Posted by: Marie at March 10, 2007 7:48 PM

    Was this for one of your degrees in ice skating or in rocket science??? I'm very confused about what it is you do.

    Nina, if anyone (other than you) wants copies of invoices for materials purchased and statements from recipients of completed necklaces, I will provide them.

    But I can certainly understand your concern and I can understand why someone might think I'm just trying to get RICH off the 40 cents I get if they buy a bumper sticker !!! OMG - Someone stab me in the heart with a manure rake.........

    Nina - I DO NOT NEED YOUR DRAMA. I asked you to leave me out of your drama. I am doing what I can to honor Barbaro's memory and I do not deserve ANY crap from you, so PLEASE move on to something else.

    signed,
    What's-her-name

    I have to get ready to go see my friend whose son was killed in Iraq yesterday. So, Nina, please have some mercy on me...this is going to be a horrible weekend for so many people.


    Posted by: Glenda in NE PA at March 10, 2007 7:50 PM


    BE NISSSSEEEE TO EACHHHH UTHEEERRRRRRR!

    HELP THE HORRRRSSSSSSSSEEEEEESSSSSS!

    Please....try to focus on Barbaro's words to us!

    (Cheryl J. sorry if the 'spelling' wasn't just right....but it's from the heart:)

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at March 10, 2007 7:59 PM

    Bonnie,

    I you go out the the Barbaro Brother named thread, there is a weblink to the photos of the hounds. There is one of Barbaro too.

    Thanks, Barbara

    Posted by: Barbara at March 10, 2007 7:59 PM

    ###

    Marie--

    I read your comment with some relief, as I am the faculty advisor to a student-club at the school where I work, and we just sent a check for $400 to Alex's Lemonade Stand (pediatric cancer research, affiliated with Afleet Alex a few years ago). I was a little worried that we'd broken some sort of law and that I was about to get my school in real trouble!

    Teresa in Brooklyn/Saratoga

    Posted by: Teresa at March 10, 2007 8:06 PM

    Nina has caused this board to become dysfunctional since she arrived. She has even flamed Alex. Yes, it is possible to have multiple computers at one location with different ISPs.

    NOW IT APPEARS SHE IS POSTING AS LIANA!!!

    When she was being ignored, she got bored so she has created someone to "spar" with because no one would post to her. Very unstable...but that is obvious from all her posts. She comes on the board to argue and attack, then pass a lot of compliments to Alex (who she has also attacked in the past), tells everyone she will do as she pleases, then blesses us all!!!! No logic.

    PLEASE IGNORE HER--I know that is hard to do, but keep the focus here.

    Think of all the people who no longer post. I am one of those because of all the conflict. This is the first time I have posted since the fall and I have been here since May.

    I have contributed to rescues and worked on ending horse slaughter long before I came to this board. This board has many, many fine people on it. A lot of great work has been done here. I just wish the insanity would stop before the site is shut down completely.

    I am stating the obvious because I want the bickering to stop.

    Thank you

    Posted by: Peace Seeker at March 10, 2007 8:08 PM

    Glenda,

    Put your ignore button on. You can't reason with the unreasonable.

    I just went back and quired the posts on TWR....prior to January 28th we didn't have this person or her problems...or at least not using her current name. For your own sake you need to ignore her....she loves to adjutant and cause drama....reading her posts was like revisiting the ward on “One Flew ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”.

    Posted by: Judy in WA at March 10, 2007 8:09 PM

    #######

    Oh oh oh ohohohohhoh
    I think I got it!!!!!!!!!!!

    Was it Tom Hanks and that guy, Kevin something, from Footloose??????? oh yeah, and Ed Harris!!!!

    No, wait a minute - they never got to the moon, did they?, some sort of problem so they just turned around and came home. Yeah, that's right.

    Posted by: Glenda in NE PA at March 10, 2007 8:12 PM

    Hi, Lynne Dear

    No apology necessary I heard your heart

    Just sitting here watching the implosion. It's like a train wreck. So sad

    "Hay its me bArbaro im in hevvin its beyooooooooooooootiful I CAN SEE YOU be nise to eech uthur love eech uthur save horsssessss say prayers thankew for lovin me soooooooooo much"


    bArbaro We'll be good. Promise. We'll look to Shelley A, Daryl, Barb, Harriette, Martita, Skyler, Pam, Glenda, Kathy, Linda, Lyn Lynne, Pamela, Cheryl G, SOOOOOOOOO many others who are true to the cause. Above all, we'll look to the hevvins and watch for you galloping so mightily and so whole, and remember why we are here. Miss you. Love you sooooooooooo much

    Aunty Cheryl

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones at March 10, 2007 8:13 PM

    ####
    "One small painful step for a colt we all know and love named Barbaro, One Giant Leap for the horses being saved in the future"

    "One small step for a horse we all know as Barbaro, One Giant Leap for the future of all the horses in this world"

    Which is it NINA?? It changes from minute to minute.

    Here's the part that I have a problem with..
    "This is one small step for man..One giant leap for mankind."
    -Neil Armstrong

    The phrase was spoken in 1969 for a very momentous occasion in United States history. It should not be tampered with.

    I cannot believe the immaturity I have witnessed here today.
    I NEVER complain on this site, but today I've been driven to it.

    MY MOTHER SAYS:
    "IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY, DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL"

    MORE IMPORTANTLY,
    BARBARO SAYS:
    "...love eech uthur be nise to eech uthur save horsssesss say prayers thankyew for lovin me so much"


    I usually only speak to Barbaro in posting my comments. And I've just figured out why.....IT'S ONLY ABOUT BARBARO

    Posted by: Amy A in NJ - Forever Fan of Barbaro at March 10, 2007 8:13 PM

    PST - PST - PST - PST

    SCROLL - SCROLL - SCROLL

    Do not allow anyone with evil motives to cause this board to be shut down!!! There are too many horses depending upon us!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 8:13 PM

    My Precious Barbaro: Beautiful bay colt, I received my copy of Thoroughbred Times yesterday. Buckets of tears, as usual. Missing you so much but will love you forever. One of these days, Barbaro, I will being going home,too. Keep watch over my "virtual horse", Mattie. He just reminds me so much of you. Love you Barbaro.....

    Father, thank you for the "Miracle of Barbaro"

    Lost in the Fog: My angel horse.........6 months since you went home and the pain of losing you still hurts so much. When I get to the Rainbow Bridge, I expect you and Barbaro to be waiting there to "carry" me home.

    Father, thank you for "The Fog"

    And my boy, Mattie: Jo told me the good news about you "cantering" and "trotting"......you are such a good boy. You've been thru so much and have been handling it with alot of patience and dignity. Just like my Precious Barbaro. I'm waiting for the pictures that Jo sent me so I can show you off to my friends (animal lovers, of course)...they are the only ones that can understand how I feel. Lots of love going to you. Your "virtual Mom" is so proud of her boy.

    Barbaro Family: I hope everyone is doing okay...and the "furry" family, too. I was just thinking about our Precious Barbaro and my feelings about him. I always said that Barbaro is a "Messenger from God" because he is such a magnificent and perfect creation. It's like with Our Father's son, Jesus himself, was sent to this world to not only bring out the best in people but also to die on the cross so that we could be saved and have an eternal life when we leave this earth. He was sent to save the "human race". Then comes Barbaro. A creation from our Father, sent to save the "equine family". Two beautiful and perfect creations sent by our Father. I thank my Father everyday that I was still here when He sent Barbaro to us. May all of you have a blessed day....prayers and candles to all in need.

    Jeanette
    FOB from New Mexico and Mattie's Virtual Mom

    "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."---Marcel Proust

    Posted by: Jeanette Cavalier at March 10, 2007 8:15 PM

    Check out the eyes on the two Nicanor's! I put their pictures together on the DB. They have such similar looks!! NICANOR

    Posted by: Wendy at March 10, 2007 8:15 PM

    #####
    Judy,
    Sorry, I type so slow that I did not read your post before I "remembered" the "answer" to the Apollo challenge.LOLOLOL
    G.

    I'm also avoiding what I should be doing...

    Posted by: Glenda in NE PA at March 10, 2007 8:17 PM

    ####

    Cheryl J. Thank You! Tears..I have tears, again:/

    I just want this site to stay open so we CAN save

    horses...and be Bobby's "Voice"...If this site is

    closed, then how do we find out about the horses

    who need our help? We MUST be afforded the

    WONDERFUL GIFT of this site!

    Thanks, Cheryl:) xxoo

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at March 10, 2007 8:20 PM

    #####
    Nancy,
    Hi...sorry, I wandered off to check on other forest-like interests..I wondered if you wanted to mention your wonderful (vet) petition plan...

    #####
    Wendy
    You are absolutely right about their similarities...!

    #####
    Lynne, Cheryl J, Nancy, Amy (and anyone else I missed

    Thank you for your yeoman's efforts to keep the focus and keep the peace...

    #####
    All
    As a rule I try not to get involved in this stuff, but -- fair warning -- this comment is going to be the exception:

    We're all grownups, and as such we have the power not to engage. Please exercise it. If the nonsense doesn't stop, there won't be a board. And there won't be a home base for the FsOB. And we will be dishonoring Barbaro bigtime. I can't imagine anybody really wanting that to happen.

    Cheers,
    Friar Tuck

    Posted by: Friar Tuck at March 10, 2007 8:29 PM

    ###
    OK, FRIAR TUCK...re the petition for vets to sign..
    On Thursday I mailed 36 copies of this petition to veterinarians in my county. I also included a cover letter introducing myself and the Fans of Barbaro, and two pages from Daryl and Michelle's booklet that I felt were most relevant...
    Four pages went for one stamp...so it cost a bit of paper, some stamps and envelopes...and since the two major Veterinarians' organization SUPPORT horse slaughter, a personal mailing of this sort allows individual vets to sign and say "NO WAY, BABY!"
    Corrine in upstate CT got involved with her part of the state...anyone else interested? It can't hurt...and it MAY help!

    This effort, of course, DOES NOT REPLACE our calls to our elected representatives and committee members...it is another prong to the attack. Interested?

    Email mllebutterfly@sbcglobal.net
    Nancy

    THIS IS THE LINK TO THE PETITION...sorry, I don't know how to blue-link!
    http://www.horse-protection.org/pdf/vetsupport.pdf

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 8:36 PM

    Posted by: Wendy at March 10, 2007 8:43 PM

    Thanks, Wendy!!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 8:44 PM

    Nancy,

    That's great! I'm going to send it to the vets in my area (northern MI) and the northwest Detroit metro area (where I spent most of my life).

    Wendy

    Posted by: Wendy at March 10, 2007 8:47 PM

    Good afternoon all~ Just a brief post to let you know I took my 'kid' to the vet today & although we have been managing his diabetes with diet, he now needs insulin injections. He's 10 years old, is a gray Maine Coon and is lovable beyond words, although he does have a very BIG attitude. If I could ask all of you to just say a quick prayer for him, I would greatly appreciate it. I know this is nothing earth shattering, but I want him to be ok. Thank you...............

    Also, I talked to my vet on her opinion of horse slaughter. She & the other 5 vets in this practice are TOTALLY against it. To her, she said it is downright blasphemous to call it 'humane'. I have just emailed her the petition for vets, which I forgot to download & bring with me (oops!). She did promise to sign it & pass it along. So, a few more people on the right side of this issue..........

    Posted by: Judy in CT at March 10, 2007 8:48 PM

    ###Glenda in Pa.
    I must tell you that you have unwittingly made my day. Your comment about not selling clown collars at Delaware Park sent me into uncontolled laughter.
    Actually......the way the board is going today, that might not be a bad idea.


    Posted by: Pat Mendiola at March 10, 2007 8:48 PM

    You know folks, it's really sad when Friar Tuck, who is always so positive, has to post something like this. It's not fair to the MANY people on this board who are trying to make a difference to have to go deal with this sort of behavior every day.. Heed bArbaro's words and make him proud. This behavior certainly doesn't do his memory justice............

    All
    As a rule I try not to get involved in this stuff, but -- fair warning -- this comment is going to be the exception:

    We're all grownups, and as such we have the power not to engage. Please exercise it. If the nonsense doesn't stop, there won't be a board. And there won't be a home base for the FsOB. And we will be dishonoring Barbaro bigtime. I can't imagine anybody really wanting that to happen.

    Cheers,
    Friar Tuck

    Posted by: Friar Tuck at March 10, 2007 8:29 PM

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 10, 2007 8:50 PM

    RACE UPDATE####################################

    DIAMOND FEVER came in second in his race today!!! He chased the pace 4-wide, made a run to reach even terms with Fearless Vision (the winner) on the turn, but was no match for him in the stretch. Pretty good for a first race in so long.

    POCOMOONSHINE came in 4th in his race. He chased the pace and made a run to reach near even terms for command inside the 8th pole, but was outfinished.

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 8:52 PM

    Barbaro, a remarkable and great horse still influencing hearts and minds for the benefit of horses today and tomorrow. I miss him and regret, most of all, that he could live a long and healthy life. He was a brilliant star and had qualities that captured people around the world. Keep the legacy alive and work to improve the lives of horses now and in the future. He gave us gifts, never holding back. We should do no less. Still tears and steady gratitude for the presence of Barbaro, a great and charismatic horse. Margaret

    Posted by: Margaret at March 10, 2007 8:52 PM

    Hi, FOB's!

    I just got home from Fair Hill and a workshop...am tired but very relaxed.

    Alex, thank you for letting me come today. It was grand...just grand seeing the horses again. Saw Miss Hawty, Gator Nation, Quick Quest, Luke, the ever-elegant Farouche, Chesapeake City Slew, RedAspen...and the beautiful, unnamed baby plus those whose names I don't know. Hope you enjoy the Tetleys...

    Paul, it was a pleasure meeting you. Glad you got up to Fair Hill. It is a wonderful place - very peaceful. Hope to see you and your wife at Delaware Park...

    Deb R- mission accomplished. Only got pics of the "case" in my car and will send them to you as soon as I can. I'm glad I was able to help you out.

    ShelleyA - you are SOOOOO awesome...

    ###
    Rosie...please have that baby!!! Some people need sleep.

    Prayers to all those who are sick or with sick furbabies.

    Healing, Love, Peace,
    ONS,
    Lyn Gilbert

    Posted by: Lyn Gilbert at March 10, 2007 8:52 PM

    Nina:

    I don't usually get involved, but you are misinformed. As a professional fundraiser and lawyer let me educate you. An organization is required to be a 501(c)3 (or one of a number of other designations) to solicit tax deductible donations. Anyone can raise funds for a favorite organization and not be a 501(c)3, but the dononation will not be tax deductible.

    Please stop the vitriole and foolishness and allow this board to remain a resource for those of us who want to help other horses in Barbaro's name.

    Posted by: Christine at March 10, 2007 8:52 PM

    #########################################
    MAN IN HAVANA WORKED OUT TODAY!!!

    Date: March 10, 2007
    Track: PALM MEADOWS TRAINING CENTER
    Distance: Four Furlongs
    Time: 49:00 Breezing
    Track Condition: Fast
    Surface: Dirt
    Rank: 3/16


    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 8:56 PM

    Soooooooooooo
    HOW 'BOUT THAT ROSIE. OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL PREGNANCY HASN'T LET US DOWN TODAY......STILL PREGNANT. I'M INTO THE POOL FOR ABOUT $25 BUCKS. I REALLY WANT TO WIN THIS THING BUT SHE'S NOT EVEN SHOWING SIGNS OF IMPENDING BIRTH. C'MON ROSIE....GIVE US A BREAK AND HAVE THAT BABY SO WE CAN REDIRECT SOME OF THE NONSENSE TO BARBAO'S LEGACY.

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 10, 2007 8:59 PM

    ####

    LYNNE BROWN, your spelling steeeenks! But so did Barbaro's sometimes (uh.. usually), so you're in excellent company. The important thing is the sentiment you communicated from a very wise and very loving horrssesseee.

    We are their guardians and it's a daunting task. I can't believe the scale of the problems before us. We should put all our energies into it - do right by Barbaro.. He has lead us into massive change for the better.

    Posted by: Christine at March 10, 2007 9:00 PM

    Greetings Barbaro Nation, and welcome to our newest named friend, Nicanor. Love, LOVE the name. Rhymes with Tricanor, a dressage breed, big, lovable sports cars. Little guy, your big brother is watching over you, and the FOBs are too.

    ###
    Christina NYC -- excellent letter re toxic waste in DeKalb, thank you for posting. Could it be a Fedaral EPA issue to, what with the river being a tributary of the mighty Mississippi?


    Safe runs for all the horses and riders today, momentum and power to those working for the horses, for the waters passing by DeKalb, and for all creatures great and small. Peace on this board ~

    Posted by: Susan in Saratoga at March 10, 2007 9:00 PM

    ################################
    MR BOXCAR WORKED OUT TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mr. Boxcar
    Notes Shelly Abrams
    Activity type Workout
    Activity date 03-10-2007
    Track Philadelphia Park
    Surface Dirt
    Distance 3 Furlongs
    Workout type Breezing
    Workout time 0:35.33
    Track condition Fast


    AND HE HAS BEEN ENTERED IN A RACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mr. Boxcar
    Notes Shelly Abrams
    Activity type Entry
    Activity date 03-13-2007
    Track Philadelphia Park
    Surface Dirt
    Distance 1 Mile 70 Yards
    Race number 7
    Purse $30,000
    Race type Allowance
    Post position 9
    Jockey Flores J L
    Race entry http://www.drf.com/entries/13/ePHA13.html#7

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 9:01 PM

    ########
    Judy, saying prayers for your Maine coon kitty. Love those cats. Good work with the vet, too. Never miss a chance.
    Shelley, Lyn G, others who are concerned. Thanks for keeping the focus on what is important. I'm just in a reading mode of the board now, little to no posting here anymore. But just wanted to thank you guys today for all you do in keeping everyone, well ALMOST everyone, on track. Looking forward to meeting lots of you at Delaware Park in April.

    Alex, thanks for you daily updates. Always enjoy hearing about who you are riding and how they do. And everyone else you see, too! So appreciate all you do.

    Nancy in Va Beach :)

    Posted by: Nancy in Va Beach at March 10, 2007 9:04 PM

    OOOHH! I'm in love! Nicanor (the horse)is such a handsome boy. I bet his name was chosen because his expression matched the dog with that name in the painting.

    Barbaro, you have a handsome brother! We'll try not to put too much pressure on him to be just like his big bro.

    Posted by: Donna in caNADA at March 10, 2007 9:04 PM

    #############################################
    SNIFTER'S SPIRIT IN ENTERED IN A RACE!!!!

    Snifters Spirit
    Notes FOB Lyn
    Activity type Entry
    Activity date 03-15-2007
    Track Sam Houston
    Surface Dirt
    Distance 5 1/2 Furlongs
    Race number 8
    Purse $15,500
    Race type Allowance
    Post position 8
    Jockey Walker B J Jr
    Race entry http://www.drf.com/entries/15/eHOU15.html#8

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 9:05 PM

    ##
    Lynda, thanks for the Boxcar update,,,was justing going to email Shelley and ask about him! Thanks for keeping us informed....!

    Nancy:)

    Posted by: Nancy in Va Beach at March 10, 2007 9:05 PM

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    I second Friar Tuck's wise posting above. My add-on, we're better than that. And we have work to do. Let's use all that extra energy honoring the traditions here on TWR and honoring our connection to the horse.

    Posted by: Susan in Saratoga at March 10, 2007 9:06 PM

    ##LynG Soooo happy for you! I know all the amazing horses at Fair Hills feel your spirit and love. Some day I hope to visit and meet you too.

    ###Judy of COURSE your little one will be in my prayers. I know your vet has given you good guidance, but just to reinforce and give a little extra encouragement, he'll do fine with insulin. My DH has many diabetic kiddens ( and doggies ) in his practice, and it is his belief that a carefully regimented schedule of injection and feeding, stress-free environment ( I wish I knew where THAT was :)) and lotsa loving and cuddling, are the best means of controlling diabetes. He has one kidden who is 22 who he diagnosed with diabetes almost 12 years ago, and he is as happy and as well as anyone could hope for. Kiddens with 'TOOD seem to be the ones who do best. It's like they know that they need a little extra "something", and after a while, they get the idea that the injections make them FEEL better, and they are very good patients. My monster boy Puddy sends your guy high paws and says "be a good boy and do wut your doktursez be good for your mommmmey an you will be FIIIIIIINE"

    Hugs and prayers
    Cheryl

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones at March 10, 2007 9:07 PM

    http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/news/story?id=2793429


    Round Pond low-risk proposition in return
    By Mike Welsch
    Daily Racing Form


    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- Horses coming off extended vacations, especially those making their first start since an important victory - like Round Pond and her triumph in the Breeders' Cup Distaff - often prove vulnerable at short prices when they return the races the next season.

    Just ask the horseplayers who bet and lost on odds-on favorites Dreaming of Anna and Miesque's Approval in their 2007 debuts earlier in this Gulfstream Park meet.

    But in Round Pond's case, the risk maybe is not as great when she returns from four-month layoff as the 122-pound highweight and heavy favorite in Sunday's $200,000 Rampart Handicap.

    First, Round Pond came back from a seven-month vacation last winter at Oaklawn Park and won her 2006 debut with what still is her career-highest Beyer Speed Figure of 102.

    Second, and perhaps even more important, trainer Michael Matz is extremely confident that Round Pond is ready to come off the bench with a big effort.

    "I'm not concerned about the time off," said Matz, who trains Round Pond for the Fox Hill Farms. "She's wintered well and is training just as good now as she was before the Breeders' Cup. We're ready to go, and this looks like a good spot to go on from here - hopefully to the Apple Blossom."

    Regular rider Edgar Prado will ride Round Pond, who has had six recorded works at the Palm Meadows training center this winter, the last three being bullets, including a 46-second half-mile last Sunday.

    Round Pond will concede from 5 to 10 pounds to the opposition, with Grade 1 winner Swap Fliparoo likely to be her most dangerous opponent. The remainder of the field includes Miss Shop, Classy Charm, Prom Me Up, and Tiger Belle.

    Swap Fliparoo will stretch out to a 1 1/8 miles for the first time in her career. In her previous start, this stretch-running daughter of Exchange Rate rallied to an easy 6 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3 Sabin Handicap at a mile.

    The versatile Miss Shop, like Swap Fliparoo trained by Allen Jerkens, will return to the main track for the first time since finishing third in Aqueduct's Gradeo2 Top Flight Handicap on Nov. 24. A daughter of Deputy Minister, she won the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap at the same 1 1/8-mile distance of the Rampart three weeks before the Top Flight. She is also a multiple stakes winner on grass.



    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 9:10 PM

    OOPS here is the "starting lineup"

    $200,000 Rampart Handicap (gr. II, Race 7, 3:54 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 4 & Up, 1 1/8 Miles
    PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
    1. Miss Shop (FL), 116, Rafael Bejarano
    2. Classy Charm (KY), 115, Kent J. Desormeaux
    3. Prop Me Up (FL), 113, Joe Bravo
    4. Round Pond (KY), 122, Edgar S. Prado
    5. Swap Fliparoo (FL), 117, Javier Castellano
    6. Tiger Belle (FL), 112, Manoel R. Cruz

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 9:13 PM

    Nancy CT

    Love what you're doing with the vet letter. There
    are MANY vets that do not believe in horse slaughter dispite their organization's stand.

    Thanks!!!!

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 10, 2007 9:13 PM

    Alex, thank you for another day here at TWR and for everything you do for us. I only hope we are not beginning to wear out our welcome.

    May this be a safe weekend of racing for all horses and riders.

    Thank you to all who have been lighting candles for little Ella, the two-year-old child battling medulloblastoma. Please keep them lit.

    Ella's candles:
    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=ella

    ShelleyA.-Such great news about Philadelphia Park. You're commitment and resolve are so very impressive. Thank you.

    I'm elated to hear that Ernie and Abercrombie are both doing better...bless their hearts.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Please remember to always be safe out there.

    Barbaro, I know you won't mind sharing that very special place you hold in my heart. My heart has grown larger still, now that sweet little Fitch lives there right along side of you. Watch over him sweet boy...thank you. I love you Barbaro...always and forever.

    "Certainly, grief is the price we all pay for love. I am sure there are a lot of grieving people out there. A lot of them have contacted me and I am so very appreciative of that. I hope we can turn our love into an energy that supports horses throughout the world. Not just in our own country and not just the thoroughbred we love so dearly, but all horses. Each of us might find a certain path that interests us. Whatever it is, I just pray that you will follow that path in support of the horse." ~ Gretchen Jackson

    The miracle of Barbaro continues...

    Posted by: Sandie at March 10, 2007 9:20 PM

    ###
    SHELLEY A - thanks for your support...one good thing about being unemployed is that I have time to do this AND make calls!

    I'd really like a few people in every state to participate...it's obvious to me that an organization's hierarchy seldom represents the voice of the individual member...guess I learned it from my ex who was in a construction union - LOL!

    JUDY IN CT - good luck with your diabetic buddy...it IS manageable. My awesome Mr. C-C Bird lived from age 10-16 as an insulin-dependent diabetic...he even let me urine-test him in the cat box, which made dosages easier to compute. And, no, he didn't die from diabetes, but from lymphoma at age 16+...miss him still!!!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 9:24 PM

    Shelley!! Boxcar's workout was F-A-S-T!!!!!!!!!! I was floored when I saw the time! I hope he takes that to his race.

    Posted by: Wendy at March 10, 2007 9:25 PM

    Can someone tell me where to look for the Rosie cam?

    Thank you.

    Posted by: Kathy at March 10, 2007 9:27 PM

    Hola Barbaro Nation

    Friar: Thank you for the clarion call, I see grown ups.

    I love the Vet letter, can't wait to talk to my vet. Great work Nancy.

    Judy ofcourse we pray for your baby. My brothers 12 year old furbaby has been on insulin shots for 3 years and is holding his own.

    Shelley congrats on your meeting, it is really inspiring to see industry people be on the RIGHT side. I love Boxie!!!

    Posted by: Marky at March 10, 2007 9:28 PM

    With all the "nonsensical consternation" here today, I feel like I'm the only one who's been watching Rosie...for those of you who have been distracted, yes, she is STILL pregnant!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 9:29 PM

    Am reading The Home Run Horse: a great look inside the sport and all the various players...also just finished Jane Smiley's SA Year at the Track. The Pulitzer prize winner (and author of the WONDERFUL Horse Heaven) has had TBs for years and the book delves into the way horses and people relate to each other, among many other things. I am sure all FBOs would love any of these....

    The Plumage Brigade are apparently reporting the betting activities surrounding Rosie's pregnancy to her...they mave have hidden bets in the pool--under assumed names, naturally....

    What a gray day out and rain, which means ice-dam leaks in the kitchen. Good thing I don't have any dark chocolate in the house...and that I finished off that last box of Cheez-its last week. Argh.

    Posted by: jonna at March 10, 2007 9:33 PM

    Hay, FOB's!

    ###
    Cheryl Jones, I'm honored to be included in your group of frenns...I would love with all my heart to meet you someday (I'd probably take one look at you and start to cry...). Nomi Sunrider and Tara Green-Eyes rumblekiddens send their love to all those on the farm. I miss bArbAro so much...the horses at Fair Hill are very special to me. They are continuing the work that the boys have started on me.

    Have not had time to scroll and see all the brouhaha for today - am going to take Friar Tuck's advice (Friar, please say hi to Maid Marion...). I do not want this board shut down again.

    ###
    Am keeping my fingers crossed that Mr. Boxcar does well (and comes home safely) in his upcoming race. He is so gorgeous...also rooting for Round Pond.

    Take care, everybody.

    Healing, Love, Peace,
    ONS,
    Lyn Gilbert

    Posted by: Lyn Gilbert at March 10, 2007 9:33 PM

    ##

    LOL Nancy.....maybe it's just the 2 of us but I have been watching Rosie too. I don't know why?? she seems intent on doing us in by way of sleep deprivation. Poor Stephanie. I read Ro and Chunky's hysterical post when I start hallucinating.

    Posted by: Marky at March 10, 2007 9:33 PM

    PS: yes, Rosie is still lumbering about. She Who Must Braid her Tail. (On the last post about Jane Smiley, obviously the title of the book is A Year at the Track....it's the headache's fault, ok?

    Posted by: jonna at March 10, 2007 9:36 PM

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    LOL talking about "the only ones". I think I am the only one actually paying attention to horse racing!!! I THINK this is still a horse RACING site LOLOL!!!!!

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 9:36 PM

    If you are new to the Internet world, please be aware that every public forum has people on it who pretend to be someone they are not. This is the nature of the medium.

    Here, it's possible that we have pro-slaughter people posing as FOBs. It's also possible that we have people who think FOBs are silly, posing as FOBs.

    While I think it's wise to be aware that these kinds of things may be happening here, as on any Internet forum, I'm not sure it does any good to speculate, here on the board, as to who might be posing -- because that just tends to cause arguments and hurt feelings. I realize that others may disagree with me on this; I'm just saying what I think.

    I will keep posting here, trying to work on equine welfare issues with whoever will listen.

    Please let's just try to stay focused on what is important. It's all about the horses.

    Posted by: Marilyn/CA at March 10, 2007 9:36 PM

    ###
    MARKY - it's probably a blessing in disguise that Barb (AZ) doesn't have a foal cam...although I would like to see the blessed event! I got up at 4 am (for reasons best left to your imagination)...and there I was turning on my monitor to see what Rosie was doing...I fear for my sanity!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 9:36 PM

    ###
    Marilyn/CA, you are absolutely right.

    It is ONLY about the horses....

    Healing, Love, Peace,
    ONS,
    Lyn Gilbert

    Posted by: Lyn Gilbert at March 10, 2007 9:38 PM

    ###############
    I forgot. Brokerage House was in the same race as Diamond Fever and finished 6th!

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 9:39 PM

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    LYNDA P - no, I also watched the Gulfstream races that had Matz horses running...and will be watching Round Pond in a little while...I hope and pray she wins, but if not...let it be Swap Fliparoo...I LOVE THAT NAME!!!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 9:43 PM

    ########################################
    RACE UPDATES

    Michael's Western Wall was in the 6th Race and finished 8th. He was well placed early, but tired.

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 9:43 PM

    #########

    I just wanted to share this with some 'frens':)

    For well over a year now, I've been driving by a small ranch on my way to or from town...the man has three horses, he works with them in a circular training corral, they graze here and there along the roadside. Well, I have always been an "animal" person and always thought horses were such beautiful creatures...except since I've "met" Barbaro...I look and feel differently toward them, I feel like I have a 'connection' to them that I didn't have before.

    Yesterday on my way home from town, the rancher was outside, so I stopped my car and asked him if I could sometimes feed the horses some baby carrots? He looked at me, looked at the horses, looked back at me and said, "I don't think they'd mind." :) So today on my way to town, I had some apple chunks with me...(not a carrot in the house)..sure enough they were all out in the pasture, so I got to feed them some apple chunks, and I pet them....it was soooooooooo cooooooool for me to be able to do that:)

    He is a nice man, he trains them to ride, he just enjoys riding...I asked him if he'd ever heard of Barbaro....he said no...Honestly! When I ask that question and the answer is no....I almost have to pick myself up off the floor! So, I told him about Barbaro, and FsOB and now I'm pretty sure he thinks I might be a little bit "tetched", but I don't care....I just spread the word to anyone who will listen to me. The thing is, I'd NEVER have stopped to ask a complete stranger if I could give his horses some treats...until I met Barbaro:)

    I just wanted to share this with you, it made my heart happy and now the man said I will, no doubt, become thier new best friend:)

    It made me think of Joe the Horse, and Scout and Ernie and Fitch and Abercrombie and of course, it made me think of Bobby:)

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at March 10, 2007 9:43 PM

    Dear Sweet Barbaro, Alex & all the FOB,

    It seems I spend moire time on the chat & discussion boards following Abercrombie & Fitch, little Ernie & all the other rescued horses. Where we see triumph, there is hope. Although we have lost some of the babies, there is comfort in knowing Abercrombie is being watched over by Buddy. That little Ernie is 'pooping' & beginning to eat. To see the loving care these animals are receiveing has to warm each of our hearts.
    Dear Barbaro, for many of us, it was through your life we joined together & became this extended family. Reaching out to the horses in need. Your life here on Earth may have ended, but what you gave to us is only the beginning. Each time I send a donation, it is always sent in loving memory of you. I wish I had more money to send. But each little bit will help with something.
    Alex, you are a trooper! We are so beholden to you for keeping this site up & running. I look forward to reading about your daily adventures.
    There are so many wonderful people here. Some know each other. Some have made new friends. We all share a love of Barbaro, his family, & all his caretakers throughout his life. Each person seems as if they were the perfect piece of the puzzle.
    We should look at the candles lit in his memory & let them light the way to continue to do good works in his name.

    Kathyk

    Posted by: kathy k at March 10, 2007 9:43 PM

    jonna,

    I LOVED Jane Smiley's A Year at the Races. I read it on an airplane six months ago, and thought it was so perceptive and poignant. It gave me great background on horse/human communication, and I would second your recommendation!

    Are you the greyhound lady who called Joe at TB Friends yesterday??!! You notice he didn't get all the message... I'll bet you responded to the story about Abigail. He has such a way with just a few words, and thank god (in this case, for Abigail) he is the person who shows up with that beautiful flaw in his personality. This horse/human communication, eye contact, whatever it might be - they speak to us. As do our dogs, don't they? Why I can't stand to go to the local animal shelter, and never say no when requested to pick up a rescue dog or foster one until... it's a good thing, I guess but regret, that I don't have land to take rescued horses. I wish, I wish.

    Posted by: Shelley in CA at March 10, 2007 9:44 PM

    NANCY; Round Pond is tomorrow. I forgot! I got home from work today all excited that she was racing today only to find out it's tomorrow! ARGH!

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 9:44 PM

    ##

    TEHEEEEE Nancy, a few nights ago I read posts from others as a mimi foaled. I am telling you the white coats were on their way!! In an attempt to save my sanity I try to watch racing too......it's not working.

    Even my hubby is now a Rosieholic. He greets me every morning with: "still no baby"?----GRRRRRRR. Maybe we will be neighbors on the rubber room unit.

    Posted by: Marky at March 10, 2007 9:47 PM

    Fascinating article in the bimontly magazine that I get from Best Friends in Utah...there is an ongoing series called "animals and religion" and this edition's article is Kindness Revival...Why Don't Churches Preach Compassion For Animals?

    Interesting quote...."The truth is that the modern animal rights movement takes its inspiration from a great tradition of social reform that encompasses the history of this nation....In 1641, for example, section 92 of THE BODY OF LIBERTIES adopted by the Massachusetts Bay Colony stated, 'No man shall exercise any Tyrranny or Crueltie towards any bruite Creature which are usuallie kept for man's use.'....and in 1776.....the Anglican minister Rev. Humphrey Primatt published his DISSERTATION ON THE DUTY OF MERCY AND THE SIN OF CRUELTY TO BRUTE ANIMALS, in which he wrote, 'Pain is pain, whether it is inflicted on man or on beast; and the creature that suffers it, whether man or beast, being sesnible of the misery of it whilst it lasts, suffers EVIL (caps mine)...We may pretend to what religion we please, but cruelty is atheism. We may boast of Christianity, but cruelty is infidelity. We may trust our orthodoxy, but cruelty is the worst of heresies."

    Very interesting stuff, and for those who'd like to participate there is an ongoing discussion at
    network.bestfriends.org/religion

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 9:52 PM

    John Henry keeps on coming. Here's the ultimate quote, written over 25 years ago by Daily News scribe Ray Kerrison on John Henry's win in the 1981 Jockey Club Gold Cup: "Every now and again in racing there comes a time when a good horse reaches beyond his mortal horizons, when he performs with such a purity of purpose that he stamps himself great and engraves his name in your heart forever."

    Posted by: Robert at March 10, 2007 9:54 PM

    ####
    Mickey sends double-pawed PURRS to everyone who have passed along good wishes to him. And, Cheryl Jones, this kidden does have a lot of 'TOOD!

    Thanks everyone... I've said it before, I'll say it again~ you're the best!

    Posted by: Judy in CT at March 10, 2007 9:55 PM

    Hey, Lynda -

    I'm here! I still get excited about the horse racing because this is the only place I have ever been where I felt completely free to do so. I have learned so much, and have been able to reconcile my guilt about the darker side of racing and to enjoy and celebrate the beautiful aspects, knowing all the while what a fine line there is between life and death on the track. As we have learned, that fine line exists everywhere in our lives, unfortunately. With information I have gained here, I am now much more capable of talking about both a fantastic win by a magnificent thoroughbred and the state of finances at a rescue ranch run for the injured and thrown away lesser rans.

    I greatly appreciate Tim Woolley and Alex, and thank them for all they have given me so I can both share these passions with other like minded people and help the horses in ways I never imagined before Barbaro.

    Posted by: Shelley in CA at March 10, 2007 9:55 PM

    Yes, Shelly, that'd be me who garbled to Joe. I had to after ready about that chestnut mare. It just killed me. And he wrote it all out so well. Will try to grub some money together to help him pay for the difference between the $60 he had the the $400 the killer wanted...at least the guy let him load her up and take her.

    I told him I had been in grey rescue 15 years, and I really, really don't think I could be the one and the kennel/farm/track level who has to go down the long rows and say YES to some and NO to others, knowing pretty full well, what will befall the remainders. The dog men call this "getting sent back to the farm." Yeah, right.

    I told Joe about my new little almost 10 year old brood bitch who got here from OK only 2 weeks ago...it just gives me uncountable moments of delight to see her curled up or all stretched out on the bed after dinner. She is so dear, and has already formed a tie to the other brood I have...funny how that seems to happen. Poor Joe, I left such a LOOONG message on his email. I am just crazy about what they are doing out there...
    so inspiring. So tough.

    btw: i SAW YOUR mR. bOXCAR. whAT A BEAUTY. I wish only safe rides for him and his jockey, and courage for you every time he goes out....so scary now. I am afraid I watch all racing through spread fingers. GH tangles and crashes happen too. From time to time a young dog will get confused, too close to the rail and jump into and pressed into the electrified section on which the lure runs, and get electrocuted. Then when the lure comes back around again...you can imagine. It's a blood sport, IMHO.

    And they do all this with no jockey, no urging, no whips, they just run for the ecstacy of it. It is astonishing to watch....45mph on the straightaways, 30 coming out of the boxes. OK: so speaking of which: I have to go feed out now...

    Thanks for writing. Have a fine, fine day...jonna

    Posted by: jonna at March 10, 2007 9:57 PM

    All things in the world are two.

    In our minds we are two, good and evil.

    With our eyes we see two things, things that are fair and things that are ugly....

    We have the right hand that strikes and makes for evil, and we have the left hand full of kindness, near the heart.

    One foot may lead us to an evil way, the other foot may lead us to a good. So are all things two, all two.”

    - Eagle Chief (Letakos-Lesa) Pawnee

    It's up to you to choose..

    Posted by: Harriette Brillianthawk at March 10, 2007 10:00 PM

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    LYNDA P - oops, sorry about the Round Pond snafu! I't the Circular Quay/Birdbird.... race from Fairgrounds in less than an hour that I want to see!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 10:01 PM

    ####################
    Nancy; That IS interesting stuff. I think the reason why Churches can't preach compassion for animals because they can't even preach compassion for humans. There are many reasons why, but I think the biggest ones are the move towards pacifism and the unchristian-like behavior of the American Church.

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 10:04 PM

    Please can some one tell me the web address of the La Ville Rouge webcam. Thank you.

    Posted by: Ann at March 10, 2007 10:08 PM

    ###
    LYNDA P - how true! I asked a (female) minister at the church where I USED to work if she'd like to contribute to these articles (Best Friends had sent a group email asking people to ask for clergy to participate)...this woman has a cat, and yet she REFUSED...enough said!

    I did find it fascinating that way back in 1641 there were LAWS, or what passed for laws back then, against abusing animals!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 10:10 PM


    Good afternoon everyone, another repost :)...


    ********Anti Slaughter Postcard Update********

    Planning to professionally print a substantial number of anti slaughter postcards and make them available for 50% of cost + shipping!

    * Please send an email to:
    antislaughterlobby@earthlink.net with the quantity and your mailing info if you would like to participate.

    * The cards will be 4X6, card stock, glossy on the front and cost will be between .03 and .18 a piece depending on the total quantity printed. They will be offered in multiples of 25 and should take approximately 2 weeks to print.

    The more we order the cheaper they are!

    * Go to Anti Slaughter Issues, POSTCARD OFFER thread on the forum to see the card design. If you can't access the forum, email the above address and I'll send you the files.

    * As with the new approach of targeting our calls and faxes to the politicians, a coordinated mailing campaign should maximize our impact. More news on that front as we get further along.

    Looking forward to your emails!

    Posted by: Christian at March 10, 2007 10:11 PM

    jonna,

    I think I need to remind people that I am not the wonderful Shelley A who is Mr. Boxcar's owner and one of the prime movers behind our anti-slaughter legislative moves and intermediary with the powers that be in Congress and in the formal organizations such as the HSUS. She and Debra/WI are the go-to people on the paths to be taking in that area. Shelley A also has a couple of other wonderful horses, and you can see them by clicking on her blue linked name to her stable. Believe me, if I have to be mistaken for someone, I don't mind at all it being her!!

    I am instead in Oakland, CA, have three Great Danes, seven foundling cats, and two macaws. I have worked with Great Dane rescue for years and one of my most wonderful dogs was a Great Dane/greyhound rescue. I will miss forever her big eyes, her soulful spirit and the shadow she was, always with me. Greyhounds speak to me, and I am so grateful that many passionate people have combined forces to save them. Of course there are always more...

    Posted by: Shelley in CA at March 10, 2007 10:12 PM

    ##

    Rosie Cam:
    http://www.marestare.com/miracle.htm

    There is no cam for La Ville Rouge that I know of, most will not have their cams "public" in the TB breeding barns..

    Posted by: Marie at March 10, 2007 10:13 PM

    ########################
    NANCY: In 1641 we were a christian nation. Unfortunately we are not now. We want to change people's habits and not their hearts. People look at things different when their hearts are changed.

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 10:22 PM

    OK, so BOTH Shelleys rock....thanks for writing me...good luck with your dane work. I had and showed 8 irish wolfhounds over 20 years...it really makes me laugh when people say that a greyhound is a really BIG dog...heh heh. I miss thier sweetness....but so fragile. No one gets an IW to 12 or 13...and greys regularly go there. My old stud man--Bob--went to 14.5 and left us last summer. Now there was a gentleman....

    Posted by: jonna at March 10, 2007 10:24 PM

    Shelley in CA

    Thanks for the kind words!! Mr. Boxcar is running on Tuesday.

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 10, 2007 10:33 PM

    Well, some very odd news from over this side of the pond! It was announced this afternoon that Holy Roman Emperor was going to miss our first classic, the Two Thousand Guineas. Then it turns out this is because gorgeous George Washington may be infertile and is being withdrawn from stud duties and Holy Roman Emperor is to replace him. Gorgeous George may return to racing: Guineas hero in fertility shock. I'm in total shock.

    Posted by: Liz (UK) at March 10, 2007 10:43 PM

    Holy Crud, George Washington infertile? I am really sorry to hear about that! So they are retiring one horse and bringing back another? That sounds wierd.

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 10:46 PM

    Ok what is going on with the Louisiana Derby??? ANYONE? what's going on?

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 10:46 PM

    DON'T FORGET TO "SPRING FORWARD" WITH YOUR CLOCKS TONIGHT!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 10:48 PM

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    LYNDA P - 1 minute to post!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 10:49 PM

    OH, God, Edgar's mount just broke through the gate...now they're talking about Barbaro...

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 10:50 PM

    NANCY; oh ok :O) I am impatient

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 10:50 PM

    Circular Quay last at the quarter...

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 10:51 PM

    NANCY: what???? who is he riding? Oh i wish i could see

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 10:52 PM

    HERE COMES CIRCULAR QUAY...

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 10:52 PM

    Thanks Marie for the link. Of course, I can't see it. The ActiveX watchamacallit didn't do right. I will have to keep "listening" to all of you for news. I have been a silent observer here for a while. You all are doing good things. We took in a rescue horse on Monday. He had been abandoned in a pasture for 11 months. He is doing well. And eating like a ...horse. His name is Chance, and Monday was his lucky day. Do we have an update available on Abigail at TB Friends? That Joe is an angel. Be peaceful, and kind.

    Kathy

    Posted by: Kathy in SC at March 10, 2007 10:52 PM

    GO CIRCULAR QUAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 10:53 PM

    CIRCULAR QUAY WON....

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 10:54 PM

    YAY He is in my KY Stable!!! YEEHAWWWWWWWWW!!!!

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 10:54 PM

    If Edgar didn't have bad luck again. I believe they finished last. Can you imagine what must have been going through his mind!

    I like Circular Quay but he's going to have a hard time weeding through the derby traffic and could be handcuffed by the post draw. If he gets a good post position and can stay outside somewhat--watch out. He can really turn in on.

    Kim

    Posted by: Kim at March 10, 2007 10:57 PM

    ##susan in saratoga--hi susan, thank you! re. yr question about toxic waste being a Federal EPA issue as well--possibly, don't really know but i think Dawn probably would. In fact in her letter to Debalk she also mentioned (i omitted it in mine), "Once the source of the pollution is identified and addressed [by Dekalb], then the other agencies will be made to be accountable for their lack of regulation of the horse slaughter industry itself"--w/ever those agencies may be. Her strategy obviously being to deal directly with Dekalb first..


    Posted by: cristina in nyc at March 10, 2007 11:04 PM

    Lynda,

    It was thought first of all that Holy Roman Emperor was injured, but it seems they have to replace George Washington at stud "like for like" and so Ballydoyle are retiring their best horse - and he is only a three year old. It seems very sad to me...though it would be good to see George race again.

    Posted by: Liz (UK) at March 10, 2007 11:04 PM

    Cute remark, Alex...."Circular Quay won like a good horse today..."
    Some surprises in place and show, no?

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 11:05 PM

    LIZ; dang, only 3? That is sad to me too. I hope George wants to race again!! I never heard of the concept of changing horses out like that.

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 10, 2007 11:11 PM

    Lyn:

    Thank you - nice meeting you as well.

    Alex - thanks for the great day!

    Have a great day everyone.

    Posted by: Paul at March 10, 2007 11:14 PM

    Hello everyone,

    Beautiful day here in my part of the country. Simply splendid. I am leaving early in the morning and will be gone a few days so I spent some time with my boy and the other horses at "camp". A wonderful day indeed and for you east coast people, where it is still cold, warmer weather is headed your way!

    Lynne Brown - I loved your story of the three horses and the rancher! Yes, you will become the horse's best friend and, in time, they will start to look for you, will recognize the sound of your car, your gentle voice. They will welcome you into their life and they will forever be etched in your heart. And, I'm so happy you told the rancher about Barbaro. We spread the word at every opportunity! Great job! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story.

    This, everyone, is what it is all about. Only the horses.

    I have a job interview in Florida Monday and a good friend was asking me "possible interview questions" yesterday, and how I would respond. I haven't had a job interview in 24 years so it should be interesting to say the least, though I've already spoken to these people a number of times on the phone.

    One of the possible questions posed to me was: "What is important to you?" Obviously, it is my family, my friends, doing a good job, etc, but if asked this question, I will say "ending horse slaughter, finding a cure for laminitis, supporting horse rescue organizations."

    Yep, that would be my answer, and I would proudly say it. If asked, and these people appear to have an issue with this, then that is a group of people for whom I would not work. I doubt it though, as they are animal lovers. Still, that would be my honest answer, rather than some patented "corporate" answer. They need to know the real me, from the get-go.

    So, I pose this question now to all of you: "What is important to you?" As we communicate on this board, let's remember what is important, and I believe we can all say that the lives of the horses are what matter.

    Shelley A, awesome news from Philly Park today. You are such an incredible advocate!

    I purposely choose an airline that went to Florida via Denver (Yeah, I'm flying west to go east!!) but I did so in order to see my Colorado FOB family on the way back. I need to spend some time with them, with people who truly understand the grief, the mission we are on, and with people whom I have come to consider my family, just like everyone here.

    Have a wonderful evening everyone. I need to run and pack. I have a temporary horse tatoo my niece gave me for the holidays. I still haven't applied it. Perhaps, for luck, and love of the horses, I'll have to plant that puppy somewhere Monday morning and rest easier knowing I have Katie's tatoo on for luck.

    Love to all.

    Posted by: Skyler at March 10, 2007 11:18 PM

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    KIM - I just HATE that 20-horse stampede out of the gate at the Kentucky Derby - scares me even more than I'm already scared!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 11:24 PM

    Good luck Skyler!!!

    Have a safe trip!!!

    Hug Joe for me & his fren Scout the paint

    Posted by: Harriette Brillianthawk at March 10, 2007 11:24 PM

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    Skylar, good luck with the interview.
    Lynda and Nancy in CT, thanks for the racing updates...I don't have any racing channels so I don't have a clue what is going on except for you guys...thanks for keeping me in touch.
    I think Rosie will be pregnant forever at this rate, setting new records....
    A good evening to all the FOB's
    Shelley, good luck to Boxcar!

    Nancy in Va Beach:)

    Posted by: Nancy in Va Beach at March 10, 2007 11:25 PM

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    Nascar Nextel Cup Race in Las Vegas--The number #29 car of Jeff Burton-wins......

    Posted by: Remi at March 10, 2007 11:26 PM

    Lynda P -

    I can get the Fair Grounds video replay right on their website - can't YOU??? The only problem with video replays is that you only get the race, and not the fore and after sights which are often very interesting.

    In Race 7, Edgar was riding King's Drama which was pulled up. Does anyone know what happened with the horse? My heart always goes in my mouth when I see that, and hear no more until someone who actually gets HRTV or something similar posts.

    Will go watch Circular Quay now. Edgar never rides for Pletcher, I just realized today. I guess that's why I seldom have my hopes set on one of his horses... although he certainly has plenty of them to choose from!!!

    Posted by: Shelley in CA at March 10, 2007 11:28 PM

    Hello fellow FOB's

    I had a great day today. I woke up at 2:30 AM to drive from Virginia to Fair Hill. Alex is a gracious host. I did get a little lost trying to find the barn on Fair Hill which is surprising because one main road takes you there!!

    As indicated in the update, Lyn was also there and we watched Alex ride a number of horses. Fair Hill is a beautiful place and it was great for me to see the place where Barbaro trained. Thank you Alex!

    From there I went to meet Rachel and Allie at Kennett Florist - sent some treats to the ICU and donor animals at New Bolton. They were very nice as well. Thank you Rachel and Allie!

    After that I went to New Bolton and signed the card in memoriam for Barbaro that they have in the lobby.

    I'm glad I made the trip - it helped me with the grieving process - it was one I wanted to make for a long time (even though it was a total of 9 hours round trip in the car - I just got home and I'm tired!!).

    Have a great day - rest in peace Barbaro!

    Posted by: Paul at March 10, 2007 11:29 PM

    Good luck with the job interview and CO visit, Skyler. That job location is quite a change for you, eh? Not only that, but on the way you have the opportunity to see dramatic differences in culture and geography. Hope wherever you land you find a horse friendly environment.

    Posted by: Shelley in CA at March 10, 2007 11:36 PM


    Hey Skyler:)

    Thanks for liking my story:) I have such a 'fuzzy' feeling for those horseys already:)!!!

    You SHOULD just be yourself and answer that question exactly how you put it! It IS important to you and if they don't like it, well too bad!!!
    Like you said, you wouldn't want to work around them anyway!

    I am thinking you might be visiting Joe at Camp? :)....are you????? PLEASE give him some special Aunty Lynne "lovings" for me, O.K.? WOW! I got to feed new horses today and might be able to 'give' Joe some special lovings tomorrow? It doesn't get much better than this!!! :) Oh Skyler, he will be sooooooooooo happy to see you!

    Have a safe trip....good luck with your interview, and enjoy alllllll your "family"..

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at March 10, 2007 11:40 PM

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    PAUL - lucky you! It sounds like you've had a beautiful, healing day...even if you're exhausted!

    REMI - weird how that #29 keeps popping up all over the place...

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 11:41 PM

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    Paul, glad to read you are home safely (if exhausted). Aren't Alie and Rachel great? Get some rest.

    ###
    Skyler, also give Joe a hug from me as well. Hope all the horses are safe and sound.

    Healing, Love, Peace,
    ONS,
    Lyn Gilbert

    Posted by: Lyn Gilbert at March 11, 2007 12:00 AM

    Hello all,
    Just wanted to jump in before the site closes for the night and say ...I'M HERE...
    Just trying to catch up on the posts.
    Had a lot to do today...
    OK, I slept till 3pm...LOL... but I was catching up on something none the less...LOL
    Have a great evening all and don't forget to set those clocks ahead 1 hour...yuck...

    Love to you all,
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 11, 2007 12:04 AM

    Thank you Lyn! I hope your yoga went well.

    Yes- Allie and Rachel were great!

    Posted by: Paul at March 11, 2007 12:05 AM

    Peace Seeker

    Whoever you are, you are quite mistaken. No, I am NOT nina masquerading as Liana. That is quite an insult. Quite an insult indeed. Now, I suggest you go stir up trouble some place else. Its bad enough we have the current trouble makers still here.

    Posted by: Liana at March 11, 2007 12:10 AM

    I just single handedly, with my bare hands, took Barbaro's candles up to 1200. I have only a few blisters.

    Please head on over and keep the candles lit. My fingers thank you !

    Posted by: Barb AZ at March 11, 2007 12:17 AM

    Shelley in CA

    I checked the Equibase results and it says:

    KING'S DRAMA (IRE) forwardly placed off rail to midway down the backstretch, was steered out and pulled up before the second turn.

    In the comments section it only says "steered out, pulled up." AT least it didn't say vanned off, which I think we all know what that means. Hopefully he is alright.

    Posted by: Dave, IL at March 11, 2007 12:21 AM

    Hi all, my brother sent me this link about Driftwood horses that I though I'd share. I've seen it before and many of you probably have too but for those of you who haven't it's pretty awesome..
    http://www.yikers.com/picture_gallery_funny_pictures_animals_driftwood_horses.html

    Posted by: NanCat San Jose Ca at March 11, 2007 12:22 AM

    NanCat,

    I posted those yesterday. I win ! (LOL)

    Posted by: Barb AZ at March 11, 2007 12:26 AM

    Dave: "vanned off" doesn't always, thankfully, mean euthanized. I've seen lots of horses get vanned off and make very healthy returns to the races. I was relieved to know that leaving the track in a van doesn't always mean the worst.

    Teresa in Brooklyn/Saratoga

    Posted by: Teresa at March 11, 2007 12:28 AM

    Ah, geeze Barb how weird is that, did my brother email you too? lol
    Watch all the races at http://www.breederscup.com/bc_index.aspx

    Posted by: NanCat San Jose Ca at March 11, 2007 12:32 AM

    Lynne B. Lovely story. Barbaro literally changed your life...pretty cool.

    Wishing all a great evening, and all riders and mounts safe runs tomorrow...it'll be in the mid-40's here in cny tomorrow. I fear we will have hysterical, naked people running through the streets....stay tuned.

    Think of it: maybe Rosie will foal tomorrow--or tomorrow, or maybe the nexy day, or the next (yawn...) Hang in there Stephanie and all at MHR...

    I still want to know about Tubby.......good night all: j

    Posted by: jonna at March 11, 2007 12:32 AM

    ERNIE UPDATE:

    Here's the latest great news on Ernie the yearling colt as reported by Mary L on the Horse Feathers DB -

    "ERNIE UPDATE (PICTURES TO FOLLOW!!) from a email from Cheri:

    Ernie is doing GOOD!! He has had hay twice today and his small wet
    meals every 3-4 hours. He gets another around 8 pm. He has pooped and
    he is starting to drink on his own. I only had to give him one IV
    today. So far things are looking up and he is standing more and
    laying less. Eyes are brighter and his spirits are good. We changed
    his cath to the other side today. Perhaps by Monday or Tuesday if he
    keeps going well then he can have it out.

    WOOT WOOT!!! Go Ernie"

    Posted by: Liana at March 11, 2007 12:34 AM

    Go Ernie! Love that poop!

    Posted by: Barb AZ at March 11, 2007 12:39 AM

    Fans of Barbaro

    Have a wonderful evening and may many blessings be with all of you.

    Alex.. You are the best....

    God Bless you all Nina

    Posted by: Nina at March 11, 2007 12:42 AM

    Speaking of poop, I think I need to go muck some stalls. Bye for now.

    Posted by: Barb AZ at March 11, 2007 12:42 AM

    PS: Rosie is having a Vulcan mind-meld with her feed bin. While she feeds, you'll all be glad and relieved to know that the Black Chicken is pacing the stall, making sure nothing untoward befalls her charge while Rosie replenishes her strength. Phew! I'm glad someone has charge of the situation....
    hey: maybe tonight?
    Alex: have a fine evening. Blessings for all you do for us and for the horses.

    Posted by: jonna at March 11, 2007 12:42 AM

    Ooops. Rosie has ripped the feed bucket off the wall, and is walking around with it on her head, wearing it like a food hat. That Rosie.

    Posted by: Liana at March 11, 2007 12:45 AM

    Suggested Strategy Change:

    There is an old saying that the foal decides on the day and the mare decides on the time. Maybe we should be cheering Rosie's baby to get a move on! If he/she doesn't hurry up Marky is going to turn to Jello from sleep deprivation. I'm SO glad I have a Mac - or I'd already be Jello.


    Yeah Ernie - does anyone know if the fever is gone or if he is still getting Banamine to keep it down?

    Posted by: lynz at March 11, 2007 12:46 AM

    If she foals at 2:00 a.m. but then the clock springs forward to 3:00 a.m. - who wins the pool? Wait what am I saying - she isn't going to foal - she is faking us all out -it is just an elaborate scheme to get more FOOD!!!

    Posted by: lynz at March 11, 2007 12:49 AM

    ATTN: ALL CALIFORNIA FOB'S !!


    Please check in on the Forum re. our 4/29 Barbaro Birthday celebration at Hollywood Park!

    Patti in Sherman Oaks has already talked to their rep. regarding our having a V.I.P. day for our boy--west coast style for those of us that cant be back at Delaware Park.

    Weve had alot of people responding about being there, so its important to hear from all of you whether you can make it, we need a head count as soon as possible! And thanks to "godmom2" who has fabulous connections to people that work at Hollywood Park; we are thrilled with their response! Will write more on the forum tonight if needed,i just wanted to make sure to put a reminder here before Alex closes comments for the night.
    ##Linnie,we've been talking about Barbaro tshirts from Glenda Jo,for anyone that wanted to wear something in honor of Barbaro. Are we supposed to be asking permission from someone for what we wear? Glenda Jo has a beautiful birthday tshirt for Barbaro on zazzle.com..............

    ##to all the Nancy J's out there that were talking last night: LOL you were saying there were 3 Nancy J's from Ca. dont forget me, Nancy Jean/Huntington Beach,Ca! we've gotta do a thread on the forum on all the Nancy's; I think its the most common name?!

    Posted by: Nancy Jean/Huntington Beach,Ca at March 11, 2007 12:51 AM

    Great NY Article

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    Shelley,
    Congrats!

    4/29 will be a great celebration and looking forward to it.

    For fundraising for Barbaro (on other days) ideas I would suggest contacting someone at NTRA or posting something on the discussion board. NTRA is committed to doing various Barbaro fundraisers at races around the country.

    Posted by: MJ at March 11, 2007 1:00 AM

    Nancy Jean. Thats funny. I wonder if your HUSBANDS all have the same names as well!

    Posted by: Liana at March 11, 2007 1:01 AM

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    Skyler,

    The best of luck on your job interview!

    If that particular question, or one similar, is asked of you, I would love your answer! It saids a great deal about you, you commitments, your character and kindness. Just to name a few...

    The best of luck to you Skyler...always!

    ######

    I see that the board has been closing earlier for the evenings.

    May everyone have sweet dreams of everything wonderful surrounded by beauty and love everlasting. May Barbaro make his presence known by gifting you all with moments of inspiration and the warmth of love. I miss him...

    Barbaro, I'll talk to you in my prayers as all the other nights and Hope, you know I pray for you and your foal, whom I have already fallen so in love with, all of the time and every night.

    Good night everyone! Grab your fuzzy blankets, just like Barbaro and Hope, have sweet dreams and see you all tomorrow!

    Good night...

    Posted by: Laurie H. in MN at March 11, 2007 1:11 AM

    New pictures of Ernie have been posted on the "Prayers Needed for Horse Feathers Colt" DB (discussion board). What a sweet fella Ernie is. Looking at those pics makes my eyes water up. I'm so thankful he's going to make it.

    Posted by: Liana at March 11, 2007 1:12 AM

    Laurie,

    Goodnight, glad you are feeling better, nice to see you back with us!!

    Posted by: Ken Z in NY at March 11, 2007 1:14 AM

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    Ken Z.,

    Please wish Christine a wonderful night filled with sweet dreams...and please have sweet dreams for yourself as well.

    Good night.

    Posted by: Laurie H. in MN at March 11, 2007 1:17 AM

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    Laurie,

    Beanie Baby Barbaro too, let's remember him for Christine...smiles to you :) and thank you,

    Skyler,

    Best of luck on that interview....what's most important is that YOU be YOU, that's all anyone can be....BELIEVE IN BARBARO too!!

    Ernie,

    Keep up the good work, we love you horsie :)

    Rosie,

    Foal soon honey, you don't want to contend with Wilbur now do you?? :)

    And, FOBs.......
    if you are going to Delaware next month, you are going to love seeing the portrait of Big B done by artist and retired jockey, nick Martinez. When I first received mine today, it left me
    SPEECHLESS!! Big B in all His Glory!! Kentucky Derby Champion!!

    Posted by: Ken Z in NY at March 11, 2007 1:25 AM

    FOB Saved Colt Ernie update!!

    Ernie Update


    Posted by: Mary L Ohio at March 11, 2007 1:29 AM

    Skyler !!!!

    Good Luck on your job interview in Florida Monday !! I guess this is why you're coming to Orlando. If you get this job, will you be moving here??????

    Your outlook is wonderful, and I hope you get asked that question because I KNOW you will ace it, my dear friend!!!

    Saying prayers and crossing everything I can cross for you, if you want this job! Please let us know everything! I only wish I lived closer to Orlando so that we could meet, but it's not to be this time around, but my love and friendship are always with you!!!
    #####################

    LAURIE H ...

    So good to see you here, my dear friend ... you 'sound' wonderful and your words soothe and give love and compassion as always!!!
    #########################

    Linda H ... Hugs to you ... sent you an email a couple of days ago ... hope all is well, my friend. Please drop a line when you are able to ... thinking of you!!
    #########################

    ShelleyA ... Major congrats on your meetings with Phila Park today ... you are a strong and dedicated advocate for ending the slaughter of our horses and I never once doubted that your heart was in the right place. Good Luck, also, on Mr. Boxcar's upcoming race!!
    #########################

    For anyone who is interested and has a Marshall's Store close by ... I was in there today and they had the most amazing statue of a horse "flying without wings" ... mane blowing in the wind and all 4 feet off the ground. I immediately thought of Bobby. It's a beautiful statue of a single horse in a heavy metal with copper/gold tones on a black veined marble base. I would have bought it for myself but there is absolutely no room anywhere for me to put it, but I did buy a smaller horse statue that I love also at Ross Stores. But the one at Marshall's is 'to die for' and only $29.99. Incredible! In fact, now that I'm thinking about it, I just may have to get it anyway and then figure out 'where' I'm going to put it. It was so reminiscent of Bobby's "flying without wings" pix that we've all seen and loved.

    Posted by: Linnie at March 11, 2007 1:32 AM

    This HAS to be Rosie's best friend...would that be Blanche?

    http://egg.d21c.com/egg.swf

    Marydel in Colorado

    Posted by: Marydel at March 11, 2007 1:41 AM

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    Ernie Pics!!!
    He looks fantastic!! Viet and Company, you've worked wonders!! His eyes are so clear, he looks so attentive now, and all he needs now are some Apple Wafer Treats, and he'll be all set!!

    #####

    Linnie,

    You gotta see the Big B print; I got it framed, left me SPEECHLESS!!

    Ken Z

    Posted by: Ken Z in NY at March 11, 2007 1:42 AM

    LOL !!!!!!! Rosie just tried to poop in her feed bucket. Is she trying to recycle that food? LOL!!!

    Posted by: Liana at March 11, 2007 1:48 AM

    Lynz

    You asked:

    does anyone know if the fever is gone or if he is still getting Banamine to keep it down?

    Posted by: lynz at March 11, 2007 12:46 AM


    Yes he is getting it once a day. Cheri doesn't want to do more than that as this has helped

    Posted by: Mary L Ohio at March 11, 2007 1:49 AM

    ##Mary L

    Thanks! That's great. I am so glad he is doing so well.

    Have a great night everyone!

    Posted by: lynz at March 11, 2007 1:52 AM

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    Night everyone, night Big B :)

    Posted by: Ken Z in NY at March 11, 2007 1:54 AM

    Edgar does ride for Pletcher on occasion.last week he won on Pletcher"s "King of the Roxy",at Gulfstream. :)

    Posted by: BrendaRyder at March 11, 2007 1:57 AM

    Good morning all -

    In addition to the letter-writing campaign to the DeKalb Sanitary District and the DeKalb County Board regarding the Cavel waste situation - I am also encouraging anyone and everyone to start flooding the Illinois newspapers and other media with letters as well. The citizens need to have their voices heard and those that are not aware of the situation need and deserve to be enlightened about this issue. The Daily Chronicle, especially, needs to start printing letters from citizen's - not just Tucker and Zima. We need to get the "other side of the coin" out there for all to see.

    This is another part of our "public outcry" against Cavel. Let them know that they are not welcome in DeKalb.

    Thanks for your help - and God Bless the sweet horses of Cavel! They cannot die in vain.

    Dawn Mancina

    Posted by: Dawn Mancina at March 11, 2007 1:15 PM

    Good Sunday morning,

    Weekend flying by as usual. Still no news on Rosie and the cam is down. Darn!

    Time to get ready for church. Have a great day all.

    #####
    Skyler,

    Where in Florida are you going?

    Janice
    A forever FOB

    Posted by: Janice from Florida at March 11, 2007 1:22 PM

    Alrx:
    Goodmorning..have a great Sunday...Thankyou for the re: of the pics of Ouija Board and Film Maker...they look great together and happy!
    Jenny

    Posted by: Jenny Estripeaut at March 11, 2007 1:26 PM

    Good Morning, FOB's!

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    Alex, thanks for the link to see the pictures of Film Maker and Ouija Board. Both are beautiful and are clearly enjoying life.

    Everybody enjoy this sunny Sunday (here in CHester County).

    Healing, Love, Peace,
    ONS,
    Lyn Gilbert

    Posted by: Lyn Gilbert at March 11, 2007 1:45 PM

    I really enjoyed the pictures of Ouija Board and Film Maker. They look like they're really enjoying their retirement.

    Way to go Ernie! Just keep on keepin' on!

    Anti slaughter: Don't make an excuse, make an effort.

    Posted by: Donna in caNADA at March 11, 2007 1:49 PM

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    Rosie cam is up and she is eating...LOL
    Mel

    Posted by: Mel at March 11, 2007 1:59 PM

    Good morning Alex,

    Thanks for everything and have a great day!!!


    There is a great picture of Genuine Risk on the Sue's news link Alex provided above.

    Scroll to date Feb. 12

    Posted by: cindy a at March 11, 2007 2:32 PM

    Great reading, Alex!

    Makes me want to pack up and move back to the east coast. What a wonderful journal and pictures. Only one thing...it could have used a little MORE COWBELL

    Posted by: Smitty at March 11, 2007 2:33 PM

    Here's a familiar name for some of you: JENNYS ON RADIO is running today in the 5th at Aqueduct (2:53 pm Eastern)

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 11, 2007 2:46 PM

    good morning Nation: praying for a safe ride and then safe home for all horses and riders today. dreams of horses at night. just horses and horses...
    I wish for all of them a fair shot at life.

    Am very much enjoying The Home Run Horse, the first book that Alex recommended. Trying to get smarter, learn more..

    I love the post yesterday --can't remember the author--about meeting a farmer's horses in the paddock and offering them treats. I used to go by a little farm where they still kept Belgians and a stray something-or-other... I'd stop the car and slog through the road snow piles we get up here
    and go to the fence line. These horses would amble over, great clouds of breath in the cold air wreathing their huge heads... They were lovely to
    me, some having rolled in the mud, long winter coats, etc etc...

    Their owner once came to the fence--just to check out what I was doing--and then thereafter, would just wave and go about his business...

    I have been in love with horses all my life... I thank Alex and all of you horsemen and women for sharing all your knowledge with us...I feel that the more I know, the more effective I can be in the anti-slaughter cause, the laminitis fight and
    all else we need to fix in the name of Barbaro.

    Love to all: keep it real, as we used to say. Maintain, as we used to say...wow, all that was 100 years ago.

    be well, be kind: jonna

    Posted by: jonna at March 11, 2007 2:47 PM

    I guess the big race for us today is the 7th at Gulfstream (3:54 pm Eastern) which teams Edgar & Michael again with ROUND POND!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 11, 2007 2:47 PM

    Good Morning Earth Angels With Love. A Beautiful Sunday.

    Singing Birds.

    Angel Barbaro Over The Rainbow.

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at March 11, 2007 2:55 PM

    The "more cowbell" video had me crying. That's a classic! Funny they named a horse after that!

    I always enjoy reading "Sue's News". I got to meet her when I visited Fair Hill back in November. We were all hanging out with Better Talk Now! Fun memories! Sue was also at Alex's Birthday party and incredibly kind to me since I knew NO ONE!! LOL

    Posted by: Wendy at March 11, 2007 2:55 PM

    Alex Is An Angel On Earth. A Beautiful Overseer.
    So Heartfelt for this site.

    The Colors Of The Rainbow.

    Affirmed.

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at March 11, 2007 3:00 PM

    Good morning, Barbaro! Good morning, Alex! Good morning, fellow Fans!

    It was 20 degrees warmer here in Maine this morning than yesterday...which means a 50 degree gain over Friday. Wacky weather, indeed!

    ###
    jonna - your story of slogging throught he ditches to talk to horses is like a chapter out of my life story. Always was begging my parents to stop! Sadly, I refrain from that behavior now because I know many people are wary of what you might be doing.

    I will be "watching" the racing today from work, where I cannot install anything to really watch, so I'll be checking Equibase frequently for results. Go, Round Pond!!! (She's named after a town here in Maine!)

    Prayers to all in need.

    Marg
    Proud Fan of Barbaro forever

    Posted by: Marg in Maine at March 11, 2007 3:01 PM

    Good morning! Anyone who still wants to order postcards, now is the time. I'll be winding this up tomorrow so I can give final numbers to the printer. 850 ordered so far... thanks.

    ********Anti Slaughter Postcard Update********

    Planning to professionally print a substantial number of anti slaughter postcards and make them available for 50% of cost + shipping!

    * Please send an email to:
    antislaughterlobby@earthlink.net with the quantity and your mailing info if you would like to participate.

    * The cards will be 4X6, card stock, glossy on the front and cost will be between .03 and .18 a piece depending on the total quantity printed. They will be offered in multiples of 25 and should take approximately 2 weeks to print.

    The more we order the cheaper they are!

    * Go to Anti Slaughter Issues, POSTCARD OFFER thread on the forum to see the card design. If you can't access the forum, email the above address and I'll send you the files.

    * As with the new approach of targeting our calls and faxes to the politicians, a coordinated mailing campaign should maximize our impact. More news on that front as we get further along.

    Looking forward to your emails!

    Posted by: Christian at March 11, 2007 3:08 PM

    Good morning Sweet Barbaro in Heaven!

    Have a good day everyone!

    Ro & Brady

    Posted by: Rosemarie at March 11, 2007 3:15 PM

    Good morning all.
    Has anyone heard from Glenda Jo ?
    I went to Zazzle to look at her products and could not find them.
    I also went over to the DB to check out her postings and all "her" postings have been deleted.
    I was really wanting to look at some things.
    Anyone know how to get to her products once you go to Zazzle????
    Thanks,
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 11, 2007 3:15 PM

    Blessing on Edgar and Round Pond for a safe ride today...

    Posted by: jonna at March 11, 2007 3:17 PM

    G'morning, y'all~

    Posted by: Anna in Texas at March 11, 2007 3:22 PM

    Anna in Tx-
    I been meaning to email you, gal! Did NBC send you anything about my teeny contribution? (I had to wait til the tax refund came round?) It was sent on 3-1-07. I wrote a post here, but know you have been otherwise engaged-drawing!

    Prayers for all creatures great and small

    Posted by: Dora J Crow at March 11, 2007 3:28 PM

    I couldn't connect to find out - when i'm logged into my work email it blocks the streaming video - but i'm assuming Rosie is still without a foal on shakey legs beside her! THERE'S STILL TIME TO GET INTO THE POOL!!

    You'll need to go to the end of the thread to find out what spots are available. I think today is the day...

    Posted by: Wendy at March 11, 2007 3:29 PM

    Morning (psychic) skritches to the BBH and all of his frens in Equine Heaven...know it was AFN for all...!

    Go Round Pond..!

    ####
    FsOB:
    I'm reposting Nancy, CT's wonderful "vet enlistment" project for those who didn't see it yesterday, or earlier in the week.

    On Thursday I mailed 36 copies of this petition to veterinarians in my county. I also included a cover letter introducing myself and the Fans of Barbaro, and two pages from Daryl and Michelle's booklet that I felt were most relevant...
    Four pages went for one stamp...so it cost a bit of paper, some stamps and envelopes...and since the two major Veterinarians' organization SUPPORT horse slaughter, a personal mailing of this sort allows individual vets to sign and say "NO WAY, BABY!"
    Corrine in upstate CT got involved with her part of the state...anyone else interested? It can't hurt...and it MAY help!

    This effort, of course, DOES NOT REPLACE our calls to our elected representatives and committee members...it is another prong to the attack. Interested?

    Email mllebutterfly@sbcglobal.net
    Nancy

    THIS IS THE LINK TO THE PETITION...sorry, I don't know how to blue-link!
    http://www.horse-protection.org/pdf/vetsupport.pdf

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 10, 2007 8:36 PM

    Cheers,
    Friar Tuck

    Posted by: Friar Tuck at March 11, 2007 3:34 PM

    Verna, Yes. email me. I'll explain.

    Posted by: lynz at March 11, 2007 3:34 PM

    Oh WOW

    Thanks for the great Pictures of Ouija Board and Film Maker. So fun to see them out "just being horseys" The SNL video was hilarious about More CowBell. Fun way to start Sunday Morning

    THANKS ALEX!!

    Go Round Pond and Smokey Stover!!

    Leslie in MN

    Posted by: Leslie in MN at March 11, 2007 3:36 PM

    Good Morning Alex....

    Ouija Board is one of my favorite horses. Nice article.

    ### Joan did you get your email? :-)

    ### Rosise I hope that you foal sometime in the year 2007.

    :-)

    Posted by: Nina at March 11, 2007 3:42 PM

    No Baby! Now what's she waiting for...St Patricks Day.

    ###
    Verna - go to DB thread "Now I Understand"

    Posted by: lynz at March 11, 2007 3:44 PM

    hi Dora!
    no, nothing yet- but the last time it took a few weeks, so I wouldn't worry about it- I will surely let you know.
    I hope to have this other one wrapped up really soon- small setback on tomorrow's ship date, but I think all is well now.

    Posted by: Anna in Texas at March 11, 2007 3:47 PM

    ### Alex check your emails... :-)

    Time Stamps 1:45 and 1:53 I did not make those posts. I am going to scroll through the rest and I will put those down as well. You can check the IP on those posts and know they did not come from me please.

    Cheers Nina........

    Posted by: Nina at March 11, 2007 3:49 PM

    Verna 1
    See thread Now I Understand re: Glenda

    Posted by: Pat at March 11, 2007 3:50 PM

    Good morning! It is a beautiful sunny day here in Kentucky.
    Alex, thanks for the link to the photos of Film Maker and Ouija Board. Those two seems to be enjoying their retirement!
    Good luck today to my favorite lady, Round Pond!!!

    Posted by: Jannie at March 11, 2007 4:00 PM

    Good morning! It is a beautiful sunny day here in Kentucky.
    Alex, thanks for the link to the photos of Film Maker and Ouija Board. Those two seem to be enjoying their retirement!
    Good luck today to my favorite lady, Round Pond!!!

    Posted by: Jannie at March 11, 2007 4:00 PM

    More Cowbell: lol--gotta love Christopher Walken: remember that video which featured his amazing dancing? Who knew...

    Posted by: jonna at March 11, 2007 4:02 PM

    Thanks all, I saw it.
    To bad though. I was actually looking forward to looking at some of her Jewelry.
    Oh well.
    Thanks for the help.
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 11, 2007 4:02 PM

    Those two are adorable. Thank you Alex!

    If you have not ordered the Home Run Horse book that Alex recommends, please do so. It has given me an even stronger appreciation of how "lucky" the Jacksons were to get Barbaro. The book is excellent and very well written. Last chapter is on slaughter (Exceller and Ferdinand) and how owners should take care of their horses (Gato del Sol).
    What I really enjoyed was how Gato's owner said owners years ago loved their horses and when one dies it was like a death in the family. That is how the Jacksons handled Barbaro.

    Good morning Barbaro!

    Posted by: MJ at March 11, 2007 4:02 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at March 11, 2007 4:11 PM

    Good Morning, Laurie H and Leslie in MN ... I haven't posted for a long time. I send my blessings to each of you and to Barbaro in Heaven. I miss you guys! I am still hard at work trying to find a home for my brother's fur kids. I am still seriously considering HFL, but will wait until April 1 to make a decision.

    God Bless All FOB's! Have a Blessed Sunday!

    Posted by: Ruth Stacey at March 11, 2007 4:12 PM

    Good Morning to you Verna. I didn't see your post until now. Like I said, I haven't been on the site for awhile.

    Have a Blessed Sunday!

    Posted by: Ruth Stacey at March 11, 2007 4:15 PM

    Love you Barbaro and missing you.

    Good Luck to Smokey Stover. Miss you Fog.
    Have a great day Alex and FOB.

    Posted by: Melissa,Pa at March 11, 2007 4:16 PM

    Good morning Ruth.
    Everyone has been asking about you. Hope all is well. Keep in touch, we worry when we don't hear from an FOB in awhile.. :)
    Missed Ya'
    Have a great day.
    Love,
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 11, 2007 4:23 PM

    Fans of Barbaro

    Everyone have a wonderful Sunday and enjoy the extra daylight that we are getting. I wonder if this also means that they will put the clocks back at a later date in the fall as well.

    Cheers :-)

    Posted by: Nina at March 11, 2007 4:23 PM

    Good morning Alex, Thanks for all you do.

    ###
    Ruth, wecome back. Still no homes yet. I'm sure you will find some soon. Very good to hear from you. Don't be a stranger.

    Posted by: Cal at March 11, 2007 4:26 PM

    ###
    Hi Verna, Trying to place my brother's fur kids has been keeping me soooo busy. I am happy to say, however, that I am fine and have just been overwhelmed with that task.

    Thank you, Verna, and all my fellow FOB's for caring! When you pray for Barbaro, please say a little extra prayer for Angel and Klaus. We really need to find these beautiful sweet babies a good home!

    Posted by: Ruth Stacey at March 11, 2007 4:28 PM

    ###
    Cal ... Thanks for the "welcome back" and your comforting words. I have truly missed coming here and the hope and encouragement you always gave me. The FOB's are a very special group of people. I love you all!

    Blessings,
    Ruth

    Posted by: Ruth Stacey at March 11, 2007 4:30 PM

    ####
    Ruth,
    I still have the girl at my husbands job looking since they have office in northern Ohio.
    Maybe something will come thru.
    I didn't tell her to stop, just in case something came up and you had trouble.
    So, don't give up hope maybe someone up that way will come thru yet.
    I haven't given up.

    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 11, 2007 4:34 PM

    ####
    Ruth, Come more often. I have skipped a couple of days here and there, but I can't stay away. Way too many good people here, with lots of good information.

    Posted by: Cal at March 11, 2007 4:34 PM

    ###
    Verna and Cal ... My husband and I haven't given up hope. If nothing comes along, we can always send them to Home for Life in Wisconsin, which is a sanctuary for homeless dogs and cats. One thing we do know for sure is that they will NOT be euthanized. Thanks again for all of your efforts on our behalf. Keep us in your prayers, and I will try not be such a stranger at this site in the future.

    Have a Blessed Sunday!

    Posted by: Ruth Stacey at March 11, 2007 4:42 PM

    ###
    RUTH - welcome home!!! We've all missed you and been wondering about the furkids...hoping they had been successfully placed by now! Keep up the good work - you honor your brother by doing this...and don't stay away so long!
    Nancy

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 11, 2007 4:43 PM

    ###
    ###
    Nancy in CT ... Thanks for the "welcome home." I have missed you all as well. You have all been so concerned about the placement of my brother's fur kids. It wasn't very considerate of me not to keep you updated on my progress. I am settling down a little since all of this happened. I cannot believe it's only been three weeks!

    Thank you friends again and again for your warmth and sincerity. I WILL BE BACK!!! And hopefully with better news!

    Blessings,
    Ruth

    Posted by: Ruth Stacey at March 11, 2007 4:49 PM

    Nancy in CT

    Alex has added a link to the Vet Support letter under our Anti Horse Slaughter Strategy. This should make it easier....just direct people there!
    It's already blue linked!!

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 11, 2007 4:51 PM

    Hi Ruth Stacy

    I've been worried about you and the furkids--glad to see your posts. Glad you are ok

    Linda

    Posted by: linda s nyc at March 11, 2007 4:53 PM

    Good morning all fellow FOB's. It's a a beautiful sunny day here in Calif.
    So far the Nancy count is 4
    Nancy J in Campbell, Nancy in CT, Nancy J in Hunnington/Beach and me Nancat(aka Nancy J) in San Jose, Ca. Anymore out there?
    BTW, my hubby's name is Tom S. What's yours?
    Be safe today, all you horses and riders on the tracks. Rosie have that !@#$!#$ baby. Hi Alex!
    and NO cat fights today please.

    Posted by: NanCat San Jose Ca at March 11, 2007 4:54 PM

    ###
    SHELLEY A - thanks, this is great news since I can't "blue-link"...and thanks to Friar Tuck for reposting my "vet campaign info" this morning....as long as everyone understands that this does NOT replace our calls to Senators, Representatives and committee members as posted each day! The "vet project" is another aspect of the campaign that I hope people will become involved with...it's easy!!!

    SAFE HOME TO ALL BRAVE HORSES WHO PUT HOOVES TO TRACK TODAY!!!

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 11, 2007 4:55 PM

    Mary L

    Do you have any Ernie updates yet?

    Posted by: Liana at March 11, 2007 4:58 PM

    ###
    NANCAT - there's Nancy (Lee) in Virginia Beach also...

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 11, 2007 5:15 PM

    Loved the pics of Sue's News in Alex's link. LOL at some of the captions.

    Posted by: Sam I Am at March 11, 2007 5:19 PM

    Verna
    My products are still on zazzle, and will remain there unless I decide to delete them.

    I deleted my posts RE: the products on TWR site because I don't want them here.

    Glenda Jo

    Posted by: Glenda in NE PA at March 11, 2007 5:20 PM

    Good morning, my Beloved Angel Boys.

    Good morning, Barbaro Nation. Another gorgeous day in the making here in The Lou. Glad to hear balmier temps have finally made their way eastward. Spring begins soon!

    Alex, why does Film Maker have a bandage/boot on her left hind?

    I love the pictures of these two incredible champion horses together. Two single chicks, hanging out in the pasture. Girls just want to have fun ! Soon they'll start "dating" and they can talk about the stallions; and then they'll go through pregnancy, childbirth, and early childhood raising together.

    Shelley A
    --I didn't get home in time to post last night. I'm very excited about the progress you've made with Philly Park. Should FOBs approach their local tracks with this proposition? I have a lot of questions about it.

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 11, 2007 5:27 PM

    ####CAl,

    ####ANY OTHER OHIO FOBS

    I saw your post from yesterday. Here is the list if you haven't found it yet. I also posted a thread on the Forum. what have we got to loose.

    OHIO FOB’S VOINOVICH

    Cleveland, OH Office:
    1240 East 9th Street
    Room 3061
    Cleveland, OH 44199
    Main: (216) 522-7095
    Fax: (216) 522-7097
    ________________________________________
    Southeast, OH Office:
    78 West Washington Street
    P.O. Box 57
    Nelsonville, OH 45764
    Main: (740) 441-6410
    Fax: (740) 753-3551
    ________________________________________
    Cincinnati, OH Office:
    36 East 7th Street
    Room 2615
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    Main: (513) 684-3265
    Fax: (513) 684-3269
    ________________________________________
    Northeast, OH Office:
    1240 East 9th Street
    Room 3061
    Cleveland, OH 44199
    Main: (216) 522-7095
    Fax: (216) 522-7097
    ________________________________________
    Toledo, OH Office:
    420 Madison Avenue
    Room 1210
    Toledo, OH 43604
    Main: (419) 259-3895
    Fax: (419) 259-3899
    ________________________________________
    Dayton, OH Office:
    (Based out of Cincinnati)
    36 East 7th Street, Room 2615
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    Main: (513) 684-3265
    Fax: (513) 684-3269
    ________________________________________
    Central, OH Office:
    37 West Broad Street
    Room 310
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Main: (614) 469-6697
    Fax: (614) 469-7733

    Take care and have a safe Sunday

    Posted by: Michelle GBI NE OH at March 11, 2007 5:31 PM

    Susan E

    I think it would be helpful for any FOB's that have horses at a track to try and talk to them. I think they were more receptive to me because I am an owner and was kind of challenging other small owners.
    Philly Park wants to keep any funds raised local. They feel it will be helping their owners who have horses that can no longer race.
    The same could be said for other tracks around the country.

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 11, 2007 5:32 PM

    ####Rosie on Cam****

    LOOK at Rosie at that feedbag....she is beginning to look like a Palemeno horse....her back is arched down....oh that tummy of hers is looking so heavy now...eating for 2, who can blame her for her huge appetite....

    Brunch anybody???

    Posted by: Ken Z in NY at March 11, 2007 5:32 PM

    ###
    Glenda Jo,
    Thanks, I'll try again.
    TAke care.
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 11, 2007 5:35 PM

    Check out this article! This is my best attempt at linking.

    We've got to recruit these guys!!


    washingtonpost.com > Metro > Maryland > Pr. George's

    Article is titled "Kings of a Different Game"

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 11, 2007 5:36 PM

    ####
    Michelle GBI NE OH

    Thank you. I'm ashamed to admit I got a little lazy yesterday. But I will get busy this week and try to make up for lost time. Did you happen to notice if these offices can be e-mailed?

    Posted by: Cal at March 11, 2007 5:36 PM

    Shelley A

    Thanks, I'll try to get something started here for Fairmount Park. I know they work pretty closely with CANTER IL to place horses so perhaps they'll be receptive.

    I think you have my email addy. I am curious about particulars, such as: where does the donated money get deposited? Who administers it?

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 11, 2007 5:37 PM

    Marg from Maine,
    I am a Maine native, born and raised, currently living in Kentucky. I grew up near Round Pond. I have wondered for weeks where you call home.
    I come to Maine twice a year to visit family in Brunswick.
    Have a great day everyone !!!!!
    Alex, thanks so much for your morning updates, can't wait to ride along tomorrow.
    Marty in Ky

    Posted by: Marty at March 11, 2007 5:51 PM

    ###Cal,

    Don't worry about not getting to it yet, it probably won't help.

    I didn't see any e-mail. You would think every location should have an e-mail to contact (they are still in the stone ages)

    Posted by: Michelle GBI NE OH at March 11, 2007 6:07 PM

    ### Alex. Check your email I just got finished with the project ;-).

    Verna if you want to email me at the email that you have, I will be able to straighten things out for you. :-)

    Ruth.. Glad to see you back.....

    Cheers :-)

    Posted by: Nina at March 11, 2007 6:10 PM

    ###
    Michelle... hee hee hee stone age..LOL
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 11, 2007 6:12 PM

    #####CAL and Other OHIO FOB'S

    You gotta laugh at this.

    I went to the contact section of his home page
    http://voinovich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

    and check out the following quote.

    " Due to the large volume of correspondence my office receives, I am only able to deliver one written response per constituent each month."


    Now we have our answer, "One per month" I would be fired, it I took that attitude.......
    Gotta check and see if other senators take that approach...

    Well got to go...I'll check the posts again late tonight....

    Posted by: Michelle GBI NE OH at March 11, 2007 6:13 PM

    ####
    Michelle GBI NE OH

    Poor guy, so overworked. LOL

    PATHETIC!!!!

    Posted by: Cal at March 11, 2007 6:25 PM

    GOOD MORNING FOB'S
    I was just catching up on the last 2 days and wish to point out something VERY IMPORTANT SHELLEY A is doing to help save our thoroughbreds once they come off the
    track in PA.

    We DO need lifetime retirement for all racehorses and racetrack pony horses who can no longer race or work once they come off the track and it's so awesome to see Shelley do this.

    REPOST:
    I am happy to report that I had two very good meetings this morning regarding anti slaughter and assisting our rescue and retirement facilities.

    First with the Chaplain at Philadelphia Park Race Track. He is sending out the Veternarian Support form, along with a cover letter, to all of the veternarians involved with Phila Park. He will be asking for their support in making their voices heard over the AVMA stand.

    Secondly, I met with the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association regarding getting smaller owners involved. I have offered to donate 1% of any win purse and am asking other owners to do the same. He and I will be working out the administrative details. Of course the program is strictly voluntary but we are hoping this will bring attention to the need. This is a way that small owners like myself can help. He has even offered to address the issue at the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Banquet on March 28.

    I am very proud of Philadelphia Park. They have already been doing their share and are willing to go a step further and do even more!! It is an issue that they truly care about

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 10, 2007 5:37 PM

    Posted by: Debra, WI at March 11, 2007 6:26 PM

    Hey: what's the temperature at MHR? We are coming close to the high 30's today....and people will be on the news tonight--i kid you not--from Syracuse U., playing football, shooting hoops--what have you--in short sleeves and shorts. Yes, it's a madness for sure...March basketball-nuts of Syracuse are in evidence at hoops all over the city. It knows no demographic. It's everywhere.

    Speaking of climate-induced behaviors, I was thinking, if it is getting really warm in NV, maybe Rosie needs a couple of strategically placed fans? Her own enclosed AC-cooled stall?

    OK, maybe not that. Maybe she needs cafeteria -style meals...choose what she wants. A little curry, some nan bread. Thai? Spring rolls? Good old American Mac & CHeese or Tuna Surprise?
    Maybe she's waiting for some tender little Girl Scout to sell her some Peacan Sandies and Thin Mints.

    Maybe she needs her tail to be further braided and festooned with wild flowers or silk roses (mane braided and adorned too.)

    Perhaps a small Sleep Comfort mattress in her favorite corner, accompanied by the music of her choice. Perhaps she is a Mozart fan...or a Texas Playboy aficciando...Mississippi John...Dave Matthews....it might get her in the mood.

    Maybe a bubble bath filled with essential, soothing oils would do the trick. Maybe she's been online (chicken-aided) and has her heart set on delivering in foal wearing two pairs of Jimmy Choo
    pumps that tie around the ankle...

    And lastly, on the entertainment front, maybe she needs to see E. Taylor's original National Velvet. Or Hidalgo (she may have the hots for Viggo M.)Maybe she wants to see the Chariot races from Ben Hur, (although I have it on good authority from Blanche that Rosie--along with the Chicken Brigade, are not fans of Charlton Heston because of his history with the NRA entertain a fantasy about making it with The Black Stallion? And now there's Flicka? Any Hollywood types out there who could get their hands on a screening copy?

    Just some random Sunday thoughts...just trying to think of ways to encourage and embellish Rosie's foaling experience..

    Posted by: jonna at March 11, 2007 6:34 PM

    Susan E...I'm going to email you !!!!ASAP..

    Posted by: Maribel at March 11, 2007 6:38 PM

    Maribel, I will watch for it!

    Jonna, you are making me ROFALMAO! I think you've got it--Rosie won't foal till her Girl Scout cookies arrive. Gotta have those Thin Mints.

    Ruth Stacey, I'm so glad to see you back. You are an inspiration.

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 11, 2007 6:45 PM

    SKYLER??? ARE YOU GONE ALREADY?

    JONNA?

    I drove by the ranch this morning, armed with LOTS of baby carrots....the three beauties were in the pasture close to the road...two laying down and one standing:)

    I parked my car, grabbed the bag of carrots and by the time I got across the road...one was almost to the FENCE:)I think he was saying, "look guys, it's the LADY":) The other two got up in no time and we three had a wonderful talk and they LOVED thier carrots:)

    This is SO FUNNNNNNNNNNNN for me, I just LOVE this:) I cannot wait until I go back again!!!!
    I told them I'd be baaaaaaccccckkkkk!

    Thanks Bobby, for teaching me about the horrrrrssssssssseeeesssss:)

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at March 11, 2007 6:46 PM

    Lynne! I am so happy for you and your new friends. I'll bet their happy too.....most cool. Have a fine Sunday. jonna

    Posted by: jonna at March 11, 2007 6:52 PM

    SPELLING!!! THEY'RE (not THEIR....) (Headache. Big pressure system coming through makes my skull throb on one side....gag.)

    mea cukpa, mea maxima culpa, etc etc et al....

    Posted by: jonna at March 11, 2007 6:56 PM

    Speaking of headaches (jest kiddin') Are there enough FOB's in NY to do something in these here parts on the 29th? We could get illegal fireworks and everything...

    Posted by: jonna at March 11, 2007 6:57 PM

    Alex
    Thanks again so much for the anti-slaughter strategy link in the sidebar. It's making it so easy for us all to do our work quickly. And adding Chris Heyde's link to the vet letter is a great idea!

    Posted by: Marilyn/CA at March 11, 2007 6:58 PM

    ###
    Ernie Colt update (short) (as some may not be aware he had a slight setback last night

    ""Cheri said Ernie pooped last night, but it was more cow patty like than horse poop, but sounds ok considering what he's been through. Fever is down, but he hasn't pooped yet today."""


    Ernie Update Thread:
    Ernie Updates Thread

    Posted by: Mary L Ohio at March 11, 2007 7:01 PM

    Stephanie was just in Rosie's pen. I just love to see Rosie step right up and ask to be petted. After what Rosie has been through, it really speaks a lot for Stephanie's skills and compassion, that Rosie has come so far.

    Posted by: Marilyn/CA at March 11, 2007 7:11 PM

    ###
    Michelle, when you said stone age you weren't kidding. He must be chipping the letters out of rocks, Flintstone style...LOL

    ###
    MaryL,
    I don't know what we would do with out you. You have to have an honorary title bestowed upon you as the official FOB... C'mon guys, she needs a title.
    Harriette is our "wise one"
    Mary needs one too. And Mary don't you dare fuss about it, you have earned it. So many nights talking everyone thru the birth'n process, keeping up on all the little ones, answering question after question. You my Lady have earned a title!!!!

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 11, 2007 7:14 PM


    ## ERNIE.....C'MON LIL' GUY....MAKE SOME REALLY

    GOOD HORSE "POOPS" AND PLEASE LOSE THE FEVER!

    WE ARE ALLLLLLLLL REALLY PULLING FOR YOU, SWEETIE!

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at March 11, 2007 7:17 PM

    ###
    Glenda Jo,
    If your still here, would you go to the DB and look at my post's. I need your help.
    Thanks,
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 11, 2007 7:21 PM

    Alex
    Thanks for the new updates about delaware Park--I'll be there--looking forward to meeting everybody and to all the exciting events!!
    Linda

    Posted by: linda s nyc at March 11, 2007 7:31 PM

    ###
    Thanks, but I don't' need a title. Just helping keep you all updated on Ernie and all. I don't mind doing it and have the time to do so. All in the name of helping the horses!

    Thanks for the thoughts!!! :)

    Posted by: Mary L Ohio at March 11, 2007 7:35 PM

    ###
    MaryL, I knew you were going to say that! Now we can add humble and modest to the list :)

    Gotta Love Ya' Mary

    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 11, 2007 7:40 PM

    Don't forget to watch SMOKEY STOVER at 1:45 pm PDT today, Bay Meadows... he's a beauty, and does so remind us of The Fog, doesn't he. It is just amazing to me that these low key guys have a magnificent horse, and you wouldn't know it from "attitude". Great people who deserve the best. For those who can't watch on TV or streaming video, you can go to Calracing.com shortly after the race and watch the video.

    Must be interesting "politics" in the jockey choices. Russell Baze opted to go to Florida for the Sunshine Millions to ride a Jerry Hollendorfer horse, and Aaron Gryder rode Smokey for the first time in the Sunshine Millions sprint here in California, which he won handily. Russell didn't win anything in Florida. And here, you see Aaron back, and Russell is riding another Southern California horse (a good one). So, the best Northern California jockey is riding on his local course with a So. Cal. horse, with a Southern California jockey riding a horse for the second time on a course foreign to him. Very curious. The horse will tell! If Smokey goes to the Breeder's Cup and Harry sticks with Aaron, Russell will be kicking himself about that Florida trip!

    ---------------------
    From BloodHorse today:
    Just Three Face Smokey Stover in Bay Meadows BC Sprint

    by Blood-Horse Staff

    Only three horses entered to face Smokey Stover, the nation's top-ranked sprinter, for the $100,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. III) on Sunday.

    A six-furlong dash for 4-year-olds and up, the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint is the third race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.

    Trained by Greg Gilchrist and owned by Harry J. Aleo of San Francisco, Smokey Stover is a consistent 4-year-old gelding with five wins and four seconds in nine career starts. Smokey Stover is coming off a powerful 3 1/4-length victory in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita on Jan. 27, a win that elevated him to the top of the sprint division.

    Southern California rider Aaron Gryder, who was aboard the the Florida-bred son of Put It Back in the Sunshine Millions, has the return call. Smokey Stover carries high weight of 123 pounds.

    Areyoutalkintome, a tough 6-year-old gelding trained by Doug O'Neill, has finished in the money in 31 of his 43 starts and sports an impressive bankroll of $901,010.

    Trickey Trevor, who hails from the barn of leading Bay Area conditioner Jerry Hollendorfer, is a multiple stakes-winner of $631,066.

    Britt's Jules, claimed three races ago for $25,000 by trainer William E. Morey, is a 6-year-old gelding who has nine wins in 38 starts and $414,598 in earnings.

    $100,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. III, Race 3, 1:45 p.m.), 4 & Up, 6 Furlongs
    PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
    1. Britt's Jules (FL), 114, Kyle Kaenel
    2. Areyoutalkintome (CA), 116, Russell A. Baze
    3. Trickey Trevor (FL), 115, Dennis Carr
    4. Smokey Stover (FL), 123, Aaron T. Gryder

    Posted by: Shelley in CA at March 11, 2007 7:43 PM

    Rosie.....

    Come on girl, today is Sunday and it really is time to have your baby. :-)

    Cheers

    Posted by: Nina at March 11, 2007 7:50 PM

    Alex, as always THANKS. I don't know how you do it. Your updates paint such wonderful pictures.

    Shelley A.

    What wonderful news! Thanks so much for the leadership you constantly provide to us.

    Mary L.

    I hope that Maggie had a comfortable night and is doing better. I have an Australian Shepherd named Maggie and she lights up a room. Her love of life is contagious. She was apparently dumped on a busy highway...it just boggles my mind, she is an incredible little soul.

    Jonna and Lynn, I love your stories...they are so touching. Thank you.

    I pray that everyone has a blessed Sunday and has a moment or two to help the horseys.

    Posted by: Linda M. in TX at March 11, 2007 7:56 PM

    On a very sad note, SABI SAND, a five year old colt with only 8 races and 5 wins, broke down and was vanned off at Bay Meadows yesterday in Race 4, a $20,000 claiming race. He has Secretariat and Deputy Minister in his background, and sold for $385,000 at Keeneland in 2003, then for $17,000 in 2005. He belongs to Jerry Hollendorfer, the big trainer here in No. Cal., and was being ridden by Russell Baze. When I watched the video of the race, it seemed to me the horse had a stumble or erratic stride like something happened, but he kept running until his head bobbed and obviously he was hurt. I know they try to keep running, but I wonder about the difference in how and when you can pull them up.

    Please keep SABI SAND in your prayers... and Smokey Stover is racing there today.

    Posted by: Shelley in CA at March 11, 2007 8:12 PM

    ###
    Linda M. in TX
    Way Cool...
    I also own an Australian Trouble....errr.....Shepard
    Absolutely takes over the room...the family....Did I mention the house?
    I LOVE that dog!
    jan

    Posted by: jan at March 11, 2007 8:14 PM

    Is anyone watching the races? Has Round Pond ran yet?

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 11, 2007 8:45 PM

    To:Michelle GBI NE OH

    I'm not into polictics, but when DeWine was senator, I got a very courteous and well written reply to every email or letter that I sent him
    (and I sent him plenty). Of course, he didn't get re-elected, but we still have Voinovich who hardly ever replies. Go Figure....

    Carol L
    Sylvania, OH

    Posted by: Carol L at March 11, 2007 8:50 PM

    ###
    Marty (Kentucky) timestamp 5:51 PM - I live in Central Maine - Augusta/Waterville area. I have family in Topsham, right next door to Brunswick.
    I'm "from away" as they say up here, but doing my best to fit in! ;-)

    Marg
    Proud Fan of Barbaro forever

    Posted by: Marg in Maine at March 11, 2007 8:52 PM

    Miss Pond should be running about now! GO ROUND POND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 11, 2007 8:55 PM

    I am arranging a trip back east for late April and early May. A few FOBs in the New England area with whom I have been e-mailing are planning a low-key get-together in honor of Barbaro's birthday. Probably will meet in the NH Seacoast area. So there may be small groups of FOBs getting together all over the country honoring what should have been Barbaro's fourth birthday.

    Posted by: Betty Cordoza, Sonora, CA at March 11, 2007 8:58 PM

    I am arranging a trip back east for late April and early May. A few FOBs in the New England area with whom I have been e-mailing are planning a low-key get-together in honor of Barbaro's birthday. Probably will meet in the NH Seacoast area. So there may be small groups of FOBs getting together all over the country honoring what should have been Barbaro's fourth birthday.

    Posted by: Betty Cordoza, Sonora, CA at March 11, 2007 8:58 PM

    ShelleyA
    I noticed at Anti-Horse Slaughter Strategy that we have Monday's targets posted. Thats great. I just might send my emails today.

    Does anyone know where to find the Jason Chandler article? The Blue link from a few days ago no longer directs you to the article.

    Posted by: cathy potter/california at March 11, 2007 8:58 PM

    ###
    LYNDA P - Round Pond came in fourth...

    Posted by: Nancy in CT at March 11, 2007 9:03 PM

    Round Pond finished 4th!!! WHAT HAPPENED! Thats not like her!!!

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 11, 2007 9:03 PM

    Hiya Ruth Stacey!!

    Been thinking of you. You know I am here for you regarding Home For Life if this is the decision.

    Seriously - TO ALL FOB....Angel and Klaus are beautiful, beautiful dogs. They need to stay together as they have already been through enough lately. IF anyone has an option for Ruth's furkids to find a loving home together, please let her know.


    Keep sending in those PHOTOS . We need your picture on our banner that is going to be displayed at the Barbaro Birthday in Delaware. ALL FOB. Even if you cant come.

    There is a forum topic under the Barbaro Catagory called FOB photos needed for 4/29 celebration. There are instructions of how and where to send your photos. It is going to be beautiful!!

    Ok...off to watch Smokey Stover.

    Leslie In MN

    Posted by: Leslie in MN at March 11, 2007 9:17 PM

    equibase said she bobbled at the start. Ohhh i hope nothing is wrong :O(

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 11, 2007 9:27 PM

    Just saw a replay of Smokey Stover winning at Santa Anita on 1/27. Wow. Now the commentators are talking about "that hero" "Lost in the Fog." Smokey Stover's race will be coming up soon. TVG - 602 on DirecTV. CJ

    Posted by: C. Jaffe at March 11, 2007 9:39 PM

    Which race is he in?

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 11, 2007 9:44 PM

    Lynda P..

    She was kind of wide on the first turn...wide down the backside and just enpty in the stretch...I dont think anything wrong, she was flat today, My opinion is she needed the race.

    Posted by: mike c at March 11, 2007 9:46 PM

    smokey stover well in hand in 1:08 2/5ths

    Posted by: mike c at March 11, 2007 9:49 PM

    "Smokey Stover too good for them" wins the 3rd at Bay Meadows carrying 9 pounds more than the rest. Won six of 10 with 4 seconds. (Hope I got that right.) Commentator said "God bless Lost in the Fog." Nice race. CJ

    Posted by: C. Jaffe at March 11, 2007 9:50 PM

    that looked like a nice workout for him LOL

    Posted by: Lynda Pellitteri in SE Texas at March 11, 2007 9:51 PM

    Is it possible that Rosie was pasture bred a month later than we thought? Perhaps her real due date is this coming week.

    Posted by: Donna in caNADA at March 11, 2007 9:53 PM

    OMG - I finally got up the nerve and heart to watch Seabiscuit - what a horse he was - I'm crying like a baby but what a wonderful story that was. Now to find out all I can about this guy - glad I finally got the courage to watch it.

    Posted by: Kathy in Colorado at March 11, 2007 9:59 PM

    Congrats to my Sprinter Boy Smokey Stover.

    Hmmm Round Pond. You'll get 'em next time Girl.

    Posted by: Leslie in MN at March 11, 2007 9:59 PM

    kATHY IN coLORADO: YOU MUST READ lAURA hILLENBRAND'S BOOK FROM WHIch THE MOVIE WAS DRAwn (Ick: sorry about the caps.) It really is an incredible read..the casting in the movie, IMHO, was wonderful...but the book: just magic.

    Posted by: jonna at March 11, 2007 10:05 PM

    Good afternoon everyone,

    I just wanted to thank alex for putting our Texas Barbaro birthday celebration in a link at the top left hand of the page. I was afraid it might have gotten "lost" in the discussion board. Anyone in the south west US is invited, of course, not just Texas FOB's.

    Also congrats to Shelly A for her good work at Philly Park. You are a go getter for sure.

    Miss you Barbaro. Run with the wind.

    Posted by: Patty in Dallas at March 11, 2007 10:05 PM

    Cathy Potter

    It is my understanding that Jason Shandler's article was pulled!! No further details are available.

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 11, 2007 10:05 PM

    Cathy Potter

    It's my understanding that Jason Shandler's article was pulled off of ESPN.com!! No further details are available.

    Posted by: ShelleyA at March 11, 2007 10:07 PM

    Is Round Pond OK following the race? Scary....how big was the field?

    OK all the dogs are making me BUTS with their WE DON'T CARE ABOUT NO STINKIN' DAYLIGHT SAVINGS!!! FEED US NOW!!! Everybody who has to get up at the crack o'dawn have a good, sweet sleep....

    Posted by: jonna at March 11, 2007 10:07 PM

    Rosie's lying down, kind of throwing her head about periodically, and swishing her tail. I'm sure it means nothing!! LOL

    Posted by: annie in TX at March 11, 2007 10:15 PM

    OK, OK: NUTS not BUTS. I am certifiably starving and tired and my dingy head aches and the dogs could care less....have pity on all rescue people...we are demented...usually pretty nice, but thoroughly demented.

    Posted by: jonna at March 11, 2007 10:15 PM

    What happened to Round Pound? Is she okay?

    Posted by: Ashley at March 11, 2007 10:15 PM

    Hello, all...

    Seems I am getting scarcer and scarcer here trying to read...and post...

    It also seems some things haven't changed--a bit of conflict as usual, and Rosie is still pregnant?!?!

    Alex, thank you for the links to the slaughter calls and to the book recommendations and the Barbaro birthday plans. I just ordered the Shelley Mickel book, can't wait to get it.

    ###
    Rosemary

    I also just sponsored both Sue and Mortie for the Eggstravaganza and wrote you on the forum...great idea. I know we'll come through for this.

    Did I read somewhere that these comments close down at 8pm? Maybe a good thing. Sometimes night brings some odd things.

    My daily link to this site always brings me to the first updates, and sometimes I get a real twinge when I read about Barbaro "doing well and listening to country music." Oh how I wish.

    But, we soldier on! Ready for another day of calling tomorrow.

    Alex, do you now have to go back to riding in the dark???

    Posted by: Jane in CT at March 11, 2007 10:18 PM

    Jonna - I will have to read the book - hope I can read thru tears.....I was checking out some stuff om the web and I guess there is a lot of differences in what happened and how it was portrayed in the movie - ends the same but some stuff that wasn't shown in the movie......have to agree - I loved the actors - course have ALWAYS been a huge fan of Jeff Bridges - ever since Starman :)

    Posted by: Kathy in Colorado at March 11, 2007 10:21 PM

    ### Kathy did you watch the movie with Jeff Bridges or the documentary?

    Cheers Nina

    Posted by: Nina at March 11, 2007 10:24 PM

    the movie with Jeff Bridges

    Posted by: Kathy in Colorado at March 11, 2007 10:25 PM

    Smokey didn't look like he had enough competition, heh heh. Saving up the tank... Nice for Harry, too bad for Russell Baze who came in fourth.

    Round Pond is okay, there's forever talk about coming off a long lay off reflecting on the first performance. We just always wish for Michael's horses to come in first.

    Now off to dog walkies...

    Posted by: Shelley in CA at March 11, 2007 10:26 PM

    ###
    Latest from Cheri from Horse Feathers Rescue on our Ernie colt:

    Latest from Cheri (told her I can't talk but I can do a poopie dance! (got a nasty bug and wiped my voice out. lucky mom. lol)

    Went to feed Ernie this afternoon and he has TWO--TWO piles of poop!!!!!!

    poopoo dance poopoo dance

    **************************************

    For those that asked about my dog Maggie, she is a bit painful today but doing better. TO be expected to be more sore a couple days after a fall like she had and the broken bone in her foot. Her hip is sore and she "nipped" me when I was trying to brush her, so will just leave her be for a couple of days..

    daughter will be over tonight to redo her splint as she has been trying to work it OFF. .silly girl. she and Caden are laying on the deck sunning at the moment. she seems content in getting some sun rays!

    Posted by: Mary L Ohio at March 11, 2007 10:29 PM

    All FOB's:

    I was just at the candle site and Barbaro's candles are just over 1,400. As we approach another Monday morning, let us not forget who brought us all together. We want to make sure he can see the glowing light in "hevvin".

    Please take a few minutes to light some candles for Barbaro.

    I'll ALWAYS Believe in Miracles,
    I'll ALWAYS Believe in Barbaro.

    Becky and Chip

    Posted by: Becky at March 11, 2007 10:33 PM

    Kathy

    Remember, don't feed the troll.

    Posted by: Liana at March 11, 2007 10:36 PM

    Alrighty- last posting!

    Will go to the printer tomorrow. We have 900 cards ordered so far. I will notify everyone who placed orders asap (hopefully tomorrow also) about the final price and payment information.

    Again, thanks to everyone helping out with this project. I hope we can change some minds about the horse slaughter issue and make a difference!

    ********Anti Slaughter Postcard Update********

    Planning to professionally print a substantial number of anti slaughter postcards and make them available for 50% of cost + shipping!

    * Please send an email to:
    antislaughterlobby@earthlink.net with the quantity and your mailing info if you would like to participate.

    * The cards will be 4X6, card stock, glossy on the front and cost will be between .03 and .18 a piece depending on the total quantity printed. They will be offered in multiples of 25 and should take approximately 2 weeks to print.

    The more we order the cheaper they are!

    * Go to Anti Slaughter Issues, POSTCARD OFFER thread on the forum to see the card design. If you can't access the forum, email the above address and I'll send you the files.

    * As with the new approach of targeting our calls and faxes to the politicians, a coordinated mailing campaign should maximize our impact. More news on that front as we get further along.

    Looking forward to your emails!

    Posted by: Christian at March 11, 2007 10:47 PM

    wow: some serious heiney patrol going on at MHR by two of les Dames des Chevaux...Hmmmm.

    what are they seeing? Could she have had her waterworks???

    zowie.

    I only hope that the time she chooses to have her LITTLE (bwaahaahaaaaa) bundle of joy, the board will be open.

    Rosie is busy foraging now...there's a shock.

    Posted by: jonna at March 11, 2007 10:50 PM

    Hi all,

    Just got home from spending the weekend in Las Vegas. I took my mother and grandmother to visit MHR - what a WONDERFUL place.

    Stephanie, if you are reading this - thank you for your hospitality.

    When I was at Rosies pen, I waved to the camera just to say HI to everyone.

    I see that Rosie has STILL not had that little one. I tried to talk her into it while I was there, but I guess she didn't buy it :)

    Rosie is an absolutely georgeous girls. I am now more in love with her than I was before I met her face to face.

    Hope all is well with everyone, it is wierd to have been away for a few days I am so used to checking in everyday.

    Posted by: TLC (Laura) at March 11, 2007 10:57 PM


    *******
    Susan E...You've got mail????? I hope???? I'm going out for supper but please email me ASAP...HUGS

    Posted by: Maribel at March 11, 2007 11:00 PM

    Low Alert (3:17 pm)
    PJ Pastures on Lessie. But she is just standing there.

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at March 11, 2007 11:01 PM

    Tessie not Lessie Sorry

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at March 11, 2007 11:05 PM

    Barbaro's Birthday Celebration Will Be Very Beautiful. I see a lot of joy.

    Many Flowers. Rainbows.

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at March 11, 2007 11:07 PM

    ## Alex. you have mail :-)

    Cheers Nina

    Posted by: Nina at March 11, 2007 11:09 PM

    Aren't some FOB's getting together at a track in Kentucky on the 29th also? Maybe Keeneland? I thought I saw a post on that.

    Barbaro's birthday will rock! When is everyone getting there?

    Posted by: MJ at March 11, 2007 11:18 PM

    ### hey Nancat, love that sense of humor of yours! my hubby's name is Eric--no matches yet I guess! offhand I can recall a Nancy in IL,Nancy in Mi, Nancy va beach,Nancy in Ct. Once in awhile one will post that say they usually lurk,and then just sign Nancy! What made me chuckle re. the Nancy J's in Ca. was I thought that was a specific choice that wouldnt get mixed up. 3 Nancy J.'s from Ca. later,I do believe we are the "John Smiths" of the board! I know there are more out there Im not remembering at the moment!

    ##thanks Jonna for your oh so witty take on our Rosie; I miss chatting about her. She just gets more beautiful everyday..my favorite chuckles is turning on her cam seeing that head of hers in the bucket with the usual rear end view..

    ##Lynne Brown, oh i loved your story yesterday about getting up the nerve to stop and make friends with the horses. That is my little fantasy, and the vision I saw thru your eyes
    makes me want to figure out where I could go to experience that. Living 6 blocks from the ocean is great,but we are packed together like sardines!

    ##Verna you are so right about that humble Mary L of ours--the patron saint of hungry to learn about horses FOB's! All of you that answer our questions are much appreciated. (((Glenda Jo)))

    Posted by: Nancy Jean/Huntington Beach,Ca at March 11, 2007 11:19 PM

    Did everyone see the post on the forum of the 4 yr that needs a home ASAP? He is beautiful, is in Maryland and was recently at NBC for surgery.

    Posted by: MJ at March 11, 2007 11:22 PM

    ####

    ALEX,

    What do you think will happen to George Washington? Where will they send him?

    Thank you,
    Daphne

    Posted by: Daphne at March 11, 2007 11:39 PM

    ####

    ALEX,

    I just read a previous article you posted that it's possible George Washington may return to racing. If they thought he was ready to retire, do you think it is wise that he return to racing? Curious about your thoughts.

    Thank you for everything,
    Daphne

    Posted by: Daphne at March 11, 2007 11:41 PM

    CANDLE ALERT FOR BARBARO,

    Please light candles for Barbaro. They were down to 1200 now about 1500.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=barba

    Thank you,
    Daphne

    Posted by: Daphne at March 11, 2007 11:42 PM

    Race horse on display at Kelowna Museum

    By Glenna turnbull
    Black Press
    Mar 11 2007

    Approximately 30,000 years ago, people drew pictures of horses on cave walls to honour them.

    If you stop by the Kelowna Museum’s latest exhibit, Equus Caballus, you’ll discover that while local artist Jane Everett has traded the rough surface of a rock for a man-made wall of plaster, people are still infatuated with horses.

    The horse Everett chose as a model for her drawing on the wall was race horse Barbaro, the three-year-old thoroughbred which had shown such promise in the Kentucky Derby before tragedy struck.

    “He did nothing but come down wrong on that foot … He went into the Preakness as the easy favourite but stepped out of the gate wrong and shattered his foot in three places. His jockey jumped off and leaned into him to be a fourth leg for him until help could come,” says Everett who added, a horse, unlike a dog, cannot operate on three legs.

    But no amount of money could save Barbaro and in the end, he had to be euthanized.

    “Horses, over time are getting faster, but like what’s happened with German shepherds developing hip displacia, they’re being built with more and more muscle on top and finer and finer bones in their legs so everything has to go perfectly for them not to break a leg.”

    Horses aren’t the only one’s who suffer in the sport Everett describes as having a very violent side.

    “When I was researching thoroughbred racing, I actually wept when I started reading the statistics.

    “About three and a half jockeys die every year.”

    Everett is quick to note, however that her works weren’t a diatribe against racing — but she doesn’t try to candy coat the violent side.

    “If hockey had the death rate of horse racing, we’d never put up with it,” she pointed out.

    One of the traditional means of protecting horses was the armour they wore over their faces called chanfrons. As part of the exhibit, Everett has created her own chanfrons using primarily kitchen utensils.

    “I don’t know where the idea of using kitchen utensils started, to be honest, but I was thinking about armour and what I had around to build it.

    “I’ve been an artist and a housewife,” she said.

    “The people at the Dollar Store must think I’m pretty strange.”

    Along with each chanfron is a drawing of it, which Everett has created as if it were the recipe of how to create it.

    The list of “ingredients” for one of the chanfrons reads: chain mail, napkin holders, forks, scissors, hinges, choke chain, coat hook and splatter screen.

    Although there are signs posted not to touch the artifacts, it become extremely tempting when looking at these chanfrons and I literally had to put my hands into my pockets to avoid the temptation.

    In addition to the chanfrons and conté drawing, there are also several large and small paintings and drawings of race horses in action in which Everett relies heavily on eraser slashes to give the pieces a feeling of speed and movement.

    But there’s much more than just Everett’s work and it’s here where curator Gayle Liman’s touch works to make the whole exhibit tie together so well.

    There are even rumours of it becoming a travelling exhibition after it finishes here in June.

    Along with replicas of the earliest known cave drawings of horses, Liman has tied an Okanagan connection into it as well with a wall-sized photo mural of horses, some dating back to the turn of the previous century.

    Horses and buggies on Bernard Avenue, horses at Guisachan House, horses working in orchards, horses playing polo and horses giving kids a lift to school.

    She’s also included samples of the substances used by the aboriginals millennia ago to draw with and included mortar and pestles as well.

    “I love that the museum would do this,” said Everett. “These cave paintings are the oldest art in the world and there’s the horse.

    “Look how much it’s the same, the same charcoal and earth tones that I use. I like feeling part of a long tradition like that.”

    Posted by: MJ at March 11, 2007 11:51 PM

    Candles for Barbaro

    Please light candles for Lost in the Fog too!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at March 12, 2007 12:05 AM

    ROSIE UPDATE 4:20PM PST

    Rosie has been transitioning throughout the day, in fact ROSIE HAS SOME SERIOUS WAXING!!!

    Thank You

    Stephanie

    Posted by: Stephanie Pierce at March 12, 2007 12:23 AM

    Candles for Pine Island and Fitch too, thanks:)Love you Barbaro

    Posted by: Tammi at March 12, 2007 12:25 AM

    Nite Alex
    Can't they correct George's problem and beef up his fertility?? Disappointed by Round Pond's race today...she didn't look like she wanted to win! The weather is getting better now for you all up there....Spring is coming!

    Bobbycakes...my spirit Champion...I love you!

    Night everybody!

    Posted by: D'Anne in the beautiful foothills of the NC Smokies at March 12, 2007 12:27 AM

    ARGH: if Rosie has the foal tonight with our newly restricted hours I will shoot myself...Not to suggest I do not understand the new hours, just, damn. Ain't timing a bitch! OK: maybe she WON'T have the foal tonight.....

    Posted by: jonna at March 12, 2007 12:30 AM

    ###
    Jonna, right there with ya' Just as sure as we can't talk about it, it will happen.
    Oh well as long as they are healthy, that is all that really matters

    AND, we know MaryL will be taking plenty of pix for us :) Thank you Mary.

    Good night all,
    Love to you all.
    Verna

    Posted by: Verna1 at March 12, 2007 12:36 AM

    ####
    Tammi yes Pine Island and Fitch too!!
    ####
    Jonna Be right back with Rosie cam, for you

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at March 12, 2007 12:36 AM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at March 12, 2007 12:39 AM

    #######

    I just thought this was so beautiful, wanted to share.... little Charlie ( lost his mom a few days ago) & Remmie (the yearling mini who came over to keep company) fast asleep. Click on cam 2

    http://stroquat.proboards18.com/index.cgi?board=general

    Posted by: Susan O in MI at March 12, 2007 12:40 AM

    FOR BARBARO----

    U PENN LAMINITIS FUND


    Posted by: CHERYL G NO HORSE SLAUGHTER at March 12, 2007 12:43 AM

    Mary L

    Really glad to hear Maggie is starting to do better! Lizzie sends her pink nose kisses.

    Jonna

    You continue to crack me up. Les Dames des Chevaux, hee hee. Ladies in waiting to the enceinte Queen Horse.

    I still think those chickens are sabotaging the camera, though.

    Maribel, will read it and reply asap !

    Rosie, what'll it be? Foal or no foal?

    Good night, my Beloved Angel Boys.

    I hope to see a lot of people posting here tomorrow and in the days to come!

    Posted by: Susan E. at March 12, 2007 12:49 AM

    ###
    Susan O thanks how sweet. And how sad!

    Have not had time to read all the post.
    Did fax some senators and house reps. the letter from Sheriff Joe Arpaio of AZ. along with the NY Times A Bill on Horses letter to the editor from Mary Landrieu, Schakowsky and others

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at March 12, 2007 12:53 AM

    Hiya, Alex and all FsOB! I've just left my phone message for CT's 2nd District Congressman, Joe Courtney, asking for his support of HR 503. I am sooo disappointed to see that he and Congressman Chris Murphy haven't signed on as co-sponsors. I sent an e-mail as well and requested a reply.

    I just tried to e-mail Mayor Paula Bacon down in Kaufman, TX, but without success. I did locate a phone # and asked for a return call. I am eager to nominate her for a Profiles in Courage Award.

    To Nancy in CT, I'll print down the petition and send it to the fine veterinarians at the CT Valley Hosp. (AKA Pieper-Olson) in Middletown, CT.

    Still missing our sublime one ever so much. Wishing all FsOB a peaceful evening and a productive new week. It's unlikely that I'll make it to Delaware on 04/29. RMH

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at March 12, 2007 12:54 AM

    Barbaro,


    I love you FOREVER. You always live.

    Shirley
    California

    Posted by: Shirley at March 12, 2007 1:01 AM

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    Robyn,

    We will miss you on 4/29, but will think of you.

    I too miss Barbaro so much. Just watched his races again.

    Posted by: MJ at March 12, 2007 1:11 AM

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