barn cats

Barn Buddies: Moquett’s Mousers

Ron Moquett is one of many trainers who employs a ‘natural approach’ to pest control in his barns at Churchill Downs. As demonstrated by Moquett Racing’s presence on Facebook and Twitter, barn cats are important employees in the shed row. Moquett posted a video earlier this year showing one barn cat keeping graded stakes winner […]

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Barn Buddies: Runhappy’s Support Team

Reigning sprint champion Runhappy has accumulated over 28,000 followers on Facebook, where the horse’s fans congregate for photos of the colt eating, dustbathing, and sleeping. The ownership/training team behind the big horse has a remote camera trained on his stall 24/7, and uploads screenshots from the nighttime camera for fans to see Runhappy snooze. Followers […]

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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: 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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NYRA, Moore Foundation Won’t Leave Saratoga Barn Cats Out In The Cold

Although the track is closed for training, the New York Racing Association hasn’t forgotten about the permanent residents of the Oklahoma backstretch at Saratoga. The Brooklyn Backstretch blog reported this week that NYRA, together with local volunteers, are working to keep the track’s barn cat colony fed and cared for despite the impressive snow totals. […]

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Report: Hawthorne on the Wrong Paw With Cat Caretakers

According to a report by local news blog Chicago Now, animal rescue workers are being blocked from feeding certain parts of the feral cat colony at Hawthorne Race Course. Carrie Gobernatz has been caring for the track’s population of feral barn cats for seven years, and has placed a number of the track’s stray animals […]

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Video: Lending a Paw to Saratoga’s Herd of Felines

Although they get the most attention, the horses aren’t the only four-legged inhabitants of the Saratoga backstretch. The track’s barns and sheds are frequented by cats who serve as rodent monitors, shedrow greeters, and assistant trainers. Some of them, like Rusty and Sarah Arnold’s trio of ginger and white felines, ship in and out with the […]

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Volunteers’ Effort Is ‘The Cat’s Meow’: Workers Rehoming Hollywood Park Cats

Horsemen’s liaison Sandy King is spearheading a project to find homes for cats residing in the stable area. Live racing will cease after Sunday’s program and the barn area will be closed at the end of January. Some of the felines go from track-to-track along with the horses, but generations of cats have been permanent […]

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