Barn Buddies

Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: Frankel’s Four-Legged Security Guard

Frankel deservedly received a staggering number of accolades and reverent superlatives during his racing career, and his first foals are already gaining attention for quick success in their juvenile racing season. Marketed by Juddmonte as “officially the world’s best Thoroughbred” (referring to his record 147 Timeform rating), the bay son of Galileo is no doubt […]

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Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: Barn Cat-In-Training

If there’s one thing Juanito, aspiring barn cat at Jimmy Jerkens’ Saratoga shedrow, takes seriously, it’s his capacity as supervisor of morning chores. And napping. And climbing that muck pit. And helping roll bandages. And — well, everything is pretty serious work when you’re a kitten. Juanito, named after Jerkens allowance runner Unbridled Juan (because […]

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Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: George, The Rat-Chasing ‘Squirrel’ Of A Dog

Considering his recent streak of success highlighted by a win in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss, it’s no surprise that trainer Tom Morley thought I’d stopped by his barn on the Oklahoma Training Track to speak with him. His second guess was that I was looking for his wife, NYRA paddock analyst Maggie Wolfendale, who […]

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Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: Pierre The Pig

Fasig-Tipton’s grounds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., were hopping during the weekend ahead of its select yearling auction. Summerfield Sales’ section of Barn 3 was as busy as any, with plenty of buyers stopping to look at horses, but a sizable number also lingered to meet with Pierre. The Summerfield team member spent most of the […]

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Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: The Joe Sharp Menagerie

You just never know what kind of animals you might find in trainer Joe Sharp’s barn. “We have a little bit of everything,” Sharp laughed. “We have a couple of rabbits at the Spectrum (Churchill Downs’ satellite training facility). It all started because I have an 11-year-old daughter. We went to some auction up in […]

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Pyrahna Presents Barn Buddies: Spokeshorse For The Stars

When visitors to Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky., come up the driveway to begin a tour, the first thing they see is a small, oval-shaped paddock and its even smaller resident: Little Silver Charm. Little Silver Charm isn’t in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, and he’s never won a graded stakes race, […]

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Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: Woodbine’s Resident Handicatter

If you’re a horse racing fan who’s active on Twitter, there’s a good chance you know Gator Kitten (@GatorKitten), the sassy tabby in residence at Woodbine trainer Mark Frostad’s barn. Gator Kitten (a cat, not a gator) belongs to assistant Sarah Ritchie, who took him in after he was found wandering the backstretch at Calder, […]

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Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: Morgan’s Farm Is All Atwitter

The Morgan’s Ford Farm barn at Fasig-Tipton was a bustling place in the late afternoon of July 12 as employees began the process of packing up equipment. The Virginia-based consignor had brought two yearlings to the July Sale and was loading up its truck after a long day of showing horses. Watching all the commotion […]

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Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: Don’t Get Eldaafer’s Goats

This week, the Paulick Report launches a light-hearted weekly series profiling the companion animals that keep horses and humans happy and productive at the racetrack or on the farm. Some are close friends to Thoroughbreds, others provide natural pest control, and some are largely decorative. We’ll take a look at the goats, dogs, and many […]

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