Barn Buddies

Barn Buddies: When Hercules Lays An Egg

When California trainer Kristin Mulhall made a weekly trip to her local feed store to pick up hay for her string of racehorses, she used to pass by a pen of 27 baby turkeys. She grew accustomed to seeing one bird standing out from the rest, looking for attention. Each Saturday, she’d stop and play […]

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Barn Buddies: The Pickiest Goat On The Backside

If there’s one thing goats are known for, it’s their iron stomachs and insatiable appetites. Goat lore suggests they will eat tin cans, tires, and even the shirt off your back. Maggie the goat defies such stereotypes. Maggie, who is approximately three years old, resides with trainer Mike Machowsky on the backstretch at Santa Anita […]

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Barn Buddies: Moquett’s Mousers

Ron Moquett is one of many trainers who employs a ‘natural approach’ to pest control in his barns at Churchill Downs. As demonstrated by Moquett Racing’s presence on Facebook and Twitter, barn cats are important employees in the shed row. Moquett posted a video earlier this year showing one barn cat keeping graded stakes winner […]

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Barn Buddies: Pepper Serves As Sports Psychologist To The Greats

Passersby at Barn 22 on Keeneland’s backstretch this week were in for an unusual sight during morning training. Stakes contenders Postulation and Leafy Shade could be spotted grazing under the racetrack’s shady trees, where they were joined by a fluffy roan miniature pony named Pepper. Pepper attracts attention wherever he goes, and owner Brianne Slater said he […]

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Barn Buddies: Runhappy’s Support Team

Reigning sprint champion Runhappy has accumulated over 28,000 followers on Facebook, where the horse’s fans congregate for photos of the colt eating, dustbathing, and sleeping. The ownership/training team behind the big horse has a remote camera trained on his stall 24/7, and uploads screenshots from the nighttime camera for fans to see Runhappy snooze. Followers […]

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Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: The Entourage That Soothed Native Dancer

Native Dancer, for all his racetrack achievements, wasn’t known for being the kind of horse you’d call cuddly. The winner of 21 out of 22 races, Native Dancer was a two-time Horse of the Year, made the cover of Time magazine, and was one of the top three television personalities of 1954. He was also […]

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Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: John Hennig’s Right-Hand Duck

When Auggie the duck started out his life, he was (probably) expecting to be a career Easter present. The Hennig family suspects the duck they came to know as Auggie was purchased as a duckling for someone in Cincinnati who got disillusioned with him when he grew big and noisy and lost his baby fuzz. […]

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Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: A Cross-Species Love Story

Multiple graded stakes winner Weemissfrankie may have left the track some five years ago, but she is one half of a love story that is still a thing of legend among California barn buddies. In her short time in the barn of trainer Peter Eurton, the daughter of Sunriver caught the attention of resident barn […]

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Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: Igor The Rescue Zebu (No, That’s Not A Typo)

When our advertising director told me her father, Milar Farm owner Larry Mayo, had rescued a miniature zebu, I assumed I heard her wrong. Perhaps it’s a small goat or pig whose name is Zebu? What could a ‘zebu’ possibly be, anyway — a cross between a zebra and an emu? Mayo had no such […]

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Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: Magnuson’s New Venture Gets Some Help From A Pig

After 23 years as assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, assistant Art Magnuson decided it was time for a move to a more slow-paced environment. He purchased a 65-acre farm in Schenectady County, N.Y., about an hour’s drive from Saratoga Springs, and began his own lay-up and training operation. The neatly-kept farm nearby Featherstonhaugh State Forest […]

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