In Their Care

Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Modzelewski Fulfills ‘Big Dreams’ With Hands On Horses

Toni Modzelewski grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and knew at a young age she wanted to work with horses. She quit Grant Community High School in Fox Lake, Ill., at the end of her junior year to pursue her passion, much to her parents’ consternation. Modzelewski can still hear the voice of her […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘All I Know Is They’ve Given Me Life’

Although Mayola never made it to the races, she accomplished something far more important for Scott Woerner. She helped bring her owner back to life. Woerner was a middle-age man who started to wonder if he had a reason for being after extreme difficulty breathing led to the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis that was affecting […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘Special Kay’ Kreidel’s Career Marked By Determination, Fast Horses

When outrider Kaymarie Kreidel weaved through horses and humans to retrieve loose Bodexpress at the end of the Preakness Stakes, her ability to defuse a dangerous situation drew national attention. But the former jockey has endured much worse than that. Kreidel broke her back three times in riding accidents in the early 1990s when she […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘I Wouldn’t Trade This For A Doctor’s Job’

Earl Wade had just graduated from high school in Louisville in 1982. He was 18 years old, an age when many young people are carefree. Not Wade. He had already fathered two children, and he urgently needed income. His mother, Alma, who cleaned bathrooms and handled other maintenance chores at Churchill Downs, found him a […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Maryland Racing Community Shows Its ‘Heart’ During Trainer’s Family Crisis

Maryland based-trainer Phil Schoenthal used to become upset when things did not go his way in a sport filled with adversity. Not anymore. He remains passionate about winning and the attention to detail that requires, but his perspective radically changed when his son Emerson, then 3 years old, was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy last spring. […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: The Therapy Of The Backstretch

While Jude Pastor was installing a rock garden on a broiling July afternoon in Louisiana, he could not wait to enjoy a cold soda. When he finally allowed himself a break, he drank deeply, expecting to almost instantly feel refreshed and restored. Instead, he was jolted by pain he never experienced before. “Wow, that hurt,” […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘This Is What Keeps Me Going’

Mothers know their children – the good, the bad, and the awful – so Fern Augusti knew the call would come one day. Brian, the oldest of her five children, had been resuscitated once before after overdosing on heroin only to plunge again into those depths of despair. When the call came in July 2009 […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Ex-Steeplechase Rider Still Jumps At Opportunity To Be On Horseback

Lorna Vincent wanted to die. She had experienced a steeplechase jockey’s worst nightmare in 1986 in her native England. Her mount failed to clear a jump and somersaulted in mid-air, planting the rider into the turf head-first. Vincent immediately lost all sensation from the neck down. Even as doctors and nurses tended to her at […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Disabled Hotwalker’s Lament – ‘I Don’t Know Anything Else’

When Raymond Lyle approached William H. “Jinks” Fires about working for him as a hotwalker at Churchill Downs in 1988, the trainer hired him while assuming their business relationship would be short-lived the way so many backstretch associations are. He did not know Lyle. Lyle had just kept a pledge to his mother, Frances, by […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘You’ve Got To Have Dreams’

There are times when Niccolo Troiani and his girlfriend, Danni Griggs, feel as though they are foreigners in their native land as they work for accomplished trainer Robertino Diodoro. They have looked after horses at Turf Paradise, Oaklawn Park, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Saratoga Race Course and Delta Downs – their current home – in the […]

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