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    Update 6041: Four ridden for Michael Pino this morning at Fair Hill. And another hot morning for training horses. All mine went nicely. The track was also nice and quiet, as is usual for a Sunday morning.

    The Belmont was won yesterday by Drosselmeyer, with new jockey Mike Smith, for trainer Bill Mott and owner WinStar. Drosselmeyer was driven to the lead in mid stretch and held off a persistent Fly Down. It was a first Belmont win for both Mike Smith and Bill Mott. WinStar won this year's Derby with Super Saver: WinStar's Drosselmeyer wins Belmont.

    Update 6040: Sue McMullen reports on today's thriling Epsom Derby:

    It should have been a sign for us all that Workforce had to be something very special. With just two runs under his belt Sir Micheal Stoute nevertheless aimed his colt at the toughest challenge any colt will ever face and he's not a man who makes too many mistakes.

    Not only did the rookie win but he did it in a style that left onlookers breathless. An emphatic victory in a race that was almost stolen by the 100-1 shot At First Glance, the Ballydoyle pacemaker ridden by 'super sub' Seamie Heffernan, so often handed the thankless task of piloting the big-race pacemakers.

    A superstar in the making emerged from the Epsom Derby but it didn't quite follow the Ballydoyle script. Physically imposing, the perfect Thoroughbred racing machine at his prime, Jan Vermeer strode imperiously around the parade ring looking every inch the worthy hot favourite poised to make Epsom his own.

    But as the race unfolded Ballydoyle's standard bearer didn't shine as expected finishing only fourth and their number one jockey, Johnny Murtagh, claiming he had not been happy with his mount at any stage during the race.

    Aiden O'Brien subsequently reported that Jan Vermeer had lost both front shoes so he did well to finish in the frame but it was their pacemaker who shone as nobody told him he was there merely to do a job for his stable companions and on form, he was a rank outsider. Horses can't read form and as the colt, described by Heffernan as 'very genuine', set a blistering pace that would help Workforce break the race record, everybody watching waited for him to fold and get swallowed up by the chasing pack. But the brave colt just kept on galloping and on another day, would have provided Heffernan with the best birthday present and the biggest Derby upset.

    But Workforce, ridden by champion jockey Ryan Moore who bagged the girls' classic yesterday aboard Snow Fairy, was about to change the script. Described by Sir Michael Stoute as 'straightforward and very laid back' the King's Best colt has not enjoyed the best preparation for the Derby and the worry for all trainers is that their charges must maintain balance and momentum down the famous hill and a tight left turn. Epsom's unique camber and undulations is the reason it is such a tough test for a young horse and to do it with just two previous runs is truly something special. Workforce lengthened his powerful stride and ate up the ground to catch At First Sight, setting a new race record in the process.

    Ryan Moore is the quiet man of Flat racing, a man of very few words who lets the horses do the 'talking' and though he might not have the clowning antics and ebulliance of Frankie Dettori he is much respected in the sport. "Workforce travelled beautifully and did the job really well. I've had a great reception from so many people, not least my family and friends. It's a really special day and one I'll remember for a long time."

    There was no fairytale ending for Frankie Dettori, who took 15 attempts to bag his first Derby before finally tasting victory aboard Authorised. Attempting to bag a second aboard the well-fancied Rewilding, the Godolphin colt showed his inexperience with Dettori reporting after the race that might head for Doncaster in September.

    "It was a great run, he didn't have the gears to go with the winner but stayed on well and will be a lovely St Leger horse."

    But Saed Bin Suroor had other ideas. "He will be a better horse later in the season. Frankie said his trip is a mile and a quarter, a mile and a half. I don't think he's a St Leger horse as he has a lot of speed."

    Kieron Fallon was also denied a fairytale ending following his nightmare journey to Epsom. He had to show his own turn of foot to make it to the racecourse, leaving his family with the car in gridlocked traffic and jumping aboard a train arrived in the nick of time to pilot the Godolphin challenger Al Zir, regarded as another one who needs more time.

    "He's still a big baby but he will be a very good horse."

    In a year when we didn't dare hope that another star would emerge, Workforce today showed us something very special and we've got much to look forward to in the coming months. Fame and Glory's emphatic victory in yesterday's Coronation stakes earned him a 6-1 quote for the Arc and freed from the sight of Sea The Star's powerful backside, his nemsis last season, he is a force to be reckoned with this year. And don't forget the superb Jan Vermeer who will live to fight another day, with a new set of shoes.

    Update 6039: Back to work at Fair Hill after a couple of days in Kansas City. And an easy morning's work with only four to ride. All went nicely for a straightforward start to the day.

    The final leg of the Triple Crown is upon us today, and will be broadcast on ABC later this afternoon: Belmont Doings: 'It's a Tote Board Race'. Ice Box, First Dude and Make Music for Me are my picks, although I hve not been very successful picking horses for this year's Triple Crown races. The undercard at Belmont includes the Manhattan and the return to races for Gio Ponti. It should be a great race: WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies.

    Over in England we have the English Derby at Epsom: LIVE EPSOM DERBY DAY BLOG!
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    Update 6038: Another day off, this time unscheduled as I got stuck in Kansas for an extra night. And here are some pictures from my Kansas trip.

    The Rail posted our pre-Belmont ABR radio show: Talking Belmont With Alex Brown. As part of the 30 minute show Andy Durnin explained what type of preparations they are making for Make Music for Me, a horse he has been galloping through the Triple Crown trail. It was another fun show!

    Update 6037: A day off for me today. I am actually in Kansas City preparing to give a presentation on Social Media.

    We do have our 30 minute ABR radio show at 2pm: Alex Brown Racing on the radio. It will be our last chance to discuss the upcoming Belmont Stakes. We will also discuss the retirement of jockey Richard Migliore and Summer Bird, last year's Belmont winner.

    Here is the draw for the upcoming Belmont: Ice Box Is 3-1 Favorite for the Belmont.

    And please keep calling.

    Update 6036: Superfecta here, with your regular weekly update.

    While things remain ludicrously busy in Superfectaland (a new job, Philly Beer Week and the World Cup are all converging), we don't want to neglect racing, especially during Met Mile/Belmont week.

    First, of course, we must give props to Quality Road in the Met Mile for another fine performance. Sure, he had to work a bit to keep the very game Musket Man from catching him at the end, but he never seemed as though he was digging as deeply as he possibly had to - his 114 Beyer for the race is below his high point (although certainly impressive). He may appear next in the Suburban, with the Breeders' Cup Classic as his ultimate goal (although one still suspects that the mile is his ideal distance).

    And so to the Belmont - we'll have more on the undercard (which is almost always one of the best race days of the year) and the race itself later in the week, but here are a few initial thoughts:


    Beyond the Belmont, word is in this week that Rachel Alexandra is likely to make her next start on June 12th. While this is good to hear, it's also somewhat problematic for two reasons. First, there's no confirmation yet as to which race it will be - it could be the Obeah (at normally-easily-accessible Delaware Park), the Stephen Foster or Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs or, perhaps, the Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont. Taken alone, each of these options has a variety of positives and negatives, but there is one overarching thumbs down for all of them - the US takes on England in the World Cup that day...

    Update 6035: Six ridden this morning for Michael Pino at Fair Hill. And we started 30 minutes earlier which was nice. It did not get too hot before we were finished. All my horses went nicely. We had a nice winner last night at Presque Isle, Hossanah's Song. Her third start and first win.

    And please keep calling.

    Update 6034: Another seven ridden for Michael Pino this morning at Fair Hill. A busy morning, and another warm morning. We did have a bit of a breeze so it was not quite as bad as yesterday, but hot enough. Tomorrow we are going to be starting 30 minutes earlier, hopefully this will help us get finished before it gets too warm. All mine went nicely, one breezed, and one broke sharply from the gate.

    Here is this week's ABR Facebook Group e-mail: First Dude, Ice Box, Interactif, Drosselmeyer, Ron Franklin, Spectacular Bid, Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, Quality Road, Musket Man, Xavier Aizpuru, Adam Davison, Michael Dickinson, Mario Calderon, book cover, ABR Radio.

    And please keep calling.

    Update 6033: Seven ridden for Michael Pino this morning at Fair Hill. And it was a hot morning for riding horses! Fortunately all mine went nicely, so while it was a little too warm, it was a straightforward morning's work.

    It is Memorial Day, so Happy Memorial day. To celebrate lets hope Quality Road continues to show us he a one of the top three horses in the nation right now: Quality Road resumes ambitious season Monday.

    Update 6032: Five ridden this morning for Michael Pino at Fair Hill. And it turned into a hot morning too for galloping horses. The track was nice and quiet though, so a pretty straightforward start to the day.

    We had a fun afternoon at the Fair Hill races yesterday. The weather seemed to cooperate. Here are a few pictures:

    Pink coats, in the paddock
    Unsaddling after the third
    Adam, one of the many guys there who gallops at Fair Hill
    Michael Dickinson

    Update 6031: Another seven ridden for Michael Pino at Fair Hill this morning. One breezed an easy half mile. All went nicely for a nice start to the day. We are now all getting ready to go over to the Fair Hill races, our annual jump racing hosted just over the road from the training center.

    My latest addition to The Rail: Franklin and the Race He Lost.

    Those elected to the Hall of Fame have now been announced: National Museum of Racing announces 2010 Hall of Fame class.

    Update 6030: Seven ridden this morning for Michael Pino at Fair Hill. Quite a busy morning, and thankfully the weather has broken a little and it was not as humid as it has been. All mine went nicely, which included breezing a couple of sets of babies. A nice start to the day. I then did a phone interview with Dr. Corinne Sweeney, from the New Bolton Center, for my book.

    Here is this week's ABR radio show.

    And please keep calling.

    Update 6029: Five ridden for Michael Pino this morning at Fair Hill. And it was a warm and muggy morning this morning! All mine went nicely, for a short and straightforward morning's work.

    2pm today we have our ABR radio show. We will review the Preakness Stakes and look forward to the Belmont Stakes, a week on Saturday. We will also discuss Mine That Bird's return to the track and more. Hopefully another fun show with Bob from Louisville and Andy from Belmont Park.

    And please keep calling.

    Update 6028: Six ridden this morning for Michael Pino at Fair Hill. And a warm morning here too, it's going to be a hot day! All six of mine went nicely for a very straightforward start to the day. The barn was also quieter this morning, we shipped a few horses out yesterday down to Colonial Downs for their upcoming meet.

    Still doing plenty of interviews for my book. Yesterday it was Pat Forde who is a senior writer for ESPN.com I also had a long phone coversation about the book with Mrs. Jackson. We will try to meet in the next week or two.

    Mine That Bird had his first workout at Churchill Downs this morning. 3/8ths in 35.2

    And please keep calling.

    Update 6027: Superfecta here, with your regular weekly update - Euro Watch edition.

    Last year, Goldikova finished seventh in the Prix d'Ispahan, her yearly debut; it seemed that the extra furlong and soft going were not to her taste. There were no such questions this year - the 5-year-old mare set a new stakes record in the same race, capturing her eighth G1 victory. It was a narrow margin, to be sure, over the up-and-coming Byword, but the rest of the field (including Stacelita, who may need to regain some conditioning) was some distance back. While a threepeat in the Breeders' Cup Mile is her goal this year, her next race could be nearly as starry - she is being pointed to the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, potentially taking on Paco Boy and Rip Van Winkle.

    While the Breeders' Cup is a long way away at this point, other Europeans to keep an eye on were in action last weekend - 3-year-old Richard Hannon-trained Canford Cliffs was impressive in the Irish 2000 Guineas, while Ballydoyle has another strong group of colts, headed by Jan Vermeer (impressive winner of the Gallinule Stakes) and St Nicholas Abbey. The 3-year-old filly ranks look equally strong (or, perhaps, stronger - at least, in France) with the green-but-promising Sarafina just besting Deluxe in the Prix Saint-Alary. Both fillies may head to the Prix de Diane in June - and we may see one or both of them in the Breeders' Cup at some point.

    Given the somewhat scattered picture our own 3-year-olds paint, perhaps more overseas horses will consider heading to Churchill Downs this year - why not take the opportunity to show it can be good breeding and a lack of medication that win big races, rather than an affinity for Santa Anita? I'm of the opinion that the track surface played a smaller role than widely assumed in the European domination of the last two Breeders' Cups, and would love to see that put to the test this fall. Of course, we have plenty of racing to look forward to before that point - but it's always worth watching what's going on abroad.

    Here in the US, NYRA got a loan, which should keep things running for a while - and the Met Mile is on tap for the long weekend...in the meantime, why not celebrate Irish-bred Goldikova's continued magnificence by purchasing The Divine Comedy's new album, Bang Goes The Knighthood, out on the 31st?


    Update 6026: Six ridden today for Michael Pino at Fair Hill, and the weather remains warm and muggy. All mine went nicely, which included taking two babies to the gate for a little schooling. We had a new rider start today, he has won the Kentucky Derby!

    Here is this week's ABR Facebook Group e-mail: Super Saver, Lookin at Lucky, Mine That Bird, Chip Woolley, D. Wayne Lukas, Summer Bird, Rachel Alexandra, Shaun Bridgmohan, Ernie Paragallo, Michael Blowen, Clever Allemont, Tour of the Cat, Cappuccino Kid, ABR radio, UK Pics!.

    And please keep calling.

    Update 6025: Five ridden this Monday morning for Michael Pino at Fair Hill. A nice easy morning to ease back into work after a fantastic four days off. All five of mine went nicely. The damp and dreary weather was a stark contrast to the weather we had in England the last few days!

    And here are a few pictures from my trip:

    I love my English beer!
    Friends, at my mother's wedding reception
    The Smithy, Beeston in Cheshire
    Bath house, converted to a flat, Beeston, Cheshire
    Nare Point, Cornwall, a favorite spot of mine
    Cornish cliff path, love the blue!
    Cornish cliff path, just love the cornish foliage
    Coffee shop, Knutsford, Cheshire
    Summer evening, Five Pilchards, Porthallow, Cornwall

    And please keep calling.

    Comments

    Robyn, don't know where Nare Hotel is, but Nare Point is between Porthallow and the Helford river. Beautiful!

    Posted by: alex at May 24, 2010 3:25 PM

    Wonderful pictures Alex. Glad you had a good time. Congratulations to you and your family!

    Posted by: Edie at May 24, 2010 3:29 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 24, 2010 3:30 PM

    Otherlyn (and all Concerned FsOB),
    Ease your heart Fren. According to the papers I read last week after the Black Eyed Susan, both Diva Delight and Seeking the Title are fine after they clipped heels and fell, dumping Leperioux and Kent D. In fact, they both finished the race, sans riders! This time, there is good news.

    NO Horse left behind or EVER Forgotten!
    Lee

    Posted by: Sofie's Lee at May 24, 2010 3:36 PM

    Morning, Everyone..

    Monday Morning....we begin a new week! And Joe for today, thusfar anyway...is once again *GOOD TAKING CENTER STAGE* :) Can't wait to read the rest...he's busy writing in 'stages', no doubt taking phone calls re: adopting or saving more horses!! Yea for *JOE*:)

    We've got CLOUDS here this morning..and a 'high' of just 65 forecast with rain on the way! OMGosh!
    I saw on news last night, farmers in the San Joaquin Valley have planted their crops when they should have...but Mom Nature isn't providing the warm temperatures, the crops are just sitting there, doing 'nothing'...and they are in the process now, of digging them up and beginning again! I assume this will mean higher prices later on for us all at the produce aisle in our favorite supermarket...oh Joy:/

    Alex:) LOVED the photos you posted! Such quaint and beautiful countryside and wildflowers along the paths...and the ocean crashing into those rocks at the Nare Point...beautiful indeed! So glad you could go home to visit and have some R&R but ever-happy you're 'home again, home again, clippity-clop':)

    I posted to *EXCESSORIZED* Thread late yesterday, the photos of her BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION...and her absolute REFUSAL to partake of the Carrot Cake presented to her! LOL! I'm too chicken to try to blue ink, but you can find the post via Advanced Search Number: 45428.339 A good time was had by all and *SESSIE* is just too dang cute for words!!

    I saw on Safe Haven's Facebook page...a person from Contra Costa County Animal Control even posted a HAPPY BIRTHDAY greeting...I betcha those folks are just BEYOND delighted to know the rescue they chose for her threw her a bonafide BIRTHDAY PARTY! Can you imagine?!

    That same county agency placed two more horses who needed some TLC at Safe Haven a few weeks ago and they were GOBSMACKED to see *SESSIE* looking so FINE:) one of the transporters had delived Sessie to them in February needing those 300 pounds, so she was extremely happy to see how well she's doing!

    I hope every one has a great Monday! Do whatever you can to help some horses....we gotta help the horses, Family!

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 24, 2010 4:00 PM


    ### Dear Fren Sophie's Lee,

    Thank you for the good report. I will take the good news of today especially to heart, for I have just returned from my Vet's office.

    Zoui, my 15 year old terrier, had been suffering with a terrible cough, and extreme breathing distress through the weekend. Her gums were nearly white, and her tongue was blue. Neither of us slept last night. We just hung-out together on her blankets, and had long talks.

    We prepared eachother for a possible "inevitable." My vet says that she has a heart murmer (a leaky valve). He gave her an injection, and is advising a simple water pill (lasix), which should help her feel better.

    We will try this first, to support her through the summer in comfort. She won't get better without heart surgery, but, because of the cost and her advanced age, surgery is not an option.

    With her meds, she will be pee-ing even more (sheeeesh)...but now, instead of pee-ing "like-a-little-old-lady," she will be pee-ing "LIKE-A-RACEHORSE!"...well, that's OK with me. ^-,^ She can be just like our NIC,and LENNY, KIP, ZENYATTA, and all the others we love...(I guess picking up a few wet news papers is way easier than mucking sawdust and straw.) We'll get through this OK...just so long as she is feeling good, and willing to stay here with me a little bit longer.

    Counting Blessings, and looking forward to a special summer.

    Your FOB Fren, O

    Posted by: Otherlyn at May 24, 2010 4:47 PM

    # Alex , thanks for the pictures. Makes me remember fondly the year I spent in England. Hope you had a good holiday.

    # Sophie's Lee , I'm so glad they are both safe !

    Does everyone have cooler than normal temps ?
    I have a beach trip planned for the first week in June , which is usually hot in S.C. but we are struggling to get in the 80's !

    Plus , I'm watching a first of the season storm in the Atlantic and wondering if it will be a hurricane roaring into the coast when I get there?
    Perhaps it can bring the oil spill in also , since it's probably on its way ! ! ! My planning a week in June is probably not the most propitious time ever chosen -- but I realize that I sound selfish - knowing what a hurricane, and especially an oil disaster can do to our coast.
    God forbid, please. It's too terrible to contemplate --

    Have you seen the birds covered in oil being cleaned by the medical peeps and volunteers ? Its horrible , ... poor , poor innocent creatures -

    Our horses , and the ones Joe saves , are innocent too of course. Thank goodness for Joe and people like him , who help horses. Today , please call or email your politicos - tell them to stop horse slaughter. And I thank goodness for peeps like you , the FOBs - who love and help horses.

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 24, 2010 4:50 PM

    (( Zoui and Otherlyn ))
    May the summer be a most special time of togetherness. Holding you both close in my thoughts.

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 24, 2010 4:56 PM

    Oh, Alex, thanks so much for the pictures...what beautiful places......the sky looks so blue. Glad you have returned safely!

    Posted by: kbuckeye at May 24, 2010 5:09 PM

    I got a notice this morning that
    Rachel worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 ;)

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 24, 2010 5:10 PM

    SHERRY'S HORSES
    Hi everyone. I have started a thread on the DB under, "General: Horse-Related" and titled, Sherry's horses." I have included an update on their transition from Az. to Mn. and included a few pictures. I will add more over the coming days, including a couple pictures of Sherry's third horse, Gunner.
    All are doing wonderfully well and living like kings on a 200 acre ranch. I have two co-owners, Margaret & Janelle, who have cared for Gunner for 2 1/2 years. They are marvelous, they are huge animal lovers and make sure the boyz get only the best nutrition.
    I am so proud of Warpaint & Dakota for how well they have made the life change. They had never been in a herd before. They have been accepted and are now mingling with other horses.
    It was Sherry's dream for them to be out of the Az. heat and stalls. Now they have pastures to roam and new friends. So many people in Barbaro's family, through their support, have given Warpaint & Dakota the life Sherry wanted for them. So I hope you enjoy the pictures.
    Sincerely,
    Daryl

    Posted by: Daryl Smoliak at May 24, 2010 8:02 PM

    ####
    thank you Daryl...and way to go...Warpaint, Dakota...and Gunner..

    ####
    Please call, fax, email...please help our horses and animals...and remember those who are drenched in the oil soaked wetlands...

    We need miracles...we need prayers, we need support,....but most of all...we need YOU.

    Please read the db...alot going on...

    ####
    Alex....glad you had a wonderful time!

    ####
    Many people will walk in and out of your life,
    but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

    Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Posted by: joan roya at May 24, 2010 8:35 PM

    ####
    ALERT PLEASE...PLEASE CROSSPOST AND HELP THIS BABY FIND ITS MOMMIE!

    Stolen Horse International Inc.
    NetPosse.com IDAHO Alert
    Half-Arab Tobiano Mare May 23, 2010
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    NetPosse.com Alert KS: Bay Pinto Tobiano Mare STOLEN FROM FOAL! Ellis County - May 23, 2010

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Diana is a 6 yr old 15.1 hand mare - JUST GAVE BIRTH and Foal left behind!

    Incident Date: May 23, 2010

    Incident Location: Hays (Ellis County), KS 67601

    Incident Description: Nursing Bay & White Tobiano Mare Stolen, Baby left behind

    Markings: star, snip, Both front stockings almost to shoulders, Both Rear half-stockings

    More Info:
    http://www.netposse.com/stolenmissing/DianaKSstolenMay2010.html


    Foal in jeopardy because it's so young! Mare is probably frantic!

    Please go to the link above and:
    - Print a flyer and post in your community
    - If you attend auctions take them with you and post these flyers

    Note that flyers should be posted ANYWHERE the public congregates including convenience stores, fast food restaurants, and the like. Many horses have been brought home by these flyers!

    Posted by: joan roya at May 24, 2010 9:32 PM

    Sophie's Lee - Thank you once more for the good report on the horses and riders who ran the race just a little to close.

    Otherlyn - Dear Friend, prayers and wishes to and your baby girl Zoui. When choices about surgery, comfort and what is best for our furbabies, it just leaves the heart strings tugging and hurting.
    May you both have a wonderful, cool and sweet summer together.

    Alex, Welcome back! Glad you had a good time, but it sounded like it was such a quick trip.
    Please rest before you start riding those morning
    jaunts.

    Daryl - Thank you for the update on Dakota and Warpaint. It sounds as if it's a dream come true for Sherry and you.

    Dee - ((((hugs to you dear lady)))

    Joan, Lynn, Debbie, Sandra, Robyn and so many more please have a fine evening.

    xoxoxo
    Carleen in CA

    Posted by: carleen sova at May 25, 2010 12:35 AM


    good night frens , hope you sleep nicely tonight.
    I'm going to watch the last '24' although I've never watched this show much, I want to see the last one ! Bye now,

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 25, 2010 12:55 AM

    ###
    thank you Carleen and mailing the rescue some money...

    Posted by: joan roya at May 25, 2010 1:07 AM

    Here is Joe for Monday (for those of you who didn't click on Debbie's blue-link):

    Monday, May 24th... From Zoe, 17, Ft. Myers: A horse can withstand a lifetime of agony, and still have the optimisim to nicker hello. Horses inspire me to let go of my past, embrace the happy moments, and look forward to a better future.

    For a long time people have been telling me... sign up for Facebook and adoptions will increase. Finally, two weeks ago, I did. Facebook is like chasing after loose horses at 3:00 in the morning. Difficult to catch up. But yesterday we had our first adoption because of Facebook. A cousin of a friend of a Facebook friend. Or something like that. Our tall mare Breeze is now living with Jennifer near Placerville. Jennifer has been searching for a horse since March. Under saddle Breeze is a beautiful mover. I found Breeze at the Wilton feed lot about the same time I signed up for Facebook.

    From Meagan, 12, Granite Bay, California: Horses inspire me because they keep on giving.

    Not only do horses keep on giving, but so does the 13 year old girl who loves Cope. She has raised $600.00, and later this week an injured race horse will be transported to a small farm in Vacaville. The girl who loves Cope will do all the rehab. A Tbfriends foster home offering support.

    From Holly, 13, Memphis: I am inspired by how Wilma offers her love, especially when I am having a bad day.

    We also found a new home for our older mare Custard. She is now best friends forever to a quarter horse gelding near the town of Cottonwood.

    From Kate, 16, Lincoln, California: My horse Cody has inspired me to be a better person. Just ask any of my friends.

    It is Monday, and chores are forever. Later we could reach 67 degrees. Delicious hot coffee from Peets. Scrambled eggs fell on the floor, but the toast is safe. More rain on the way. Flies remain in a holding pattern.

    Kalia, 7 years old, Silver Lake, Kansas: Horses inspire me because they love you even after people are mean to them.

    (only 7, and horses have taught Kalia about forgiveness)

    Joe

    Then and Now:

    Top Left: This is Champ, two summers ago, on the day he arrived from a feed lot.

    Top Right: This is Champ now. We researched his tattoo and discovered Champ was once a well known race horse, earning the big bucks.

    Bottom Left: Uncle Scott, also two summers ago.

    Bottom Right: Uncle Scott today. He came to us with both front pasterns fractured. Uncle Scott healed just fine, and is now married to Misty, King and Queen of our prom.

    Posted by: kathyb at May 25, 2010 1:11 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! Alex, thanks for the info about Nare Point, what an incredible vista. The Nare Hotel is on the Channel Coast of Cornwall, not too far from the yachting town of St. Mawes. If you have ever seen the round houses of Veryan, then you were very close to the Nare Hotel. That hotel's delicious restaurant is where I first tasted English Summer Pudding (20 years ago this June). Again, please know that I am not alone in being very pleased to see that you made it back to this side of "the Pond" without any delays due to the Icelandic dust. And thanks for all that you and Wendy do on behalf of North America's horses and in tribute to Barbaro's memory.

    Wishing us all "ACN". Peace, Robyn

    #### To Debbie LA: Weren't the photos of Champ & Uncle Scott amazing on Joe Shelton's blog today? What a difference two years' nurturing can make to two starving horses. Welcome back, Debbie!
    To Otherlyn: May you and Zoui have a very special Summer together. Thank you for the update about Julien Leparoux. I have tremendous respect for the courageous work that jockeys and riders do each and every day.
    To Bobbie B: Yes, seeing those poor pelicans coated in oil simply breaks my heart. I saw a photo this AM of some eggs which had an oliy slime on them. All of this destruction in the name of fossil fuel consumption....
    To Joan: I surely hope that the kidnapped or stolen new mare named Diana is found quickly. How disgraceful, horses thieves in the 21st century!
    To Daryl S.: On behalf of all of us who aren't able to navigate the other portion of the board, thanks so much for letting us know how Sherry's beloved Gunnar, Dakota, & Warpaint are doing in their new home.
    To Dee: I miss seeing you here, you are the Resident Angel of the FsOB! Rainbows to you, Dee. ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at May 25, 2010 2:14 AM

    The horses that SOS is trying to help only have a few more hours! No donation is too small! Poor Mitzie and Lilly haven't gotten a home offer, but we're fundraising for Buttercup, Bella, and Rocko.

    Buttercup needs $405, Bella needs $410 and Rocko needs $435. We have until 7:00 am PST Tuesday. Please help them!

    http://forums.delphiforums.com/alexbrown/messages?msg=48297.1

    Posted by: Debbie in VA at May 25, 2010 11:20 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! I am running late on a warm and bright Tuesday morning. All of the birds are singing, the sun is shining, and the Thames is flat & calm. Wishing everyone a safe & productive day! Peace, Robyn

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at May 25, 2010 12:04 PM

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    Please SOS needs us...the horses want to live and enjoy life...please help.

    Posted by: joan roya at May 25, 2010 3:02 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 25, 2010 3:41 PM

    Joe is going non-profit, WOW!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 25, 2010 3:46 PM

    Sophie's Lee - Thank you once more for the good report on the horses and riders who ran the race just a little to close.

    Otherlyn - Dear Friend, prayers and wishes to and your baby girl Zoui. When choices about surgery, comfort and what is best for our furbabies, it just leaves the heart strings tugging and hurting.
    May you both have a wonderful, cool and sweet summer together.

    Alex, Welcome back! Glad you had a good time, but it sounded like it was such a quick trip.
    Please rest before you start riding those morning
    jaunts.

    Daryl - Thank you for the update on Dakota and Warpaint. It sounds as if it's a dream come true for Sherry and you.

    Dee - ((((hugs to you dear lady)))

    Joan, Lynn, Debbie, Sandra, Robyn and so many more please have a fine evening.

    xoxoxo
    Carleen in CA

    Posted by: carleen sova at May 25, 2010 3:55 PM

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    you too..Carleen...

    ####
    pray for our rescues, our family....read the db...we need your help.

    please call, fax, email...horses after horses are depending on us...to set them free..

    have a beautiful day.

    ####
    Good Morning Alex.

    ####
    Good Morning Barbaro and all of his heavenly frens....

    and equine heaven...

    and...light up candles for our boy, and his frens...please.

    Posted by: joan roya at May 25, 2010 4:07 PM

    Good Tuesday Morning...

    YIPEEEEEE-SKIPPPYYYYY!!! Our Joe is going non-profit...more horses can be helped...grant monies will become available...JOE AND CATHY WILL GET HELP for all the horses they help!!! Wheeeeee!!

    Carleen:) I hope YOUR night was a good one! I think of you so often these days, Carleen...I know you miss your *BUDDY* just 'terrrrrble' and I give you HUGS...lots of 'em!!

    We've got SUNSHINE this morning!! Temps in just the 50's but the SUN IS SHINING:) I watched a Robin awhile ago...scurrying around on the ground...tearing long strands of dried grasses/weeds from beneath a fence area and flying lickity-splickity to a nearby Flowering Plum tree to make her nest!! So BIZZY..she's so BIZZY!!! :) With all the heinous film footage of the Gulf all over the news these days...I cannot tell you, Family, how TRULY WONDERFUL it makes me feel to see Nature being Nature here in these foothills and nothing being 'wrong' here....my heart is breaking more/more as the days unfold watching, listening to what's going on out there in that beautiful ocean and the shores...those wetlands are FOREVER RUINED...that oil will NEVER be gone from them!! OMG! All for the sake of FREAKING MONEY...!!!

    I'm planning to work outside again for as long as my knees/back will allow...yesterday, I used my trusty rake to do a bit of 'checking to see if rattlesnakes might be present'....I'm quite sure if my neighbors were watching me...they were wondering WTH is up with Lynne??? But I'd much rather come up with one on the end of a rake than hanging off my hand!!! Really, all I hoped for was that they would MOVE and I'd know one might be present before sticking my hand in to pull the weeds...or gather up left-over Oak leaves into my bag to be hauled away! I was more than 'mildly nervous' about having waited until almost June to begin my normally done in February clean-up!

    I hope everyone has a good Tuesday...save out a few minutes of the day to help some horses!

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 25, 2010 4:34 PM

    Thank you for the update, Sophie's Lee.

    Dear O, sending prayers for Zoui. My 15 year old, Lucky, has been on Enalapril and Furosemide for 3 years. He is doing OK, much to the surprise of his doctor. He's had a few wee wee accidents lately, but only 3. And that's OK too.

    Ruby goes for her in town outing today. We did a test with her yesterday. I was feeding her from my hand, while a female stranger rubbed her all over, head to tail. She had no food guarding reaction. We can see though that she is not very tolerant of men. She's very fearful. Her chauffer today is a male assessor from the shelter.

    Posted by: MargieinNM at May 25, 2010 4:48 PM

    Lyneeeeeee - Yippeeeeee Skippeeee and Weeeeeee!!!!! for Joe and Cathy. :-D

    Get the yard work done before the snakies come out. The rattlers are on the move here!

    Posted by: MargieinNM at May 25, 2010 4:51 PM

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    Margieeeeeeee!! :) It ALWAYS MAKES ME SMILE SO BIG..AND I GET SO 'EXCITLED' TO SEE YOU CALL ME "LYNEEEEE" :)

    The snakes are out here already, Margie!! One was found 'resting' in a flower pot..at one of my nearby neighbor's homes a week ago already :-O I am SO BEYOND RESPECTFUL of them, Margieeeeeeee!!

    I think of *TEDDY* numerous times, Margie, and pray all is well with him...he's soooooo beautiful...I want God's White Light all around Teddy all the time!!! sigh....

    For all here who might have furkids in poor health...thoughts to you and yours.

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 25, 2010 4:57 PM

    ####
    Please help....if you can...he needs help very badly....

    He has alot of burros, horses, dogs, cats, rabbits and so on....

    He has a little burro named Barbaro...just called and he has not received alot....can you spare a dollar or two...please.

    Hacienda de los Milagros, Inc.
    IRS 501(c)(3) teaching and Healing Sanctuary
    3731 N Rd ! West
    Chino Valley, AZ 86323
    FEIN 86-0825972
    928-636-5348
    cell 928-533-0684
    www.hdlmsanctuary.org


    Warren's Hay 'N More
    694 N Hwy 89
    Chino Valley, AZ 86323
    928-636-1303
    also PayPal on our website

    anyone can check us out on www.guidestar.org also, go to that site, put in our name,and see information

    Thank you!!!

    Wynn

    Posted by: joan roya at May 25, 2010 5:00 PM

    Here is Joe for today with his good news (thinking of you, Jonna)

    Tuesday, May 25th... From Hailey, 16, Tucson, Arizona: I am inspired to get my own horse, which is why I have a summer job.

    Racing at both Hollywood Park and Golden Gate Fields has been cancelled for Wednesday. Not enough horses. Which seems right. All the horses are at our house.

    Including a recently arrived filly from Hollywood Park. She is beautiful. We are calling her Glory, because a friend said wow, look how glorious she is. During an early morning workout Glory fell, injuring her shoulder.

    From Brice, 9, Las Vegas: When I dream, it is usually about horses. I always wake up so happy.

    We have been told the feed lot in Pittsburgh is gone. Possibly moved to a ranch near Livermore.

    There is a thoroughbred ranch going out of business, and we are trying to find good homes for their horses. Most are mares, yearlings, and two year olds. There is a one dollar bill of sale, and we can help with transportation. Our screening process pretty simple. We take a look at your other animals.

    From Jory, 15, Houston: I am inspired to treat others the same way my gelding treats me.

    The papers have been completed, and we going the non-profit route. There are hopes and dreams and pies in the oven. A couple of years ago we had a Tbfriends satellite ranch in Southern California. Daily there were race horses with no where to go, and the satellite ranch soon became overwhelmed. The entire venture lasted less than 3 months.

    We are doing the non-profit thing because of the enormous need. And because we have hard working friends in other areas who want to help.

    From Mira, 12, Granite Bay, California: Horses inspire me because in riding we borrow freedom.

    Walking a horse brings the same feeling. Handing out cookies after Channel 40 news at 10:00. In the darkness there is freedom. Surrounded by 85 horses. Talk about inspiration...

    Joe

    Posted by: kathyb at May 25, 2010 5:05 PM

    Teddy - we have no idea how he is. We are all very, very sad. We hope he is happy being with his sister. :-(

    We send them on their way, healed and healthy. The rest is up to their humans to do right by them.

    Posted by: MargieinNM at May 25, 2010 5:11 PM

    Alex - the photos are beautiful.

    Posted by: MargieinNM at May 25, 2010 5:13 PM

    For what it's worth, just saw a GOP sponsored website the public may use as a means to pass along to Congress what we wish to see accomplished. It might provide another outlet for addressing the horse slaughter issue - in addition to everything else that is so wrong right now - americaspeakingout.com

    Excited to read Joe this morning. That will provide him lots more opportunities, I'm sure. Does anyone know if his book has been released yet?

    Lynne, watch out for those rattlers! Here in the Florida piney woods, we definitely have more than our share - killed a 5 1/2 foot one in my backyard. Kind of hated to, but if it's them or my dogs, there's really no choice! Saw a photo of one recently caught in the St Augustine area - 15 feet long! Gave me the creeps just looking at the pix!

    Alex, loved the photos you shared. Such beautiful countryside.

    Posted by: NWFLAFOB(Linda of NW Fla) at May 25, 2010 5:22 PM

    # Joan , I sent my dab of a donation in a snailmail to Warren's Hay N' More on the day you first mentioned it , or a day after ... so it should get there today perhaps. So maybe they will have others coming too - I hope so .

    # Linda , 15 feet long ! ! yikes , that's getting into South American ' amazon ' size - you be careful please !
    # Lynne , you too - be extra cautious , keep doing what you're doing. Even if the neighbors see ;)

    Good afternoon everyone , hope your day is hopping along = isn't it great hearing that Joe is going federal . I hope he doesn't have to follow too many new rules from them - he does great as is ! Wishing him lots of grant money - it sure is for a good cause.

    (( Carleen and Bud )) always in my thoughts.

    See you peeps later , remember to email the Prez, and tell him let's go , save the horses.

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 25, 2010 6:15 PM

    SUPERFECTA

    I love to read your weekly posts and thank you for you knowledge and experience. I would like to
    respectfully question one of your thoughts though...

    You doubt that the surface led to European horses' successes in the Breeders Cup.... the synthetic
    surface at Santa Anita ...

    I think the synthetic surface gave the European grass horses a real boost while it deterred if not harmed American traditional dirt horses chances...
    So I say , in all good sportsmanship , let them come back to Churchill this year and show us how good they are on American dirt.
    If they are and they win again , I will be the first to eat crow and say so ... I will even congratulate them.

    But I think to put American dirt horses , some of whom had never run on synthetic , up against grass horses to whom the surface was strikingly similar , was a great disservice to American horses and I'm looking forward to this year ...

    I hope it's a great meet that we can all enjoy .
    Thanks again for bringing your insights and thoughts - I always read and enjoy your column.


    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 25, 2010 7:32 PM

    ###
    thank you Bobbie B...and others ....I just do not want to see any animal or horse hungry...

    Posted by: joan roya at May 25, 2010 7:40 PM

    RE-POST
    Yesterday I posted the follwing on Sherry Van Wagoner's horses, Warpaint, Dakota & Gunner and how they are doing in Minnesota.

    SHERRY'S HORSES
    Hi everyone. I have started a thread on the DB under, "General: Horse-Related" and titled, Sherry's horses." I have included an update on their transition from Az. to Mn. and included a few pictures. I will add more over the coming days, including a couple pictures of Sherry's third horse, Gunner.
    All are doing wonderfully well and living like kings on a 200 acre ranch. I have two co-owners, Margaret & Janelle, who have cared for Gunner for 2 1/2 years. They are marvelous, they are huge animal lovers and make sure the boyz get only the best nutrition.
    I am so proud of Warpaint & Dakota for how well they have made the life change. They had never been in a herd before. They have been accepted and are now mingling with other horses.
    It was Sherry's dream for them to be out of the Az. heat and stalls. Now they have pastures to roam and new friends. So many people in Barbaro's family, through their support, have given Warpaint & Dakota the life Sherry wanted for them. So I hope you enjoy the pictures.
    Sincerely,
    Daryl

    Posted by: Daryl Smoliak at May 25, 2010 8:10 PM

    I am giving the 'blue-ink-linking' thing another try....fingers are srsly crossed:

    a href="http://forums.prospero.com/alexbrown/messages?msg=48398.1"SHERRY'S HORSES

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 25, 2010 9:08 PM

    :/ and, againnnnnnnnnn:

    a href="http://forums.prospero.com/alexbrown/messages?msg=48398.1"SHERRY'S HORSES

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 25, 2010 9:13 PM

    oh, grrrrr!!! It has, by now....become a matter of PRINCIPLE!!!

    Againnnnn:

    SHERRY'S HORSES

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 25, 2010 9:19 PM

    HALLELUJAH!!!! THE OLD GIRL STILL HAS IT...ALBEIT TAKES AWHILE THESE DAYS!!! :)

    Now....if you haven't yet...PLS go see *SHERRY'S HORSES* :)

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 25, 2010 9:20 PM

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    I did....I did...they look great...and I posted and said...thank you...

    Posted by: joan roya at May 25, 2010 9:23 PM

    Well Dear Joan:) I knew you'd been there to see them in ALL THEIR GLORY...but am HOPING after I fell FLAT ON MAI FACE here for the WORLD to see...that other Family members might take advantage of the BLUE INK:)

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 25, 2010 9:48 PM

    Lynne , thank you for the blue link , I had never seen Warpaint and Dakota ! That was a thrill , knowing they were Sherry's and now there they are , having a great life. Makes me smile.

    ZENYATTA

    Zenyatta worked 6 furlongs in 1:13.00 at Hollywood
    Park yesterday .She is scheduled to start in the
    Vanity Handicap on June 13. Win and be safe.

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 25, 2010 10:30 PM

    You did good Lynneeeeee!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 25, 2010 11:17 PM

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    LOL!!! Thanks, DEBBIE, LA!! Took enough tries, didn't it?! :-O Geesh!

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 25, 2010 11:32 PM

    ;)Love all you guy'S!!!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 25, 2010 11:52 PM

    Care to travel down memory lain

    I remember it all!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 26, 2010 12:20 AM

    :) Debbie.....The first one I remember is the Double-Decker accident in MO...I still get mail from the Humane Society of MO!! :)

    Gosh..that was in 9/06!! A long time ago now...and just THINK of all the horses we've helped! The number up-top of this page doesn't include them all...through no one's fault..there's just been so many!

    We've all been here a day-em long time...and we're not going away!!

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 26, 2010 1:52 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! What a lovely evening we've enjoyed here. May each of you have "ACN" and rise to seize the new day. Peace, Robyn

    #### To Debbie LA: That is great news about Joe & Kathy Shelton going the 501(c)3 route for non-profit status. If any of you are getting married, or know anyone who is, and wish to register for charities instead of registering fo gifts, please consider the "I Do Foundation". Once TB Friends get its 501(c)3 status, it can seek to be added to the Foundation's list of approved charities. I talked about this with Joe when Brent & I registered on the Foundation's site 2 years ago.
    To Carleen: Is Ms. Tibby still reigning over all she sees?
    To Margie in NM: May Ruby continue her training in such a successful manner.
    To Linda in NW FLA & to Lynne B: Yikes, I remember rattlesnakes and copperheads from my youth in the suburbs of Louisville. The boys in grade school loved bringing in the shedded portion from rattlers. The very thought of a 15-feet long rattler really gives me the creeps!
    To Dee: I am sending rainbows your way. Please know that you are missed here! ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at May 26, 2010 2:02 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! A bright and beautiful morning has dawned here on the banks of the Thames. The birds are singing and we've already been visited by one of the neighbourhood cats. The river is gleaming and flat with very light surface ripples. May all of you have a safe, beautiful, & productive day! Peace, Robyn

    #### To Janice in PA (formerly FLA): I sure do miss seeing you here in the morning. Hoping all is well for you, Denny, Marshmellow, & Krimpet!
    To Jonna: I thought of your Eggmanerick last week when I heard an ad for WRUI Radio's DV "the Eggman". He's a jazz aficionado. ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at May 26, 2010 11:34 AM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 26, 2010 3:37 PM

    JOE, A SAGE AS USUAL:

    (MUCH MORE TEMPERED THAN I...FOR SURE. I would have been contemplating and eye-for-an-eye, and the hands would all have to be buck naked, of course.)
    **************************************************

    Wednesday, May 26th... A cold steady rain yesterday. You could actually hear cheers coming from our yellow grass.

    Today the topic is forgiveness. Last week I asked for one sentence on why horses inspire you. Maddy is 18, and she lives in San Jose, California.

    I am going to share with you the e-mail from Maddy. But first, a little insight. On this website it is my number one rule never to embarrass anyone. Even the bad guys. You cannot fix the world by trying to rule the world. Achieve your goals by sharing, not demeaning.

    All the time there are e-mails telling about the horrible abuse suffered by a horse. I always do research to see if the story is true.

    I am not going to tell you the name of the following race horse. After some detective work, I discovered Maddy has the events just right.

    Maddy has written us letters before. She loves horses. This is from Maddy:

    Hey Joe... On a recent Sunday at Golden Gate Fields, a filly had 4 men and a stud chain beating on her in front of lots of people. The filly would not let the jockey get on. They continued to beat her. When they finally got her in the starting gate she raced and finished in last place. A friend of mine was at the track that day. My friend swore by the end of the day she would own that filly. She went to the barns and told the trainer the filly was in the wrong hands. A deal was made, and last week the filly came to our barn. She is scared. But despite what she has suffered, the filly is the biggest puppy dog you will ever meet. She is young. Her teeth are still coming in. I held her while we wrapped her legs. She is a huge cuddlebug. Joe.... horses inspire me because of their enormous capacity to forgive.

    more to come

    Posted by: jonnagrey at May 26, 2010 3:48 PM

    Here's THE MORE:
    ****************************************************
    On our ranch we have a mare who experienced the most unforgiveable acts at mexican rodeo. Terrible things were done to her. Yet every morning she is the first to greet me in the field. The mare gives a soft nicker, waiting for her pat on the neck.

    Often, when I explain to visitors how horses have this huge capacity to forgive, and how horses ignore bad and hope for good, the visitors will roll their eyes and say sure, whatever. While thinking this old guy should probably be on meds.

    I have a ranch full of forgiving horses. With some it only took a day. Others a month. I have a gelding that took 3 years for him to trust. To once again like people.

    I have a hard time forgiving. I often struggle with this, and there is improvement. This is from Joe, 58, Woodland, California: Horses inspire me to always look at the big picture.

    Joe

    Then and Now:

    Bottom Left: Oscar Award was in awful shape when he came to us two summers ago. From his racing tattoo we found out Oscar was born in Ireland.

    Bottom Right: Here is Oscar now. He has become a big part of our Tbkids program.

    Bottom Left: Imagine was found by Animal Control, living in a ditch.

    Bottom Right: This is Imagine today. He loves young kids.

    Posted by: jonnagrey at May 26, 2010 3:50 PM

    Robyn:

    If the heat breaks hahahahahah I will be assembling a boat-load of bookcases wherein I can rest my poor books which are strewn everywhere all over the house.

    I knew a guy (romantic prospects abounded) who asked me "Hey, did you READ ALL these books?"

    I threw him out after dinner... BUH-BYE as CJ would have counseled and then said. I miss CJ>

    Hard times everywhere. Some nights I lay in bed thinking WHAT CAN WE DO FOR EACH OTHER. I think of Joe's drivers who deliver a horse and then find out the recipients have little or no food for THEMSELVES.

    I think we need to consider the sparrows...I wish there was a source for help for our FAMBLEE. My own FAMILY I would like to strangle right about now.

    Just musings.

    So I am sending out a little extra love to all of you...today, that is all I can afford. But it is there if you close your eyes and feel it.

    xxoo;j
    COURAGE

    Prayer for our Warriors out West. Things there are worse than we had thought....or I had thought. I wanted to scream when I saw Salazar quoted about the oil spill.....he probably had something to do with it in the first place.

    I Can't wait to vote my Senators out.

    Posted by: jonnagrey at May 26, 2010 4:03 PM

    Morning all!

    Jonna - Thank you for the extra love, I can close my eyes and feel it. I know we can all use a little more love.

    Robyn- HRH Tibby does still rule the house and all she can see in the back yard. It's funny to see the older, bigger kiddens make way for the wee one. She has such a presence and talks all the time.

    Lynne - The pictures of Dakota and Warpaint are just wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

    I may have to take a $1.00 and buy a lotto ticket today. Lord, what could I do with all that money.

    Save horses, help rescues, pay off our home mortgage, finsih paying tuition on two kids in college and pay off the bills that seem to never go away. Dream on....Think Big!!!

    ((((hugs)))))) to all in need and take care.

    Carleen in CA

    Posted by: carleen sova at May 26, 2010 4:19 PM

    Good Wednesday Morning, From Cloudy/Rainy 'Not Sunny' California...

    Jonna: I'd have been carted off in a straight-jacket if I'd been there...but before they got me coralled into the jacket...I'd have tried SRSLY hard to hurt those people, hopefully, I'd have been celebrating success all the way to the '3rd Floor' of whichever hospital they were taking me to! i.e, in my town the '3rd Floor' was the 5250 Ward.

    I hope everyone has a good day today! I've got a list of 'to-dos' far too long...but will mark them off, one at a time as accomplished and hopefully by days end...at least MOST will be done:)

    Don't forget to take time to help some horses, Family! God knows all too well...there are far too many out there, who need us!

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 26, 2010 4:22 PM

    ####
    Oh my goodness...Jonna...feel the love...absolutely....I have missed you so much....thank you for being my dear friend...and our dear friend.

    ((((((FOBS)))) just beautiful!!!!

    Posted by: joan roya at May 26, 2010 4:41 PM

    Hey guys!! If you get a chance you might send something " from us" to Conklin Dairy Farm, in Plain City, Ohio. The abuse of the stock is on the web. I think we need to let them know where we stand and where they should be! Its disgusting.

    Posted by: Stu at May 26, 2010 5:08 PM

    Jonna, I had a fiend who was a first grade teacher. On a first date she mentioned something about when she graduated from college and the guy said "I didnt know teachers had to even finish high school to teach first grade. Last date for him.

    Posted by: sandra at May 26, 2010 8:02 PM

    Thats friend not fiend. DUH!

    Posted by: sandra at May 26, 2010 8:04 PM

    Alex # #

    Are you saying Mine That Bird did 3 furlongs in
    25.2 seconds ? What ? Please help on this ?

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 26, 2010 8:07 PM

    ####
    Mine that Bird...the little horse that CAN!

    ####
    please read Stu's posting...let them know the power of the FOBS...please.

    ###
    If you believe in prayer....please...please pray that this procedure to stop the oil leak in the Gulf...WORKS.....so many it has affected as well as wildlife, the marshes, and jobs...please.

    ####
    Joe's tbfriends...blog...FORGIVENESS...today was really from the heart....thank you Joe.

    ###
    Rescues need our help....horses need lives save....you are needed.

    can you make that donation, volunteer, call, fax, email???

    ###
    thank you Alex.

    ###
    Love...you Barbaro

    ###
    Please light up for Barbaro and all of his heavenly frens...and thank you equine heaven...always.

    Posted by: joan roya at May 26, 2010 8:20 PM

    ######((((Jonna))))

    Robyn, alway good to see you here.

    ((((Mine That Bird))), the little horse that could.

    Have a good evening everyone.

    Posted by: Judy at May 26, 2010 10:01 PM

    ### Bobbie - Alex had a typo - Mine That Bird worked 3 furlongs in 35 and 2/5. Here is the article

    Posted by: Wendy at May 27, 2010 12:17 AM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 27, 2010 1:05 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! Wow, Mine That Bird is back at Churchill Downs. I wonder if he remembers last year's Kentucky Derby?

    Alex, how exciting that you'll meet soon with Mrs. Jackson. I trust that you'll confirm that her beloved Barbaro continues to inspire many people across the world who never had the pleasure of seeing him in person. Namaste, Mrs. Jackson!

    Wishing everyone a beautiful evening. The air is so fragrant, it made me think how much Barbaro would have loved being outside to enjoy it. Peace, Robyn

    To Judy: Thanks for your kind words, dear FOB to the North!
    To Carleen: Please tell HRH Ms. Tibby that I bow to her. Isn't if funny how "alphas" can take over the house?
    To Jonna: Reaching out across the miles to you, Jonna, I've missed seeing you. Please see my entry from yesterday, something made me think of your dear Eggmanerick last week. This morning I sent you a link about a little "lurcher dog" in Cornwall and his new foxy friend.
    To Lou Ann: Thanks for the link to that story from Cornwall, it was truly heart-warming.
    To All: Hats off to Joe Shelton, as always! Isn't it something to see how horses that were so near death can rebound from love and attention? ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at May 27, 2010 2:16 AM

    Good night all, thanks to whom ever has stopped the blue link porn. Someone has worked really hard this day. Thank you!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 27, 2010 4:01 AM

    ## Wendy , I know Mine That Bird is fast - but I've never seen an 8 second furlong , lol! Thanks for the article link . Alex sped him up !

    Good night frens , I'm late but you know they say better late than never ..... sleep tight and see you tomorrow I hope. Bye now

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 27, 2010 4:25 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! Wow, I thought of Sandra's late, great Chief last night. We had a wild storm around 1:30 PM, complete with thunder and a sky white with lightning. Nikita was pacing and trying to find some small place to hide. Yesterday we had the heat which Alex experienced at Fair Hill Farm. I hope that the storm broke this heat wave.

    If any FsOB plan to attend the Belmont Stakes, might you post a note here if you'd like to meet at a designated landmark to say hello? Or you may send me an e-mail privately if that would be more comfortable.

    Wishing everyone a bright new Thursday! Peace, Robyn

    #### To Marg in Maine: How are things DownEast these days, with the approach of Summer and the tourists?
    To Barb M: I've been thinking of Over Enough lately. I hope that the problem with his ethmoid sinus has not recurred.
    To Kathy B: We seem to have lost our digital photos of the riverside, but I shall e-mail you to see if you might like a copy of several colour photos which Brent has taken over the past several years. They are really cool! I could mail them to you, if you'd like. ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at May 27, 2010 11:17 AM

    Morning All:)

    Thursday Morning...almost a Three Day Weekend for many folks! Not so much in the way of camping in the forests of No/Ca will be happening this Memorial Day Weekend though...nor boating on the lakes, either...it's snowing up in them thar mountains and it's a bit too 'chillsey' on the lakes, too! However....:) We were told last night on the late news by NEXT Friday it will be 87 degrees....the NORMAL temp for this time of year...Holy Cromoly, a 30+rise in temperatures in a span of just a few days...because the clouds/rain/snow aren't leaving us until about Tuesday or Wednesday next week...No time to 'gently become accustomed'...just from Muk-Luks to flip-flops that fast!! Whew!

    Y'day I referenced the little men coming to haul me away as a '5250'...I meant 5150 "Involuntary Psychiatric Hold"..I'm not so sure what a 5250 is!

    Joe isn't posting today...he's gone somewhere to help horses!! *GO JOE*!! He'll be back tomorrow.

    We had quite a 'light show' here last night...Thunder and Lightning and such a BURST (more than one) of heavy rain!! At times, there were no periods of 'quiet' between claps of thunder...it just kept 'rolling through' continuously thundering! Rivers of rain rushing down the street in front of my house...some hail, nothing of dangerous size..but awfully hard on the flowers that have dared to bloom this Spring!

    I hope everyone has a good Thursday...don't forget to save a few minutes out to help some horses!

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 27, 2010 2:38 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 27, 2010 3:01 PM

    http://www.horseraceinsider.com/blog.php/on-the-line/05262010-tradition-is-killing-the-triple-crown/

    Blue link is not working.

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 27, 2010 3:05 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 27, 2010 3:06 PM

    Alex LOVE the Barbaro book cover image!!!!!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 27, 2010 5:26 PM

    Robyn, any photos of your wonderful view would be appreciated. I will probably be quite jealous!

    Thanks.

    Posted by: kathyb at May 27, 2010 5:40 PM

    Debbie...Alex...

    ME TOO! ME TOO! ME TOO! LOVE THE PHOTO..PERFECT...ABSOLUTELY PERFECT:)

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 27, 2010 5:58 PM

    Robyn, they say during the night last night we had a very bad thunderstorm. Heck I slept right through it. First time I have done that since I first got the 'weather dog, Chief who always got me up to save him when it thundered 60 miles away. I will miss him every day the rest of my life.

    Posted by: sandra at May 27, 2010 7:51 PM

    Now more Oil Spill news. ABC reports former secretary Julie Macdonald did back door dealings with oil companies, changing records etc etc..... INCLUDING, keeping the Gunnison Prairie Dog off the endangered species list to prmote drilling. SALAZAR NEEDS TO HEAR FROM US IN FORCE and that INCLUDES THE BLM and ABBEY!!

    Posted by: Stu at May 27, 2010 7:53 PM

    Good Afternoon Family....

    and we love you always Barbaro!

    when you are making those plans for upcoming Memorial Day...please remember and make a plan to include our doggies, cats, horses, etc.

    they need food, water, meds, help with the rescues...donations...

    We have a rescue in Arizona...Wynn and all of his burros and horses...they desparately need donations....please if you can....they are trying...like the rest...

    Hacienda de los Milagros, Inc.
    IRS 501(c)(3) teaching and Healing Sanctuary
    3731 N Rd ! West
    Chino Valley, AZ 86323
    FEIN 86-0825972
    928-636-5348
    cell 928-533-0684
    www.hdlmsanctuary.org


    Warren's Hay 'N More
    694 N Hwy 89
    Chino Valley, AZ 86323
    928-636-1303
    also PayPal on our website

    anyone can check us out on www.guidestar.org also, go to that site, put in our name,and see information

    Thank you!!!


    ####
    and remember....Barbaro called everyone of us...to finish unfinish tasks....call, fax, email....maybe just one starfish...will listen and pass it on...

    have a bless day...

    read our db...they need you.

    ####
    Alex...we are so proud of you!

    Posted by: joan roya at May 27, 2010 7:59 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 27, 2010 8:18 PM

    ###
    And take a moment to remember Memorial Day...the ultimate sacrifice our soldiers gave...to give us FREEDOM!

    Posted by: joan roya at May 27, 2010 8:49 PM

    Bless you Jonna. Bless everyone here.

    Please take time to work on some emails/hand- written letters for our frens in DC. They can be waiting for them upon their return from the holiday weekend. Sometimes, a nice hand-written note on good stationery catches their eye, perhaps with an equally eye-catching photo.

    We will win this battle for our horses!

    Have a great weekend everyone and love to all.

    Posted by: Skyler at May 27, 2010 10:00 PM

    My sister told me Ellen did a show today on animal rescues that included a place with 15 rescued horses. Did anyone else see it?

    Posted by: kathyb at May 27, 2010 11:43 PM

    I did see Ellen today!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 28, 2010 1:05 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! Alex, I wish that I could get the proposed cover photo to expand. These old eyes can't quite discern the details. Are you with Barbaro in that photo? I have a personal favourite and that is, I think, one of the last photos taken of Barbaro with you. I believe that it was taken after you assisted with Barbaro's care at X-Mas of 2006. You and Barbaro were both facing the camera straight on. There was something special in Barbaro's expressive eyes and the prick of his ears that made me think "this horse truly is an 'old soul'". And I must admit that his expression reminded me of ones that I have seen on the face of terminally ill humans who are close to their transition. Perhaps others here remember that photo, too.

    Wishing everyone a restful evening! And may we all rise to greet the new "TGIF". Peace, Robyn

    #### To Skyler: Great seeing you here! How are those Huskies doing in your neighbourhood?
    To Sandra: I think that Chief must be giving Kita messages when storms visit our region. Did you notice that Chief became more fearful of storms when he turned 10? This is a new issue for Nikita.
    To Debbie LA: Thanks for posting the blue link to John Pricci's thought-provoking article. I think that putting more space in weeks between the Triple Crown races may help promote safety. And anything that helps decrease or eliminate on-track trauma to horses & jockeys would be a good thing for TB racing, in my opinion. ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at May 28, 2010 1:58 AM

    #####
    Robyn if you go to the Alex Brown Racing on Twitter right hand side of this page.
    Barbaro book cover image. Let me know what u think.
    The picture your talking about is on that site !

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 28, 2010 2:32 AM

    Good night everyone , hope you all sleep well.
    Bye now,

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 28, 2010 2:33 AM

    ####
    Bobbie goodnight, sweet dreams!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 28, 2010 2:35 AM

    Robyn, when he was young Chief was a little nervous when it thundered but as he got older he got much worse and by 10 he was an emotional wreck during thunder.My vet said they dont know why it gets worse with age but it does. So we went to herbal anxiety drops for him when a storm was predicted and also a low dosage of Elevil every day.

    Posted by: sandra at May 28, 2010 2:46 AM

    My heart beats for your heart, Barbaro, always and forever! Run with the angels honey!
    And all love to the entire Heavenly Herd . . . for as each of you know you take me to where angels walk!
    As our ANGEL DEE says, "It is AFFIRMED!"
    Indeed it is.

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

    Well another couple hours and it looks like we made it to TGIF day once again, yeah!

    I also agree with you SKYLER, we WILL win this battle for our horses! We WILL make a difference!

    ROBYN - I share with you your fondness for that photo taken of Barbaro and Alex @ NBC on was it New Year's Eve 2006 . . . I believe Sabina was there and took that photo. If I remember correctly I believe it was said at the time that Barbaro had been fascinated by the camera and the click of the shutter mechanism. It is definitely one of those immortal photos!

    Poor Kita with the frightening storms. Please tell Kita her Tante wishes she were near to snuggle with her through those storms. XXX

    SANDRA - I wonder if Chief didn't sprinkle peaceful sleep dust over you as you slumbered through the storm last night.

    LYNNE B. - We had our first ruby-throated hummingbird visitor of the season yesterday at the coral bells just outside the porch door. He was a very "bizzy" hummer! I thought of you!!

    Hoping everyone has a great and thoughtful Memorial Day weekend!

    It's been another one of my crazy busy times of the year.

    Love, peace, and hugs to all, and always prayers especially for those walking the rugged path just now.

    Hugs, Lou Ann

    Posted by: Lou Ann R., PA, FOB forever at May 28, 2010 3:10 AM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 28, 2010 3:27 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! And may I say "TGIF" on a bright, sunny and temperate Friday morning! The Thames is gleaming, the birds are chirping merrily, and I am proud to say that the peonies which Brent planted for me over the last few years have begun to bloom in our Japanese Garden. That specific garden faces west across the Thames. It is a beloved spot visited by many types of birds, as well as squirrels, at least two groundhogs, and several neighbourhood cats. The latter love the catmint which is planted in pots and perimeter boxes. Right now the colour scheme is lavender and white, very restful & soothing to the eyes.

    May each of you have a safe and special Memorial Day weekend. Thanks to all who have given their lives on "both sides of the pond" on behalf of freedom. And may all horses and their riders come across the finish line safely! Peace, Robyn

    #### To Sandra: Do you recall the name of the herbal anti-anxiety drops which you gave to Chief?
    To Lou Ann: Ms. Nikita would love for you to come and pay homage to her. She loves you from afar!
    To Debbie LA: I'll try to browse the photos this weekend, thanks for the tip! ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at May 28, 2010 11:42 AM

    Good morning, fellow Fans!

    I saw the shout out yesterday morning from dear Robyn Hoffmann, my fellow New Englander. Things are fine in the Downeast, especially now the hot weather has moved along! It looks more like full-blown summer than Spring this year, very green and leafy!

    We are looking forward to a restful long weekend around the house - no major plans. Hope all my friends here have the same, or have all the fireworks and excitement they want. I'm old, like Joe Shelton, so not much on the excitement thing.

    Peace to all,

    Marg
    Proud Fan of Barbaro forever

    Posted by: Marg in Maine at May 28, 2010 1:26 PM

    Folks, read Debbie's blue ink - Conklin needs to hear our wrath!!

    Posted by: Stu at May 28, 2010 1:46 PM

    Update Conklin Farms! Go to the Plain City police web site. There is a disclaimer up on the site about Conklin Farms.We need to adjust who we contact BUT OUR VOICES ARE HEARD!!!!!

    Posted by: Stu at May 28, 2010 2:08 PM

    Morning Everyone:)

    Last evening as I began filling out my Absentee Ballot I Googled a woman, Dr. Loraine Goodwin, running to fill the United States Representative seat for District 19 here in CA. I found an email address and wrote a short note asking her stance on Equine Welfare and asked was she a proponent of slaughter of horses for human consumption.

    I was fairly GOBSMACKED to see a reply in a little less than 30 minutes...and she's NOT in favor of slaughter of our American horses for food!! YIPPPEEEE-SKIPPPYYYY!! Such a REFRESHING change from the man she will replace if elected, he is retiring. She thanked me for 'the interesting question' and wondered if she could list me as an endorser of her candidacy if she has my vote. I shot a reply straight back, saying yes you've got my vote and yes you may also include me as a supporter of your campaign! Wheeeee!! Another one for 'our side' Family!

    Rain fell so HARD/HEAVY here last night for a time I thought we may wash away!! Wild weather! However, I watched news late and beginning today we have SUNSHINE some 'high thin clouds' perhaps on Monday and by next Fridy we'll be (as I wrote y'day) up to the 'normal' high of 87 degrees!! Another YIPPPEEEEE-SKIPPPPPYYYYY!

    I echo Robyn's sentiment for any and all who have fought to keep us able to vote for people we choose and for our daily lives as we know them.

    LouAnn:) Yes! The Hummers are ALWAYS very BIZZY:)and always entertaining to watch. Thankfully, I'm back to a more 'normal' number, just four and it makes keeping up with brewing of nectar much easier...LOL.

    I hope everyone has a 'dine&fandy' Three Day Weekend...and like Marg and certainly others here, I'll be right here at home as well...watching things dry out and perk up and begin growing 'cause they'll warm up now:) the birdies and 'skweeerls' (as Jonna calls them) will be ever-happier in the coming days!

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 28, 2010 2:51 PM

    Joe Part One....Sitting on edge of seat here waiting/waiting for next 'installment' and boy oh boy, would I EVER like to feed carrots to and brush the horse pictured Top L... :) so he/she could then do what horse pictured in Bottom L is doing...ROLLING IN THE DIRT!! LOL...gotta love the horses...just like doggies...clean them up and the FIRST thing they want to do is roll in the dirt!! :)

    Friday, May 28th... A good guy. His name is Mark, and he is at least 20 years younger than me. At Northern California feed lots, only Mark and myself have been allowed to buy horses.

    In other states, just about anyone can visit a feed lot and rescue a horse. But about 10 years ago at a feed lot in Dixon, horse killers got mad at animal rights protesters. Horse killers moved their horses to ranches in Elk Grove, Wilton, Pittsburgh, Vallejo, Petaluma, and no one was allowed. Still functioning as a feed lot, we currently have Vallejo, Santa Rosa, Wilton, and rumors of Livermore. In the central valley, there is Temecula, Fresno, and a mexican rodeo holding corral near Stockton.

    Mark and myself have been tolerated.

    Mark has a cute 6 acre farm. He had a deal going with horse killer Manny Phelps. Mark would visit the feed lot in Wilton, find a horse with potential, and take the horse home. When Mark sold the horse, he and Manny Phelps would split the money. It was fun for Mark. It was profitable for Manny Phelps. And it was especially good for the horse. Avoiding a horrible trip to slaughter in Mexico.

    more to come

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 28, 2010 3:32 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 28, 2010 3:37 PM

    Joe...Part Two We ask one another, "how does Joe do it" and it's because there are horses like Puddles and at least he's helping some! Gotta love 'our' Joe!!

    Mostly Mark would go home with quarter horses. But he never passed up a warmblood.

    Mark has not been around for quite some time. Yesterday at the feed lot in Wilton, I found a cute, somewhat neglected thoroughbred. He is very friendly. 20 cents a pound, plus shipping. Total cost, $325.00.


    I asked horse killer Manny Phelps, you seen Mark lately?

    Nope. Not for 3 months.

    Later, back at my house, I was able to get Mark on the phone. Mark, where have you been?

    Mark said he cannot stand it anymore. Looking at all those other horses. Every week, new faces, waiting to be killed. He would see those faces in his dreams. And it has become so much worse. Nice horses, thrown away like garbage.

    Mark also said Manny Phelps is an ass. He was demanding 60 percent. Mark would do all the work. Rehab, train, and ride. Manny Phelps kept saying, he is suppling the horses, he needs more money. But Mark said, I am providing the care and feed, so I should get at least half.

    Oh brother... like a daytime soap. Not that I watch soaps.

    So Mark quit. Said screw it. Just as well, he no longer has to look at those faces.

    It seems I am now the only person allowed to buy horses. Horse killer Manny Phelps likes my website. He calls me Jose. Every time I go there, horse killer Manny Phelps says: I read your website today. Jose you are a big girl.

    I have also wanted to quit. Dozens of times, driving home from Wilton or Pittsburgh, I told myself no more. This is crazy sad. All those other horses, watching me as I leave. I was their last hope.

    But then last night, I spent time with Puddles. The gelding I bought yesterday. What a sweet horse. I am showing you his picture below.

    Keep on keeping on. Probably next week all new drama. For sure there will be new horses. Puddles is cool. A happy horse. And happy horses, well there is nothing better...

    Joe

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 28, 2010 3:41 PM

    I should have included the photo descriptions which follow here:

    Top Left: When Puddles made the long walk up our driveway, it was raining hard. So we named him Puddles. There is a racing tattoo which says he is 8.

    Top Right: Our dog Johnny Angel. When Angel was a puppy some kids tortured him with acid. Burned a large part of his body. Angel then came to us in 1999. We think he is 13. He loves our couch.

    Bottom Row: After the rain yesterday, horses rolled and played and groomed each other.

    ##

    I'm so GLAD for *PUDDLES*:) he's a lucky horse and I betcha he has already figured that out, too!

    I hope you can see the photos on today's Blog, Family...happy horses and a beautiful dog with some battle scars..but a beautiful face and he loves Joe & Cathy's SOFA:) Wheeeeeee!!

    OK...over/out...I gotta get some work done here!

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 28, 2010 3:49 PM

    I hope it's a Happy Friday for all. At least the sun is shining and there is not alot of wind today.

    Prayers to all our equine family and friends for a good week-end.

    Take care.

    (((((hugs to all)))))

    Carleen and HRH Tibby in CA

    Posted by: carleen sova at May 28, 2010 4:27 PM

    ####
    if any one can help please??

    Hi Everyone,

    We have a desperate situation with little Willie. I am sure most all of you remember when his mother and he (inside his mommy) were rescued straight from the Cavel kill floor (boy I sure do). That was a great day for some very lucky horses.

    Now little Willie is battling cancer and really needs our help. I know its tough times for most of us but any little amount adds up to a big amount. All the details are below.

    Thanks

    Lenny

    PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR FOB CONTACTS AND ANYONE WHO CAN HELP !!!

    Hello Everyone-

    Angela here in Illinois. We have a problem (actually Willie does) and we need everyone's help ASAP.

    As some of you know, Dawn has been battling Sarcoids on Willie for quite some time now and we have come to the end of our options in order to save his life. Dawn, as many, has recently had her income level cut nearly in half and we have run out of our x-tra's in case of emergency, and we now have an emergency with Willie.

    Many of you know the story of Snickers and Willie and how they are a part of the 32 ( willie 1/2) Miracle Horses that were taken directly off of CAVELS kill floor. Snickers is blind, she was late term and third in line to be slaughtered when she was led out. Two weeks later Snickers gave birth to Willie, who at that time was just a colt (his name). Dawn's father passed at the very same time so we named Snickers' little guy Willie after Dawn's Dad (William). Later Dawn was able to retrieve Snickers and Willie from that CON artist.....I forget her name, but we were able to get them alive and well just in time.

    Dawn has given her heart and soul to this cause and walked with me through the battle of the drugs and environmental issues which are today being used around the world in the WAR against horse slaughter. I could not have chose a better home for any of the rescued horses Dawn has promised to take care of the rest of their lives, and let me tell you, I sometimes wish I was one of those horses. Dawn is the BEST MOMMY!

    I went up to Dawn's often, but now, I send her my gas money for the horses, I just close my eyes and try to remember their soft noses and warm breath and Willie's funny (sometimes) chases and harrassment towards me. I call him my juvenile delinquint. He preys upon my fear and he has always known, one smart cookie that little guy is (going on 3). My memories get me through another month.....

    OK, ya'll, we really need your help here, Willie has one last chance to get rid of these sarcoids and have a full, loving, kick ass life. I am attaching the email which explains what HAS to be done and soon, I am still trying to figure out how I can transfer the pictures from my camera to this site. If anyone know please let me know, they are awful but if anyone wants confirmation I guess I can forward them to you from my phone. Just let me know.

    At the bottom of Dawn's email are details on how you can help if at all possible. Valerie in NY has pledged $100.00, I am selling something off this weekend so I am unsure how much I can give. I also need to save $200.00 so I can get up to Michigan when the VET comes out for the surgery, I will not be away from our miracle while he endures this pain. Dawn cries everyday, I call her to check on her and she is devastated and can not come here to ask, she feels she has failed you all and Willie. This obviously is NOT the case, we all run into trouble and need help. Willie has many friends out there and you are all a part of Willies heart and family, all of you.

    We need to raise a minimum of $600.00 just for the surgery. We would like to raise $1,200.00 to cover the cancer treatments meds on that day and after. We have a number to work with however, as we all know the cost could well exceed this should Willie have other sarcoids that have not reared their ugly heads yet. Pray this should be the only time we need to knock him out and operate in the field to save costs and his life.

    PLEASE HELP WILLIE if at all possible:

    PAYPAL:

    williemancina@hotmail.com

    HOME ADDRESS:

    DAWN MANICNA

    7288 GRISWOLD

    KIMBALL TOWNSHIP, MI 48074

    IF YOU MAKE A DONATION OF ANY SIZE PLEASE LET US KNOW SO THAT WE CAN UPDATE EVERYONE ON THE PROGRESS. I WILL TAKE PICTURES ONCE I GET UP THERE DURING THE PROCEDURE, AND OF COURSE AFTER. I ASKED DAWN TO SCHEDULE THE SURGERY ON THE 11TH OF JUNE OTHERWISE WE MIGHT GET IN DEEPER AND WILLIE MIGHT LOSE HIS BATTLE.

    DAWNS EMAIL TO ME:

    Angela - Here's basically what the vet said. I also included an article below which gives facts and figures about what they will be doing.

    The vet said that she would come out on her initial visit fully prepared to surgically remove the sarcoid (with Willie sedated here at my house) and inject with Cisplatin (a chemotherapy drug). That will save me a $75 farm call. She's basing what she's going to be doing on my description of the sarcoid so she HOPES that she will be able to do here what needs to be done as she won't be seeing him and evaluating him ahead of time. I just couldn't see spending an extra $75 knowing that she'd have to come back again and have to shell out another $75 that could be used towards his meds instead.

    She will be bringing an assistant along with her that day.

    The cost of the surgery will be anywhere from $400-$500. She wasn't sure exactly the cost of the Cisplatin, but she said to figure on a total of at least $600. Could be more, and there may be a need for follow-up Cisplatin treatment if the sarcoid starts to grow back! She said I should know by now after all my months of researching different options that none of this is a "sure thing" - but the procedure she is doing is about the best that she's come across yet. She also reminded me that, as with the Xterra that didn't work, every time I try something new - chances are it will cause the sarcoid to react poorly and get angrier and grow (as it did after the Xterra treatments). She said its best to just remove it altogether and get it GONE.

    I told her I'd need to get the money together somehow for it as I totally don't have that kind of money! Nothing like feeling inadequate. She said the sooner we could do it, the better as the flies are having a flies day on Willie's neck. All I can do right now is cold hose it everyday and TRY to get some SWAT on it (but his sore is so tender that he fights me or anyone trying to get near it and it is miserable trying to get anything on it). Of course I would like to get this taken care of ASAP - but money is my issue.

    Whatever you could do to raise some money - have at it. At this point, I would make a deal with the devil if I had to.

    Also, there's a rescued horse Noir at New England rescue. You can read about his battle on their website, he's already lost part of his ear to a sarcoid.

    Thanks for anything you can do to help Willie! I can't imagine the thought of possibly having to put him down one day because of these horrible sarcoids. I pray that we can end this for him with this one procedure. If it comes back, or spreads, I don't know WHAT we will do!

    Love ya,

    Dawn

    Here's the article on Willie's surgery, etc.:

    Intratumoral Chemotherapy Helpful in Preventing Sarcoid Recurrence
    by: Erin Ryder
    July 25 2007, Article # 10079

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    Veterinarians have attacked sarcoids with everything from scalpels to lasers, and cryotherapy to caustic chemicals. But chemotherapy administered intratumorally could be a viable new option in removing and preventing future outbreaks, according to Alain Théon, DVM, MS, of the University of California, Davis., who presented at the 2006 AAEP Convention.
    Théon reported this method prevented sarcoid recurrence in 97% of the 378 horses treated with it from 1996 through 2004. Théon injected cisplatin, a chemotherapy drug, directly into the tumor. He said this route maximizes the dose within the tumor, eliminating systemic exposure and toxicity.
    Théon injected cisplatin (mixed with water and sesame oil to form a viscous gel) into the tumor while the horse was under heavy sedation. The outpatient procedure was repeated, with a total of four treatments given at two-week intervals for most patients. Théon reported the horses have tolerated this regimen well.
    The intratumoral injection can also be used concurrently with surgery. Théon advised veterinarians to treat the entire area at risk with cisplatin, not just the tumor itself. In cases in which he removed the tumor, Théon treated the tumor bed and remaining affected surrounding tissues.
    "You have to treat as wide as you would cut, if you were to do surgery (alone)," Théon said. Théon described one case in which he put sutures in the area surrounding the tumor to give himself a guide to the affected margin following its removal. Théon also advocated taking detailed photographs at each treatment to ensure the same total area received the drug. It's very important to document what you're doing because you want to treat the same volume of tissue time after time."
    Overall, the cure rate (sarcoid removal with no recurrence) using cisplatin alone was 93%. Cisplatin used concurrently with surgical removal prevented recurrence in 97% of cases. In tumors up to 10cm in diameter, the control rate was 92% up to three years following treatment. Of the 378 horses treated, 18 had tumors recur.
    Théon showed photographs from horses before and following their cisplatin treatment. In almost all cases, the hair grew back in the treatment area and maintained its original color. "The cosmetic result is very good," Théon said.
    Known side effects of treatment include tenderness in the treated area and some edema (fluid swelling). Théon said other disadvantages of the treatment include the potential health risk cisplatin poses to humans, as it is a known carcinogen. Théon strongly advocated the use of full chemotherapy precautions in handling, mixing, and treating horses with the drug. He also suggested that practitioners not familiar with chemotherapy precautions meet with a human oncologist prior to using cisplatin on horses. The horse's owner is also required to wear gloves when handling the horse for three days following treatment.


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    Posted by: joan roya at May 28, 2010 4:57 PM

    Robyn, the drops are HP Anxiety drops. Your vet should have them. They are homeopathy natural remedy.
    The drops have to be given just before a thunderstorm is coming. They did more for him I think that the anxiety drops did more for him than the anxiety pills.
    I would crumble up a cracker and put a little water on the cracker with his drops. The only problem is we have sudden thunderstorms in the night but they seemed to help even after the storm first hit. He also wanted to hide. Like under the end tables, etc etc. I made the mistake of not ever crate training him as he would have felt more secure in one.

    Posted by: sandra at May 28, 2010 5:54 PM

    Robyn, I meant to say the anxiety drops helped more than the pill but the pills helped.

    Posted by: sandra at May 28, 2010 5:57 PM

    I remember helping my 'little dab' on Snickers and Willie - I was so happy and proud when they were saved. Dear blind Snickers and little Willie. I will try to send a little something to Dawn , and pray for Willie's health and successful surgery.

    # Marg in Maine is here from her green and leafy
    Downeast - so good to see you , Barbaro-fren.

    # Robyn , your Japanese garden sounds lovely and I like to envision the view of the Thames. I love rivers ! And .. also... you are quite right in giving thanks and recognition to our people who fought for freedom - bless them forever.

    # Lynne , I know your yellow grass needed the rain , or was that Joe ? , but hope you've had a healthy amount and your warming sun pleases you this weekend. And ... yay for Dr. Goodwin ! Hope she wins !

    Hugs to # Carleen and HRH Tibby and (( Bud ))

    Sandra and Harriette, sending good thoughts.

    # Jane , where are you ? , are you doing okay ? Miss you. Say hello why don'tcha ?

    ## Barb in AZ - sending lots of love and hope for you and missing you. Best wishes, Barbaro-fren

    Frens , I have made a fool of myself on the db , last night , arguing and losing my temper. I am so ashamed of myself - with all the probs we face, ... I mean , look at Joe today - trying to go on and face it ... when the only other guy gives up ... and as hard as we fight, and so long in the battle ,

    and I choose to act like a ninny in an absurd, totally futile argument. I had rather go sit in
    the closet than be here today, but that would be
    self indulgent too --- so I'm here , hopefully
    to do some work for Barbaro today and to
    send love and good wishes to all of you -
    sorry for this morose post ; 0 )

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 28, 2010 7:14 PM

    Bobbie, heck dont worry about it as I do it all the time. I remember sending a little dab to Snickers and sweet little Willie. I wish I would win the Texas lottery.

    Posted by: sandra at May 28, 2010 8:22 PM

    To all of yole who have asked about Buddy. He is great and happy as he can be with his best friend, Nadja. He loves jogging at the park with Crista. I really feel I did the right thing with the boy. He is being neutered next week and starts to obedience school soon. He is one happy 50 pound pup.

    Posted by: sandra at May 28, 2010 8:28 PM

    ##

    Still here...got 'some' accomplished and figger a break could be in order:)

    Alex: I clicked on your twitpic to see as you left the barn this morning on your first horse...and LOL!! I've never been UP on a horse before and as I got to see 'your view' from up top...I couldn't help LOL...because I am SO AFRAID OF HEIGHTS it isn't even FUNNY!! I can get up on things alright but getting me DOWN again is something NO ONE would care to go through with me!! OMGOSH!! "NO! DO *NOT* TOUCH ME!!" "I'll do it myself"..as I am FOREVER FROZEN to the ladder or the rock formation I somehow managed to get myself up on...my kids would all roll on the floor laughing out loud at the thought of seeing their mother on the back of a horse and trying to dismount!! :)

    I'll just stay right on terra firma and feed 'em carrots and love on 'em and brush them...MUCH better experience for the horse, too!!

    :)

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA
    ON DA GROUND!

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 28, 2010 8:28 PM

    Hi Robyn,

    Devon & Emma's Husky neighbors are doing well. They walk by each day and our kids say "hello" from the door!

    I was talking to my friend who works at Fair Hill today and preparations were being made for the Memorial Day steeplechase races Saturday. She wished I could be there....so do I!

    May all horses and jockeys finish these races safe and sound.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

    Posted by: Skyler at May 28, 2010 8:31 PM

    ## Sandra , I wish you would win the Texas lottery too , I'd ask you for a loan , lol. But , serusly, think how much good one of us could do for horses if we won a big lottery. A dream come true. I wish..

    Good night everyone , and I hope you have nice and cozy and wonderful dreams. Bye now,

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 29, 2010 2:04 AM


    A crosspost of interest, from the DB:

    Hay FOBs!

    We have one final extension for ticket orders to the Breeders' Cup! Our window for ordering from the 100-ticket allotment that has been set aside exclusively for the FOBs ends at noon on Fri, Jun 4!

    55 tickets have been ordered to date, so there are 45 still to be had. Our initial "hay poll" showed interest in around 70 tickets. If you still want to attend, sit in the FOB section and enjoy the company of some of the finest folks you'll ever meet, CONTACT BRANDY STOECKINGER OR HER ASSISTANT BEFORE 12 NOON NEXT FRI, JUN 4!!!

    Speaking of Brandy, she asked me to extend her apologies for not being able to enter & confirm the orders as quicky as she had estimated. She's had several big assignments come her way during this same period - that has been the reason for the delay. But please do not worry - if you have contacted her with a ticket order, you have your tickets!

    She also commented that "everyone has been an absolute joy to work with, and are so appreciative. What a great group!"

    Agreed.

    Please contact Brandy or her assistant with your ticket order:

    Brandy Stoeckinger
    bstoeckinger@breederscup.com
    859.422.2636 (direct line)

    or

    Catherine Johnston
    cjohnston@breederscup.com
    859.422.3670 (direct line)

    After 12 noon on Fri, Jun 4, tickets remaining in our section will be released for sale to the general public (which begins the next day) and your opportunity to sit with fellow FOBs will be over.

    Please note that the Breeders' Cup office will be closed Mon, May 31.

    Sally in Indy

    ................................................

    I'll be there! Looking forward to seeing many FOB Frens at the Breeders Cup in Kentucky. Please don't delay in ordering your tickets. (I almost did, but Fren Sally came to the rescue).

    Your FOB Fren, O

    Posted by: Otherlyn at May 29, 2010 9:29 AM

    Good Saturday afternoon to all you FOBs who check in here today . Make it a good one , lub you all ,

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 29, 2010 5:41 PM

    Hey Everyone:)

    Mid-Afternoon here in the westwing..Happy Saturday to yole!!

    We've got SUN no CLOUDS and it's 72 degrees outside today! Wheeeeeee:)

    I hope wherever yole are, you've got good weather, too...and are enjoying this, the first day of a three day weekend, too!

    I read Alex' blue ink up-top about National Museum of Racing's 2010 Hall of Fame picks..and googled Point Given's pedigree info for fun:) Wow!! Gr/Grandson to Alydar and Mr. Prospector...and in 13 starts he made $3,968,500. or approximately $305K each time he set hooves to track! Never finished 3rd! Wow! What Stats...and the only horse in history to have won four $1M races in a row..and on top of all THAT...he's just *GORGEOUS*, too:) a Big Chunk! or at least the photo on the website shows him as a 'big boy':) Trained by Bob Baffert...I like him:) Interesting stuff!

    The 'skweeerls' and birdies are all happy today...their 'person' (me) got them a fresh bag of Black Oil Sunflower Seeds so they are once again, "Eatin' Good in the Neighborhood" it's quiet here today....and sunny, so everything is just 'dine&fandy':)

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 29, 2010 10:47 PM

    ######

    Bobbie B and OtherLyn, Nice to see you.......I wish I could go to the Breeder's Cup, but doubt I can leave my doggie's, I will be there in spirit.....hope you guys are enjoying a great weekend Memorial Day weekend.....

    Posted by: Jane at May 29, 2010 10:51 PM

    Hi everyone. I hope y'all are having a good weekend. My started out bad. One of my favorite ferals had to be put down today. We called her My Girl and she was soooo sweet. We had her fixed awhile back so she never had babies of her own, but she would take care of the other's babies.

    We don't know what was wrong with her but it was fast. Our vet couldn't do a thing for her. She almost died while the vet was talking to Paul, but she came back and he was able to say goodbye to her. Our hearts are broken.

    So to cheer myself up I went with a neighbor to help her feed the ferals at a local school. This neighbor has trapped and fixed most of the cats there and she also helps us with our feral colony. She is a cat angel. And it did help to see these babies.

    So many good people out there doing things on their own to help make the world a better place. Likes all of you here!

    Sorry for rambling. I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday.

    Posted by: kathyb at May 29, 2010 11:36 PM

    Me again. I found this article and thought I would share it, about the Calico Wild Horse Roundup. I'm sure it's on the DB but I thought I should put it here also. Sorry for not blue-linking.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/05/28/prosecutors-weigh-charges-blm-officials-allegations-wild-horse-abuse-nevada/

    Posted by: kathyb at May 30, 2010 12:08 AM

    Kathyb , I am so sorry about this death. It's always painful and I'm sending you big hugs and lub,
    ((( Kathyb )))

    # Jane , so good to see you and hoping you have a great Memorial Day too.

    # Lynne Brown and her neighborhood menagerie , it's fun to think of you feeding the little animals .

    Goodnight my frens and I wish each of you a lovely evening and a good cozy night of sleep.
    Bye now,

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 30, 2010 1:36 AM

    (((((kathyb)))))) I'm so sorry, Kathy!


    ##

    Yes...the 'neighborhood menagerie' :) My 'saving grace' more times than I can count! When oil spills into the Gulf or Twin Towers fall in NYC or horses cannot be saved and Murphy or Chiefster or Coopster or one of Jonna's Greys....or my sisterinBarbaro Sherry, VW fly off to Heaven....the menagerie is always available to me on my little back porch...or around the perimeter of my yard here and can always give me a feeling of 'all is still at least 'somewhat' right in the world...Thank God for all my 'kiddddds' here:)

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 30, 2010 2:00 AM

    kathyb, So sorry about My Girl, thankfully Paul was with her and offered some comfort as she crossed......thank you for helping the feral furkids.......

    Posted by: Jane at May 30, 2010 3:01 AM

    Bobbie, Lynne and Jane...thank you for the kind words. Much appreciated. I also was able to say goodbye before he took her to the vet. I knew, ya know?

    Posted by: kathyb at May 30, 2010 4:33 AM


    #### Dear Fren, kathyb,

    I know it's late, but I just wanted to touch bases with you about your loss of My Girl.

    You did the best you could for a little cast-off. She was cared for and Loved by you. You did good, sending her off with a gentle ending. My own Goezer's leaving was very quick, for it seemed that 'one day she was fine' and three days later she was gone.

    Be comforted by the fact that her suffering has passed, she was Loved, and you will see her again.

    Try to rest, and to go on. They are only a thought away... out of our sight, but over the horizon, in Thisgoodplace.

    ((((Kathyb)))))

    Your FOB Fren, O

    PS: The heart-song name for my beloved German Shepherd, Sunny, was "My Girl." I used to sing to her (paraphrased to the tune of The Turtles' "My Girl": "She's My Girl" she slept by my bed last night, having dog dreams...etc.

    Tonight I will jingle the tags of her collar, hanging on my bedpost. I will think of her, and of your "My Girl' before drifting off into dreams. We are so Blessed to have known them. Yes?

    Posted by: Otherlyn at May 30, 2010 7:11 AM


    FRENS...BEWARE...THE EVIL ROBOT PORN POSTS SEEM TO BE TRYING EVERMORE CLEVER DECEPTIONS IN ORDER TO ENTICE US TO CLICK ON THEIR PUTRID BLUE INK SIGNATURES.

    PLEASE DEAR HEARTS, DO NOT RESPOND TO AMBIGUOUS POSTS FROM NAMES THAT ARE UNFAMILIAR TO USm.

    SEE THE POST ABOVE>...FROM CLIFF MITCHELL!?!...SOMETHING SMELLS BAD ABOUT IT. DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS.

    PLEASE, LET US ALL BEWARE.

    Loving you all. Loving BARBARO.

    Your FOB FRen, O

    Posted by: Otherlyn at May 30, 2010 7:49 AM

    Otherylyn, thanks for the kind words. When I said my goodbye to her I told her I would see her again. She was born to her feral Mommie in our yard. Only her sister is left (her Mommie's kittens don't last long). We are trying to catch Mommie. We have trapped and fixed many in the colony and have more to do....but it's expensive. But you do what you can. We love them all so much.

    Posted by: kathyb at May 30, 2010 2:27 PM

    Dear KathyB - I'm so sorry for the loss of a very special little lady. RIP My Girl and may you always feel special. When they leave us, they do take a little piece of us with them. Please take care.

    (((((hugs to all in need)))))

    Carleen in CA

    Posted by: carleen sova at May 30, 2010 3:18 PM

    Thanks Carleen. And that little piece comes together when WE go and meet them again.

    Posted by: kathyb at May 30, 2010 3:53 PM


    Morning, Everyone!

    Woke early...not a cloud to be seen here...and not so awfully 'cold' outdoors, either:) By now...there's high-thin clouds apparently spilling down from the North where in WA and OR today rain is falling. The temperature at just 9:10a, however is 70 degrees...and so it will be perhaps less 'sunny' but warm and that is a wonderful change from what we've had thusfar this season:)

    Nothing so much, other than weather, to report here today. I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday morning/early afternoon, depending on which 'wing' you live...and a good day will be had by all this Family!

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 30, 2010 5:18 PM

    Especially missing Chief today. It just gets harder and harder.

    Posted by: sandra at May 30, 2010 7:53 PM

    Thanking of my Dad and Lou Anns Dad this weekend and all yoles family that served their country in times of war. They truly were the greatest generation.

    Posted by: sandra at May 30, 2010 7:56 PM

    Great Video of Barbaro

    All good, no bad parts!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 30, 2010 9:51 PM

    ((( Sandra )))

    Posted by: kathyb at May 30, 2010 11:48 PM

    (( Kathyb ))
    (( Sandra ))
    (( Carleen )) and all others who are hurting in what-ever way ... hugs and thoughts to you.
    Carleen , I grab and keep every hug you send out , I need them fren, I need them !

    ------
    Didya see that Calvin Borel returned to racing ?
    He's over his eye infection and I'm so glad. I wish him and all jockeys well. They are such brave athletes.
    ------
    Quality Road , that big handsome hunk of a horse is racing Monday in the Metropolitan... I hope he wins...I really like the boy ... and I wish him and ALL horses racing---- I wish them well, and pray all come home safely. Please God.
    ------
    I hope your Sunday has been grand , and if not grand , at least good ! Make it a good evening
    if you can. Bye now,

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 31, 2010 12:24 AM


    ### Dear Fren Debbie LA, Thank you for directing us to that wonderful BARBARO video.

    I have watched hundreds of horse races; have seen so many horse videos too. But none of them effect me as watching one about our Beloved. What IS it...WHAT IS IT...about this ONE horse that so moves us!?!

    Tears come. They flow out, yet I am filled. Thanking God for BARBARO.

    In these last few years so many of us have come and gone. So many changes in the lives of the Frens...gains, set-backs, many lives saved, and some lost; great times of joy, many laughs, and tears...all shared...here.

    We once were a little "nation," then a famblee, and now, a few faithful Frens. We came for BARBARO...BARBARO is the reason I remain.

    Loving BARBARO. Loving all of you...

    Your FOB Fren, O

    Posted by: Otherlyn at May 31, 2010 2:18 AM

    ###\DEAR O
    Loving BARBARO. Loving all of you...always and for every!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 31, 2010 2:24 AM

    He is why I am here, and he is why we can't stop! I made a promise to this horse be for he died. I keep my promises

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at May 31, 2010 2:41 AM

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

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

    Yes, SANDRA, thinking of your late Dad, and my late Dad, and yes I am sure there are many more here in this very finest Barbaro Nation who have special family members and friends who proudly served and may even be serving now.
    Also saluting all the many equines and canines who have also served over the generations!
    God Bless America!

    Just watched the PBS National Memorial Day Concert and always get kind of choked up; plus yesterday 5/29 was three years that my very special "Daddy" (I know I can say it here and you all won't laugh) quietly passed in the wee morning hours to find his favorite trout hole in Heaven.
    And Daddy never left for his favorite trout hole down here without apples for the horses, so you all know who was first to get a big juicy apple up there!
    Didn't think my heart would survive that year . . .
    Barbaro 01/29/2007
    My Dad, Louie, 05/29/2007

    too many 29's and goodbyes that year.

    Sorry, just an emotional weekend . . . .

    But tomorrow morning, yes, I can see THE CHIEFSTER and BUD Sova front and center with LOUIE on the Heavenly Memorial Day Parade float.
    And MURPHY is tossing red, white, and blue streamer ribbons as they pass!
    Of course, BIG BOSS HORSE is leading!

    Mom and I had a nice outing today and I was so thinking of you all - many horses out and about just munching grasses and their gorgeous manes swaying in the breezes.
    Of course, those are the fortunate ones, we all must continue to be the voice for America's Horses!!

    Love you all so much,
    Hugs and Peace,
    Lou Ann

    Posted by: Lou Ann R., PA, FOB forever at May 31, 2010 3:04 AM

    Be sure you take the moment to watch this video of BARBARO that DEBBIE L.A. has posted for us!!!

    Debbie - that is seriously one of THE very finest, wow!!! Bless you for sharing this!
    Sent my spirits soaring all over again!

    Hugs and peace,
    Lou Ann

    Posted by: Lou Ann R., PA, FOB forever at May 31, 2010 7:58 AM

    ####

    Happy Memorial Day! pray for our soldiers, the fallen, and our country...please.

    pray for our horses, the rescues, our family, the FOBs...for God to guide us and help us....we as a family as full of love and unity...we will not fail.

    have a nice day...

    ###
    Good Morning Barbaro and all of your heavenly frens...please light a candle or two.

    ####
    Good Morning Alex...and thank you....

    Posted by: joan roya at May 31, 2010 11:10 AM

    Frens and Famblee,
    On this Memorial Day, please allow me to share with you a poem I wrote this morning.

    The Garden

    I am a garden, but not of flowers.
    Many names have I and visiting hours.
    I am in America, Belgium, Japan and France.
    My visitors come, always in a trance.

    From near and far, old and young,
    Across the globe they come.
    I have flowers and shrubs, bushes and even a tree,
    But those are not what they come to see.

    My visitors come to see my stones,
    For underneath lie the bones.
    Beneath my green grass, from heads to toes,
    Lie Heroes.

    Heroes all, who gave thier all.
    Americans all who stood tall.
    Whispering winds my visitors do not hear,
    But whispers from the past, with a smile and a tear.

    Remembering memories, lives and loves.
    Good times, bad times; hawks and doves.
    Moters and fathers, sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces.
    Deaths that shattered lives to pieces.

    In my ground you will see
    Names like Pershing, Grant and Lee.
    Names like BlackJack and Traveller too.
    All wrapped in Glory, Red, White and Blue.

    I am a garden, a Garden od Stone.
    Sacred, hallowed by blood.
    Becuase of them you are Free.
    Always with honor, remember them, you and me.

    May 31, 2010

    In honor of all who served this country, great and small; human and canine and equine too. No greater sacrifice can one make than to lay down his life for others. For this reason, let us remember their gifts to us...their lives. Remember their gifts when we disagree, when we're mad at Frens and Famblee, for without them we could not be here. So please, take a moment today in the midst of your activities and remember those who died for us.

    God bless you all Famblee. You too are heroes. Thank you for letting me be a part of you.

    NO Horse left behind or EVER Forgotten!
    Lee

    Posted by: Sofie's Lee at May 31, 2010 1:49 PM

    Update from 'our' Joe for Monday:

    Update... Sunday Afternoon. The weather gets better, the chores multiply. I will be back early Tuesday morning, to share with you tales (or tails) of life on our ranch. What a beautiful weekend. Flies starting their engines.

    ##

    Good Morning, All...

    Thinking of my dad today, who was one of the lucky ones in WWII and Korea, he came home:)

    Been outside on my porch...birdies and 'skweeerls' already out and about...going to be on the 'almost hot' side here today, could end up approaching 90 degrees here later on I think.

    Deadliest Catch Marathon on Discovery Channel love that show! It's Opilio season now...so there's ice here/there in the Bering Sea...Captains ever-carefully maneuvering their vessels...hauling pots and trying not to sink!

    Have a 'to-do' list going...so I guess I better get with it. I hope everyone has a good day today!

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at May 31, 2010 3:26 PM

    Memorial Day, 2010
    Prayers and blessing to all our brave folks fighting to keep us safe.

    Lou Ann, Ya know, I can see that float myself.
    Chief, Bud, Murphy and Louie. What a fine sight it is.

    Sophie's Lee, Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts and words.

    Debbie, Otherlyn, Dee, Sandra, Robyn, Alex, Wendy, Mary - please have a fine day.

    Lynne, I do enjoy the warmth of last few days, but I really love that cool breeze in the evening.
    I hope your to-do list is not that long.

    ((((hugs to all)))))

    Carleen (HRH Tibby too!) in CA

    Posted by: carleen sova at May 31, 2010 4:44 PM

    ###
    Sophie Lee...that was beautiful...thank you for your inspirational words....

    Posted by: joan roya at May 31, 2010 5:00 PM

    ####
    I am asking FOBs...to pray and uplift our FOB Karen Dyer in Tenn....her 12 year old beagle Dexter has been real bad sick.....and they are running tests....possibility bladder cancer...please pray for them...

    thank you....

    Posted by: joan roya at May 31, 2010 5:56 PM

    # Sophie's Lee , what a beautiful piece , a piece of the heart actually - wonderful , and thanks.

    # Debbie LA , thanks for posting the Barbaro link. It was wonderful -- beyond wonderful ......

    If watching Barbaro doesn't make you want to pick up the phone and tell our politicos to save our horses , I just don't know ... please call.
    Pres. Obama 202.456.1111
    I know it's Memorial Day
    I know he's doing something else
    I know he's not in the WH
    But still.... call.... leave a thought for the horses.....maybe he'll see a list later....we can hope...

    Happy Memorial Day - if that is appropriate ...

    Many of you have written thoughts , like Lee's poem , honoring our heroes , our veterans , those who fought , those who died in service to our country and us ...
    I appreciate them and thank them and honor them .
    With all my heart ...

    Also , think about earlier wars , almost all of which were fought on horseback , up to and including WW1 . There were even some horses still on duty in WWII .
    They are always with us .. throughout history.
    How can people eat them ? ? ? ?
    I honor them today too. So many died in battle and in service to us.

    Please honor these horses , and all horses, by asking for their lives to be spared. Thanks,

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 31, 2010 6:04 PM

    Okay , the White House comment line is closed due to the federal holiday ...

    you can still email ...

    google

    contact the white house

    a quick form will come up , and it's easy , just say stop horse slaughter and transportation to slaughter... that's all -- so quick

    please and thanks .

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at May 31, 2010 6:08 PM

    Honoring today all of those that have served this country and kept us safe.

    And also honoring all of the equine and canine soldiers who have lost their lives in conflicts.

    Thank you.

    Posted by: MargieinNM at May 31, 2010 6:47 PM

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

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


    ALEX - I am sure thinking of you at Fair Hill, 'cause I'm just north and it is humid as all get out here today, just plain horrid, would certainly not want to be outdoors at all. You will be "knackered" for sure when you are finished today. I know being with the horses makes it all worth it but I hope you can find a nice spot in the a/c this evening!! :)

    SOFIE's LEE - Thank you for sharing with us your poem, how beautiful and touching!!

    JOAN - Prayers started and will continue for dear DEXTER the BEAGLE and his dear Mum, Karen. May DEXTER feel the comforting presence of St. Francis near him. I will keep up the prayers, please keep us posted.
    Love & Kisses to Peaches and Pierre, too!
    I grew up with beagles!

    ROBYN - Hoping it is not this humid up there by The Thames, aargh. I know you and Kita are like me and need a cool spot.
    Please give that gorgeous Husky princess a kiss for her Tante!

    CARLEEN - I was thinking of that float, too, when I got up this morning!

    SANDRA - More ((hugs))

    BOBBIE B. - Right you are!! We have to keep getting those messages through!

    Love and rainbows to our ANGEL DEE, sure miss you!!

    Love you all so much!
    Hugs, Lou Ann

    Posted by: Lou Ann R., PA, FOB forever at May 31, 2010 10:25 PM

    ###
    thank you Lou Ann....Dexter needs our prayers...and Peaches and Pierre says they love you...all of you

    Posted by: joan roya at May 31, 2010 10:42 PM

    So sad to read the DB will be closing in a year. Feels like the family home will be gone.

    Posted by: kathyb at May 31, 2010 10:50 PM

    Hiya, FsOB! I hope that all FsOB based in the US had the chance to engage in solemn observation of Memorial Day today. Brent & I went down the street to the Submariners' Memorial for the "tolling of the bells". It is quite a moving ceremony and always touching to see the increasingly aged WW II sub vets in attendance.

    May Mario Calderon RIP. I was very sorry to read of his death in Pennsylvania this weekend.

    Wishing everyone "ACN" and may we all rise to seize Tuesday with renewed zest. Peace, Robyn

    To Marg in Maine: Great seeing you here!
    To Lou Ann: You & Ms. Annie are in my thoughts this weekend. It is hard to believe that three years have gone by since your dear Dad passed.
    To Sandra: Thanks for the info about the anxiety drops. There is a great article on storm phobia in the latest edition of the HSUS' magazine.
    To Bobbie B: Thanks for your kind words earlier this holiday weekend.
    To Sofie's Lee: The poem that you shared is very moving.
    To Carleen: Thanks as well for your kind words.
    To Skyler: May you be able to attend the steeple chase next year, dear lady!
    To Dee M.: I miss seeing you here, Angel Dee!
    To Kathy B: May "My Girl" rest in peace. She was a most fortunate kitty to have you as her human friend.
    To Karen D.: I am sorry that your beagle, Dexter, is very ill. Beagles are very special dogs, one of the first dogs that I ever loved was a beagle named Mike.
    To Joan R.: Hoping that Pierre & Peaches are both doing better. ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at June 1, 2010 1:41 AM

    QUALITY ROAD !

    You Tube has his race up if you want to see it.

    type in
    metropolitan mile 2010 quality road

    and it comes right up. No injuries or anything to scare you that I saw , so that's good. It's a good race ! Go watch .

    Good night everyone , have a safe , sweet- dreams kind of night . Bye now,

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at June 1, 2010 3:25 AM

    ###
    Frens,
    Thank you very much for your kind words about the poem I shared. I just wanted to let everyone know that I didn't "forget" our equine heroes in it. "BlackJack" is the horse that is best known for being the Riderless Horse that led JFK's funeral procession to Arlington; he is buried at Ft. Meyer, Va. "Traveller" is R. E. Lee's favorite and most well known rider. The horses too, served with distinction, from the Revolution, the War of 1812, Civil War, WWI, WWI, Korea and today in Afghanistan.
    We will always remember them.
    Lee

    Posted by: Sofie's Lee at June 1, 2010 11:09 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! Well, it's back to work today. If any FsOB are planning to go to see the Belmont Stakes this coming Saturday, would you please post a note here? I would love to meet any of you who may be at Aqueduct this Saturday. Peace, Robyn

    #### To Sofie's Lee: Thanks for the info about the burial place of "Black Jack". Do you happen to know whether he is interred in a private burial place or perhaps a military cemetery instead?
    To Marg in Maine, Liz in the UK, Christian in NC, Janice in PA, & Jonna in NY: A good morning to the "AM Shift"! ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at June 1, 2010 12:00 PM

    ###
    Robyn,
    BlackJack is buried on the parade field at Ft. Myer, VA. It is an active army post, very historic in and of itself (the parade field is where the Wright Brothers first demonstrated the airplane to the militart, where the first military piloted flight occurd and where the first military fatality in a plane crash occurred). BlackJack's grave is marked with its own head stone and is just a few feet from the flagpole. In a way, he presides over thousands of retirement ceremonies every year, from those for "everyday" service members to those of Chiefs of Staff, Joint Chiefs and other "important" ceremonies, as well as the raising and the lowering of the flag everyday. Ft. Myer is adjacent to Arlington National Cemetary; in fact, Arlington is technically a part of Ft. Myer and is the only National Cemetary run by the Army and not the Dept. of Veteran's Affairs.

    Yole have a great day. The sun is shining here in DC, but in some horse's heart somewhere in this great nation there is the darkness of betrayal and sadness. Keep fighting FsOB! We must bring the sunshine and rainbows back into their hearts.

    NO Horse left behind or EVER Forgotten!
    Lee

    Posted by: Sofie's Lee at June 1, 2010 12:33 PM

    ####
    thank you Sofie Lee..and such eloquent posting...and yes...our horses are betrayed...some Americans are turning their heads...never the FOBs....let us fight for their freedom to live....please...

    Posted by: joan roya at June 1, 2010 1:41 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 1, 2010 3:45 PM

    Parade Magazine had a great cartoon in the Sunday paper. I wish I could find a link for it but I failed. It honored our horses. If anyone missed it and still has Parade please check it out.

    Posted by: kathyb at June 1, 2010 4:00 PM

    ###
    Please say a prayer and miracles for our Karen Dyer...FOB for a long time...she has 4 rescued dogs....little Dexter...her 12 year old beagle...it has been confirmed...has bladder cancer.

    thank you...

    Posted by: joan roya at June 1, 2010 4:56 PM

    Morning Everyone...

    'Toosdae' Morning!

    ((((((karen/dexter))))) so hard to get a dx with the word 'cancer' in it...just hate that damn disease SO much:/

    We've got sunshine:) a bit 'hazy' because of some high-thin clouds here...but will be another nice day withOUT rain, so we'll take it.

    Whittling away on the 'outdoor to-do' list..yielding my ever-trusty rake to 'alert' the rattlers I approach and hoping they RETREAT!

    Meanwhile:) birdies/skweerls are all doing just 'dine&fandy'...the squirrels are busy eating or playing tag up/down the trees out back, on my rooftop or on the ground:) They are so fun to watch! Mom & Dad birds teaching their young to fly...sometimes that is hysterically funny, too! Bless their hearts...they try so hard, but sometimes it just doesn't 'werk sew gud'!! Seems the larger varieties have a more difficult time...i.e., the other day a young Robin was following Mom...on the ground out by my wire fence...a car came by and frightened mom so off she flew not too far from babe...the babe then took flight...well, as close to 'flight' as he could, that is! As he landed on one of the wire squares (the one just beneath the top of the fence) his R foot got up to the top wrung...but he had one 'helluva' time convincing his L foot to let go of the wire and get 'even' with his R foot! It actually made me a bit nervous watching him...because he was struggling so, I thought he'd somehow got his foot caught! Eventually, however, his brain and L foot got in 'sinc' and then...he sat on top of the fence...proud as could be of himself:)

    I was telling that story to a neighbor and she told me that she'd gone outside one day last week to put some things into the back of her pickup truck and discovered a baby Black Bird in the truck's bed. Mom & Dad were having a caniption fit as they watched her approach her truck...and began 'dive-bombing' her head!! LOL! She had given thought to trying to help the baby out of the bed of her truck...but decided that could prove to be dangerous to her own health/welfare, so she put the items down on the driveway and went back indoors for awhile. The next time she came out, the baby was gone and so were it's parents...she was relieved, not only for the birds but for herself, too!!

    I have also witnessed more than one squirrel being chased away from entire Oak trees..poor little squirrel decided to go up into the tree and there was a Black Bird nest up there...and SRS Mayhem ensued...the Black Birds are relentless if they feel their young are threatened in any way!

    I hope everyone has a good day today.

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at June 1, 2010 5:40 PM

    Happy Tuesday Famblee.

    I was off from work yesterday, and off again today. I haven't had 2 days off in a row for years and years. Boy, do I ever feel rested.

    I brought Ruby the Heeler home on Sunday to foster her. I can't see any behavior problems. But then again, I have a very Zen home, and all of my dogs are Zen as well, whatever that means. :-D Ruby is very peaceful and comfortable here. Right now she is laying at my feet and is exhibiting gassy symptoms. I am hopeful I have found her a good home. I am awaiting his answer. She is the perfect dog for a single, older, and in control human.

    Have a great day, everyone.

    Posted by: MargieinNM at June 1, 2010 5:59 PM

    For Kathy B and Jonna...here's Joe: (for those who can't access from work computers)

    Tuesday, June 1st... Jordyn is 13, and she lives in Pinole. The first time in her life, Jordyn picks up the hind foot of a young race horse. She tells the horse: I am covered by Health Net.

    Over the long weekend, we found two homes for two horses. The once badly injured Nicholas is now owned by Julie in Napa. Nicholas came to us from the race track with a fractured ankle, bowed tendon, and sore back. A mess. Nicholas healed just fine, and now he moves like Pamela on that dancing show.

    Kaycee is 11, and she lives in El Dorado Hills. In our yard Kaycee says: Horses are addicting. Just like Skittles.

    We also found a home for Puddles, who goes to a family in Loomis. The family has been looking for a horse since April. On this website they saw a picture of Puddles, and said there he is. A big Thank You to Sheldon for providing transportation.

    Rachel is part of the Loomis family, and she tells me: I love Costco too. On June 1st Costco is selling a box of 35 Clint Eastwood movies. 30 percent off.

    Wow. A person would need a whole bunch of popcorn.

    It was last summer when Nicole adopted a young gelding from us. Nicole is 15, and we were able to see her again on Saturday. Nicole had this to say: I named him Smarty, because his sire is Smarty Jones. Then I found out he is not so smart. But I love him anyway. I changed his name to Buster.

    Later this week, from a race track in Los Angeles, we will greet a young gelding with major injuries.

    Jessie is 16, and she came to see us from Los Gatos. Jessie said: I named my thoroughbred mare Glee, after my favorite show.

    Last week I wrote about horses at the feed lot in Wilton. Sarah lives near the town of Marysville, and she phoned to say she and 5 of her friends are raising cash to rescue a thoroughbred. The next day Sarah phones again, and says they have the money. The thoroughbred gelding will be transported to their barn on Wednesday. Sarah says Wednesday will be the longest day ever at school. The girls cannot wait to meet their new horse.

    Kacie is 13, and she came all the way from Santa Monica. Kacie says: I like this area. Every house has a horse.

    A brand new month. Later today could be 80 degrees. Delicious hot coffee from Dunkin Donuts. Microwave waffles made by Krusteaz. Enjoy your Glee Tuesday, and be sure to hug your horses. The Supremes on the oldies station...

    Joe

    In only a few days, we went from 58 and rainbows, to 86 and bugs. Over the long weekend, 52 horses were given their spring baths. For a minute or two, they were sparkling clean.

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at June 1, 2010 6:27 PM

    Hiya, FsOB! I had trouble trying to log on earlier this evening. There had been a huge thunderstorm in southern New England earlier today, perhaps it affected our Internet access. Wishing eveyone "ACN". Peace, Robyn

    ### To Joan Roya: I am sorry to hear that Karen D's dear Beagle Dexter has been diangosed with bladder cancer.
    To Karen: I hope that the vet can offer you and Dexter some good treatment options.
    To Sofie's Lee: Thanks for the info about Sofie's Lee. I was an 8-year-old girl who watched him on TV, carrying out his duties on 11/25/1963. He was truly magnificient! I've never forgotten Black Jack. ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at June 2, 2010 2:41 AM

    Well Goodnight FOBs , another day to be together and talk , and tell sillies , and ask for prayer for the sick. We are such a famblee now - a real one.

    ((( Karen and Dexter and Joan )))

    I am thinking of so many of you , and sending good thoughts and hopes and wishes for you .

    I send a message through the ether - oooooooooooooo,
    to give you sweet dreams and comfy nights. Meet here tomorrow , God willing , and we'll work for the horses. Love you all , and bye now,

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at June 2, 2010 3:16 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! It's a beatutiful new morning here on the banks of the Thames. I've just been visited by not one but two of the neighbour's cats. They engaged in a bit of a feral stated-down, but disengaged and walked in opposite directions. Brent said, "That's just what cats do, Robyn." Wishing everyone a safe & productive Weds.! Peace, Robyn

    #### To Alex: Awesome photo of the FHF barn action!
    To Margie in NM: I hope that Ruby's transition to a new home goes smoothly. ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at June 2, 2010 12:01 PM

    Wendy! Help!
    Je suis desolee.

    Posted by: jonnagrey at June 2, 2010 2:17 PM

    Morning all.

    ((((hugs to Dexter and Kathy))))

    (((((((hugs to all in need of one)))))

    xoxoxo
    Carleen in CA

    Posted by: carleen sova at June 2, 2010 2:18 PM

    All our prayers to Dexter and Karen.

    Posted by: kathyb at June 2, 2010 2:57 PM

    Just sick to death, went out in the poring rain yesterday to VOTE against my congressmen and senator. And this morning the paper reads Bonner and Shelby wins again! GEEZ I am upset! Hope in November things change!
    And in news paper "The oil washes ashore on Dauphin Island!" More Bad news.
    The only good thing I have seen, last night I received the Netflix DVD Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments.
    Relive the excitement of more than 130 years of the Derby, they had great footage of Barbaro! I was in tears.
    You need to see this one, It's great!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 2, 2010 3:03 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 2, 2010 3:10 PM

    ###
    Please remember our rescues...read the db...and help in any way possible...you are needed.

    thank you from your hearts for Karen and Dexter...and she has three other rescued doggies....Goldie, Rascal and Baby....

    Posted by: joan roya at June 2, 2010 4:22 PM

    ## DebbieLA , I know , I know ! No matter how many times the politicos change , it stays the same for the horses. I had two Rep. Senators , one lost and I got a new Dem Senator ( this was last time ) and it stayed just the same. The new Dem won't co-sponsor either. Recalcitrant dolts all.

    Morning everyone , I'm here before noon ! early bird me , lol .
    It is 3 more days until I go to the beach - can hardly wait for this holiday -- going Saturday ,
    staying a week - I hope the weather will be nice and not stormy.

    Not to be too personal ... but I'm in one of those periods of life lately where I'm in a valley , not many peaks to enjoy lately. So I need the beach like a sponge needs water -- to soften and relax a little.

    Thinking of (( Dexter and Karen ))
    and Joan too. Hang in there , brave Dexter.

    President O'bama's comment line number is

    1 202 456 1111

    Would you call and leave a message for him , stop transportation to horse slaughter. Save our horses. Would you do that , if you are at a phone you can use to call ?

    Or email - google contact the president and the quick form pops up - email the white house - and say the same .. it's so quick - horses are in misery , riding the trucks , standing in the torturous kill lines as you read this ...
    help them if you can. Thank you so much , thank you for being FOBs and all you do. I'm grateful to be a part...
    bye now ,

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at June 2, 2010 4:37 PM

    My stars ! The comment line at the White House is impossible today ! Wow, somebody's calling !
    I wrote an email ;0 , and suggest you do the same unless you get lucky. If you get a call through, you'll know you're on a roll - run right out to buy a lottery ticket then , lol.

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at June 2, 2010 5:07 PM

    Karen,
    I'm sorry for the confusion with your name.
    Pls forgive my scrambled brain waves this am.
    Carleen in CA

    Posted by: carleen sova at June 2, 2010 5:33 PM

    Carleen, no problem, I stay that way!

    Thanks to everyone for their prayers for my sweet Dexter, he is my life, as are the other three.

    This is the best bunch group of people that has ever come together, all thanks to that special Prince Barbaro!!!

    Love to you all and again, thank you so very much.

    Karen - Nashville

    Posted by: Karen at June 2, 2010 5:52 PM

    ###
    Wherever you are it is your FRIENDS who make your world.
    William James.

    Posted by: joan roya at June 2, 2010 8:20 PM

    Hi Alex, thank you for wishing my Charly well. I am part owner of him in Fantasy Lane and am excited beyond belief.

    I also wanted to say a quick hello to everyone who is not on facebook. I've been checking on here every day but haven't written in a while.

    Anyway, please keep Charly in your thoughts that he has a good race and comes safely home in the Belmont.

    If you happen to be on Facebook, check out Charly's fan page.

    Posted by: Lorraine S at June 3, 2010 1:08 AM

    Bobboe B,
    I made it through on the comment line Tuesday morning; after holding for about 15 minutes, I was able to talk to someone.
    KLB

    Posted by: KLB at June 3, 2010 2:40 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! I am typing on Brent's laptop and I hate this %$#(@# thing, I make errors all the time. Alex, please have a grand time in KC tomorrow. Your talk shall be an outstanding one, I am sure. Wishing everyone "ACN"! Peace, Robyn

    #### To Debbie LA: Sad news about the election results in ALA.
    To Lorraine in Staten Island: Thrilled to see you back here, please don't be a stranger, OK? You've been missed. ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at June 3, 2010 2:41 AM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 3, 2010 2:49 AM

    ## KLB , glad you had patience and made it through on the comment line ! Maybe your message will be the one that gets through to the Pres. , you never know ;)

    ## Loraine , best wishes to Charley Brown and you !

    Goodnight , all my famblee , and I wish you a restful , painfree night - sweet dreams too !
    Bye now,

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at June 3, 2010 3:49 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! It's a London-styled fog rolling in upriver from the Sound & the Race on this Thursday AM. Alex, may your talk in KC be a rewarding one. You have much wisdom to share re. social marketing. Wishing all a safe & productive Thursday! Peace, Robyn

    #### To Lorraine: Is Charley Brown one of your horses? Please e-mail me if you'd like to meet at some designated spot at Aqueduct on Sat. My e-mail address is both of my names, without any punctuattion, followed by @ymail.com

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at June 3, 2010 11:41 AM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 3, 2010 3:39 PM

    Just time for a quick hello today , and see you here later hopefully ! Bye now,

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at June 3, 2010 7:06 PM

    Lets ALL PRAY for our southern friends, our gulf animals and the safety of all about to go through hell. Pray for tomorrows Belmont and all races. Riders and horses will run their best, JUST COME HOME SAFELY!!

    Posted by: Stu at June 3, 2010 7:56 PM


    ###Just wondering:

    Where is CP WEST?

    Edgar was aboard this grandson of DYNAFORMER for the 2007 Belmont, (placed 4th), as well as other races during that two or three year 'Curlin/Rags to Riches' era.

    There are no more updates about him after November of 2007. He is (was?)owned by Robert LaPenta, and trained by Nick Zito. CP WEST like too many others, seemes to have disappeared.

    Your FOB Fren, O

    PS: Also still wondering about LAST BEST PLACE, BARBARO's first little foal-to-yearling fren.

    Posted by: Otherlyn at June 3, 2010 8:40 PM

    ####
    O
    Can't find anything on CP West or Last Best Place. Greg on the DB may be able to help. But do we really wont to know? Let's hope it's good!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 3, 2010 10:00 PM

    ####
    0 have ask Greg for help, under Nicanor work 5/30 on the DB.

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 3, 2010 11:04 PM


    #### Thank you, dear Fren Debbie LA (our little Southren Belle Detective). ^-,^

    Your FOB Fren, O

    Posted by: Otherlyn at June 4, 2010 12:10 AM

    ##

    Otherlyn: Can't find CP West, but according to Pedigree Query, Last Best Place was to stand at stud, perhaps in Chile...that was in '07.

    Would the Jockey Club maybe have info on CP West or Last Best Place, I wonder? What about equibase? Perhaps these options are too obvious, I'm still learning how to get info on horses.

    Lynne-Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at June 4, 2010 12:11 AM

    a href="http://license.icopyright.net/user/viewFreeUse.act?fuid=ODYxMzQ3OQ">Canadian standards for farm-animal transport dangerously lax, report says

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 4, 2010 12:20 AM

    a href="http://license.icopyright.net/user/viewFreeUse.act?fuid=ODYxMzQ3OQ">Canadian standards for farm-animal transport dangerously lax, report says

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 4, 2010 12:22 AM

    http://license.icopyright.net/user/viewFreeUse.act?fuid=ODYxMzQ3OQ

    OK I give up on the blue link!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 4, 2010 12:24 AM

    June 2, 2010
    Canadian standards for farm-animal transport dangerously lax, report says
    By Gloria Galloway
    From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
    Inspection records show animals arriving to slaughterhouses dead or diseased, with few repercussions for transporters
    Poultry workers opened the doors of a chicken truck at a Toronto slaughterhouse in December, 2008, to find that nearly 1,500 birds had frozen to death in sub-zero temperatures during their final journey from the farm.

    At about the same time, 16 neglected horses - animals so emaciated they had not developed winter coats - were sent to a meat factory in Lacombe, Alta., in an unheated truck as the thermometer dipped to minus 12 C. Government inspectors who witnessed their arrival took note of the incident but let the transport company off with a simple warning.

    Those and other anecdotes are included in a report by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to be released later this week that looks at the conditions in which animals intended for Canadian dinner plates are transported - often for the last time.

    The study, which was based on inspection reports filed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) between Oct. 9, 2008, and Jan. 9, 2009, was initiated in response to the listeriosis crisis of 2008 that killed 22 people. It finds that Canadian standards for the transport of animals are significantly weaker than those of other jurisdictions, including Europe and the United States.

    Under CFIA policy, an inspection is warranted if 1 per cent of a shipment of broiler chickens arrives dead, whereas the U.S. threshold is 0.5 per cent. The report also found that the CFIA standards are not strenuously enforced.

    "A lot of MPs were asking how many meat inspectors were hired during the listeriosis outbreak and it started to get us questioning how many animal inspectors are there," Melissa Matlow, the report's lead author, said in an interview with The Globe and Mail. It's an important question, "not only from an animal welfare perspective, which is what our organization cares the most about, but from a food-safety perspective."

    In fact, much evidence suggests that food-borne illnesses are readily transmitted among animals that are crammed into trucks and train cars.

    "When the animals are packed more closely, the opportunity for bacteria to pass from one animal to another is obviously increased," said Carlton Gyles, who studies animal-borne diseases at the University of Guelph. "There have been studies looking at things like salmonella that can be passed by animals during transportation. So that could increase the chances of contamination of meat."

    Canadians also want to know that the meat they eat comes from animals that did not suffer unduly, Ms. Matlow said. Statistics that the animal rights organization obtained from CFIA indicate that two million to three million animals die during transport every year and another 11 million arrive at their destination diseased or injured.

    "We have to ask the question, how many of these animals [that die in transit] are ending up on people's dinner plates?" Ms. Matlow said. "If there is only one inspector for every two million animals slaughtered for food every year in this country, how can they possibly ensure this isn't happening?"

    CIFA says its inspectors see the animals both before and after slaughter and they would move quickly to shut down a plant that attempted to process animals that were dead on arrival - which is strictly prohibited by federal regulations. But they also admit they cannot be in every meat plant at all times.

    The greatest animal suffering observed in the study occurred on long journeys - especially in freezing weather. Canadian cows can be in transit for 52 hours without food, water and a rest break. In Europe, the standard is 12 hours.

    Geoff Urton, the farm animal welfare co-ordinator at the British Columbia SPCA, said Canada's regulations are more than 30 years old and need to be updated. "There is really good evidence that the current standards are not adequate to actually protect the animals," said Mr. Urton.

    Paul Mayers, the associate vice-president of programs at the CFIA, said his agency is preparing to rewrite the rules on animal transport.

    But he said the changes will be less about setting time limits for transportation than an overall effort to keep animals healthy. "What we're talking about," Mr. Mayers said, "is achieving the outcome in relation to the individual species as opposed to arbitrary time limits, focusing instead on the animal itself."

    As for the fact that many transporters who break the rules get off with a warning, he said the CFIA uses a graduated approach to enforcement, leaving prosecution - in most cases - for repeat violators.

    Transporters and the slaughterhouses rely on animals for their income, Mr. Mayers said. "So we certainly see that the vast majority of Canadian producers and transporters are strongly committed to treating animals humanely."

    KEY FINDINGS OF THE REPORT

    1. Unacceptable numbers of animals, particularly chickens, die during transport.

    •This most often happens when the birds are moved over long distances and in inclement weather.
    •2 to 3 million: The number of animals that arrive dead every year at Canadian slaughterhouses.
    2. Animals are transported in overcrowded conditions.

    •Transporters pack between seven and 16 chickens into crates that are a half-metre square, and cows have arrived at processing plants with sores on their backs from brushing against the roof of the truck.
    •6% to 89%: The increase in number of animals covered with salmonella after being kept in crowded conditions for 40 minutes, according to a Texas Tech University study.
    3. Severely injured and sick animals are transported in contravention of federal regulations.

    •Animals are arriving at slaughterhouses and auctions emaciated, weak, crippled and with severe injuries.
    •2: The number of sheep a farmer brought to be slaughtered at Princeton Meat Packers in Woodstock, Ont., that had injuries so severe, they should never have been transported.
    4. Severely compromised animals are transported and left to suffer for prolonged periods, sometimes days.

    •The World Society for the Protection of Animals says many incidents may be in violation of federal or provincial animal cruelty laws.
    •58: The length of time, in hours, one crippled cow was left alive on top of a pile of dead animals in Lethbridge, Alta.
    5. A shortage of trained animal welfare inspectors, particularly veterinarians, puts animal health and welfare at risk.

    •Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspectors are not authorized to euthanize animals or relieve their suffering for humane reasons, and few animal inspectors are veterinarians or trained to address animal welfare problems during transport.
    •329: The number of animal inspectors employed by the CFIA across Canada to supervise 772 facilities that slaughter 700 million animals annually. There are also 980 meat inspectors.
    6. CFIA's reporting and enforcement are often weak and inconsistent.

    •Animals are transported in clear violation of regulations (for example, goats transported in feed bags, rabbits transported in the trunk of a car, animals tied up and under covers without air holes) and inspectors respond by giving warnings or educational pamphlets.
    •$221,800: The total amount of individual fines, ranging from $500 to $2,000, levied in 2006 across the country for violations of the health of animal regulations.
    7. Animals suffer as a result of poor driver training.

    •Drivers appear to be unaware of regulations, including their right, indeed, their responsibility, to refuse to transport an injured animal. Some drivers didn't even know how many animals they had aboard their truck.
    •20 hours: In one case, the number of hours a severely injured horse spent in transit.

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 4, 2010 12:26 AM

    Jockey Stud

    You will not believe this one.

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 4, 2010 12:45 AM

    Debbie, you're right about that one....lol!

    Posted by: kathyb at June 4, 2010 12:53 AM

    Belmont will not have a Kentucky Derby or a Preakness winner in the field. so who do we think will win?

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 4, 2010 2:22 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! Alex, you must be having a grand adventure, as well as some good barbecue in Kansas City. Wendy, if you are able to do so, it's time for the magic wand.

    Wishing everyone "ACN".

    #### To Debbie LA: Thanks for the blue link to Joe Shelton's blog. Bless Joe for saving Sammy! And weren't those horses gorgeous in the photos? ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at June 4, 2010 2:47 AM

    Goodnight FOB

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 4, 2010 3:06 AM

    Hiya, FsOB! A bright new morning has dawned here on the banks of the Thames. The birds are singing merrily and the river gleams like a looking glass. And TGIF! May all horses and their riders come safely across the finish line today and tomorrow. Here's to a safe & exciting Belmont Stakes. Peace, Robyn

    #### To Debbie LA: My top three picks are Ice Box, Drosselmeyer, & Lorraine's horse who has "Charlie" in his name. How about your picks? ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at June 4, 2010 11:47 AM

    Edgar Prado Birthday is June 12, here a address if you would like to send a card. He not riding in the Belmont Stakes?

    Edgar Prado
    % the Jockey's room, NYRA;

    Belmont Park Race Track P.O. box 90 Jamiaca, NY 11417

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 4, 2010 1:04 PM

    Happy Friday All!

    To all equine family and their connections, a safe run in the Belmont.

    To all in need of ((((((hugs)))))) please take care and have a wonderful week-end.

    HRH Tibby and Carleen in CA

    Posted by: carleen sova at June 4, 2010 3:46 PM

    Joe at TB Friends

    Looks like Joe is having trouble, Hmmm

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 4, 2010 3:47 PM

    Joe is up now!

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 4, 2010 4:27 PM

    Joe and computers: gaaaack
    **************************************************
    Friday, June 4th...

    A wired race horse, I can settle in no problem. A scared to death rodeo horse, I can settle in no problem. A large tub of Dreyers Rocky Road, well you know the rest...

    But a new computer? A new Windows program? I have a better chance of playing point guard for the Celtics, than figuring this out.

    Currently making a mess of pictures below. Our My Documents is not the same with new Windows. And forget about our Kodak picture program. I have no idea where Kodie is hiding.

    There is a very nice man in Woodland named Brad, and he owns a place called Tech-Knuckle. I go to Brad with all my problems. The computer stuff he is great at. Trying to fix my failing eyesight, the pain in my right shoulder, and my loathing of the Yankees, Brad is not so great at.

    Brad took our old computer and transferred everything to our new computer. I must now try to understand new Windows. I have a better chance of being lead singer for Black Eyed Peas.

    And I keep hitting Caps Lock on this new keyboard. I look up, and my page is giant letters. I wonder what time Brad gets out of bed?

    I can tell you it is a nice cool morning, and it feels like rain. Barn horses wondering where is the old guy with grain? (those two sentences rhyme. And by now you have no doubt clicked off and moved on to Baen)

    A big Thank You to the young lady from Castro Valley for our new computer. And a big Thank You to Brad for his help. A team effort. Trying to keep me technically current. A major project for sure.

    Joe

    Posted by: jonnagrey at June 4, 2010 5:36 PM

    wendycanyouhelpus?
    please?
    thenkyew in advance.:J

    Posted by: jonnagrey at June 4, 2010 5:37 PM

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    Good Afternoon FOBs.

    I hope each of you are doing as well as expected....and that you are doing those very important tasks....calling, faxing, emailing...

    and reading our db...and helping in any way possible...

    Let us pray for the innocent in the gulf states...MANKIND....another disaster...MANKIND...killing off innocent fish, wildlife, dolphins and more....MANKIND...who rounds up innocent wild mustangs....Must I say more!

    If a hurricane hits these states, especially Louisiana....God help them...

    I pray to God daily thanking him for this day...asking him to watch over my FOB family...asking for guidance to help us find ways to help each other, the horses, the animals and our planet...

    Have a nice day..

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    Barbaro...we love you...always will.

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    Alex...enjoy your day.

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    Karen in Tenn...texted me yesterday....Dexter her little beagle had a good day...

    Posted by: joan roya at June 4, 2010 7:24 PM

    Really dont have a favorite tomorrow. Just want them to cross the finish line safely. Supposed to be 110 degrees this weekend.

    Posted by: sandra at June 4, 2010 7:56 PM

    ##Joan, I second your thoughts concerning the Louisiana folks. The tar balls have started rolling onshore on Florida Panhandle beaches. The pictures of oil soaked pelicans, turtles, fish is sickening - there needs to be a stronger adjective. It is almost impossible to wrap your brain around the life altering effects this spill is having on the fishermen, shrimpers, oystermen. This is their heritage, all they've ever known or done. All they've invested their lives and money in. What they have inherited from previous generations. Now? Lost because government and industry possibly colluded to cut corners or ignore warning signs or established contingency plans? The damage to the beach going tourist industry will be bad but the lasting ecological damage to the wetlands, estuaries and sealife strikes at something way more basic and life giving than that. It's a wound and scar on the souls of us all. I'm sure many of the political and big business talking heads laugh at that concept and that's a pity. They are as dense about this as they are about putting an end to horse slaughter. Sorry, I'm just disgusted.

    Safe races for all tomorrow - and every day.

    Posted by: NWFLAFOB(Linda of NW Fla) at June 4, 2010 8:17 PM

    Praying for all horses and riders to come home safely tomorrow. Praying also for the animals in the gulf and their horrific suffering. Whats going on there is a DISGRACE!

    Posted by: Stu at June 4, 2010 8:26 PM

    ###Prayers that everyone running come home safe.

    Judy

    Posted by: Judy at June 4, 2010 9:47 PM

    Someone asked....no, Edgar Prado is not in Belmont...Ice Box is the favorite, also First Dude and Uptowncharlybrown

    Enjoy the weekend,
    Bonnie

    Posted by: Bonnie MacRaith at June 4, 2010 10:28 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 4, 2010 11:32 PM

    check it out! there is an article about Letdetrumpetblare in the Thoroughbred Times today. He is a horse my friend Margo rescued from the killers a couple of years ago. DRF is going to have a story tomorrow. Margo is who started Mid America horse rescue in IL.

    Posted by: jen at June 5, 2010 2:55 AM

    UptownCharlieBrown is FOB Lorraine's horse - partly anyway , so give him a good thought in the Belmont today -
    The Belmont stretch is the longest in the triple crown , so it needs stamina - and there are three horses ( that I know of ) that have AP Indy blood -
    Fly Down
    Ice Box
    First Dude
    So according to pedigree , these horses should take the lead near the middle of the stretch , and one of them should win.
    If only that pedigree worked , I could be rich by now , LOL ,
    Stately Victor is a good looking horse , so I can't count him out ! So I like these 4 horses.

    I pray that all horses will run their best today and come home safe and sound , jockeys too.

    Glad Alex is back safely from Kansas and his pictures look like he had a big and successful group.

    Happy Saturday to all of youseguys , and I hope you have a wonderful Belmont Saturday. And succeed in whatever you're doing today !

    I'm off to the beach today , YAY , and will be there this upcoming week . So don't know if I will post or not , but you are all in my thoughts. Wow , I need this vacation badly. Wish me well please , as I wish all of you.
    See you soon , and call and email the Prez please.
    Bye now ,

    Posted by: Bobbie B. at June 5, 2010 2:41 PM

    Our Hard-Hitting Belmont Picks

    This is the New York Time, with Alex's pick for the Belmont!

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    Bobbie have fun at the beach, safe trip to you and all the horses running today.

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 5, 2010 3:52 PM

    Posted by: Debbie L.A. at June 5, 2010 4:00 PM

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    To Lorraine, from Nancy in CT:

    Best of Luck with your boy Charley today. I saw him on ESPN and he is a VERY handsome guy!

    I have such confidence in him that I bet him across the board - an honor previously reserved for Barbaro's Brothers.

    WE LOVE YOU, *CHARLEY*

    Posted by: Lynne Brown at June 5, 2010 9:36 PM

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    please please help them..please

    Up-date on finances June 5, 2010

    We will miss at least 2 meals for them this weekend. Mail brought in $15. A donor dropped off $14 I am at a loss what to do we aren't doing. Getting requests to take more, of course, and the answer is no. We are down a net 61 from last year, and have some more wanting to go. Have been wanting to go, and no homes yet. Fixed costs don't drop with residents moving on. Just letting you know. Our donor numbers are increasing, and donations are going the other way. I understand the economy, and the resulting difficulties, and where will they go if the unthinkable happens? Paypal from out site, Warren's hay "n More , 928-636-1303 (not open Sunday), or donations sent to the sanctuary:

    Hacienda de los Milagros
    3731 N Rd 1 West
    Chino Valley, AZ 863223

    Wynne

    Posted by: joan roya at June 5, 2010 10:24 PM

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    please please help Wynn and his animals....he has a little burro named Barbaro....they are like our other rescues....low on funds...
    thank you

    Posted by: joan roya at June 5, 2010 10:31 PM

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

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

    Congratulations to DROSSELMEYER!!! Love that name (hope I spelled correctly)!
    And to our very own LORRAINE, I was so hoping for your UPTOWNCHARLEYBROWN, and LORRAINE, he is a gorgeous fellow, too!!!
    But above all they all came home safe and that is what matters most to me!!
    Ms. Annie and I were watching and as always holding every prayer card we own, storming Heaven for safety above all!
    God Bless them all!

    I have two questions . . . .

    (1) I'm not positive but did anyone else happen to see or perhaps it just looked so to me since I spent many hours at the convent growing up, at the very end of the race, just as Drosselmeyer won, it looked like his jockey was making The Sign of the Cross over him??
    Maybe it was just rapid hand movements with the reins but we thought it so looked like Mike Smith was making the sure Sign of the Cross . . . just curious.

    (2) Can someone tell me how the different flowers for the Triple Crown race winners were selected, i.e. the Roses for the Kentucky Derby winner; and what flowers are used to blanket the Preakness winner (I can't watch that one since Barbaro); and the white carnations for the Belmont??

    Can I please make it three questions . . . .

    (3) Is that gorgeous RUFFIAN, God Bless her dear Soul, buried at the Belmont track??
    It was through all of you that I came to know this precious girl.

    ALEX, have been sure thinking of you at Fair Hill, hoping this humidity soon takes a break! It has been miserable, you deserve some nice cool fresh June mornings!

    Hoping everyone is having a good weekend!

    Prayers, hugs, and love for all, especially for those walking the rugged path just now, extra hugs and prayers always.

    Love you all,
    always,
    Lou Ann

    And always in loving memory of FOB CHIEF!

    Posted by: Lou Ann R., PA, FOB forever at June 6, 2010 12:36 AM

    P.S. LORRAINE
    Please give UPTOWNCHARLEYBROWN a huge kiss and a mint for me!

    Hugs, Lou Ann

    Posted by: Lou Ann R., PA, FOB forever at June 6, 2010 12:38 AM

    Lou Ann,

    Ruffian is buried at Belmont Park by the flagpole,when she was buried her nose is pointed to the finish,only horse to ever be buried at Belmont,In my eyes I loved her 35 years ago & still today,she was awesome,simply the best,only horse that could compare with her today is Zenyatta,Barbaro was in that class.

    Posted by: John K at June 6, 2010 1:08 AM

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    what a beautiful story about UptownCharleyBrown...kisses..

    and yes...I love Ruffian...and we love Barbaro and all of his heavenly frens.

    Posted by: joan roya at June 6, 2010 1:36 AM

    LouAnn,
    Yes, you DID see Mike Smith making the sign of the Cross after winning the Belmont. He is a devout man and he says a few prayers after each race. A fantastic thing he does in thanking God publicly, yet in a private way. May he be blessed with many more victories, especially on Zenyatta.

    And, as John K. said, that IS the grave of Ruffian beneath the flag pole on the infield. She is the only horse buried on there and was given the ultimate honor of being buried whole, not just "head, heart and hooves." When she was buried, two red blankets were placed over her by assistant trainer Mike Bell. She will always be the Queen of the Track for me.

    Lee

    Posted by: Sofie's Lee at June 6, 2010 1:24 PM

    Lorraine,
    Congratulations on Uptowncharleybrown's race! He ran a great race and I was pulling for him to win. He's such a handsome boy too!

    Congratulations also to Lael Stables, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson for My Princess Jess's third place finish on the undercard yesterday too.

    And, Thank You, God for bringing all the horses home safe and sound yesterday.

    NO Horse left behind or EVER Forgotten!
    Lee

    Posted by: Sofie's Lee at June 6, 2010 1:29 PM

    JOHN K. & SOFIE's LEE - Thank you, thank you to both you wonderful gentlemen for your kind replies to my questions, thank you most sincerely.

    I'm in tears again just reading what you convey to me about RUFFIAN, God Bless her Soul. I need to read one of the biographies about Ruffian so I can know her even more. I thank everyone here for introducing me to this great Soul.

    SOFIE's LEE - Thank you again, Sir, for confirming what I did see Mike Smith do yesterday, my senior paisana Mama and I both were pretty sure but we thank you for confirming!

    LORRAINE - I am so hoping UptownCharleyBrown came out of his race well. He did a grand job and he is absolutely gorgeous! Please do give him a kiss for me!

    Love you all,
    Lou Ann

    Posted by: Lou Ann R., PA, FOB forever at June 6, 2010 5:46 PM

    CARLEEN S. -
    Congratulations CARLEEN on your son's very important milestone!!
    And congratulations to NICK for this special day in his life! Wishing him all the best!

    I'm sure BUD was with you all in spirit ((hugs)).

    Purrs and a cuddle to Miss TIBBY!

    Send some sunshine and fresh air our way please!
    Horrid humidity here, overcast skies, and dangerous t-storms for nearly a week :(.

    Hugs, Lou Ann


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

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

    And always in loving memory of FOB CHIEF!

    always,
    Lou Ann

    Posted by: Lou Ann R., PA, FOB forever at June 6, 2010 7:53 PM

    Alex or Wendy, we need your help here, thanks! L

    Posted by: Lou Ann R., PA, FOB forever at June 6, 2010 11:21 PM

    Hiya, FsOB! It is a deliciously cool and brightly sunny morning here on the banks of the Thames. I promise to write more tonight about my observations from last Saturday's race at Belmont. My fave, Drosselmeyer, won the race and unfortunately I didn't bet on him!

    That is so sweet what John and Sofie's Lee wrote about Ruffian's burial place at Belmont. I didn't know that, my late Father always loved her.

    Edgar Prado had a horse in the race immediately preceding the Belmont Stakes. I have an aversion to actually betting, but I did so for his horse and for an Irish horse in the same race who was descended from Sadler's Wells. Neither one won, but Edgar's horse came in 4th. Peace, Robyn

    #### To Lou Ann: I'm not sure why, but Black-eyed Susans are the flower of the Preakness and the song is "Maryland, My Maryland" (or at least it used to be).
    To Joan Roya: I second your sentiments about the ecological cataclysm that is unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. ####

    Posted by: Robyn Hoffmann at June 7, 2010 12:03 PM

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