Rhonda Lane on April 2nd, 2014

We American racing fans, that is. We’d just met Mars during his final race, so I’ve been wondering if we could have acknowledged his passing better than we did?

First, I would like to offer our deepest sympathies to his connections:  trainer Mike de Kock and his team, original trainer Aidan O’Brien and the staff at Ballydoyle and Mars’s owners — both past and present — and jockey Richard Hughes, who also receives “heal up soon” wishes.

About Mars

The Irish-bred four-year-old by Galileo out of Massarra was originally destined to run in the Dubai World Cup, as was mentioned in the British racing press.

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Rhonda Lane on March 25th, 2014

Hold on to your hats. You’ve never seen a horse race promo like this one:

Come on, US race fans and horse lovers, you know you’re dying to see coverage of this one on American TV.
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Rhonda Lane on March 7th, 2014

Rhonda here: The race is history. The results are at the end of the post.

The 2014 Santa Anita Handicap is full of stories. History, redemption, vengeance and perseverance. The best part? We have a couple of opportunities to see the race live, aside from flying out and racing out to Santa Anita.

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At Churchill Downs in 2009, jockey Calvin Borel pointed his famous-in-Canada gelding at gap near the rail. Mine That Bird dove for it, knifing between the rail and a pack of favorites to win the Kentucky Derby at 50 – 1.

Their story will be seen in the movie “50 to 1,” scheduled for a spring release. (2014, if you find this post later.) Perhaps it will come to a theater near you?

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Rhonda Lane on February 6th, 2014

Not so interested in the Winter Olympics because there aren’t any horses? I feel your pain. But we’re in luck. It’s White Turf 2014 time in St. Moritz!

Note from Rhonda: Perhaps I over-estimated our opportunity here. I’ve altered this blog post to reflect updated information. See below.

The 107-year-old equestrian, arts and dining festival begins this weekend in Switzerland with horse racing on the frozen lake at St. Moritz. We might, maybe, possibly be able to catch some action from web cams.

You’ll see soon why I’m a bit squirmy to pin down anything yet about our viewing options. Updates as of Feb. 9, 2014 below.

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Rhonda Lane on February 4th, 2014
New York carriage horse getting bath

Is Equus Gothamus an endangered species?/Photo by Rhonda Lane

After a day at Book Expo America at the Javits Center, I set off on foot across midtown Manhattan to Grand Central Terminal. Not far from the West Side Highway, I ran into carriage horses getting a bath.

Anyway, depending upon where you live along the CT/NY state line, according to stories in the news, the horse you see in the photo above could be either a) vicious or b) abused.

Happy Year of the Horse

First, the Connecticut Supreme Court is evaluating arguments made in late 2013 to legally deem horses “vicious animals.”

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Rhonda Lane on January 16th, 2014

The trailer for National Theatre Live’s presentation of “War Horse,” if you can’t see the above embedded video.

Here’s another opportunity to see the puppets and drama of a stage production of “War Horse,” shown as a film at your local movie theater. Maybe.

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Rhonda Lane on December 31st, 2013

Let’s saddle up with the Long Beach Mounted Police unit as they muster for the 2013 Rose Parade:

Click on the link above if you can’t see the embedded video.

For more about the Long Beach Mounted Police unit, a staple of the Rose Parade since 1948, click on the link.

Happy New Year!

 

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Rhonda Lane on December 12th, 2013
Horse Toys

Ready to put smiles on faces on Christmas. The gang’s all here. Photo by Rhonda Lane

I had a lot of fun shopping for “Toys for Tots.” Maybe a little too much fun, even though I did so-called “smart shopping.”

What you see is, maybe, a tenth of the haul, all that’s on-topic for our interests here.

Anyway, when I showed some of the goodies to my husband, he spotted stuffed horses among the lions and tigers and trucks.

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Rhonda Lane on December 2nd, 2013

No last-minute rescue, just a closure and a transfer followed by a waiting period.

Higgins Armory Entrance

A time travel portal? On the other side of these doors feels like a different time. The front door to the Higgins Armory. Photo by Rhonda Lane

The final weeks of 2013 are the last weeks for a Worcester, Massachusetts, landmark, the glass and steel Higgins Armory.

Let’s visit a bit before it closes at the end of this year.

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