barn buddies

Barn Buddies: Saratoga Kittens Ensure The Best Monday Ever

Although Saratoga closed several weeks ago, its reputation as a cradle of top juvenile talent will continue to build as impressive Spa 2-year-olds move toward the Breeders’ Cup. But this year’s meet was also the site of precocious youth of another kind. Saratoga has always been home to a particularly fine collection of barn cats […]

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‘Night And Day Difference’ When Goats Care For Racehorses

When you think of goats, you usually think of them being on a farm and/or being used for their milk. But they’ve also been known to be pets and – at the racetrack – a friend for a horse in need. Horse trainer Dan Hendricks has a goat at his barn named Jack. He is […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Cosequin: Creatures Great And Small

There was something different about one of the shed rows in the stakes barn area at Pimlico on Preakness weekend this year. The aisle was neatly raked, uniform stall guards were up, a fan was quietly humming away in the early afternoon. Horses turned away from their open doors, cocking one leg while dozing. But […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Cosequin: Every Barn Needs A Goat

The Churchill Downs backstretch on Kentucky Derby week is a bustling place, fairly bursting at the seams by Wednesday or Thursday. Exercise riders and security guards navigate seas of visitors who never seem to quite realize they’re on horse paths. Grooms steer bikes through the chaos, sometimes stopping to gape at the scrum outside Bob […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Cosequin: ‘Lucky The Suicide Cat’

Everyone knows the old adage about cats and their nine lives. For 16 years now, the orange and white cat that has inhabited the stallion barn at Airdrie Stud has been as determined as any cat Kelly McDaniel can remember to use up every one of the nine allotted to him. McDaniel, the longtime stallion […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Cosequin: Darby Dan’s Star Racer Has Floppy Ears

On one stormy evening last summer, a group of Darby Dan Farm employees gathered at Lexington’s Red Mile to cheer on a cherished four-legged athlete in his first race. They discussed running strategy and trained their runner to properly break from the gate. And when a herd of floppy-eared Dachshunds (a.k.a wiener dogs) came charging […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Cosequin: The Cow Who Thinks She’s A Thoroughbred

When any farm animal grows up as a cherished pet instead of one of a herd, it’s natural to have a little species confusion. That’s the easiest explanation for why Bessie Cow, as the big white Brahma at South Fox Farm LLC is known, thinks she’s in training for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Now […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products, Inc.: Peaches And Benny The Barn Chihuahua

If you drop by trainer Bret Calhoun’s barn at Churchill Downs and find the long-time conditioner away from his shedrow, you’ll probably run into his assistant, Dennis Geier. Tall, burly and kindly-spoken, Geier is known by one and all at the track by his nickname “Peaches.” If he’s not in the barn checking on horses […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products: In Rubley’s Barn, Cats Aren’t The Only Defense Against Mice

Cats get all the credit for rodent control in the barn, but when are goats going to get a little credit? During a visit to trainer Kelly Rubley’s Fair Hill barn this summer, I realized mouse prevention is a team effort. Yes, Pudgy the cat (a friendly fellow with a star-quality gray coat who comes […]

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