Barn Buddies

Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products: The Best Canine Handicapper In England

Sir Alfred Munnings was known across Britain for his brilliance and perfectionism as a painter of Thoroughbreds, feverishly sketching and practicing on Newmarket’s Warren Hill in an attempt to capture the poetry of horses taking flight. But while Munnings sat with his sketchbook at the start of a race, his wife Violet found herself in […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products: The Hand-Me-Down Goat

When Southern California trainer Dan Blacker shipped his stable back from Del Mar to Santa Anita Park earlier this week, horses weren’t the only four-legged animals in the van. There was also a hand-me-down pygmy goat named for a Kentucky Derby-winning trainer and formerly owned by a Hall of Fame jockey turned trainer. The goat’s […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products: So Many Cat Pictures

Now that I am known far and wide as the writer of everyone’s favorite Paulick Report series, it’s not uncommon for me to get emails and Twitter DMs that read something like, ‘Have you done a thing on the Serpe kitties?’ (If you have a Barn Buddies tip, by the way, I’d love to hear […]

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Barn Buddies: Sikura Watches Over Hill ‘n’ Dale With The Eyes Of A Hawk

Although Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm is just as polished a facility as any other Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farm, with miles of fields and neatly-trimmed lawns, Hill ‘n’ Dale President John Sikura sees something a little different when he scans the property. Lifelong hunter and naturalist Sikura looks at the fields and woods as ecosystems, with […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products, Inc.: A Cat Called Ian Wilkes

Sometime early in Kentucky Derby week, Keith Desormeaux assistant and longtime partner Julie Clark acquired a very persistent fan. A friendly brown tabby showed up in the barn where My Boy Jack and several other Desormeaux shippers have been stabled, toward the Longfield Ave side of the barn complex. The cat (Clark wasn’t sure if […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products, Inc.: Of Mouse And Men

The Tampa Bay Downs winner’s circle has seen many well-known racehorses in its time, from Kentucky Derby winners to Breeders’ Cup winners. But its most famous – and possibly most frequent – four-legged visitor is a rescued miniature horse named Mouse. Mouse has been the track’s official mascot for nearly a decade now, according to […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products, Inc.: Gemma Is A Monkey About Town

“That’s her at the barn eating a donut … that’s her at the starting gate at Gulfstream. There she is at the barn. She comes to my office with me, but sometimes she takes off running into the barn if she sees someone she knows.” Trainer Terri Pompay is swiping through the photos on her […]

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Barn Buddies: Alphabet Soup’s Donkey

Old Friends is home to the first two companion animals ever featured in our Barn Buddies series – Yahoo and Google, the goats who keep Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Eldaafer company. In October, the retirement home added another four-legged species to its ranks: a donkey by the name of Gorgeous George. Old Friends Founder Michael […]

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Barn Buddies: Go See CiCi At VanMeter Sales

As foaling season begins again, Kentucky horsemen have once again braved winter temperatures to do last-minute shopping at the Keeneland January Sale, looking for a bargain. For consignors, the calendar marks a return to work after a relatively quiet December, which also means it’s back to the grind for CiCi the Boston Terrier at VanMeter […]

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Barn Buddies: Frank Started At The Bottom, Now He’s Jetsetting

In the final week before the Breeders’ Cup, there’s little for trainers and their teams to do but wait. It can be a nerve-wrecking time for some. In the Steve Asmussen barn, which will lead four contenders over to the paddock this weekend (including Classic hopeful Gun Runner), you’d think there could be a lot […]

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