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May cultural and societal forces be with you, Pegasus World Cup

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Children greet pony on NYRA tour
A pony wins hearts and minds — as well as a prime spot in the memory banks of young fans AND their parents. On the NYRA tour of the Saratoga backstretch.

Move over, Dubai World Cup, with your paltry $10 million purse. Here comes the first $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Florida’s Gulfstream Park.

For many years, I’ve seen events invented, events I laughed at then and expected to be a flash in the pan. Boy, was I wrong about some.

Some.

Upstaged in the Backstretch

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Contessa Racing sign
On the backstretch of Saratoga’s Oklahoma Training Track is Gary Contessa’s training stable.

On Tuesdays in August 2016, thoroughbred racehorse trainer Gary Contessa presented clinics on different aspects of horse racing.

I attended his recent talk at his barn on the Oklahoma Training Track backstretch on Horse Psychology. A rapt audience soaked up his stories about figuring out what makes a particular racehorse tick, let alone how to deal with what ticks off the horse.

Although Gary is an animated storyteller with many experiences to share, Someone Else stole the show. I don’t think Gary minded being upstaged.

Contessa Stable Clinic

A new two-year-old in Contessa’s barn meets fans. Photo by Rhonda Lane

Twitter Round-up: August 2011

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Over on Twitter, I like to keep an eye out for interesting horse things that pop up into my status feed. I forward them, aka retweet or RT, to those who follow my Twitter feed.

You guys who only follow my blog miss all those goodies. But don’t worry – I intend to keep you better up-to-date.

I used to write a series of posts I called the Twitter Round-Up. I think it’s time we revived that tradition.

That said, here are some of my Tweets from August – with a little set-up for some.