Barn Buddies

Barn Buddies: Mikey’s Been Everywhere, Man

The resident barn cat at Linda Rice’s Belmont stable has had two names in his day. The black cat with striking yellow eyes started his life as Bullwinkle (he used to room with a cat named Natasha), and was later renamed Little Mikey. It’s more amazing that he wasn’t called Johnny (Cash), because like the […]

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Barn Buddies: A Little Snickers And A Little Cannoli

All eyes will turn to Belmont Park in a few weeks when the track hosts the third jewel of the Triple Crown. No matter who wins the Preakness, and no matter which horses arrive to contest the 1 ½ miles, the real star of Belmont might be in trainer Robert Falcone Jr.’s barn. Falcone is […]

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Barn Buddies: Oliver The Wonder Bird Aids In Derby Week Security

This year marks my fifth Kentucky Derby with the Paulick Report, and the crowds on the backstretch (and the front side) at morning training have been the largest I’ve ever seen, starting as early in the week as Tuesday morning. Churchill’s fourth floor balcony was packed on Wednesday and people stood two or three deep […]

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Barn Buddies: The Yearling And The Wolf

In the life of our Barn Buddies series so far, we have met Thoroughbreds with all sorts of unusual companions. Cats, dogs, ducks, goats, sheep are all favorites. I’m not sure anyone can top a 17.2-hand yearling named Foozie, who belongs to decorated writer and Paulick Report Horse Care contributor Denise Steffanus. When he was […]

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Barn Buddies: PJ May Not Catch Mice, But He Brings Warmth To The Barn

Cats are not particularly well-known for having selfless attitudes of devotion to their humans, but Heather Loges says her barn cat PJ is an exception to the rule. At four years old, PJ has become her ever-present assistant when it comes to foal watch, yearling sales prep, and raising the calves on Loges’ property in […]

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Barn Buddies: ‘Little Big Red’ In Secretariat’s Meadow

As Leeanne Ladin looked at the calendar, planning ahead for the upcoming Virginia Horse Festival at the Meadow Event Park, she realized she had a problem. Ladin is Secretariat tourism manager at the park, which sits on the site of Penny Chenery’s Meadow Farm. As she brainstormed ways to get festival attendees to interact with […]

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Barn Buddies: Long Live Peaches

Life as a barn cat can be risky. Although more sheltered than most outdoor cats, barn residents have to contend with nightly visits from wildlife, rough temperatures, and need to be very smart about cars and machinery. That’s why I was surprised to hear about the tradition of feline durability at Australia’s Arrowfield Stud. (I […]

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Barn Buddies: An OTTB And Her Black Sheep

Anyone who has spent time around the racetrack (or time reading this series) knows racehorses have a wide variety of species as companions. Goats, cats, dogs, even birds of various types are all commonplace. Every once in a while though, there’s someone who wants to do things a little differently, a “black sheep” of sorts. […]

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Barn Buddies: Jockey Finishes Work, Comes Home To ‘The Funky Farm’

Australian jockey Chris Symons has a somewhat unusual way of kicking back after a long workday at the track. When Symons looks out over his backyard on the Mornington Peninsula, he sees 60-odd animals of almost as many species. There are sheep, a Highlander cow, mini horses, and other farm animals. There is a rainbow […]

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Barn Buddies: At Old Friends, Don’t Mess With Queen BeBe

Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky., is famous as the home of retired Thoroughbreds (most recently making news as the new residence of dual classic winner Charismatic). But anyone who has dropped by the farm office or taken a tour on a mild spring day can tell you it has also become a haven for rescued […]

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