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    Update 4952: Work schedules and travel schedules tomorrow from Pimlico (Mike Gathagan):

    Papa Clem will work at 7 am
    Friesan Fire scheduled for 8 am work. Trainer Larry Jones to decide on Preakness after breeze
    Big Drama has been here since last Tuesday. He has been going to the track at 6:30 am

    D. Wayne Lukas' horses (Flying Private & Luv Gov) leaving Louisville at 4 am
    General Quarters scheduled to leave Churchill at 5 am
    Mine That Bird will leave Kentucky at 9 am

    Van drivers tell us it is 10-11 hours from Churchill to Pimlico. Derby winner will get a police escort from Route 70, prior to the Baltimore Beltway into Old Hilltop.

    Update 4951: My latest entry for The Rail: Mine That Bird Works Out.

    Update 4950: Mike Gathagan's Preakness report:


    MINE THAT BIRD – Trainer Bennie "Chip" Woolley altered Mine That Bird's training schedule at Churchill Downs Monday morning, when he sent his Kentucky Derby winner to the track for an impromptu half-mile workout in preparation for a start in Saturday's 134th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

    "The horse looked good. I hadn't planned to work him, but he was getting pretty high. He bounced back from the Derby a little quicker than I thought he would," Woolley said. "He was getting a little rattled, he was feeling so good. We just wanted to let him stretch his legs."

    Calvin Borel, who rode Mine That Bird to a 6 3/4-length victory in the Kentucky Derby, was aboard for the breeze that was timed in 49.20 seconds, ranked 17th of 48 workouts at the distance. The 50-1 bomb galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.80. Barring any surprises before entries are taken Wednesday for the Preakness - which was expected Monday to attract a field of 13 - Borel will not be aboard Mine That Bird for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

    Borel has committed to ride Rachel Alexandra, the Kentucky Oaks-winning filly who will only be able to run in the Preakness if no more than 13 Triple Crown nominees are entered and her owners pay a $100,000 supplemental fee to make her eligible for the series. On Sunday, Mine That Bird's owner Mark Allen had indicated an intention to enter maiden Indy Express in the Preakness, a move that potentially could have excluded Rachel Alexandra from the field, but he scrapped that plan later in the day.

    "Calvin will have the call on my horse right up to the time entries are taken. If the filly is entered, then Mike Smith will have the mount," Woolley said. "We've had talks with Mike and we decided it was the best move to have Mike on our horse if the mare is in the race."

    Smith, a New Mexico native, will fit the stretch-running Mine That Bird, said Woolley.

    "Mike watched the Derby. He saw how the horse ran and knows the kind of running style he has," the New Mexico-based trainer said. "We're confident that he'd do his job well."

    Woolley, who vanned Mine That Bird during a 21-hour trip from New Mexico to Kentucky, said he plans to get behind the wheel again at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a 10-hour trip from Churchill Downs to Pimlico.

    RACHEL ALEXANDRA - After breezing on Sunday, Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra had a quiet Monday morning while walking the shedrow at trainer Steve Asmussen's barn at Churchill Downs.

    The Kentucky Oaks winner tuned up for her planned debut in the Triple Crown series with a half-mile breeze in 48.40 seconds.

    "She came out of her work in good order," said Scott Blasi, a top assistant to trainer Asmussen. "Physically she looks beautiful."

    Rachel Alexandra is now poised to be officially entered in the Preakness Wednesday morning and would be the first Kentucky Oaks winner to compete in Maryland's signature race. Sunday evening, the owners of the top two Derby finishers - Mark Allen, who co-owns the winner Mine That Bird, and Ahmed Zayat, breeder and owner of Pioneerof the Nile - said they had nixed plans to enter additional horses in the Preakness. Those decisions created an opening in the field and the announcement Monday that Hull would not be entered added yet another position in the starting gate. The filly's new owner, Jess Jackson, said he intends to pay the supplemental fee of $100,000 to enter her in the race.

    Blasi said the filly, who has won five consecutive races, is scheduled to be shipped from Louisville to Baltimore Wednesday on a charter flight.

    If Rachel Alexandra is entered in the Preakness, she will be ridden by Calvin Borel, who has decided to give up the mount on Derby winner Mine That Bird. Borel is scheduled to appear on the NBC program Tonight with Jay Leno on Tuesday.

    BIG DRAMA - Jockey John Velazquez and Big Drama got acquainted at Pimlico Monday morning during a four-furlong workout that was timed in 50 seconds. The pair galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.60 in preparation for the Preakness Stakes.

    Although the clocking wasn’t eye-catching, Velazquez was suitably impressed with the son of Montbrook.

    "He did everything very, very easy. I just wanted to get a little feel for him. He was going to the pole a little bit strong, so I wanted to be a little cautious with him. The race is pretty close right now," the New York-based jockey said.

    "The reason I started slow was because he was going strong to the (half-mile) pole. I didn't want him to do too much. If I let him go too fast the first part, I'd have no control of him. I wanted to have control of him to have him do what I wanted him to do, not him controlling me," added Velazquez, who inherited his Preakness mount when Eibar Coa opted to stick with Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Musket Man.

    Big Drama, who made a little jump over a spot in the track at the top of the stretch that had different harrow marks than the rest of the track, otherwise appeared to move well over the Pimlico racing surface.

    "He didn't want to leave his race on the track. I'd rather have (50 seconds) than go out there and go 46 (seconds) and get sick to your stomach," trainer David Fawkes said. "He galloped out good. He's fit. It was just maintenance."

    Velazquez said he was "shocked" that Calvin Borel made a commitment to ride Rachel Alexandra instead of Mine That Bird in the Preakness, but that he could identify with him. Velazquez made a switch to Rags to Riches before her historic victory in the 2007 Belmont Stakes.

    "I know the feeling that he has," said Velazquez. "I jumped off another horse to ride her, because of the quality of horse that she was. So I already did it once. I didn't win on that horse before, but I was committed to another horse. I just think he knows the filly has the quality to win this race. She's showing the potential to do what Rags to Riches did."

    FLYING PRIVATE/LUV GOV - Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said any number of superlatives could be used to describe his reaction to Flying Private's half-mile breeze Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

    Working in company with stablemate Sea Admiral, Flying Private breezed a half-mile with jockey Jamie Theriot up in 48.20 seconds. The fractions were 12.80; 24.80 and 36.20 seconds while finishing about seven lengths in front of his workmate.

    Flying Private, who finished last in the Kentucky Derby, will be ridden by jockey Alan Garcia.

    Lukas said Marylou Whitney's colt Luv Gov was still on course for the Preakness. However, Lukas said the colt will not be entered if his presence would have an impact on Rachel Alexandra being able to compete in the race. He said it was never his intention to enter a second horse to block the filly from being in the field.

    "Let me make this crystal clear, there is no controversy," Lukas said. "We entered and I told Coley Blind, the stakes coordinator, that we would enter only if there was no controversy with the filly and we did not exclude her. If in any way, shape or form she is excluded because of our entry, then we will not enter. We are not trying to keep the filly out.

    "We're only entering if there is a hole open in the 14th gate. We are not trying to keep the filly from running. If she is excluded by Luv Gov, he will not run. Marylou Whitney, with her status in racing and what she has meant to the industry, has no interest in causing a controversy in the Preakness.

    "If we make the 14th horse, we'll enter. If for some reason between now and Wednesday's draw, if somebody else enters and it eliminates the filly, we will not enter."

    Luv Gov walked the shedrow Monday, the morning after he worked a half-mile.

    "He had a nice breeze Sunday, probably one of the best of the spring for him," Lukas said.

    No rider has been named for Luv Gov. Lukas's two Preakness horses and three other horses pointed toward Pimlico races are scheduled to be shipped from Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

    FRIESAN FIRE - Friesan Fire arrived by van at Pimlico Monday shortly before 2 p.m. The Louisiana Derby winner was accompanied by his groom, Cory York, who reported that all went well during the short van ride from trainer Larry Jones' Delaware Park barn.

    Friesan Fire, who suffered cuts in his left front leg while finishing 18th as the Kentucky Derby favorite, is slated to work out at Pimlico with jockey Gabriel Saez aboard Tuesday morning.

    GENERAL QUARTERS - The Blue Grass Stakes winner put in his final work at Churchill Downs Monday morning for owner Tom McCarthy, who said he got exactly what he was looking for from the son of Sky Mesa.

    Clockers caught the 10th-place Kentucky Derby finisher in 50.20 seconds for a half-mile with exercise rider Justin Court aboard. The breeze ranked 28th of 48 recorded at the distance. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:04.60.

    "Perfect," said McCarthy, the retired school principal-turned-trainer. "He started off a little slow, but he finished up better than he started. That was pretty much what we wanted."

    McCarthy, who claimed General Quarters for $20,000 out of his winning maiden debut, plans to load the gray colt onto a van Tuesday morning at around 6 a.m. for the trip north to Pimlico. He is expected to arrive around 2 p.m.

    "It was the first time I had worked the horse, and I was impressed with him," Court said. "I had a lot of horse, and I think he will do well over there (Pimlico)."

    General Quarters has already earned $641,735 for McCarthy's meager investment. The only horse in McCarthy's stable also won the Sam Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs en route to the Kentucky Derby.

    HULL - The connections of the least-experienced prospect for the Preakness decided on Monday to withdraw the son of Holy Bull from the Preakness field.

    "When I committed to run in the race, I liked the way it was setting up," said co-owner Barry Irwin of Team Valor International. "I think the pace is going to be too hot. I don't like the way it's shaping up for our horse. It's going to be our horse's first time around two turns, and I just think there's too much speed in there and I'm not comfortable."

    The unbeaten son of Holy Bull won the Derby Trial in his last start, only the third of his career. Irwin said they would run Hull in the Woody Stephens on the Belmont Stakes undercard on June 6.

    "I'd like to be able to run him in the Preakness, but I don't want to screw the horse up," Irwin said. "He's only run three times, so I don't want to mess him up."

    MUSKET MAN - Trainer Derek Ryan sent out the Illinois Derby (G2) for a 1 3/4-mile gallop Monday morning at Monmouth Park, where he'll get a final half-mile workout on Tuesday morning.

    "He's doing fine," said Ryan, a native of Ireland and a former assistant to Joe Orseno. "He seems to be doing pretty good since the Derby (third behind Mine That Bird and Pioneerof the Nile)."

    Eibar Coa has been aboard for Musket Man's last two starts, which included the victory at Hawthorne that preceded the Kentucky Derby. Coa elected to ride Musket Man in the Preakness over Big Drama.

    "He's ridden a lot for us in New York and we've had a lot of success with him," Ryan said. "He decided to go to Illinois with us and he gave him a great ride there."

    Coa was the fourth rider for Musket Man in seven career starts, five of them victories. The son of Yonaguska won his first three career starts before finishing third in the Sam Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay, his only other defeat besides the Derby.

    Musket Man, a $15,000 yearling who sold for considerably more at 2 when he was purchased privately by Eric Fein and Vic Carlson, will remain in New Jersey until race day and van in for the Preakness.

    PAPA CLEM - The Arkansas Derby (G2) winner, one of only two Preakness candidates in the Pimlico Stakes Barn, galloped over the track for the first time Monday and will be sent out for a five-furlong breeze on Tuesday.

    Trainer Gary Stute will try to duplicate the feat accomplished by his father, Mel, who won the Middle Jewel with his first starter (Snow Chief, 1986). When asked if he and any of his colleagues should be concerned about the now-likely prospect of running against superstar filly Rachel Alexandra, Stute didn't hesitate.

    "There should be 13 of us (concerned) to be exact," Stute said. "She changes the whole race in my opinion. She's an exceptional filly. I've kind of been following her around and she's impressed me a lot. If I could change places in the race, I probably would."

    Papa Clem, a son of Smart Strike who ran fourth in the Kentucky Derby, might have deserved a better fate in his first Grade 1 outing.

    "I thought I was a little unlucky not to finish second," Stute said. "Bob's (Baffert) horse (Pioneerof the Nile) came out and bumped me. In a normal race there might have been an inquiry, but I've heard the Kentucky Derby is like Game 7 in the NBA finals. They're gonna let them play. They better mug you before they call a foul. I was real proud of him."

    Stute also had high praise for the ride of Calvin Borel aboard Derby long shot winner Mine that Bird.

    "He's the new 'Iceman,' " Stute said. "He was 50-1, but (Borel) also rode the Derby favorite (Street Sense) that way. He made it look like we were all standing still."

    PIONEEROF THE NILE - Following the colt's solid four-furlong work in 47.60 seconds at Churchill Downs Monday, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed that the Derby runner-up will compete in the Preakness.

    Under rider Joe Steiner, Pioneerof the Nile turned in consistent split times of 12:20, 24.40 and 36.20 seconds, then galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.20 and six furlongs on 1:14.80.

    "He worked great and went over the track really well," Baffert said. "We finally got a nice track. He bounced out of the race great and I don't see any effects from the Derby; he looks strong. It looks like he's sitting on another great performance."

    Pioneerof the Nile is scheduled to be shipped to Pimlico on Wednesday. Garrett Gomez, the leading rider in the U.S., will ride the colt in the Preakness.

    TAKE THE POINTS - The Starlight Partners' colt jogged a mile Monday morning at Belmont Park, a day after he completed a five-furlong breeze in 1:00.09.

    "We were very happy with his breeze," said Jonathan Thomas, an assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher. "It was a standard breeze and he appeared to come out of it pretty well."

    Shipping plans from New York to Baltimore have not been finalized. Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado will ride the speedy colt, who will compete in blinkers for the first time.

    TERRAIN - The connections of Terrain decided Monday to offer Jeremy Rose the Preakness mount on the son of Sky Mesa. Trainer Al Stall Jr. said he was looking for some "local knowledge" while zeroing in on Rose, who has enjoyed considerable success on the Maryland circuit and visited the Pimlico winner's circle with Afleet Alex following his victory in the 2005 Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown..

    "Jeremy rides well and he's won the race," Stall said.

    Terrain walked the shedrow at Churchill Downs Monday morning after working five furlongs in 1:02.60 the day before.

    The Kentucky-bred colt didn't make a start this year until March 14, when he finished third behind Friesan Fire and Papa Clem in the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. Terrain finished fourth in the Blue Grass Stakes over Keeneland's Polytrack surface in his most recent start.

    "He's set up for a good effort," Stall said. "He's fit now and he's fresh."

    Terrain is scheduled to gallop at Churchill Downs for the next couple of days before a scheduled flight from Louisville, Ky. to Baltimore on Wednesday.

    TONE IT DOWN - The son of Medaglia d'Oro galloped 1 1/2 miles at trainer Bill Komlo's home base at Laurel Park. Komlo said he is mulling the possibility of a final workout Tuesday or Wednesday.

    "He's perfect right now," said Komlo, whose daughter Deborah and son-in-law Michael Horning own the colt under the name of M and D Stable. They purchased him at Timonium as a 2-year-old for $100,000.

    Komlo is a native of Pennsylvania, but has spent most of his adult life in Maryland. This is his second go-round as a horse trainer beginning in the 1960s. He left racing for several years to coach his sons in football and returned nearly a decade ago. This is Komlo's first Triple Crown entrant.

    "I guess it would be the epitome of happiness, being in the horse business and having an opportunity to run in it (Preakness)" he said. "We're Maryland people, excited about it. It would be a great thing."

    Tone It Down's only prior stakes experience came in the Federico Tesio (G3) here at Pimlico two weeks ago, when he finished third in a field of eight.

    Update 4949: John Asher's report from Churchill Downs on Monday:

    Monday, May 11, 2009


    KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD WORKS SURPRISE FOUR FURLONGS WITH BOREL IN SADDLE - Trainer Bennie "Chip" Woolley Jr. waited until after the renovation break to send Kentucky Derby 135 winner Mine That Bird to the track Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

    That signaled the trip was not business as usual - no two-mile gallop under exercise rider Charlie Figueroa.

    "Are you working?" Woolley was asked upon arrival at a viewing stand.

    "No. I'm just going to let him stretch his legs for a half-mile and let him finish the last eighth with Calvin (Borel) on him," Woolley said.

    As Mine That Bird back-tracked to the paddock runway, Kentucky Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile appeared on the scene heading in the same direction.

    "Are they going to work together?" one onlooker queried.

    "They better not be," Woolley said with a laugh.

    Soon after, Mine That Bird came into view and went about his business, which was duly recorded as a half-mile work in :49.20 with fractions of :12.80, :25.20, :37 and out five-eighths in 1:02.80. The move ranked as the 17th fastest of 48 at the distance.

    "That was no work for him," Woolley said. "He didn't flare a nostril coming back. Calvin did a great job."

    Woolley had intended to jog Mine That Bird in the morning before leaving for Pimlico.

    "This way, I'll be able to walk tomorrow and then get back on the track Wednesday at Pimlico," Woolley said. "I would have possibly missed a day, so it worked better this way to do what we did."

    Borel, who won his second Kentucky Derby aboard Mine That Bird, would ride Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner Rachel Alexandra if she runs in the Preakness, leaving Woolley without a rider.

    "Calvin has first call," Woolley said. "Mike Smith has agreed to be the backup and he will be there to ride him (if Rachel Alexandra runs)."

    Smith, who rode Chocolate Candy to a fifth-place finish behind Mine That Bird in the Kentucky Derby, won the 1993 Preakness on Derby runner-up Prairie Bayou.

    Woolley said he hopes to have everything loaded and ready to go for a 9 a.m. departure Tuesday for Pimlico.

    Mark Allen, who along with Dr. Leonard Blach owns Mine That Bird in the partnership of Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine, said that Indy Express, who he owns as part of Fourteen Enterprises, would remain at Churchill Downs and point for a race Friday.

    Trained by Joe Merrick, Indy Express had been considered as a possible Preakness starter by Allen, who nixed the idea Sunday night. Indy Express, a well-bred son of A.P. Indy, is winless in nine starts. Indy Express worked five furlongs in 1:02 under Joe Johnson about the same time Mine That Bird went through his paces.

    PIONEEROF THE NILE ZIPS, BAFFERT LOOKS FORWARD TO PREAKNESS AND MEETING WITH RACHEL ALEXANDRA - Zayat Stables LLC's Pioneerof the Nile, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and winner of the Santa Anita Derby (GI), was sharp in his final major training move for Saturday's Preakness (GI) as he worked four furlongs in :47.60 on Monday at Churchill Downs.

    Joe Steiner was aboard for the move, which was the fourth-fastest of 48 at the distance. The 3-year-old son of Empire Maker covered the distance over a "fast" track in fractions of :12.20, :24.20 and :36.20, then galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.20 and six furlongs in 1:14.40. The clocking of Pioneerof the Nile's gallop-out for five furlongs would have tied as the fastest work of the day at that distance.

    Trainer Bob Baffert, a three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby and four-time Preakness winner, watched the work from the Churchill Downs clubhouse with Zayat Stables owner Ahmed Zayat

    "I liked what I saw," Baffert said. "He bounced out of that race well. He was full of himself and he really wanted to work...He looked great. I look for him to come back and run another big race."

    Baffert said he is looking forward to saddling Pioneerof the Nile for a rematch with longshot Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and a first meeting with Rachel Alexandra, the brilliant Kentucky Oaks (GI)-winning filly who is expected to be made a supplemental entry to the 1 3/16-mile second jewel of the Triple Crown.

    "I think it's going to be a really exciting race," Baffert said. "She's a great filly, but I think we have a great horse. There's some other horses in there that are pretty good - Musket Man, Papa Clem and the Derby winner.

    "There are going to be a lot of questions answered in the Preakness and that's what it's all about. We'll just see what happens, but we looked great today. I really liked what I saw."

    Baffert downplayed Sunday's controversy over the prospect that some owners, including Zayat, might enter other horses in the Preakness in an effort to keep Rachel Alexandra out of the race.

    "That's no issue - that was something that was just being mulled around and never really got any legs," he said. "I think it stems from Calvin Borel - I've never seen a jockey take-off a Derby winner. So that's where it all started. But it's dead - it's a dead issue, so we won't even talk about it."

    Baffert does have experience running a high quality filly against colts in the spring classics. He saddled Golden Eagle Farm's Excellent Meeting for a fifth-place finish behind Charismatic in the 1999 Kentucky Derby, and then sent out Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Silverbulletday in that year's Belmont Stakes (GI). Silverbulletday will join racing's Hall of Fame this year with her trainer, but she faltered in the homestretch of that running of the Belmont Stakes to finish seventh behind the victorious Lemon Drop Kid.

    "I was mad at myself for doing that," Baffert said of Silverbulletday's classic run against colts. "It just takes a lot out of them. The classics are so tempting. That's probably why they (former owner Dolphus Morrison and trainer Hal Wiggins) never nominated Rachel Alexandra."

    But Baffert said the talented Rachel Alexandra could have some advantages against males that could set her apart.

    "With her style of running she probably has a better chance because she's out there away from the action," he said. "If she was a come-from-behind type, it's harder on them. I think the Belmont would probably suit her. She'd get out there with that long stride and cruise around there. But it (Rachel Alexandra's presence in the Preakness) brings a lot to the race. It's gonna be exciting, it's gonna be big. It's gonna be just as big as the Derby, having a great filly like that run with these colts. You've got the Derby winner and you've got all these horses, so it's gonna be a big field - but you still need a lot of luck. But I'm really excited about it and it's gonna be a great day for racing.

    "Now that we can't go for the Triple Crown, we're running for glory now and that's what it's all about. There's no shame in running second in the Derby, but there's no glory. Now we get a chance to redeem ourselves."

    GENERAL QUARTERS WORKS EASY HALF-MILE - Owner/trainer Tom McCarthy was looking for something in the 50- to 51-second range for a half-mile from General Quarters on Monday morning and he wasn't sure he got it.

    "I'll say 52," McCarthy said. "He started off a little slow."

    "Fifty and one (fifth)," came the report.

    "Perfect. Looks like he finished up better than he started," McCarthy said. "That was just enough to put him on the van and go on over (to Pimlico)."

    Clockers caught General Quarters in splits of :12.60, :25, :37.40 and out in 1:04.60 under exercise rider Justin Court in the move accomplished before the 8 a.m. renovation break. The move was the 28th best of 48 at the distance.

    "It was the first time I had worked the horse and I was impressed with him," Court said. "I had a lot of horse and I think he will do well over there."

    General Quarters, the 10th-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, is scheduled to leave Churchill Downs on Tuesday before training hours begin at 6 a.m.

    FLYING PRIVATE WORKS IN COMPANY FOR PREAKNESS - Robert Baker and William Mack's Flying Private tuned up for his expected engagement in Saturday's Preakness Stakes by working a half-mile in :48.20 in company with stablemate Sea Admiral after the renovation break Monday morning.

    With jockey Jamie Theriot aboard, Flying Private clicked off fractions of :12.80, :24.80 and :36.20 en route to the :48.20 clocking that was the ninth best of 48 at the distance. Flying Private left his workmate seven lengths behind at the wire.

    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he was satisfied with the move and that Flying Private and four other horses from his barn would leave for Pimlico at 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

    Alan Garcia has the Preakness mount on Flying Private, who finished 19th in the Kentucky Derby.

    EASY MORNING FOR SUNDAY PREAKNESS WORKERS - The three Preakness possibles who worked Sunday morning at Churchill Downs remained in the barn Monday morning.

    Terrain, who worked five furlongs in 1:02.60, is scheduled to return to the track in the morning as is Hull, who worked five-eighths in a bullet :59.40. Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra had worked a half-mile in :48.40.

    Update 4948: La Ville Rouge & 09 Barbaro full brother (VIDEO).

    Update 4947: The first running of the ABR YouTube contest about Horse Slaughter is now final. Video 4 (End Horse Slaughter) is the winner, and we will donate $1,000 to CANTER NE.

    "Honorable mention" has to go to Video 2 (Please Stop Horse Slaughter), which led for a long way in what turned out to be a two horse race.

    In total the videos have garnered close to 31,000 page views to date and 1,800 comments. So far!

    Congratulations to all who participated.

    Update 4946: Wow! A version of this story that I wrote for The Rail last week: How Mine That Bird Got His Name is on the front page of the Sports section of today's New York Times. Very cool!

    At Steve's we had five sets today. An easy morning's work. I had four before the break and one after the break, which did some gate schooling. All my horses galloped nicely. A chilly start to the morning, but it looks like it is warming up to a nice day.

    Update 4945: Mark Allen, Mine That Bird's co-owner, has now withdrawn Indy Express from the Preakness. Indy Express was being considered, at least in part, to make it more difficult for Rachel Alexandra to run in the Preakness. From Mike Gathagan at Pimlico:

    Indy Express out of Preakness

    Mark Allen, owner of the 135th Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, will not enter Indy Express in the 2009 Preakness Stakes.

    Early this morning Allen was delivered a message to contact another owner "Our conversation consisted of congratulating me on our win in the Derby and talking about a rematch, wanting a chance to hook us on a fast surface. We laughed and joked about what a race that would be,"
    said Allen.

    "When it comes to Rachel Alexandra, I personally don't think any filly should be in a race against colts at this stage of their careers. I don't believe in running fillies against the colts. But Rachel Alexandra is a superior filly and could be the exception. Mr. Jackson has a great trainer in Steve Asmussen and I'm sure they will make the right decision and Lord help us all if she does get in."

    "And yes, it's true that I would like to have my jockey back. Calvin Borel is great and did a great job for us. I also respect him and I completely understand his love for Rachel Alexandra. If the filly gets in we have a commitment from Mike Smith. We have a lot of confidence in Mike, he's from our part of the country and he's got some Cowboy in him too, I've seen his boots," said Allen.

    "Additionally, my decision to enter Indy Express in the Preakness was strictly business but after consulting with my Dad and Doc Blach, I have decided to withdraw Indy Express to prevent any further miss understandings. They're advice to me was just to do what's right, because arrogance and greed isn't right. Indy Express is a good colt and showing a lot of potential. I'll just have to look forward to running him later on down the road. The bottom-line for me is that we came here to race and enjoy our win here in Louisville. So, we'll meet everyone in Baltimore, ready to run," said Allen.

    And please keep calling.


    Good morning everyone!

    I'm glad Mark Allen came to his senses...

    it seems like having a fantastic filly like Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness could only be good for Maryland horse racing these days.

    Posted by: Christian at May 11, 2009 11:24 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! I agree with Christian that Rachel Alexandra's entry into the Preakness field should raise the spotlight on the Preakness and the difficulties experienced by Pimlico. But I agree with Nancy (I think it was Nancy who said this yesterday) that I am very superstitious now about the Preakness. So it's doubtful that I'll watch it "live" because of that.

    Here's to a good and productive week for us all. A safe journey to all horses heading from KY -> MD. Peace, RMH

    #### To Jane: Eeeouch! A broken finger and popped tendon sounds very tender to me. I am truly sorry that this occurred. ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at May 11, 2009 11:36 AM

    Happy Monday and new week everyone!

    I have concerns about Rachel Alexandra running in the Preakness. It seems that already all the other horses will be out to get her. Well, not the horses themselves but their connections. I think it could make for a dangerous race. Just my thought.

    Have a great day.

    A forever devoted to Kasier FOB

    Posted by: janicefromflorida at May 11, 2009 12:33 PM

    the racing powers that be seem to have the same tin ear for the public appearances as do auto makers. Colluding to stop Rachel from running has nothing to do with whether a filly should be running (as they do in Europe all the time) and has every thing to do with stopping a superior horse from racing. Rachel may not win the Preakness, but if she never got to the starting gate because of tactics like this only serves to turn more people away from the sport. And they wonder why Racing is becoming a niche sport in the US....

    Posted by: sara at May 11, 2009 1:06 PM

    ###If you read the lead story on this morning's Paulick Report, he includes a bit of history of how fillies have been "treated" in past TC races (by some rather prominent, though now retired, jockeys, I might add).

    My superstition extends from the Preakness to the Breeders Cup.

    That said, good and safe running to all the racers come Saturday. And I'm glad the "backroom planning" is over and the issue is moot.

    Posted by: KAY at May 11, 2009 1:56 PM

    I was getting worried about Indy Express. I don't think a maiden should be in the Preakness.

    Posted by: mj at May 11, 2009 2:05 PM

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

    All, All All Angelic Beautiful Glowing Rainbows
    To Angel Lou Ann And Angel Robyn And Angel Brent
    And Angel Nikita...........


    Posted by: Dee Mirich at May 11, 2009 2:28 PM

    Monday.....Monday....Good Monday Morning, ABR Famblee...

    Doing a bit of cheerleading for *DRIFTER* this an email from Linda Richards, Safe Haven Horse Rescue...they are still in need of roughly $300.00 more to pay in full for *DRIFTER'S* SUCCESSFUL eye surgery last Wednesday...there's a 'match game' of sorts going on at the Thread on DB....#36501.1 is where you can find the Discussion....or under Horse Rescue, look for *DRIFTER NEEDS EYE SURGERY ASAP*.

    I hope everyone had sweet dreams....and will be having a good day today!

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 11, 2009 3:58 PM

    our rescues need donations and help.

    Baby Tanya and Hank ...need rescued and homes.

    please read the db...and help...please...



    Good Morning Alex
    Good Morning Tim and Fair Hill.


    Posted by: joan roya at May 11, 2009 4:32 PM

    Thanks, Alex. I was wondering how Mine That Bird got his name. Go, Bird!!

    Posted by: Eliz. from TX at May 11, 2009 6:04 PM

    It was wonderful reading Laurie H's post last night, and I must say, as I scrolled down and started reading it, I said to myself, "must be Laurie H" and fast-scrolled down to reveal myself right - what an unmistakeable "voice" -


    excerpt from Mike G's Preakness Report as set out by Alex (THANK YOU - these daily pastiches of the contenders and their connections are sheer delight!) -

    "Big Drama, who made a little jump over a spot in the track at the top of the stretch that had different harrow marks than the rest of the track, otherwise appeared to move well over the Pimlico racing surface." [end excerpt]

    IMO - this demonstrates an inborn reason how/why horses have survived all these (millennia?) - those "different" marks up ahead could have been a rattlesnake or gopher hole - the PERCEPTION and REACTION involved . . . think about it -

    ######## Joely will no longer have to take over a dozen pills and 2 shots a day - and like DanYell less then 3 wks ago, he got the anesthesizing shot while relaxing in my lap - this time at home - put the EUTH in Euthanasia - think about it - got the vet (BLESS YOU DR. MOLLY FARRELL) to come over this morning. Thank you all for the candles, good wishes and all. Check in to the My Girl Pearl thread in the General Non-Horse folder for more info, pics, etc.

    AND THE LEMONADE - I no longer have to worry about doing necessary things for Joeley 4 times a day (meds and snacks) - and so will be at ease instead of on pins and needles when I have to be out "all night" for music - AND - and I am relieved - and don't feel guilty about being relieved - after keeping him as comfortable and happy as possible for almost a full year from when this "long goodbye" started - suddenly - just at the time Spring is springing - I am able to take overnighters to trailride the big old Appie Mare in the Old Woods where my heart has been since I moved Sonny and Roan from Harms Woods (Morton Grove, IL) "out west" to T Bar J in the 70s. Can hardly wait to get out there and solfeggiate with the red-winged blackbirds and soon after, the bobolinks! The scenario is a Prairie Restoration and Endangered Species Area - perfect spot for a 31 yr old Appie More and me!


    NOW - BACK TO WORK !!! - no new news on the federal campaign front cosponsor-wise, but watch for some new developments in the very near future -

    "HAVE I EVER LIED TO YOU, haha???"

    [once more, with feeling]


    Hope Peace Love Music & RESPECT - CJ the Craziest Catlady (Blackie's Mother Forever and Shona's Aunt) in Hammond IN, f/k/a T Bar J (Elgin IL)

    PS My remaining four-legged fur-kids are Calvin, Franny, Dickie & Blue, plus April, truly Fred's cat, who is living with me indefinitely.

    Posted by: CJaffe at May 11, 2009 8:56 PM

    ((((((((((((((((((((CJ & JOELY)))))))))))))))))))
    YOU GET IT. Lucky kitteh all these years, to have you. I have also known that feeling of relief for the peace you are not only giving the animal, but you are giving yourself...

    But so hard to lose them so close to each other...


    Posted by: jonnagrey at May 11, 2009 9:10 PM

    ((((((((((((((((((((CJ & JOELY)))))))))))))))))))
    YOU GET IT. Lucky kitteh all these years, to have you. I have also known that feeling of relief for the peace you are not only giving the animal, but you are giving yourself...

    But so hard to lose them so close to each other...


    Posted by: jonnagrey at May 11, 2009 9:11 PM

    Monday, May 11th...

    One thing I pride myself on... even if it is midnight before I get inside the house, I still reply to e-mails. You take the time to write, I take the time to show my appreciation. Often there are 50 or more letters a day. If my morning journal brings emotions, there can be over 100 e-mails a day. Last week Allison wrote several paragraphs for Tbfriends, and through my address Allison received over 200 letters. Apparently some of your letters are not getting to us. I phoned AOL (an actual live person) who says there could be all sorts of reasons. Those who write letters by way of this website might not be getting through. Also a spam filter could keep you away. If you have recently sent us a letter and not received a reply, please resend.

    Or you can just call me at 530-383-2120.

    Never sweat the small stuff, but someone put me on Facebook. And Twitter. We get all these notices saying so and so wants to be your friend on Facebook. So and so is a fan from Twitter.

    One thing this world does not need. My face on Facebook.

    I always thought twitter was what my heart does after moving 40 bales of alfalfa...

    I never put myself on Facebook or Twitter. I would not know how. Sorry for the deception.

    Okay I was gone for a while. Had to move a horse from his stall so another horse could come from the fields for his bucket of supplements. Also moved Zoe and her colt outside to a round pen. Had a quick cup of hot coffee from Peets with Cathy before she left for her day job. There is a huge pile of cat vomit on our couch. Cathy said yuck, you clean it up, but I said no, you clean it up. Cathy drove away to work, so I guess I get to clean it up. It must be Monday. Cat vomit on our couch, chicken poop on our porch. New race horses come to us today. A feral cat comes to us today. There is employment at another ranch where the big bucks are earned. Later we could be a beautiful 83 degrees. Flies starting their engines. Only two weeks left for Jack Bauer to rescue America. Enjoy your insects all over the joint Monday, and be sure to hug your horses. Credence Clearwater on the oldies station...


    Posted by: jonnagrey at May 11, 2009 9:11 PM

    Drifter needs funds for his eye surgery...

    Baby Tanya...and Hank...(urgent) for him...needs rescued and homes ASAP...AND OTHERS.


    Posted by: joan roya at May 11, 2009 9:15 PM

    May 11 Cherokee Devotional [sharing email from Harriette Brillianthawk]

    Things can be so common, so constantly with us, that we forget to be grateful. Nature has one benefit after another, the trees removing toxins from the air, the earth filtering and re-filtering the water, and the beauty of flowers and lakes and wildlife delighting our souls.

    Be grateful. It costs nothing and we cannot know how it keeps the door open for more beauty to come to us. American Indians were accused of worshipping nature, but it was the Source behind these things that never ceased to stir their spirits.

    We return thanks to the sun, that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.

    Seneca, 1851

    Posted by: CJaffe at May 11, 2009 9:43 PM

    AAHS STRATEGY FOR WEEK of MAY 11, 2009 - crossposting from the DB

    It's time to raise your voices once again and get those phones ringing in D.C. to secure support for the Passage of The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act.

    Co-sponsors for HR503 now total 122 and 16 cosponsors for S727.

    We must do all that we can to help ensure passage of HR503 and S727 to end horse slaughter in America and the transport of our horses across our borders to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.

    Please call your own U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 503 and S.727.

    Once you have finished calling your own Representatives, and have the time to help more, please focus on the lists below. Both lists represent past cosponsors of HR6598 and S.311 and will help us gain swift support for our bills.

    Thanks for all of your help.

    Target List For H.R.503 (House Bill)
    Target List for S.727 (Senate Bill)

    [note from CJ - target lists omitted here - see my next post]

    Please Note: We have started a separate thread titled “State Action Needed”. Several States have introduced their own legislation to allow horse slaughter. These states need our help. to keep this from happening. Please pass the word!!

    Remember, WE ARE BARBARO’S VOICE.....Let it be heard.

    Shelley and Deb
    Americans Against Horse Slaughter


    PS - gratuitous PS from CJ - if anyone has any input from your calls/faxes, pls go to the DB Thread noted at top of this message and email Deb or Shelley about it "offboard" via the DB.

    Posted by: CJaffe at May 11, 2009 10:10 PM

    FEDERAL TARGET LISTS - Current as of Monday, May 11, 2009

    (Note - The date shown after each legislator's name on the target lists below, is the date he/she signed on to cosponsor the respective former antiHS bills in the 110th Congress - HR 6598 in the House and S 311 in the Senate.)

    Remember - as former cosponsors of anti-horse slaughter legislation, those on these lists are already on our side and should be easy to approach. We are seeking for them to sign up to cosponsor the respective Bills - HR 503 in the House and S 727 in the Senate.

    FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE - You can use this toll-free number 800-828-0498 and ask for a legislator by name (or ask for extension, last 5 numbers of legislator's office phone)


    Target List For H.R.503 (House Bill)

    Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-3] - 9/8/2008
    Phone: 202-225-0123 Fax: 202-225-2256

    Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] - 9/16/2008
    Phone: 202-225-4535 Fax: 202-225-4403

    Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] - 9/9/2008
    Phone: 202-225-4755 Fax: 202-225-4886

    Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] - 9/25/2008
    Phone: 202-225-2861 Fax: 202-225-6791

    Rep Giffords, Gabrielle [AZ-8] - 7/31/2008
    Phone: 202-225-2542 Fax: 202-225-0378

    Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] - 9/9/2008
    Phone: 202-225-8885 Fax: 202-226-1477

    Rep Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [GA-4] - 9/10/2008
    Phone: 202-225-1605 Fax: 202-226-0691

    Rep Mollohan, Alan B. [WV-1] - 9/15/2008
    Phone: 202-225-4172 Fax: 202-225-7564

    Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] - 9/25/2008
    Phone: 202-225-8050 Fax: 202-225-3002

    Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6] - 9/26/2008
    Phone: 202-225-4671 Fax: 202-225-9665

    Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-8] - 9/22/2008
    Phone: 202-225-5751 Fax: 202-225-5782

    Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-34] - 10/3/2008
    Phone: 202-225-1766 Fax: 202-226-0350

    Rep Schmidt, Jean [OH-2] - 9/8/2008
    Phone: 202-225-3164 Fax: 202-225-1992

    Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] - 9/16/2008
    Phone: 202-225-8020 Fax: 202-225-5915

    Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] - 9/8/2008
    Phone: 202-225-5936 Fax: 202-225-1018

    Rep Tsongas, Niki [MA-5] - 9/8/2008
    Phone: 202-225-3411 Fax: 202-226-0771

    Rep Welch, Peter [VT] - 9/24/2008
    Phone: 202-225-4115 Fax: 202-225-5974

    Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] - 9/25/2008
    Phone: 202-225-2452 Fax: 202-225-2455

    Rep Wittman, Robert J. [VA-1] - 9/25/2008
    Phone: 202-225-4261 Fax: 202-225-4382


    Target List for S.727 (Senate Bill)

    Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] - 6/15/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-6361 Fax: (202) 224-2126

    Sen Bayh, Evan [IN] - 10/18/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-5623 Fax: (202) 228-1377

    Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] - 2/5/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-2315 Fax: (202) 228-6321

    Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA] - 2/5/2007
    Tel: 202-224-3441 Fax: 202-228-0514

    Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [CT] - 2/28/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-2823 Fax: (202) 224-1083

    Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] - 10/18/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-2152 Fax: (202) 228-0400

    Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] - 2/5/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-3841 Fax: (202) 228-3954

    Sen Inouye, Daniel K. [HI] - 5/2/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-3934 Fax: (202) 224-6747

    Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD] - 1/24/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-4654 Fax: (202) 224-8858

    Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] - 10/18/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-6665 Fax: (202) 224-5301

    Sen Reed, Jack [RI] - 1/17/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-4642 Fax: (202) 224-4680

    Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] - 5/2/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-6472 Fax: (202) 224-7665

    Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] - 10/16/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-5141 Fax: (202) 228-0776

    Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] - 11/2/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-6542 Fax: (202) 228-3027

    Sen Snowe, Olympia J. [ME] - 1/17/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-5344 Fax: (202) 224-1946

    Sen Specter, Arlen [PA] - 4/16/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-4254 Fax: (202) 228-1229

    Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] - 3/13/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-4822 Fax: (202) 228-0325

    Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] - 6/11/2007
    Tel: (202) 224-2921 Fax: (202) 228-6362


    CJ in Hammond IN for

    PS from CJ - if anyone has any input from your calls/faxes, pls go to this DB Thread

    and email Deb or Shelley about it "offboard" via the DB.

    Posted by: CJaffe at May 11, 2009 10:15 PM


    News: NO New cosponsor news as of today. The two Reps who most recently signed on are

    Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] - 4/30/2009

    Rep Biggert, Judy [IL-13] - 5/4/2009

    EVERYONE - please check the following lists of current cosponsors of HR 503 & S 727 - if your Rep/Sen(s) are on these lists, you can breathe a sigh of relief and go on to our current federal target lists.

    If your Rep/Sen(s) are NOT on the following lists of cosponsors, pls contact him/her seeking cosponsorship of HR 503 (House) and S 727 (Senate) - and then move on to the target lists.

    You can use this link

    to find who your legislators are and how to contact them.

    HOUSE cosponsors - current as of Monday, May 11, 2009 (Note, list of Senate cosponsors follows)

    Below is the list of all 122 current House cosponsors of HR 503, in alphabetical order, from, along with the introductory material re the bill.

    Title: To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit certain conduct relating to the use of horses for human consumption.
    Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] (introduced 1/14/2009) Cosponsors (122)

    Latest Major Action: 3/16/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.


    Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1] - 2/11/2009
    Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY-5] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Arcuri, Michael A. [NY-24] - 3/12/2009
    Rep Baird, Brian [WA-3] - 2/4/2009
    Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6] - 1/26/2009
    Rep Bean, Melissa L. [IL-8] - 3/23/2009
    Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] - 1/27/2009
    Rep Biggert, Judy [IL-13] - 5/4/2009
    Rep Bilbray, Brian P. [CA-50] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] - 1/28/2009
    Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] - 1/26/2009
    Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] - 3/5/2009
    Rep Bono Mack, Mary [CA-45] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] - 3/23/2009
    Rep Brown, Henry E., Jr. [SC-1] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Campbell, John [CA-48] - 4/21/2009
    Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23] - 2/4/2009
    Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Castle, Michael N. [DE] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 2/23/2009
    Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] - 1/26/2009
    Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] - 4/21/2009
    Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] - 4/21/2009
    Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Delahunt, William D. [MA-10] - 1/14/2009
    Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Diaz-Balart, Mario [FL-25] - 2/4/2009
    Rep Dicks, Norman D. [WA-6] - 1/27/2009
    Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17] - 3/12/2009
    Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-14] - 2/26/2009
    Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] - 4/21/2009
    Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] - 2/11/2009
    Rep Gallegly, Elton [CA-24] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Green, Al [TX-9] - 1/27/2009
    Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Hall, John J. [NY-19] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Harman, Jane [CA-36] - 3/23/2009
    Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2] - 2/11/2009
    Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] - 1/28/2009
    Rep Inglis, Bob [SC-4] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] - 1/26/2009
    Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] - 2/23/2009
    Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13] - 3/5/2009
    Rep Kilroy, Mary Jo [OH-15] - 3/3/2009
    Rep King, Peter T. [NY-3] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Kirk, Mark Steven [IL-10] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Klein, Ron [FL-22] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7] - 1/26/2009
    Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] - 2/4/2009
    Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] - 2/23/2009
    Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 3/5/2009
    Rep Levin, Sander M. [MI-12] - 1/26/2009
    Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] - 1/26/2009
    Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-18] - 1/27/2009
    Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-9] - 3/24/2009
    Rep Maffei, Daniel B. [NY-25] - 3/23/2009
    Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5] - 2/23/2009
    Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] - 1/14/2009
    Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] - 4/30/2009
    Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] - 1/14/2009
    Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-6] - 3/5/2009
    Rep Miller, George [CA-7] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Mitchell, Harry E. [AZ-5] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3] - 3/5/2009
    Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Murphy, Patrick J. [PA-8] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Murtha, John P. [PA-12] - 1/26/2009
    Rep Myrick, Sue Wilkins [NC-9] - 1/26/2009
    Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Neal, Richard E. [MA-2] - 2/23/2009
    Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1] - 2/23/2009
    Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Peters, Gary C. [MI-9] - 1/27/2009
    Rep Pierluisi, Pedro R. [PR] - 4/21/2009
    Rep Platts, Todd Russell [PA-19] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16] - 1/27/2009
    Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18] - 2/11/2009
    Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [MD-2] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] - 2/4/2009
    Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] - 2/23/2009
    Rep Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [VA-3] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1] - 2/4/2009
    Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-27] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] - 3/10/2009
    Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Tauscher, Ellen O. [CA-10] - 3/5/2009
    Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-20] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30] - 3/23/2009
    Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] - 1/26/2009
    Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Whitfield, Ed [KY-1] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Wu, David [OR-1] - 1/14/2009
    Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] - 3/26/2009
    Rep Young, C.W. Bill [FL-10] - 1/14/2009

    SENATE cosponsors - current as of Monday, May 11, 2009

    Below is the list of the 16 current Senate cosponsors of S 727, in alphabetical order, from, along with the introductory material re the bill.

    Title: A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit certain conduct relating to the use of horses for human consumption.
    Sponsor: Sen Landrieu, Mary L. [LA] (introduced 3/26/2009) Cosponsors (16)
    Related Bills: H.R.503
    Latest Major Action: 3/26/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


    Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] - 3/26/2009
    Sen Burris, Roland [IL] - 4/21/2009
    Sen Byrd, Robert C. [WV] - 3/26/2009
    Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] - 3/26/2009
    Sen Carper, Thomas R. [DE] - 3/26/2009
    Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] - 3/26/2009
    Sen Ensign, John [NV] - 3/26/2009
    Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC] - 3/26/2009
    Sen Kennedy, Edward M. [MA] - 4/21/2009
    Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] - 3/26/2009
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    Sen McCain, John [AZ] - 3/26/2009
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    CJ in Hammond IN for

    Posted by: CJaffe at May 11, 2009 10:20 PM


    Drifter arrived at Safe Haven Horse Rescue in CA with a serious (and several months' old) eye injury which necessitated the removal of the eye. We're still trying to raise about $300 to help defray the cost of the PLEASE consider just a small donation ~ everyone doing just a little will wipe out Drifter's vet bill!

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at May 11, 2009 10:37 PM


    BABY TANYA...NEEDS $79.00





    Posted by: joan roya at May 11, 2009 11:08 PM


    You are in our thoughts today. I'm so sorry.

    Posted by: Barb AZ, Chunky and Punky, AND 153, AND Petunia! at May 11, 2009 11:12 PM

    HALLELEUJAH - this is BIG, folks - crossposting from the DB (Thanks Lucille Matte for posting)

    (I am in tears reading the details of the below)

    breaking news - proposed IL law to benefit racehorses + prisoners YIPPEE!!

    News - Breaking news

    Program would benefit race horses and prisoners

    A new Illinois resolution is making its way through the legislature that would help retired Illinois race horses get a new lease on life after their racing days are over.

    House Resolution 309 unanimously passed an Illinois House committee last Wednesday. The resolution, if it becomes law, would establish a Thoroughbred horse groomer training program for inmates at the Vandalia Correctional Center at no cost to taxpayers. The resolution was presented to committee by Rep. Ron Stephens, a Highland Republican, and Lanny Brooks, executive director of the Illinois Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association Inc.

    House members are expected to hear the resolution this week. Approval would only give official encouragement to the Illinois Department of Corrections to consider implementing the program. Stephens said he has heard positive response to the resolution by officials at the Illinois Department of Corrections.

    "It's a win, win, win idea," Stephens said. "The horses win. The inmates win because it gives them the chance to learn something they can use when they get out. The recidivism rate of the inmates where the program is in effect in eight other states is in the single digits. The third winners are the taxpayers because it won't cost them a dime. The veterinary care, farrier, feed and equipment is paid for by the Illinois Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association. The only thing the state provides is the labor."

    The Vandalia Correctional Center is a facility that has more than 1,300 acres with barns and fences and was once used as an active farm by the state. The land is no longer farmed, Stephens said.

    Inmates would go through a program and earn a groomsman certification.

    "You can't just take a racehorse and adopt them out to a small family farm," Stephens said. "They are used to racing. They are not suddenly good riding horses because they are done racing, they need to be trained for that. The groomsmen learn how to care for the physical needs of the horse and train them to be able to live without being a danger to the people caring for them. If you don't give these racehorses a chance to live with a family, then they are going to be euthanized."

    The new program would set up a nonprofit organization, Racehorse Alternative Choice Environment, and would benefit prisoners and give retired racehorses a chance at a new career. The Illinois Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association, Inc. would foot the bill for the program.

    New York, Florida, Nevada, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, Texas, and Kentucky already have similar programs that match retired Thoroughbreds up with inmates. Once the program is up and running, trainers who are caught sending horses to slaughter would lose stalls at the Fairmount Racetrack.

    "I hope we will be able to meet the needs of these horses," Stephens said. "They are beautiful animals and they deserve to live out their lives in peace. It gives them the chance to be adopted to a family for recreational use."

    Contact reporter Jennifer Bowen at or 239-2667.


    Posted by: CJaffe at May 11, 2009 11:37 PM

    tierre madre....raising db...please and help if you can..

    tbs in California...need help...please read the db...

    Drifter...raising money for his recent eye surgery.

    need money for Baby Tanya...need home for Hank....please help, email...or donate..


    Posted by: joan roya at May 12, 2009 12:06 AM

    (( CJ and Joely )) God bless.

    I love the Il. program for horses and prisoners !
    Why don't more states do this ?
    I just read about a bill in Oklahoma for horses being stalled because some there are afraid of PETA.
    This is on the

    Paulick also has some good articles on the Alexandra the Great Preakness hullabaloo.
    Mr. Allen, MTB owner, in quoted in an article there.
    Go read it, it is informative in many ways.

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 12, 2009 12:35 AM

    ###These "animals and prisoners" programs are SO WONDERFUL and I wonder what it takes to get them started at more prisons. Is it money? If so, that might be a stumbling block because money is always so tight, but if it's desire on the part of the people inside and outside, I'm sure there's an excess of that. I guess it takes organization maybe?

    The thing is, the dogs to on to be companion dogs for people with disabilities (I remember the television show where one of the prisoners, a young woman, had seizures, and the dog ON ITS OWN knew when they were coming and would be very insistent that she sit down--and the dog would then sit on HER). Could the same thing occur with horses--they be prepared to be therapeutic riding horses for all the programs like that around?

    Certainly deserves some further investigation, doesn't it?

    Everyone a winner. What better thing than that??

    Posted by: KAY at May 12, 2009 12:54 AM

    My heart beats for your heart, Barbaro, always and forever! Run with the angels honey!
    And all love to the entire Heavenly Herd! As you know you take me to where angels walk! As our Angel Dee says "It is AFFIRMED!"

    Am currently going slightly bonkers :), but as always holding hands, hooves, and paws with the entire Barbaro Nation!!

    Am way behind with posts, but will be in touch soon!!

    Love you all!!
    Lou Ann

    Posted by: Lou Ann R., PA, FOB forever at May 12, 2009 1:13 AM

    Sending lots of love and hugs your way. We must "let Joely know" to look for my late Dad, Louie, up there, as he is never without a special treat for special kit-kats and canines!

    And C.J., THANK YOU for the breaking news (above) about the prison programs with horses!! Hugs!!
    And my classmate will also be so very glad for this info. As am currently going a bit bonkers at the moment and sometimes techno-challenged, will be in touch soon - perhaps you will please help me be able to get a copy of this to him??
    I will e-mail you!

    Lou Ann

    Posted by: Lou Ann R., PA, FOB forever at May 12, 2009 1:20 AM

    WOW! What a place this is...everything you could possibly want to know about all the Preakness horses is right here for the reading ~ no research necessary on our part!

    Kudos to Alex for "all the news that's fit to print."

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at May 12, 2009 3:10 AM

    Just a note on the proposed IL prison program...this is fantastic, and will benefit both humans and horses!

    Several years ago I saw a wonderful movie about a nun who, against all odds and facing major opposition, started a program in a women's prison to train therapy dogs. The movie concluded with people facing a variety of physical challenges meeting their dogs for the first time...the hardest part was seeing the prisoners have to say good-bye to "their" dogs, but soon they were introduced to their next class of trainees.

    I really hope the IL program comes to pass!

    Posted by: Nancy Naughty Nutmegger at May 12, 2009 3:15 AM

    Erin Brennan's Mother Anne, with a special Mother's Day post and a request of those who read her Caring Bridge posts.

    Posted by: CJaffe at May 12, 2009 4:47 AM



    Posted by: CHERYL G. JUST SAY NO TO HORSE SLAUGHTER at May 12, 2009 5:53 AM

    I'm afraid Calvin Borel's appearence on Jay Leno was MONDAY night, NOT Tuesday nite. I fell asleep curing Jay before he was on, BUT - they re-run it in my area at 4 am and I am about to watch the re-run if I can manage to stay up. Sure hope there w/b a video of it somewhere/somehow - too bad I am so low-tech I have no capacity to record -

    Posted by: CJaffe at May 12, 2009 9:01 AM

    ooops, that's DURING Jay, NOT curing Jay - funny typo -

    Posted by: CJaffe at May 12, 2009 9:03 AM

    IF ANYBODY IS UP AND READING - that Jay Leno re-run is starting NOW - 3 am - NOT 4 am. It actually started at 3:04 am and is on right now. Calvin Borel will be on shortly . . .

    Posted by: CJaffe at May 12, 2009 9:05 AM

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