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    Barbaro Updates: 777

    updates are now here.

    Update 4510: Off to a Superbowl Party!

    Update 4509: A beautiful morning this morning at Oaklawn Park. And we were a little busier, with seven sets. Six of mine galloped two miles, and all galloped nicely. And now time for a nap!

    Update 4508: In other racing news yesterday Albertus Maximus won the Donn Handicap in a rather labored effort: Albertus Maximus Wins Donn; Dubai Next and my previous boss, Eddie Kenneally won the Holy Bull with Saratoga Sinner: Saratoga Sinner Shines in Holy Bull Win.

    Update 4507: Video included: Nicanor Injured Slightly in Debut.

    Update 4506: So we were hopeful, but it was not to be today for Nicanor. He seemed to have trouble at the break (I did not see the replay), cruised up to the leaders down the backside and then faded. Here is the assessment from the Paulick Report and quotes: NICANOR FAR BACK IN DEBUT; 'SINNER' UPSETS HOLY BULL, excerpt:

    "(Nicanor's) better than that," Prado said afterwards. "I've worked him in the mornings and he showed me a lot . He broke really fast and unfortunately grabbed his left quarter. We'll just have to see how long it takes to heal, but I know he's better than that."

    Said trainer Michael Matz: "He grabbed the quarter (heel) of the left front leg leaving the gate. He wasn't comfortable, so Edgar just wrapped up on him."

    Update 4505: A pleasant morning's work this morning at Oaklawn Park. And it looks like it will turn in to a beautiful day! We had six sets. A few of mine galloped two miles. All galloped nicely. There were a few loose horses out there this morning so it was a little chaotic!

    Nicanor is in the eighth race today at Gulfstream Park. Post time for the race is 4:43 pm eastern! And here is another Nicanor article: Barbaro's brother making debut at Gulfstream Park.

    Update 4504: Today is the day of Nicanor's debut, the eighth race at Gulfstream. Nicanor was also on the local news out of Baltimore last night: Nicanor Expected To Boost Md. Horse Racing.

    Also on the card today at Gulfstream are the Donn Handicap (Einstein to make 2009 debut in Donn) and the Holy Bull (Three-year-olds look to take next step in Holy Bull) which was won three years ago by Barbaro.

    Comments

    good morning. wow. 1st. cool.
    good luck nicanor, god speed and safety!
    feel your big brother along your side this aftenoon and know his love and ours. we all will be rooting for you. be safe!!!!!
    barbara

    Posted by: barbara at January 31, 2009 12:05 PM

    Good morning, fellow Fans!

    This is the day we have been waiting for. My travels this afternoon take me to a town that has an OTB, my only hope of seeing Nicanor's race. I only want to see him finish safe and sound - anything more would be the icing on an already sweet cake.

    Run safe, Nicky Knocks!

    Marg
    Proud Fan of Barbaro (and Nicanor) forever

    Posted by: Marg in Maine at January 31, 2009 12:07 PM

    ####

    Hello Nicanor,

    May you run with the wind and love every second of YOUR moments!

    But more importantly Little One, be safe. Listen to Edgar as he will watch out for you, and he will listen to you.

    I love you Nicanor and you carry sooo many loving hearts with you...

    Now run along...and be safe. xxoo...x

    Posted by: Laurie H. in MN at January 31, 2009 12:07 PM

    Prayers for all the dear, brave horses who put hooves to track today...and every day...with special heartfelt prayers for the health and safety for our beloved NICANOR.

    Godspeed to you, sweet Nicanor...may your first race find you crossing the finish line a happy boy in perfect health...in or out of the money doesn't matter a whit to me, as long as you are SAFE!

    Love to you, dear Nicanor!

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at January 31, 2009 12:08 PM

    ###
    Don't we all just marvel at how the number 8 seems to always pop up in relation to Barbaro? Try this set of figuring out:

    Nicanor's race is race 8
    Post Position is 4
    Race is 2 days after 2 years since Barbaro left earth

    Now the math:
    8 = 8
    4 + 2 + 2 = 8

    Surely, there will be a quick falling of light rain just before Nicanor's race with a big rainbow for Mrs. Jackson to let her know her Barbaro is there?

    NO Horse left behind or EVER Forgotten!
    Lee

    Posted by: Sofie's Lee at January 31, 2009 12:21 PM

    Good Luck Nicanor.

    A few of us will stop by at noon and say a prayer for Nicanor

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 1:22 PM

    Nicanor, Run, Baby, feel the wind between your ears, tail flying, Edgar on your back, one with you as you run your first race. Be safe, we all love you. Have fun. Make your own destiny.

    May the Great Spirit guide and protect you.

    Posted by: Harriette Brillianthawk at January 31, 2009 1:23 PM

    I have to repost this article because I love what Mrs. Jackson said.

    "I think I was born with the word horse stamped on my heart," Gretchen Jackson said. "I just am in love with horses. I always have been. You choose what you want to think about in life. Do you want to think about all the bad stuff that's happened to you, or do you think about the good stuff? It's a choice, and for me, it's very easy to get lost in horses."


    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/01/30/sports/RAC-Barbaros-Brother.php

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 1:34 PM

    #Sophie's Lee,

    You an also say 4 is 1/2 of 8 and the Jacksons have been saying they hope Nicanor has 50% of Barbaro in him!

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 1:40 PM

    If feels like Christmas today. Now we just have to see what the package looks like at Gulfstream today. NO matter what he does today, he is special. Jen

    Posted by: jen at January 31, 2009 2:30 PM

    Beautiful Nicanor: Have fun today. Listen to the crowd. They will be cheerinng for you. What a moment that will be be.

    Run fast but run safely, and listen to Edgar. Together, you will do the best you can and learn so much today. I know your big brother will be with you as well.

    We love you.

    Lisa inn Colorado

    Posted by: Lisa Leach at January 31, 2009 2:56 PM

    Godspeed, Nicanor. It doesn't matter where you finish in the race, as long as you come home safe and happy. Edgar and Barbaro will show the way.

    Posted by: Jane in CT at January 31, 2009 3:14 PM

    Sending All, All All My Love........Prayers......
    .....Angelic Rainbows........To Nicanor.........
    And Angel Edgar.........Your Glowing Wings Of Love In Many Beautiful Rainbows...........

    In Halos..........

    Affirmed

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at January 31, 2009 3:17 PM


    Run safe Nicanor. Three years after Brother Barbaro won after passing Doctor Decherd at top of stretch. Doctor Decherd led through the race, until Barbaro. DD is with us now and safe--that is all we ask for you. But if you have fun and win, well, that will be an extra present to all of us who love you.

    Posted by: Linda at January 31, 2009 3:18 PM

    I Love You So A Lot So Angel Lou Ann. You Are In My Heart So (8) A Lot So.........You Touch My
    Heart So (8) A Lot So........For Being A So, So
    So Very Beautiful Angel On This Earth.........

    All, All All Angelic Beautiful Glowing Rainbows To You.........

    Affirmed

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at January 31, 2009 3:20 PM

    So glad to be sharing this day with all of you. This whole thing - not 'just' today's race - the Barbaro effect - is just so beyond our comprehension, all we can do is sit and watch . . . and come along for the ride . . .

    Our dear Gloria Nussbaum from IL will be at Nicanor's race today - can't wait to hear recaps from one of our own.

    AND LEST WE FORGET -

    RIP Peter O' (outcome finally 'official' in a recent statement by Mrs. Jackson, about how she and Edgar Prado had to 'go through it again' - losing him at the track).

    excerpt from Mrs. Jackson as quoted by NBC - the first part is oft-repeated, the next, not so much so - this is such a great lady -

    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/28857589/

    “I think I was born with the word horse stamped on my heart,” Gretchen Jackson said. “I just am in love with horses. I always have been. You choose what you want to think about in life. Do you want to think about all the bad stuff that’s happened to you, or do you think about the good stuff? It’s a choice, and for me, it’s very easy to get lost in horses.”

    In the aftermath of Barbaro, Jackson said she never considered getting out of the racing game. Disappointments, she says, simply happen in racing — a lesson she and Prado learned again this month.

    On Jan. 9, Prado was aboard a 4-year-old first-time starter — like Barbaro and Nicanor, owned by the Jacksons’ Lael Stables — named Peter O’, which had to be euthanized on the track after fracturing an ankle while rounding Gulfstream’s turn.

    “That was very, very sad for us, that Edgar had to go through it again with one of our horses,” Gretchen Jackson said. “First-time starter, and he just smacked his ankle. It was just horrible. It happens. That’s all I can say.”

    Still, Prado and Jackson say that when they think of Barbaro, it’s the happy moments that last. And that’s what they’ll be recalling Saturday.

    “Nicanor seems like he wants to be a good horse,” Prado said. “We’ll see Saturday if he can handle the pressure. I know Barbaro did.” [end excerpts]

    SAFE AND SOUND - that's all we ask -

    Posted by: CJaffe at January 31, 2009 3:30 PM

    [sharing email from Harriette Brillianthawk - who adds a personal note before the Devotional....]

    Jan 31 Cherokee Devotional


    Heavenly Father, Great Spirit,

    Today the blood brother of Your heavenly stallion Barbaro runs his very first race. Nicanor is special to all of us whom the Big Bay brought together. We ask you to shield him from injury, cover him with Your veil of protection. We ask this in the name of Your son, Jesus, who died on the cross for all of us.

    Amen

    Run Nicanor Run



    Jan 31

    Something to look forward to gives us reason to get up in the morning, It may be no more than watching the sun lay long shadows across the land, or enjoying the aroma of coffee and the sound of bacon sizzling in the skillet.

    Life's little pleasures gives us greater compassion and the ability to comfort and to be comforted. It is a lonely road that does not have time for the daily joys that are so common but so enlivening.

    Certain small things and observances sometimes have connection with large and more profound ideas.

    Plenty Coups
    Crow Nation

    Posted by: CJaffe at January 31, 2009 3:35 PM

    Nicky Nicky Nicky Knocks

    Can't get you out of my mind! Today is the big day. I hope you can shake off the expectations and hopes and pressure and just run for the sheer joy of it. You could not hope for a better rider today. And your Big Brother will be watching over you.

    Just run when your body tells you to run, don't clip hooves, and if Edgar asks you to do something, do it. Be safe, be safe.

    Posted by: Susan E. at January 31, 2009 3:45 PM

    Good Morning FOBs & Nicanor ~

    The day has come for our Nicanor's debut and I must admit I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. Nicanor, listen to everything Edgar tells you as as he will keep you safe just as he did Barbaro. Have fun but most of all be SAFE! Hope you can feel our love and support as we are all with you in spirit.

    I will be watching and cheering you on from Los Alamitos Racetrack in California. GO NICANOR & EDGAR!!!

    Posted by: Patti, Sherman Oaks, CA at January 31, 2009 3:46 PM

    Morning Alex and FOB's

    Barbaro soars above Nicanor today...may all the horses and jockeys race safely. Prayers to all of you.

    D'Anne in the beautiful foothills of the NC Smokies


    Posted by: D'Anne Coburn at January 31, 2009 3:46 PM

    wondering what has happened with Spenditallbaby, the 5-year-old mare who sustained two fractured sesamoids early in the running of last Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Distaff ?

    good news on the progress of Spenditallbaby following surgery yesterday - this update from the DB, posted late last night by LindaL333

    http://forums.delphiforums.com/alexbrown/messages?msg=32860.61

    Hope you are still awake, good news so far:

    This is from Face Book:

    To the fans of Spenditallbaby:

    Dr. Joe Morgan repaired her fractured sessmoids in a 7 hour surgery today. She came out of the surgery well and resting comfortably in her stall tonight. The next few days and then weeks are critical. That said, her demeanor and attitude is outstanding and if any horse can survive this, it is our Spenditall.

    Thank you all so much for your thoughts, concerns and prayers. We will post an update when there is more to say.

    The Unusual Heat Syndicate [end crosspost from DB]

    candles for Spenditallbaby - [close up spaces]

    http:// www. gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=spend

    Posted by: CJaffe at January 31, 2009 3:59 PM

    ###
    Dear Heavenly Father;

    They run because You gave them the gift of the wind. It runs through them from nose to tail. They fly into it in the most thrilling, magnificent manner, in a grand display of strength and courage.

    They run because You made them to be swift.
    Because of this, they run here at our command, for our pleasure, and to earn their oats. They run because they CAN.

    Lord, please keep them safe. Protect the glory of your creation. With happy hearts, let us rejoice this day.

    God speed our dear NICANOR and all of the beauties who run.

    Amen

    Your FOB Fren, O

    Posted by: Otherlyn at January 31, 2009 4:00 PM

    May God and the Angels be with Nicanor today and always.

    Off topic, but here is something you can watch while you are waiting for Nicanor's race today. This is from Debra in Ohio, an FOB who rarely posts. The video is a wedding dance like you've never seen before! Enjoy!

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at January 31, 2009 4:01 PM

    Don't forget to sign up for daily reminders and click for the animals. It's FREE and you even get a free pin.

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at January 31, 2009 4:22 PM

    Good Morning, All

    Little Nic, everyone is so excited and eager to see you run. Have a great time today, little one. Remember everything you've learned, listen to Edgar, and we'll all be praying for your safety. Your big brother will be right alongside you all the way.

    XXXXOOOO

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones, one of the Americans Against Horse Slaughter at January 31, 2009 4:39 PM

    Wow, this says it all ~

    "SAFE AND SOUND - that's all we ask -"


    Posted by: VirginiaBred at January 31, 2009 4:43 PM

    ### Barb, where is the wedding video? Or am I still asleep (probably need more coffee!)

    Thanks!

    Posted by: kathyb at January 31, 2009 4:43 PM

    ####
    kathyb, LOL I need some coffee, too. Go back to the post: 4:01 PM

    "here" is the blue link. You can right click to open in a new tab or window. I think that is easier, or you can simply click on the blue "here." You won't regret it!

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at January 31, 2009 4:49 PM

    Here with all of you, VIGILING @ 12 NOON, for NICANOR, God Bless him and keep him safe, we know he's under a beautiful veil of prayer and positive thoughts.
    Of course, we keep every horse under our veil of prayer and positive thoughts, but this being a particularly big day for NICANOR, we gather . . . .

    All the sentiments expressed here earlier are so very beautiful, you all are such beautiful people!

    Holding hands, paws, and hooves with the entire Barbaro Nation!

    always with love,
    Lou Ann

    ((NICANOR))

    Posted by: Lou Ann R., FOB forever, PA at January 31, 2009 4:55 PM

    ### Barb, the video is hysterical, thanks!

    Be safe, Nicanor, Edgar and all those racing today.

    Posted by: Karla at January 31, 2009 5:02 PM

    ###
    Scrolling through the posts this morning gave me so much reassurance -- seeing Sofie's Lee, Laurie H, and D'Anne; receiving the Cherokee Devotional -- all of you have woven a spiritual web of protection around Nicanor. May it be so, Nicanor. May you be safe and sound always. And have fun!!!

    Jackie in VA
    FOB fovever

    Posted by: Jackie in VA at January 31, 2009 5:17 PM

    Godspeed, Nicanor.

    Posted by: Susan Hopkins at January 31, 2009 5:18 PM

    ### Barb, thanks! Couldn't see that blue "here" with the way the light was coming in! Plus I need more JAVA!

    Posted by: kathyb at January 31, 2009 5:20 PM

    Hay, FOB's!

    had some computer issues which I was finally able to fix myself...all I had to do was look.

    ###
    I add my prayers for the safety of Nicanor and Edgar...and for Nicanor to listen to Edgar...and for both to run with the wind...

    and come home safely.

    All Love
    Padme A'Tea

    Posted by: Padme A'Tea (Lyn Gilbert) at January 31, 2009 5:24 PM

    May the Lord God, who loves all his creations, hold our beloved NICANOR in his loving embrace and bring him safely across the finish line. Amen.

    Dear Nicky Knocks, we all love you so much and don't want you to feel weighed down by the burden of being "Barbaro's baby brother." Instead, let the genes of your daddy Dynaformer and your mama La Ville Rouge give you strength, courage and wings to fly...AND LISTEN TO EDGAR, he'll never steer you wrong!

    ((((((((((NICANOR))))))))))

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at January 31, 2009 5:25 PM

    I dont get the channel covering Nicanors race today. Someone please post when the race is over. May the angels be with him today.

    Posted by: sandra at January 31, 2009 5:31 PM

    You can listen to the race right here:

    http://horseracingradio.net/

    Posted by: VirginiaBred at January 31, 2009 5:32 PM

    heads-up - watch CBS news tonight

    Gloria IL just telephoned from the track - she's there with a number of FOBs and more are expected - she wanted me to let you all know that CBS is planning to broadcast a feature on Nicanor and his race, on the news that will air at 6:30 pm eastern time tonight.

    Posted by: CJaffe at January 31, 2009 6:05 PM

    ####
    Thanks, CJ!

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at January 31, 2009 6:10 PM

    crossposting from the DB

    Horse racing - Eddie Logan has died

    From: whitney23187 1:09 pm
    To: ALL (1 of 1)

    33169.1

    they just announced it on hrtv--passed away a little after midnight at 98 yrs old---drove machinery to help build santa anita and saw all that history and became such an integral part of it.....RIP Eddie--you will be sorely missed by all trainers and everyone who ever went to santa anita--i envy such a long life so well lived....

    Posted by: CJaffe at January 31, 2009 6:15 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at January 31, 2009 6:17 PM

    Barbaro's Candles have crashed from over 1,200 on Thursday to 400 now. Please take a moment to light just one candle. Let's keep his memory alive over there!

    Thanks.

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at January 31, 2009 6:45 PM

    AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO DIDN'T KNOW THIS?

    Jennys on Radio, a horse that many of us were worried about, is part of the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program...great news!

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at January 31, 2009 6:47 PM

    ####
    Yes, Nancy, you are! LOL

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at January 31, 2009 7:00 PM

    D'anne, Patti, so glad to see you here!

    CJ--thank you for posting the update on Spenditallbaby. Clearly her connections GET IT. Even more lucky, her injury is one that can be fixed. Come on, sweetie, do what you need to do and ask for that sling when you need it.

    Posted by: Susan E. at January 31, 2009 7:00 PM

    *** For Jonna ***

    Saturday, January 31st... Horse killer Manny Phelps informs us that in the month of January, 6 stock trailers filled with horses left the feed lot in Wilton for slaughter in Canada and Mexico. We know of another two trailers from Vallejo. One from Pittsburgh. 9 trailers total that we are aware of. Approximately 180 horses.

    Feed lots are currently full. All horses priced by the pound.

    We also have access to more than 100 thoroughbreds who come from ranch foreclosures, and private homes. If you can help, my cell is 530-383-2120. Tbfriends is happy to provide transportation.

    Singing the tired, same old song. Needing help with doomed horses, and how soon until we come up empty?

    Because daily on the news there are companies laying off thousands of workers. I always wonder, how is our economy going to get better if no one has a job?

    Since 2009 began, we have been asked to take back 12 horses who were adopted from us. Owners who lost their employment. Owners who can no longer pay board.

    We called him Boston, because his sire is Boston Harbor, and because we love the Red Sox. Boston can jump over the moon, and he was adopted by two sisters from the Fresno area. This was in 2006.

    Their dad lost his job last year, and the family is fighting to keep their home. Boston had to come back to us. Instead of one broken hearted owner, there are two. For both sisters, Boston was their life. Each night at the barn, each summer weekend competing at shows.

    This is what Alice Bento has to say in her letter: If the goodness of others prevail, we will survive this mess.

    Alice is 13. I like the way she thinks.

    Enjoy your 74 degree last day of January Saturday, and be sure to hug your horses. The Doobie Brothers on the oldies station...

    Joe

    More lifetime horses on our ranch.

    Top Left: Forest Gump was born on our ranch in 1997. A kind gelding who loves attention. The first horse to greet you at the gate.

    Top Right: Last year Bear came to us from a race track in horrible shape. A badly broken knee, a bowed hind tendon, with a back so sore you could hardly touch him. Bear is healing nicely, but still not available for adoption. Bear is in love with a young girl who visits often, and when he sees her in our driveway the screaming begins. They go for long walks, and Bear is so gentle with her.

    Bottom Left: This is Bill. We rescued Bill in 2004, and what a sweet personality. His wife is Darryl Hannah.

    Bottom Right: Sky Pilot came from the track with a fractured leg. He spent 4 months in a cast, and now he dances like Donny Osmond. My wife Cathy took care of Sky until he was sound. Cathy loves him, which is the reason he is not available for adoption. A big pet.

    Posted by: kathyb at January 31, 2009 7:01 PM

    Thanks Susan E for the welcome!

    Looks like all systems are a go. Nicanor is probably at Gulfstream by now. I will head over to Los Alamitos very soon.

    GO NICANOR & EDGAR!!!Safe trip please...

    And let's hear the announcer say "And here comes Nicanor"!

    Posted by: Patti, Sherman Oaks, CA at January 31, 2009 7:26 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at January 31, 2009 7:26 PM

    Race 8 today Gulfstream Park

    1. Unbridled Cardinal KY sire is Unbridled Song
    2. Big Flirt FL sire is Macho uno, he has 2 starts
    3. Andiron KY sire is A.P Andy, 1 start
    4. Nicanor KY
    5. Warrior's Reward KY sire Medoglia
    6. Allrightsreserved Ky sire Awesome Again, 1 start
    7. Boyhood Dream FL sire Broken Vow
    8. IL Postino KY sire Distorted Humor, 1 start
    9. Trust the Deputy FL sire Trust N Luck, 1 start
    10. Dubinsky KY sire Toccet, 2 starts
    11. Single Malt KY sire Include
    12. Audeamus PA sire Scimshaw

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at January 31, 2009 7:46 PM

    Eyes from all over the world will be on Nicanor today. I hope we can accept him for who he is.

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at January 31, 2009 7:58 PM

    I am so nervous! I don't have access to watch the race so I hope a kind soul will update us here on the comments board.

    Nicanor, be safe!

    Posted by: kathyb at January 31, 2009 8:02 PM

    we can all listen live at www.horseracingradio.net

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 8:05 PM

    Run Nicanor Run
    Nicanor Be Safe...Be Sound......and
    Have Fun!
    Godspeed Nicanor and Edgar
    Can you imagine what Nicanor will think as he hears the roar of the crowd?
    I'm nervous & excited...
    jan

    Posted by: jan at January 31, 2009 8:09 PM

    Barbi called from Gulfstream & asked for this to be posted.. sorry if it is a duplication.

    They were interviewed again today by CBS News. The segment - and a replay of the race - will air TONIGHT at dinnertime -- CBS Network News. Go FOBs!



    Weather is about 65 degrees and she says the track is pretty busy.

    A safe run for Nicanor and Edgar, and for all the horses and riders today. Godspeed, little brother.

    Posted by: Susan i nSaratoga at January 31, 2009 8:13 PM

    Run with the wind Nicanor. Please come home safe.

    Posted by: William K. at January 31, 2009 8:17 PM

    ###
    Kathy
    You could come up to Bay Minette and watch it with me. I have TVG and I hope they will cover the race.
    A sports bar will also have the racing, unless there is a football games on!
    I am excited and nervous!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at January 31, 2009 8:20 PM

    All I care about is that Nicanor comes home safe. Let him be himself and don't expect him to be the Great Barbaro!

    Ro & Brady

    Posted by: Rosemarie at January 31, 2009 8:21 PM

    Hello all you wonderful, compassionate gentlepersons!

    I went to: horseracingradio.net

    They are saying on their website that due to technical difficulties the podcast today is unavailable. Darn! Does anyone know of another venue for the Gulfstream races today?

    I feel strangely detached as to whether Nicanor wins today or not, just want to see him run and don't care where he finishes.

    My best to all,
    Bonnie MacRaith

    Posted by: Bonnie MacRaith at January 31, 2009 8:27 PM

    Amen, Ro...lightning rarely strikes twice in the same place! Speaking just for myself, I love Nicanor just for his own dear self, and pray to the Creator of all creatures to guide Nicanor's hooves and keep him safe today and always...

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at January 31, 2009 8:27 PM

    ####
    Dang, Bonnie. I was all ready to listen in.....they HAVE to run it somewhere! Where is HRTV this day? (I don't get that channel. but you'd think..........)

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at January 31, 2009 8:30 PM

    Bonnie, its says they won't have the equine forum but at 4pm EST they will start to broadcast from Gulfstream.

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 8:36 PM

    OK. Off topic, but we have a little while until the race. I was just thinking that you folks wouldn't get this where you are unless you are in Arizona. Our local "Chipotle" restaurants are offering free burritos from 2 to 4 if you wear red or Cardinals jerseys. We are going out for free burritos!

    My son, God bless him, has a scheduled route worked out so he can go in a huge circle around the Phoenix/Glendale area. He and his buddies are going out to ALL of them. I'm guessing we will have plenty of left-over burritos for our Super Bowl Party tomorrow. Their burritos are HUGE! LOL

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at January 31, 2009 8:36 PM

    ###
    BONNIE McRAITH (great to see you!) ~ I believe/hope that the podcast that is unavailable is in reference to a program that was supposed to air at 8 am today.

    The site still says "Join HRRN Saturday afternoon from 4:00-5:30 ET for exclusive coverage of Gulfstream’s Grade1 Donn H., Grade 3 Holy Bull S., and the debut of Barbaro’s brother Nicanor"

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at January 31, 2009 8:40 PM

    mj,

    Oh, thanks, obviously I didn't get it, I'll try again

    Posted by: Bonnie MacRaith at January 31, 2009 8:40 PM

    I called DirecTV to see if I could add HRTV to my package; they don't offer it even as a premium channel; I asked the service rep to convey my displeasure over this to the programming ppl. Well, I tried!

    Posted by: CJaffe at January 31, 2009 8:41 PM

    ###
    BONNIE ~ forgot to say that I'm listening to an archived podcast about Three Chimneys, so the station IS working!

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at January 31, 2009 8:43 PM

    Hay, FOB's...

    am waiting for Nicanor's race.

    Prayers...lots of prayers...

    ###
    I have just published my new website...

    http://www.asimplehealer.webs.com

    I mention Alex,the FOB's, Tim, and have links to here, AAHS, New Bolton. This is the seed site for what I wish to do...how I wish to give back to those who have supported me, the horses...and who show what Compassion in Action truly means.

    Feedback is greatly appreciated.

    Go Nicanor...

    All Love
    Padme A'Tea

    Would love feedback...

    Posted by: Padme A'Tea (Lyn Gilbert) at January 31, 2009 8:57 PM

    Good luck Nicanor... may your brothers spirit be with you and keep you safe.

    Posted by: Shawna at January 31, 2009 8:59 PM

    THANKS GUYS FOR THE INFO ON HOW I CAN ATTEMPT TO SEE NIC RUN HIS RACE! I JUST ASSUMED THAT TVG WOULD AIR IT!! CJ, I'M WITH YA -- I'VE SENT DIRECT TV SO MANY MESSAGES ABOUT GETTING HRTV!

    GOOD LUCK NIC!! :>)

    LOVE,
    CHERYL

    Posted by: CHERYL G. JUST SAY NO TO HORSE SLAUGHTER at January 31, 2009 8:59 PM

    How do you get the live stream on horseracing radio? I can't figure this web site out

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 9:01 PM

    ####
    CJ
    You tried.
    I don't think you would like HRTV. Racing all day everyday, I only watch the big races.
    Have seen to many break downs, then I spend days trying to find out about the horse.
    I watch with my hands over my eyes!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at January 31, 2009 9:02 PM

    Oh great, it's not working for me! You people MUST post how he does.

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 9:04 PM

    I can tell that the station is working but I can't for the life of me get plugged into it, I've tried now for about an hour, I'll just have to wait, maybe it's because I have a mac.

    Thanks for the help anyway, I'll just wait.

    Could someone be so kind as to call the race?

    Posted by: Bonnie MacRaith at January 31, 2009 9:08 PM

    God please bless Nicanor

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 9:09 PM

    Godspeed brave Nicanor. May the wings of your sweet angel brother Barbaro carry you and Edgar safely home. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to All.

    Posted by: Eva at January 31, 2009 9:13 PM

    It didn't work for either. Debbie, wish I could join you!

    Be safe Nicanor!

    Posted by: kathyb at January 31, 2009 9:14 PM

    I had trouble downloading the JAVA update, but go to the FAQ/Tips menu and use the "Standalone Player" and you can listen to it.

    Posted by: Paula at January 31, 2009 9:15 PM

    I'm so nervous I can't sit still... the Holy Bull is on now.

    Posted by: Paula at January 31, 2009 9:16 PM

    Thanks Paula,
    I tried to use the "Standalone Player" but got a notice on my screen that photoshop doesn't support it. Darn!

    Posted by: Bonnie MacRaith at January 31, 2009 9:18 PM

    Good luck Nicanor. May the Lord and his Angels keep you safe. God Bless.
    Missing you Barbaro and Fog.

    Posted by: Melissa, PA at January 31, 2009 9:24 PM

    On the db they say he has had over $23,000 bet on him to win.

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 9:25 PM

    Nic's race is next. OMG I wasn't ready to be this emotional....tears coming. Please, Lord, keep him safe.

    Posted by: Paula at January 31, 2009 9:28 PM

    I can't get it on horseracingradio.net, either. I have a Mac. I am beyond frustrated!!!!!!!!!

    Please tell us what happens???????

    Posted by: Jane in CT at January 31, 2009 9:29 PM

    Getting nervous now myself and praying, holding hands with all of you, don't think I could be at the track. Will check back in a little bit soon as I can to find out from all of you.
    Godspeed, NICANOR!! Just be safe!!

    #########
    NANCY, NAUGHTY NUTMEGGER:
    Thank you for posting about JENNY'S ON RADIO!! That was mightly fabulous news to me, too!! I mistakenly thought she was one we had lost in a track accident some time back. Oh this really is wonderful news, thank you!!
    Kitty whisker tickles to your dear Seamus! I hope he's under your quilt today, it's soooo cold!!

    Holding hands, paws, hooves with the entire Barbaro Nation!

    always, Lou Ann

    Posted by: Lou Ann R., FOB forever, PA at January 31, 2009 9:30 PM

    go to the db..under Gulfstream..good posts from those watching

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 9:30 PM

    he got a round of applause when he entered the paddock

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 9:34 PM

    more applause as he entered the tunnel with Edgar!

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 9:37 PM

    Nic looks calm and relaxed....

    Posted by: Lisa Leach at January 31, 2009 9:38 PM

    ###Saw Nicanor in the post parade. He looked very grown up and calm. :0)

    Posted by: KAY at January 31, 2009 9:42 PM

    Prayers

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at January 31, 2009 9:43 PM

    Many prayers

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 9:43 PM

    I love you, Nicanor!!

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at January 31, 2009 9:44 PM

    Just be you Nic - prayers for a safe trip!

    Posted by: brenda at January 31, 2009 9:48 PM

    7th?

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 9:48 PM

    WE STILL LOVE YOU NIC!! :>)

    LOVE,
    CHERYL G

    Posted by: CHERYL G. JUST SAY NO TO HORSE SLAUGHTER at January 31, 2009 9:49 PM

    ###Nicanor did not place but he ran a good race and Edgar paid attention to him and did not force him to run.

    Now let's wait for the assessment after the race is over.

    Posted by: KAY at January 31, 2009 9:49 PM

    11th

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 9:50 PM

    I think it was 7th, not 11th

    Posted by: Paula at January 31, 2009 9:51 PM

    WE STILL LOVE YOU NIC!! :>)

    LOVE,
    CHERYL G

    Posted by: CHERYL G. JUST SAY NO TO HORSE SLAUGHTER at January 31, 2009 9:51 PM

    No matter where you came in Nicanor, you will always be a shining star to me - just like your brothers Barbaro and Lentenor.

    Posted by: Brenda at January 31, 2009 9:52 PM

    As long as Nicanor is safe...

    love you always "sweet child of mine"...

    All Love
    Padme A'Tea

    Posted by: Padme A'Tea (Lyn Gilbert) at January 31, 2009 9:53 PM

    I couldn't see it. XPressbet wouldn't let me in. 7th??? What happened?? Is Nic safe??? Did he just not understand what he needed to do


    Not understanding is fine--he can learn that. But is he's okay???? Please tell me he is....

    Posted by: Margaret at January 31, 2009 9:53 PM

    Some one tell us what is happening in the race??? PLEASE????

    Posted by: Maribel at January 31, 2009 9:54 PM

    he finished 7th or 9th, but is home safe. Sounds like he came on and the had to stop

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 9:56 PM

    He is okay. Go to DB and read the posts of those who are there watching.

    Posted by: Paula at January 31, 2009 9:56 PM

    Edgar said Nicanor came out of the race just fine.

    yeah!

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 9:57 PM

    Okay a bit inpatient. I'm sorry for hollering but I'm getting frantic.

    What is MM saying.

    Posted by: Margaret at January 31, 2009 9:58 PM


    NICANOR ^-^ He's our boy! Thank God and Edgar for bringing him home safe. Everyone OK! A Very good beginning.

    Wheeeeew!

    Your FOB Fren, O

    Posted by: Otherlyn at January 31, 2009 9:58 PM

    Replay on CBS news tonight I think

    Posted by: Paula at January 31, 2009 9:58 PM

    @@@@@
    All that counts is Nic and Edgar safe....now our boy has gotten his feet wet!

    God answered my prayers...SAFE!!!!

    Posted by: joan roya at January 31, 2009 9:59 PM

    A safe race for Nicanor and Edgar!! Music to my ears.

    Love you Nicanor--just the way you are!!

    Posted by: Amy A in NJ - Forever FOB at January 31, 2009 9:59 PM

    I WATCHED IT ON XPRESS BET RACING LIVE VIDEO, I AM ANXIOUS TO HEAR WHAT MICHAEL HAS TO SAY.

    LOVE,
    CHERYL G
    :>)

    Posted by: CHERYL G. JUST SAY NO TO HORSE SLAUGHTER at January 31, 2009 10:04 PM

    Lyn did a good write up on the db..sounds like he got stuck in traffic a few times

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 10:05 PM

    Where is Alex with his expert anlysis?

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 10:07 PM

    Thank You Lord,

    Our Champion is home safe and sound.

    Amen

    Posted by: Sofie's Lee at January 31, 2009 10:14 PM

    on the discussion board someone said that Edgar said Nicanor may have struck one of his front hooves with a rear hoof but that no damage was done, it may have just surprised him and he slowed down, we'll see what they have to say

    Posted by: Bonnie MacRaith at January 31, 2009 10:20 PM

    And Amen to you, Lee...I am so very grateful that beloved Nicanor is safe, that Alex didn't push him when it was obvious that he "ran out of gas" or perhaps in too much traffic...and now, his first race is under his belt!

    I LOVE YOU, NICANOR, and I am so very proud of you!

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at January 31, 2009 10:25 PM

    Thank you, BVM and all the angels, God Bless him, as long as NICANOR came in safe, that's all that matters to me!


    ####
    DEBBIE L.A.
    Hi - think I saw earlier or late last night (get my days and nights mixed up sometimes-LOL) that you were up with one of your dogs not feeling well?
    How are things today? Hope he/she is feeling better? Give a hug for me, please!

    always,
    Lou Ann

    Posted by: Lou Ann R.,, FOB forever, PA at January 31, 2009 10:27 PM

    results say he finished 10th

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 10:29 PM

    Go to his blog on bloodhorse and you can see his race. I think he got stuck in traffic. People are also saying Edgar eased him up and saved him for another day.

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 10:39 PM

    Here are the footnotes from the race results at Gulfstream. Nic was 10th, ahead of two:

    Footnotes
    WARRIOR'S REWARD reserved early, rallied along the rail to take over at the quarter pole, then was under steady urging to prevail.
    ALLRIGHTSRESERVED chased the pace three wide, made a run to join the leaders on the turn, vied with WARRIOR'S REWARD to inside the eighth pole
    but couldn't stay with that rival while clearly second best. SINGLE MALT unhurried early, raced three wide around the turn and passed tired rivals for the
    show. DUBINSKY set the pace off the rail to the quarter pole, then gave way. AUDEAMUS outrun early, raced four wide around the turn and improved his
    position. IL POSTINO rated off the pace, raced four wide around the turn and tired. BOYHOOD DREAM was not a factor. BIG FLIRT chased the pace,
    made a run to reach near even terms for command on the turn, then faltered. UNBRIDLED CARDINAL chased the pace along the inside to nearing the
    stretch, then faded. NICANOR stumbled and bumped with ANDIRON at the start, moved up to track the leaders three wide around the turn, then had
    nothing left. ANDIRON bumped by NICANOR at the start and was through after a half mile. TRUST THE DEPUTY showed brief speed, stopped and was
    eased in the stretch run.

    Posted by: Edgewise at January 31, 2009 10:44 PM

    DUH, I meant that EDGAR didn't push him...

    That's what I get for posting when I'm talking on the phone and we were discussing the info ALEX would post for us.

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at January 31, 2009 10:45 PM

    There's now a link on the DB....glad he is SAFE!!
    He was doing extremely well !! Unfortunate that this happened !! It looked like he had more than enough in the tank to wrap that one up!!! He moved up quickly after a slow start out of the gate!! Disappointing but he is SAFE!! Edgar did a wonderful job!!

    God bless Nic ...

    Posted by: Maribel at January 31, 2009 10:45 PM

    His run was very interesting so it will be good to hear what Michael and Edgar have to say. He was running with his head very high (rank) and I wonder why he was slow out of the gate. Too many distractions?

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 10:49 PM

    Thank you, thank you, that Nicanor made it home safe.

    Loving you every day, Barbaro.

    Posted by: kathryn in ok at January 31, 2009 10:50 PM

    Does anyone know if Trust the Deputy is ok?

    Posted by: Sofie's Lee at January 31, 2009 10:56 PM

    bloodhorse

    Your can see the race on Bloodhorse!

    #####
    Lou Ann
    Thanks for asking, he seems to be fine now. At 1 AM he got sick in MY bed, then he poop in the floor, upset tummy I think. I was up until 5 AM cleaning everything and washing bedding. What a night!
    I have two Boston Terriers. That let me sleep with them. LOL

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at January 31, 2009 10:57 PM

    The Jacksons were interviewed and Nicanor "grabbed a quarter" when he took his first step. He knocked his hooves and is ok, but Edgar knew they wouldn't recover.

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 11:01 PM

    #####
    Nicky...or Nicanor...he will find his way...his own way....and no matter what he shines in our book and IS SAFE.

    I cannot imagine the pressure on everyone...thinking of Barbaro and then being Barbaro's brother....

    Our boy is home and safe, and loved...THANK YOU LORD!

    As we say...
    WE BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!!!!!!

    Posted by: joan roya at January 31, 2009 11:05 PM

    ####
    Good thing you didn't drive up, TVG don't cover Gulfstream Park racing! I did not get to see the race LOL. So glad is Okay!
    Prayers for the horses!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at January 31, 2009 11:06 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at January 31, 2009 11:23 PM

    Alex, How fast do you think he was going to move from last to 4th. I see that first quarter mile was really fast.

    Posted by: mj at January 31, 2009 11:24 PM

    CBS coverage tonight was fabulous!

    Posted by: mj at February 1, 2009 12:00 AM

    Thankfully, Nicky got home safe. I watched the replay because I can't watch anything live just yet. Just don't have the stomach for it right now. Anyway, saw him flash a little bit of that Barbaro speed. He is gorgeous and obviously talented. He'll do good the next time. Just glad he's safe

    Posted by: lorraine at February 1, 2009 12:30 AM

    been having puter issues that kept me off until now.

    Glad he's OK - great coverage on CBS - and the video is fine too -

    apparently there was an 'incident' in an earlier race, details at the DB -

    just out of curiosity - Alex, anyone - why don't they use "bell boots" routinely to prevent the hind hoof from damaging the front bulb (heel), as we do with horses in other disciplines? My OTTB wore them at all times out of the stall, after he clipped himself several times. just wondering - I know other kinds of protective leg wraps are used during races by some at the track - so why not bell boots on the fronts?

    Posted by: CJaffe at February 1, 2009 12:46 AM

    Nincanor is safe! Edgar Prado is the best!

    Ro & Brady

    Posted by: Rosemarie at February 1, 2009 12:52 AM

    Poor baby (Nicanor). If they break him like they did Barbaro, my heart will break all over again. Maybe they will retire him early ... like now.

    Posted by: Takeishi Nakamura at February 1, 2009 12:52 AM

    Nicanor.......... should have used preview :)

    Posted by: Rosemarie at February 1, 2009 12:52 AM

    http://forums.delphiforums.com/alexbrown/messages?msg=18208.32762

    Lisa in Colorado posted these gorgeous pics of her kids Hope and AJ (the PMU foals born at MHR who now live with her in Colorado). Too sweet not to share.

    LIVING PROOF OF THE LIVING TRUTH

    Posted by: CJaffe at February 1, 2009 12:53 AM

    ###

    Famblee...Am on phone w/our *JONNA*....she has a message for YOLE....I am being a 'secretary ladeee' for her...here you go:

    I LUB my FOBs! I miss EVERYONE! I worry about many of you, like HOW IS HANS???

    How is *CHIEF* (I can fill her in...Chief sends me lovenotes..I w/read to Jonna)

    I am glad Nicanor is alive and well...and thank God, Edgar was 'up' on him today!

    We have LOTS OF *SNOW* here in Liverpool, the snowbanks from the plow are 3' high on the street in front of our homes.

    PLEASE REMEMBER TO GIVE ANYTHING YOU ARE ABLE TO YOUR FAVORITE RESCUE...WE MUST HELP EACH OTHER, FAMBLEE!!

    I think we have the strongest Grass Roots Movement in the country, second only to our President's! Let's just call it a FORCE OF NATURE...we just must be ready to do whatever we are asked, to help the HORSES!

    I hope everyone stays warm...but not 'too warm' in CA.

    xxoo:j
    COURAGE

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at February 1, 2009 1:03 AM

    Thank you, Lyneeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    Thank you, Edgar Prado.

    Posted by: MargieinNM at February 1, 2009 1:06 AM

    Nic, its OK !! Your home safe and sound tonight. Rest comfortable and know how much the FOB's care.
    Edgar, nice job and be safe as well.

    Posted by: Stu at February 1, 2009 1:07 AM

    http://www.cbs.com/collections/superbowl/index.php?week=1&r=n&playvid=1#1

    quick hurry a few minutes left to vote -

    vote for the Clydesdale commercial NOW

    Posted by: CJaffe at February 1, 2009 1:50 AM

    today reminds us of how special Barbaro truly was.

    Posted by: sara at February 1, 2009 2:53 AM

    I watched the race at Los Alamitos and was not able to hear the announcer. I was yelling and cheering him on. I was boasting proudly and I think several people at the track bet on him. I watched as he was making his way through traffic but was concerned when I saw him drop back. I thought he may have been hurt but didn't know for sure until I got home. Thanks to Edgar he will be okay! I'm just so glad that he's okay.

    THANK YOU EDGAR PRADO!!!

    Posted by: Patti, Sherman Oaks, CA at February 1, 2009 3:03 AM

    So, So So Very (8) Glad That Nicanor Is Safe. Nicanor And And Angel Edgar God's Glowing Angels
    On This Earth.........Your Wings Of Love In Many Beautiful Rainbows..........

    Affirmed

    Posted by: Dee Mirich at February 1, 2009 3:06 AM

    A Song for Nicanor (you know the tune)

    We love you Nic-a-nor
    Oh yes we do
    We love you Nic-a-nor
    And we'll be true

    We want you happy
    Not blue
    Oh Nic-a-nor we love you.

    Posted by: Susan E. at February 1, 2009 3:17 AM

    So glad Nicanor is safe!

    ####
    CJ, I voted and voted and voted....seems you can vote as many times as you want!

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at February 1, 2009 3:17 AM

    What a memorable day! My hotel internet is horrible; can't stay connected; but here's one last attempt...

    For Nicanor's debut, I was able to meet up with FOB's Barbi M., Beth, Charlie, Jen and Brad from Pure Thoughts, as well as briefly with Donna W. and Bernel. Wonderful people! I haven't seen the CBS News piece yet, but they talked to us throughout the day. Jack and his crew were very gracious and genuinely interested in the Barbaro Effect.

    I can't recall ever having heard such applause for a horse for simply walking into the ring. Nicanor looked amazing. He walked like a happy and proud horse, and we all remarked on his composure. To me, he looked very "substantial" and well filled out for his age. While we knew he didn't get away well from the gate, we saw his burst of speed and hoped for the best. We figured Edgar knew what he was doing, and of course he did. Just glad they came back safe to race another day.

    It was a joy to see the Jacksons, Michael Matz, and Edgar Prado and get a similar sense of the spirit and excellence that we have all witnessed before. Nicanor is his own "man", but definitely carries himself like he will have something to show. I will try to post photos when I have a good connection. But for now, just know that the FOB presence went well beyond those who were lucky enough to be there in person.

    P.S. Einstein looked absolutely gorgeous, and ran a good race in the Donn even though he came in 3rd. Saratoga Sinner, the winner of the Holy Bull, looked great before the race, but I thought he seemed a bit high strung and TOO "on his toes." Little did I know!

    Alex, we were standing near Eddie Kenneally after the races and I wanted to ask him about Kelly's Landing, and say hi from you, but I chickened out. :)

    Posted by: Gloria in IL at February 1, 2009 4:36 AM

    Sorry to hear that Nicanor got injured. Suffice to say, I have mixed feelings about racing and don't exaclty support it like I did once, but whatever. He's gorgeous and I wish him the best. Reminds me a lot of his brother in appearances, seeing him it's kind of like Barbaro never died...

    But it's unbelieveably late and I have no idea why I'm up right now even hacing this thought :) Probably because I don't want to get off my butt and do the housework before bed...

    Posted by: JackieTundra at February 1, 2009 6:18 AM

    Prayers early this Sunday morning that our beloved Nicanor's injury is indeed a minor glitch, and that he will have a swift and uncomplicated recovery...I love you, Nicanor, you handsome devil. I didn't see the race, but FOB Robin West was kind enough to call and let me listen to her broadcast...and it's sounds like you were very calm, cool and collected in the post parade and the gate...we are sooooooo proud of you!

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at February 1, 2009 11:39 AM

    Good morning, fellow Fans!

    I agree with Nancy - Nicanor took everything they threw at him yesterday with the calmness of a much more seasoned horse. I know there was some concern about that from his connections. He certainly looked much the best to me in the paddock but this set-back will be just a bump in the road. And I observed that we were not the only folks who were at the OTB just to see him - one person on their cellphone broadcast to the entire room her reason for being there and several others headed for the exit once the race was over. I resisted the urge to bet any money - I never bet on Barbaro and will probably never bet on any of his brothers. Just a superstition from this normally rational lady!

    Everyone, enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday - I'll be watching the for the commercials as football is no where near as fascinating as horse racing to me.

    Marg
    Proud Fan of Barbaro forever

    Posted by: Marg in Maine at February 1, 2009 12:30 PM

    Great to see Gloria again and meet some other FOB's at Gulfstream. I echo Gloria's comments, there was so much anticipation when Nicanor came thru the tunnel into the walking ring, which was packed 5 deep. Having seen Barbaro in the Holy Bull and Florida Derby, it brought back so many memories. And Nicanor is beautiful, calm and has that professional presense about him. After Edgar got a leg up, more applause echoed as they went thru the tunnel to the track. After the stumble, we could tell Edgar was easing back on him to take care of him. Hoping this little stumble does not set him back too much, looking forward to his very bright future.

    Many other horses ran great but one I wanted to mention is Finalleymadeit, who finished second in the Grade 1 Donn Hanicap. He is a little Calder based horse who dueled the entire stretch with Albertus Maximus after just running last week here in the Sunshine Millions Classic. His story of survival, he was born paralyzed is on the DB and he is one of the most courageous horses I have ever seen.

    Thanks to CBS and their great crew for spending the past 2 Saturdays with us at Gulfstream covering Nicanor and Barbaro's story.

    Posted by: Barb m in Florida at February 1, 2009 1:53 PM

    #####
    Hi Gloria,
    Thanks for your eyewitness account. If I'm not mistaken, I think you are one of the FOB's that is included in the CBS piece that ran last night. It was a quick shot of 4 FOB's, and I could swear you are standing all the way to the right in the shot.

    Hope we get good news about Nicanor's boo-boo, and that he is already well on his way to healing.

    Posted by: Amy A in NJ - Forever FOB at February 1, 2009 2:09 PM

    Marg, if you don't care for the Super Bowl and feel like watching something cute on TV this afternoon, try the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. I spend more time watching that than the game.

    Prayers for Nicanor. Edgar rules!

    Posted by: Eliz. from TX at February 1, 2009 2:52 PM

    With apologies to our PA FOBs (and to the President and Vice President of the United States)...

    GO, CARDINALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at February 1, 2009 2:56 PM

    This sucks, but there is contact info. I think we should hit this hard tomorrow.

    Hearing Set for N.D. Bill to Spend $100,000 for Horse Slaughter!

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at February 1, 2009 3:57 PM

    ##

    FAMBLEE....There is a little girl puppy who needs our prayers...her name is *PIPER*...she has been diagnosed with PARVO:( She is in the hospital, fighting really hard right now, Famblee.

    *PIPER* found a very dear fren of mine...and climbed right into her own heart, and the hearts of her famblee...just last week! A ladeee brought two little pups into the Vet's office when my fren's husband was there with one of their kittehs...and hubby fell into SERIOUS LOVE with *PIPER*....so, he brought her home!

    I've started a candle group for her, and am asking if you might have a spare moment or twelve, please stop in and light one up for this so special little girl and her very special FOB Famblee, too....thanks, YOLE:)

    www.gratefulness.org Group Search *Piper*

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at February 1, 2009 4:34 PM

    ##

    Donna...Thank You! There's not so many famblee members 'here' this busy morning...and I saw that you visited the candle group:) xo

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at February 1, 2009 4:50 PM

    Candles for Piper.

    FRAN could use a few candles, too!

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at February 1, 2009 4:52 PM

    Thanks, BARB:) I'll go light some for *FRAN*...:)

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at February 1, 2009 5:08 PM

    ####
    Thanks, Lynne!

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at February 1, 2009 5:37 PM

    Thinking good thoughts for Piper. Parvo is a very serious for a little puppy. Lynne, keep us posted on this little girl. Will light candles.

    Posted by: sandra at February 1, 2009 5:38 PM

    C'mon, let's put our paws together for Piper and pray for her recovery!

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at February 1, 2009 5:40 PM

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    Nicanor...you are bless...you have Mom and Dad Jackson,Michael, Edgar, Alex...and all of the FOBs...we are here...

    we love you...and we certainly love BARBARO!!!

    ####
    Just got off the Phone with Fran....she was in good spirits...still in the hospital...they put a rod in her leg....

    She wants to thank each of you for your get well wishes, prayers and support...and candles...she loves you all...and please REMEMBER AND HELP THE RESCUES...

    please read the db...and help...if you can..

    Just like my precious Jonna...says...COURAGE...
    miss her...so much too..

    Have a great day..

    Posted by: joan roya at February 1, 2009 6:02 PM

    #### Lynne ....lit a candle for lil Piper. Keep us posted

    Tamme

    Posted by: Tamme at February 1, 2009 6:11 PM

    ####
    Hi, Joan! I got your message and I also talked to Fran!
    The rod is below her knee, which is a good thing. She was in good spirits. She can use a walker when she gets out, hopefully tomorrow.


    She says to tell everybody she loves all of you!

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at February 1, 2009 6:37 PM

    The North Dakota blog (Americans Against Horse Slaughter) could use some comments. Please stop in and comment on the article at top right. Thanks.

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at February 1, 2009 6:52 PM

    Arkansas needs comments, also.

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at February 1, 2009 7:02 PM

    Lynne - returning the favor when you lit candles for Maia.

    They work!

    Posted by: DonnaR in Canada at February 1, 2009 7:22 PM

    *** For Jonna ***

    (not sure when Debbie L.A. will post her bluelink www.tbfriends.com)

    Sunday, February 1st... On Friday in a California chat room, 5 very generous chatters (is chatters the right word?) came together to save the life of a dark bay thoroughbred gelding. Including Jennifer8, PopTart, and Act Two. No sense in describing details of the horror this gelding suffered. Late last night the gelding arrived to our ranch. Scared and confused. He dove into his tub of grain like I dive into a tub of Rocky Road. There is a racing tattoo which says he is 9. His new name is Jonas.

    Emily lives in Idaho, and she writes to ask can we please name a gelding Jonas? After her rescued pony who recently died. Emily says her Jonas was the best pony in the whole wide world. Well okay then. The new gelding looked up when I called him Jonas. He seemed satisfied.

    Up all night waiting for Jonas to arrive, and there were e-mails to answer. This from Lorna in North Carolina: My heart broke when I saw your photo of Bear. But then happiness took over when I saw Sky Pilot. What a ride you are on.

    This from Noelle in Florida: What is an oldies station? (a radio station which only plays songs from long ago)

    This from Claire, who also lives in Idaho: Saturday night, nothing to do, wishing I had horses outside to play with. (what is your address Claire? I can send you several hundred)

    This from Sarah who lives in Long Beach, California: Our economy is not going to get better Joe. There will be more home foreclosures this year than last. More companies closing their doors. More homeless horses. (gee, thanks so much for cheering me up Sarah)

    This from Alex in Arizona: Could you please show a new picture of Smokey White Eyes? (we receive dozens of requests a week. Readers want to see all lifetime horses on our ranch. I have been showing you 4 a day. Only 60 more to go)

    Another Alex, and she lives in Wyoming: Do you and Cathy ever rescue Arabians? (we love Arabians, but we always have a hard time finding them new homes. So we call our friend Jodi)

    This from Carrie in Danville, California: Ever hear of a race horse named Grappa? (yes. Grappa lives in our north field. He has been there since 1999)

    This from Janille in Los Angeles: I went to Santa Anita with my dad and we saw a horse die. My dad says it happens all the time. Is this true? Did Bear break his knee in a race? Why is horse racing legal? I am only 9, and I am angry. (the letter from Janille came last night, and I have yet to reply. But I will later today)

    This from Jessica in Oregon: I keep thinking about Dancer, and how your vet Lisa sent her to heaven. There is no way I could ever watch something like that. How do you do it? (a question for a much more creative person than me. I can only tell you we honor life. And when life becomes too painful to continue, we give in. All morning with music and treats, and the horse knows he or she is honored)

    This from Casey in Michigan: Forget Peets. Forget Starbucks. I have a coffee for you that will rock your world. I am also sending bearclaws from my favorite bakery. It is time you old hags in California catch up to us. (old hags? You must have seen a picture of me. Send coffee and pastry, and we will gladly take your abuse. Gotta sign off now, time for Wheel Of Fortune)

    Off to feed the hungry. No time for new pictures, sorry. A busy crazy day on the way. Later we could be 71 degrees. John Denver on the oldies station...

    Joe


    More lifetime horses on our ranch.

    Top Left: Forest Gump was born on our ranch in 1997. A kind gelding who loves attention. The first horse to greet you at the gate.

    Top Right: Last year Bear came to us from a race track in horrible shape. A badly broken knee, a bowed hind tendon, with a back so sore you could hardly touch him. Bear is healing nicely, but still not available for adoption. Bear is in love with a young girl who visits often, and when he sees her in our driveway the screaming begins. They go for long walks, and Bear is so gentle with her.

    Bottom Left: This is Bill. We rescued Bill in 2004, and what a sweet personality. His wife is Darryl Hannah.

    Bottom Right: Sky Pilot came from the track with a fractured leg. He spent 4 months in a cast, and now he dances like Donny Osmond. My wife Cathy took care of Sky until he was sound. Cathy loves him, which is the reason he is not available for adoption. A big pet.

    Posted by: kathyb at February 1, 2009 7:45 PM

    Was wondering if Alex heard anything from Michael and Peter today on how Nicanor is doing? Hope he's not to sore.

    Posted by: Patti, Sherman Oaks, CA at February 1, 2009 9:01 PM

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    Hello ABR FAMBLEE:) Just got home, my fren will be visiting *PIPER* around 5p eastwing time...and I'm sure she will send along an update when home again..I just want to THANK YOU ALL...so VERY MUCH for taking your moments from this busy day to say your prayers and light the candles for this young little life...

    FOBs ..... *WE ROCK* don't we??? :) Someone wrote recently that we are a FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH....and I remember thinking then, YES WE ARE!! and again TODAY, *YES WE ARE*...We can always count on one another to lend a heart when a heart is needed....:)

    We had a GOOD TEACHER, didn't we???

    Love YOLE, Famblee!! You are simply the BEST:)

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at February 1, 2009 9:02 PM

    Hiya, FsOB! It was great to see Nicanor's coverage on CBS this weekend. And how awesome that some of our FsOB in FLA were interviewed. Nicky really is a lovely horse. I am so grateful that Edgar exercised his superb judgment yesterday. May Nicanor feel 100% better ASAP. Peace, RMH

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at February 1, 2009 9:29 PM

    Any link to the CBS coverage with the FOB's?

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at February 1, 2009 9:49 PM

    # Patti,

    I am hoping for the same thing. Alex, can you find out sometime this week how Nicanor is doing?

    Posted by: mj at February 1, 2009 9:50 PM

    I've just had the chance to read the posts from the past three days. I would encourage everyone who can to read the poem posted by Martita on the evening of the 29th. Truly a thing of beauty!

    Alex, I trust that you'll keep us informed as to Nicanor's condition over the coming week.

    #### To Joan Roya and Barb in AZ: Please let Fran know that we are with her in spirit.
    To Lynne B: May Piper recover fully from parvo virus, truly a difficult disease in puppies.
    To DonnaR: Thanks for the update about Maia and here's to her continued progress.
    To Sandra: Please tell Chief that we have to bring in a plumber this week due to problems with the kitchen faucet. I know that Chief will be jealous that the plumber is here instead of at his house!
    To Jean Nolan and J. Carson Black: Awesome that you were both here again!
    To Harriette: I hope that everyone at Hawk Crest is safe after the horrid ice storm in KY.
    To Eileen: I agree 100% with your post from the other day. So many people are unaware that horse slaughter occurs at all. And among those who learn of it, I suspect that most occur that it only happens to the old and ill (as if that were justified).
    To CJ: Please let Jonna know that she is missed, OK? ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at February 1, 2009 9:51 PM

    Dear "little" Nicanor ~ I hope you've had a pleasant day, have recovered from yesterday's excitement, and that your hoof isn't causing you too much pain...indeed, that your injury is relatively minor and heals quickly and uneventfully.

    We are all so proud of you, Nicky Knocks!

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at February 1, 2009 10:35 PM

    Robyn, yes Chief is upset that the plumbers were at your house instead of his. However, Friday he had plumbers, sewer men, etc here all day. Today he looks like 'this is so boring. where did all the peeple go that was here'? He enjoyed the activity following the workers around, walking through the water and getting pats on the head from his new frens.I tried to put him in the back yard but he wasnt about to miss all the activity going on so he stayed inside. He had a good day. Hay, no expense is spared to entertain the boy.
    About to watch Arizona win the super bowl.

    Posted by: sandra at February 1, 2009 10:45 PM

    Go Cardinals!

    Go Steelers!

    Heck, I can't choose! LOL

    How 'bout just a GOOD GAME!

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at February 1, 2009 10:56 PM

    I'm with you, Barb. There are players on both that aer absolutely amazing and both teams had great seasons. Kurt Warner, heck, he's in the same camp as Brett Favre and John Elway. Wow It's gonna be a great game. I hope they all have the time of their lives and nobody gets hurt

    Posted by: Cheryl Jones, one of the Americans Against Horse Slaughter at February 1, 2009 11:16 PM

    The outpouring of love and prayers from y'all for my sick little Piper mean more than words can say. You don't know me from Adam's housecat and yet you've lit candles and prayed for us! You are amazing!! Thank you so much:)

    linda ~ piper's mama

    Posted by: linda at February 1, 2009 11:44 PM

    Hay, Famblee...*PIPER* UPDATE HERE...

    Linda sent me an email, she did get in to see *PIPER* this late afternoon at the hospital...Piper was sitting up, not looking any 'better' than when they took her yesterday morning, but not any WORSE, either, Famblee..so I'm taking that to mean this darling little Aussie X is holding her own for now!!

    Her Mama offered her some dinner, thinking perhaps she might at least lick the gravy, Piper said, 'thanks, Mom...but I don't any right now'....the Dr. told her Mama that the IV's with necessary minerals and anti-biotics are most important right now, that the food can wait awhile....this will be another 4-5 day battle, Famblee for Miss *PIPER* and her famblee...so, please keep her/them in your thoughts and prayers, and I'll post updates here for yole...and thank you again, EVERYONE for helping this little girl stay holding her own:)

    I believe the candles DO help....prayer helps...the candles are our prayers:)

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at February 2, 2009 12:07 AM

    I HAVE A GOOD FRIEND WHO HAS A PAPILLON NAMED PIPER. LOTS OF LOVE & PRAYERS FOR PIPER TO GET WELL! :>)

    LOVE,
    CHERYL G

    Posted by: CHERYL G. JUST SAY NO TO HORSE SLAUGHTER at February 2, 2009 12:18 AM

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    Watching the super bowl...and of course...our beloved Clydesdales..

    the one where the Clydesdale is in love with the dancing horse....and the song....AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH...


    well...FOBS...MAYBE IT SHOULD BE OURS....???

    AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH WHEN IT COMES TO THE LOVE AND HARD WORK OF THE FOBS....

    just love those Clydesdales and their commercials....

    STOP HORSE SLAUGHTER....horses are made for love and compansionship...

    Posted by: joan roya at February 2, 2009 12:18 AM

    Barb in ARIZONA can't pick a Super Bowl team...well, if that don't beat all!

    Personally, I'm old so I'm going for the team with the (relatively) elderly quarterback...GO, CARDINALS!

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at February 2, 2009 12:57 AM

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    Half-time....Nancy, I was born and raised near Pittsburgh....A Steeler fan at heart!

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at February 2, 2009 1:15 AM

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    BARB - wow, really a case of divided loyalties. I'm enjoying the game (AND the Clydesdales) because neither team is on my list of favorites...although of course I remember the Steelers in their "glory days" with Greene, Swann, Harris et al.

    Enjoy!

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at February 2, 2009 1:27 AM

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    LOL Miss Naughty! I remember ALL those guys. Back to the game.....

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at February 2, 2009 1:38 AM

    Oh, Piddle:( I SO hoped the CARDINALS could win this game!!! I was rooting for them, because they've NEVER won:(

    So CLOSE, but no CIGAR:(

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at February 2, 2009 3:03 AM

    YES !

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at February 2, 2009 3:15 AM

    ###
    AUNTIE LYNNE ~ my mama is pouting!
    Love,
    Seamus

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at February 2, 2009 3:15 AM

    Well...on the bright side:)

    Our Pres....Mr. *OBAMA*, in an interview with Matt Lauer earlier today, suggested the *STEELERS* would win...it would be CLOSE, but the *STEELERS* would win....so, I say to you, Mr. President....:) I'm happy for you and all those Pittsburgh Fans, too!! :)

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at February 2, 2009 3:35 AM

    Oh, Seamus....I iz so sorry, honey! Climb in under your quilt...quick!! :)

    Yo' Aunty!

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at February 2, 2009 3:37 AM


    Dear Frens, It has been quite an eventful weekend.

    Tonight the cold winter sky is deepest indigo with the only visible stars, a small scattered handful suspended straight up and directly above.

    I can't see BARBARO's bright star in its usual place in the south western sky. A wide band of colorless clouds seem to have hidden. Strangely, the small half moon shines brightly, rocking lazily on its side in the western sky.

    I breath deeply, of the cold moist air. I close my eyes and thank God for His tender mercies to us.

    NICANOR has learned his first set of lessons about being a racehorse. By the grace of God, and Edgar's skillful hands, he is safe. He did a good job, and will run again, to thrill our hearts. God speed our beloved NICANOR.

    We have had a SUPER weekend. Let's look forward to a prooductive week. Yes?

    Sweet dreams, Dear Frens. It is our love that will make the difference.

    Good night, ALL.

    Good night, sweet BARBARO.

    Your FOB Fren, O

    Posted by: Otherlyn at February 2, 2009 3:42 AM

    If you are still awake, please keep Barbaro's Candles lit. Thanks.

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at February 2, 2009 4:11 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! Alex, perhaps you are enjoying a well-deserved snooze after attending a Super Bowl party. The two Bud ads with the Clydesdales were great. I hope that the Belgian compay that bought Budweiser keeps the Clydesdales as the product's mascots for many years to come.

    Alex, any news about Nicanor and his foot? I trust you'll update us as soon as there is any report. Wishing everyon a safe and productive day. Peace, RMH

    #### To Linda and Lynne B.: Wishing Piper "ACD" - a comfortable day.
    To Donna R.: Ditto, may Maia have a healing week, too.
    To Sandra: Please tell Chief that he should think of having less expensive visitors than a plumber! ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at February 2, 2009 11:35 AM

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