It’s That Time Of Year Again *Weekend Open Thread*


Yes, it is the first Saturday in May. You know what that means, right? It is Kentucky Derby Day! The first in the Triple Crown races is always the first Saturday in May, and this one is shaping up to be a doozy with 24 horses currently slated to run. Woohoo – cannot WAIT! And even if stupid Comcast still hasn’t gotten out here to connect our service, there is a sports bar just 7 minutes away where we can watch. Whew!

Of course, since it is Derby Day Weekend, that means Friday was the running of the Kentucky Oaks, the big race for the fillies. That is always an exciting race, too, having produced all kinds of great champions like Rachel Alexandra and Untapable, ridden by Rosie Napravnik. This year’s field was a good one as well with Abel Tasman taking the prize on a very sloppy track. She was ridden by the 51 year old Hall of Fame jockey, Mike Smith. It was his second career Oaks victory, and he came from behind to secure it. Wow!

It occurs to me that I should take a step back, especially for the new folks who are following now. I am a huge horse lover. Huge. Always have been. So is KenoshaMarge, for that matter, though she is not a fan of horse racing like I am. To each her own, right?

0415171457Anyway, I love horses, all kinds and breeds, and own a horse now, a rescue, named Jordan. I agree completely with the slogan on a recent t-shirt I saw on Facebook about horses: “God made the horse from the breath of the wind, the beauty of the earth, and the soul of an angel.” Amen to that!

Jordan’s specialty was as a Hunter Jumper, though at 36, he is long retired from that kind of work. He is 16.2 hands high (hh), with a “hand” being 4 inches. So he is 5 1/2 ft tall at the withers (shoulders) That means he is taller than I am. As you can see from this recent picture, he is doing quite well for a horse of his advanced age. He is curious about everything that goes on at the (retirement) farm, which no doubt helps to keep him young. That and the woman who cares for these old guys (5 retired horses in all live at the barn) takes unbelievably great care of Jordan and the other boys. And I do mean great care.

0415171457bYou might notice there is actually another horse in the photo (along with Suzy back at the rail). That would be TC, the one-eyed horse, shown here (with Jordan photobombing him with his best side). TC lost his eye due to an illness, and always has to have a fly mask on. He is super sweet, and is DEVOTED to Jordan. I am not kidding. He cannot be away from Jordan at all. When Jordan had his teeth floated (cleaned)last week and was still drugged up in his stall, TC stood right there keeping an eye on Jordan. He would not leave his side. Even though TC has some problems with his legs, when we lead Jordan back to his paddock, TC goes running after him. It is just precious. Love those boys.

Now – why in the world am I going on and on about TC the One-eyed horse in a Kentucky Derby-themed post? Well, because one of the horses running in the Derby, Patch, is a one-eyed horse, too. He was named BEFORE that happened, which makes his name a bit prophetic. Here is more on this Derby Contender from Blood Horse:

Trainer Todd Pletcher was ready last summer to give the bay son of Union Rags   in his care some slack regarding expectations as well as some extra special treatment.

His decades of Eclipse Award-winning experience told him that, while it is certainly possible for a horse to succeed on the racetrack after losing an eye, those who often did, adjusted to their infirmity well before they were put into training.


“My biggest concern was he was already well into his 2-year-old year. He was already up to a half-mile breeze and he’d had two full eyes for over two years,” Pletcher recalled. “So my concern was, how is he going adapt to it? From my experience, which is limited with a handful of horses, it seems like the ones that do best are the ones who lose their eye really young because that’s all they know. But I think the remarkable thing about him is we really haven’t had to do anything special.”

Were it not for the cavity that resides where his eye once did, there indeed would be no indicator Calumet Farm’s homebred Patch is coping with a limited view of his world. In both his morning activities and race outings, the bay runner behaves like yet another Pletcher-conditioned sophomore upstart. This week, he is set to become yet another Pletcher-trained classic starter when he enters the gate May 6 for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

For all the 45 prior Derby starters the seven-time Eclipse Award winner has guided to this point in his career, you could argue none has earned the level of public endearment the way Patch has since his runner-up finish in the April 1 Louisiana Derby (G2). […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Naturally, I will be rooting for this one-eyed young racehorse to have a great day at the Derby in honor of TC. I figure TC would appreciate that!

I imagine that all of the jockeys this weekend are praying for this, a “Horse That Can Fly”:

That’s it for me.  I hope you have a blessed Sunday, and have some time to rest.

What’s going on in your world this weekend? This is the Weekend Open Thread.


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31 Responses to “It’s That Time Of Year Again *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    I have been around horse from the time my chubby little legs could straddle a saddle. Although I never cared much about horse racing I did do some showing of horses in my younger days. English and Western Pleasure classes mostly although I did try my hand a some barrel racing for a while. Not very good at it and I didn’t like it much. So fortunately I stopped before I got hurt or I did some harm to my beloved Quarter Horse Dixie.

    Although I don’t care much about horse racing and don’t usually know when a race is run or where or who’s running I always like stories about horses like the one you shared above.

    I always loved the story about Seabiscuit and have the DVD and watch it from time to time.

    Nice post Rev. I always enjoy your enjoyment of the Sport of Kings.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you, Marge – I appreciate that! And yes, the “Seabiscuit” story is an amazing one. I have that dvd, too, and recently watched “Secretariat” Wow, what a horse! His owner was mighty amazing, to.

      I love to hear abt your adventures on horses when you were younger. That is so cool! The woman who takes care of Jordan, Beth, was a barrel racer and trainer. She gave up training when her son was young since she was a single parent. Far too easy for something bad to happen when training horses (and it had – hence her decision). But o, my, does she love the old guys!

      So do I. Jordan brings me so much joy as do the other horses there. Just something abt those horses, right?

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      This is hilarious!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        You stretch my cartoon gathering muscles and that’s always a good thing. Plus, I thought it was funny too.

        Here’s another:

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          I found this one amusing because I had a horse like that once. Candace Red, a red dun quarter horse was afraid of nothing, but a mud puddle. I still think she was messing with me.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Michael Reagan: Remember when late-night TV used to be entertaining – and actually funny?

    You used to be able to turn off the tube and go to bed with a smile on your face.

    Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Joan Rivers, Jay Leno & early David Letterman, Arsenio … they were entertainers, first and foremost.

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  5. Cindyindie Says:

    Wonderful post! I always think of you Cuz, on Derby Day!
    Are TC and. Jordan going to watch the race?? 🙂

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – oh, what a great image that brings up. I can just see Beth’s reaction when I ask her to pull her tv over to a window so the horses can watch. AHAHAHAHA!

      And thanks so much, Cuz’n! I appreciate it!

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Dear Helen put this up at my Facebook page. It explains how each Derby contender today got his name:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I think of Helen often and wonder how she is and where she’s posting now that NQ is gone.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Good question, Marge. I wish she would come back and visit. She often puts things on my Facebook timeline, but that’s abt it these days. Dangit…

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    For those who may be interested, here is the running of the Kentucy Derby tonight:

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      And the same to you, Marge!

    • Cindyindie Says:

      Beautiful picture…Beautiful thought!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Thank you. The picture took my eye because it is very much like the church where my Mother and her family went their whole lives. It was a little less pristine, and the bell tower not quite so high, but it was very like. I went there when Dad was stationed somewhere we couldn’t go. When he was home he and I went to the Catholic Church in Amherst, WI where I was baptized.

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    FBI Study: Police Scared, Demoralized, Less Proactive Due to Anti-Cop Activism

    Police officers are “scared and demoralized” and have reduced “proactive policing” due to intense criticism from the public and national politicians amid heightened anti-cop activism, according to a recent FBI study.

    The demoralization is in part due to the spike in attacks on police last year, which is partly driven by an anti-police narrative spread by the media and not discouraged by elected officials, the agency found.

    The report, titled “Assailant Study–Mindsets and Behaviors,” was first reported Thursday by the Washington Times. It was written in April, according to FBI spokesman Matthew Bertron, and examined 50 of the 53 incidents last year in which police officers were killed on duty.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is a sad, sad commentary on where things are now in this country.

      And to go along with that is this report:

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        It is sad and danger to the public IMO. No good can come of it. And as the article says: “due to intense criticism from the public and national politicians amid heightened anti-cop activism”, we know who that “public” was BLM and their ilk.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          You got that right on both counts – it is sad and we know EXACTLY who to blame for all of this. The Obama Administration enabled this hatred to be fueled, despite the facts of the cases, and allowed these people to believe they are ENTITLED to act this way. They are allowed to disrupt, destroy, impede, and threaten citizens and officers alike. Yes, sad, indeed…

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Watch: Scott Walker and Wisconsin Dem Exchange Heated Words

    County Executive Tom Nelson, a Democrat, challenged the governor on the future of the state’s healthcare plan after a local event promoting tourism.

    “What is your plan?” Nelson asked.

    “The plan is I’m going to wait for what the Senate and the president do, and we’ll see from there,” Walker said.

    Nelson, who was not satisfied with Walker’s response, continued to press the governor on the issue.

    Walker then responded by saying, “If you want to play politics, you should run for office… You want to run for governor, run for governor.”

    I’m sure Walker will take major hits from media and from the vile and vicious Dem party here in Wisconsin. I also think it was a good answer. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee is sure to do something nasty as it just one more member of the advocacy press. No Republican is ever going to do well in Milwaukee which is a pit of greed and Dem handout voters. The MJS reflects that to the disgrace of the state.

    It’s sad that to many people Milwaukee is Wisconsin. It isn’t. Anymore than Madison is. The election, recall and re-election of Walker plus the state going for Trump should have proved that.

    Note our Legislature:

    State Senate = 20 Republicans and 13 Dems

    State Assembly = 64R & 35D

    State Supreme Court = 4 Conservative Justices – 3 liberal.

    And with the ouster of Abrahamson as Chief Justice the court may act as a court instead of her fiefdom. Not that she left without a fight. The voters are tired of a “Supreme Court” that feuds like children. They’ve quiet lately and that’s a good thing.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      From a commenter who knew more about the guy that confronted Walker than I remembered.

      This guy is known as “Little Tommy Nelson”. He made his political name pulling another stunt–staying up all night with a pillow and a blankly on the floor of the Wisconsin Assembly protesting some vote.

      Nelson is also famous for holding a press conference on the front steps of the Outagamie County Building when they started issuing gay marriage licenses in 2015. The press conference was attended by about two dozen reporters–and by two citizens.

      Further, although he was considered a shoe-in by the liberal media, Nelson got shellacked 2:1 by an unknown Republican newcomer in the 2016 election for Congress.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      This kind of response from Walker, and hiss overall demeanor, is precisely why he would have made such a great President.

      And this Nelson guy sounds like what has become a typical liberal – the in-your-face combative juvenile.

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Thanks to Amy and her love of horses and her posts about horse racing I sought out some “horsey” cartoons and found Fergus and fell in love.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        They are very funny cartoons. I am so glad you were inspired, and were able to find Fergus. Love him!

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