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March 28, 2020

To be honest, I feel as though I’m living in a movie these days. When I turn on the TV and see car commercials with families piling up their things in their SUV to go on holiday, or MacDonald’s and Burger King ads with friends standing close together to sample a Big Mac or a fish burger, I think, “What world is this?”

Montreal, my city, has over 1,000 cases of this miserable virus and, like your community, our streets are empty. I’m well but going into my third week of self-imposed isolation and each day can be a challenge in terms of trying to forget that I can’t go out and live my life. I haven’t seen my family since this started, even though I speak to them every day.

One thing that preoccupies me is what I can do to reach out and bring folks some comfort. This is one of the things that I hope will help in some small way.

THE VAULT has been going for almost 10 years now and there are LOTS of posts on here. On this page, you’ll see a search box. If you tap in some of the following names, all articles on that individual will come up.

So here are some names you can call up in the SEARCH box. Several articles will come up for some of the names listed below, giving you a greater selection than a single article. Just click on the one you feel like reading/rereading. Most of the articles on THE VAULT contain video footage as well as photographs, making them a fun way to distract yourself while soaking up a little thoroughbred history from then and now.

NOTE: Where something is in quotation marks, like “My Coal Black Lady,” please use the title to call up the article. (Several articles will come up for some of these, giving you a greater selection than a single article. Just click on the one you feel like reading/rereading.

BATEAU, Man O’ War’s accomplished daughter, as depicted by C.W. Anderson

A) NORTH AMERICAN THOROUGHBREDS

** The very first post on THE VAULT: “A Response to ‘I Lied’ “ : https://thevaulthorseracing.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/16/

Others (in no particular order:

Your Host

Genuine Risk

War Admiral

Man O War

Secretariat

Terlingua (daughter of Secretariat & dam of Storm Cat)

Dan Patch

Greyhound & Rosalind

Black Tie Affair

Pretty Polly & Rachel Alexandra

Damascus

“Off The Radar: Sometimes Forever” (about a son of Man O War & a daughter of Terlingua)

Ruffian

American Pharoah

Northern Dancer

Dance Smartly — the only filly in North America to ever win a Triple Crown, this one in Canada

“My Coal Black Lady” (about Imp — a racing star of the early 20th century)

Pensive, Ponder and Needles (one article)

Giacomo

Animal Kingdom

Barbaro

Equipoise

Gallant Fox

“A Kentucky Derby Gazette”

“A Preakness To Remember” (Rachel, Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex & others)

“2011 Horse of the Year Wears A Halo” (Havre de Grace)

“Molasses Bill & Jimmie” ( 2 “ordinary” horses out of the past)

Exterminator

Saratoga

Battleship

“A Train, A Boat, A Bicycle” — (Count Fleet & Johnny Longden)

Triple Crown 1935 (about the mayhem that accompanied Omaha’s Triple Crown)

“Horses Are Possibilities”  (a personal story about C.W. Anderson)

Breeders Cup (several)

Holy Bull

Mr. W. J. Gray (photographer of champions)

Roman Soldier

Take Charge Lady

The Queen’s Plate

Dark Mirage — the tiny filly who was the first in NA to win the Fillies Triple Crown

Cigar

California Chrome

Blockade (Man O War’s other jumping son)

“A Legend, A Winner and A Gold Cup” (Man O War’s last race — against Sir Barton)

Bateau (daughter of Man O’ War)

Mother Goose & Alcibiades

Johannesburg & Scat Daddy

Steve Donoghue and “The Spotted Wonder,” aka THE TETRARCH.

B) INTERNATIONAL THOROUGHBREDS

Istabraq

Igugu

Treve

Nijinsky

Sea-Bird II

Nelly (or Black Caviar)

Winx

Enable

Frankel

Royal Ascot

Kauto Star

Hurricane Fly

Giant’s Causeway

Phar Lap

Caravaggio

Mahmoud

The Tetrarch

Sprinter Sacre

Kincsem — maybe the absolute best ever????

(English) St. Leger

Urban Sea

Treve

Chanticleer

Bernborough

Coolmore

Snow Fairy

Danedream

Soul Stirring (daughter of Frankel)

“And this is the wonder…” (hommage to Lammtarra)

Giant’s Causeway

“Down Under ” (Early history of racing in Australia, in 3 parts)

Tiggy Wiggy

Secretariat & Rose of Kingston (about Kingston Town)

Johannesburg & Scat Daddy

The Palio (Italy’s most famous horse race)

“Woman On Horse” by Picasso.

 

STAY SAFE EVERYONE!!!!

Love,

Abigail

 

 

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