barn cats

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 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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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products: So Many Cat Pictures

Now that I am known far and wide as the writer of everyone’s favorite Paulick Report series, it’s not uncommon for me to get emails and Twitter DMs that read something like, ‘Have you done a thing on the Serpe kitties?’ (If you have a Barn Buddies tip, by the way, I’d love to hear […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products, Inc.: A Cat Called Ian Wilkes

Sometime early in Kentucky Derby week, Keith Desormeaux assistant and longtime partner Julie Clark acquired a very persistent fan. A friendly brown tabby showed up in the barn where My Boy Jack and several other Desormeaux shippers have been stabled, toward the Longfield Ave side of the barn complex. The cat (Clark wasn’t sure if […]

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Forget Apollo: Baffert Has His Eye Out For Black Cats

Trainer Bob Baffert tells USA Today he isn’t too concerned about the Curse of Apollo, which Justify will be trying to upset on Saturday, but there is one old wives’ tale that bothers him as the clock ticks away the hours to Derby morning: cats. Specifically, black cats. “They shouldn’t allow black cats on the […]

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Barn Buddies: Mikey’s Been Everywhere, Man

The resident barn cat at Linda Rice’s Belmont stable has had two names in his day. The black cat with striking yellow eyes started his life as Bullwinkle (he used to room with a cat named Natasha), and was later renamed Little Mikey. It’s more amazing that he wasn’t called Johnny (Cash), because like the […]

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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: Long Live Peaches

Life as a barn cat can be risky. Although more sheltered than most outdoor cats, barn residents have to contend with nightly visits from wildlife, rough temperatures, and need to be very smart about cars and machinery. That’s why I was surprised to hear about the tradition of feline durability at Australia’s Arrowfield Stud. (I […]

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Barn Buddies: At Old Friends, Don’t Mess With Queen BeBe

Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky., is famous as the home of retired Thoroughbreds (most recently making news as the new residence of dual classic winner Charismatic). But anyone who has dropped by the farm office or taken a tour on a mild spring day can tell you it has also become a haven for rescued […]

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Barn Buddies: A Calico Named Duane

Eclipse Award-winning photographer Barbara Livingston has captured some breathtaking images of horses in her time, but if her social media is anything to go by, a barn cat is one of her favorite subjects. Livingston, who works for the Daily Racing Form, is well known for her love of cats generally but found a particular […]

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