Barn Buddies

Barn Buddies: Everybody Loves Louie

From its very beginning, Del Mar has been graced by the rich and famous. Bing Crosby was on hand to welcome patrons on the track’s opening day. Gary Cooper, a co-founder, was a regular visitor. Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Ava Gardner, Jimmy Durante were all in attendance in its early days. And then there’s Louie […]

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Barn Buddies: There’s A New Pig In Town

Last summer, we brought you the story of Pierre the miniature pig, one of the most popular four-legged creatures on the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga grounds. Pierre, who belongs to Summerfield Sales employee Jennifer Given, was back in town for this year’s auction, but this time he found himself sharing the spotlight. There’s a new mini pig […]

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Barn Buddies: Thoroughbred Or Terrier?

When people dropped by the Equus Farm consignment in Barn 8 at this year’s Fasig-Tipton July sale in Lexington, Ky., they had a choice not offered at most consignments: do you want to buy a Thoroughbred, or do you want to buy a puppy? Paul Adams, half the team behind Equus Farm, has been breeding […]

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Barn Buddies: ‘Have You Seen The Petting Zoo At Bruce Brown’s Barn?’

While visiting Belmont earlier this month, I took a morning to wander to the far reaches of the track’s backstretch, hunting for barnyard companion animals. I had just finished talking to Dr. Nicole Finch about Mikey, the striking black barn cat in Linda Rice’s shedrow, and was about to leave when she asked, “Have you […]

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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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