DRF.com Blogs: Barbara Livingston http://www.drf.com/blogs/212/feed en Remembering RICKS NATURAL STAR http://www.drf.com/blogs/remembering-ricks-natural-star You remember him. Sure, Cigar was the marquee name at the 1996 Breeders’ Cup at Woodbine but Ricks Natural Star was talk o’ the town. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:35:52 +0000 Barbara Livingston 440505 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p>I recently learned that Ricks Natural Star died last November 27.  Winters had become very difficult for the old boy and, rather than have him suffer through another, his connections made the decision to let him go.  <br /> <br /> Yet Ricks' life was a wonderful one, one that all horses would be fortunate enough to enjoy.  His retirement years, that is. The racing ones, well, those were.....unusual.  <br /> <br /> The story below is from <em>Old and New Friends</em>, written and published in 2016.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/remembering-ricks-natural-star" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catching up with Boom Towner http://www.drf.com/blogs/catching-boom-towner "When his (racing) days are over, I have a farm up here in Westchester…and we’ll bring him up there....He’ll be the one horse that I will pension." Barry K. Schwartz, on Inside Racing, 1997 Boom Towner Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:11:03 +0000 Barbara Livingston 435196 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="inline-photo"></span></p> <p><span class="inline-photo"><strong>BOOM TOWNER</strong> (b.g. born June 14, 1988, by Obligato - Perfect Profile, by Stop the Music)</span></p> <p> </p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/catching-boom-towner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catching up with Coyote Lakes, a.k.a. Charlie http://www.drf.com/blogs/catching-coyote-lakes-aka-charlie Coyote Lakes won his first 2001 Gallant Fox on January 1 – a race that had been delayed several days by weather. And he won his second 2001 Gallant Fox on December 29. By the time he won his third, in 2002, he was 8 and his long career was winding down. Thu, 28 Dec 2017 20:53:29 +0000 Barbara Livingston 427856 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="inline-photo"></span></p> <p>The sweet chestnut gelding just days from age 24 now.  His eyes are bright, his ears almost always aimed forward, his manner comfortable and contented. His days are filled with love and relaxation.  </p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/catching-coyote-lakes-aka-charlie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Remembering old friends Fanfreluche and Optimistic Gal http://www.drf.com/blogs/remembering-old-friends-fanfreluche-and-optimistic-gal They led grand lives. Each was a star athlete many moons ago, and both were good mothers. One even survived a kidnapping of international proportions. For years, the two ladies lived side by side. Sat, 23 Dec 2017 16:33:43 +0000 Barbara Livingston 427680 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Through the holiday season, I'm posting stories from my 2002 book OLD FRIENDS, reflecting the lives of beloved senior Thoroughbreds, all of whom lived out their lives with dignity.  Seems a good time for feel-good stories, and looking through the book recently brought back memories of each wonderful subject.</em></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/remembering-old-friends-fanfreluche-and-optimistic-gal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Personal Merit and Beth Cramer, BFFs http://www.drf.com/blogs/personal-merit-and-beth-cramer-bffs Beth Cramer had long dreamed of owning her own horse - what young girl doesn't? - and at 15 she decided she wanted an off-the-track Thoroughbred. Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:12:46 +0000 Barbara Livingston 427259 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p><b>Personal Merit and Beth Cramer, BFFs</b></p> <p><b><span class="inline-photo"></span></b></p> <p><span class="inline-photo">Personal Merit</span></p> <p>(1991 ch.g. by Turkoman - Siggebo, by Air Forbes Won)</p> <p>Beth Cramer had long dreamed of owning her own horse - what young girl doesn't? - and at 15 she decided she wanted an off-the-track Thoroughbred. After all, everyone in the New Jersey barn where she rode seemed to have one.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/personal-merit-and-beth-cramer-bffs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Remembering Sans Supplement http://www.drf.com/blogs/remembering-sans-supplement When the groom entered the barn to bring Sans Supplement outside, the 27-year-old mare was certain he was the blacksmith, dentist and vet combined. She tried her best to keep her ample grey hind end between the groom’s leadshank and her halter. Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:18:17 +0000 Barbara Livingston 427156 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p>Through this holiday season, I'll post updated stories from my 2002 book <em>OLD FRIENDS</em>, reflecting the lives of beloved senior Thoroughbreds, all of whom lived out their lives with dignity.  Seems a good time for feel-good stories, and looking through the book recently brought back memories of each wonderful subject.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/remembering-sans-supplement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Remembering Cormorant http://www.drf.com/blogs/remembering-cormorant Cormorant emerged from the stallion barn, prancing and grandly arching his neck. If ever a horse ‘breathed fire’ it was he, and 27 years had done nothing to diminish the flame. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:19:59 +0000 Barbara Livingston 426976 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <span>Throughout the holiday season, I'll post some stories from my 2002 book OLD FRIENDS (Eclipse Press), reflecting the lives of beloved senior Thoroughbreds.  We can all use some feel-good stories right around now, and recently looking through the book brought back memories of each wonderful subject.  </span> <p>Some were famous names, known to every racing fan; while, in other cases, they're remembered only by diehard ones.<p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/remembering-cormorant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nik and Valid - a love story http://www.drf.com/blogs/nik-and-valid-love-story Nik Juarez knew he owed Valid a debt, for giving him not just his first major victories but also confidence in himself. Valid Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:02:03 +0000 Barbara Livingston 425757 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="inline-photo"></span></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/nik-and-valid-love-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Goodbye, Pony Boy John http://www.drf.com/blogs/goodbye-pony-boy-john With all that Johnny gave to people and to our sport - part of its fabric for over 30 years, riding, training, shipping, cleaning, soothing, making sure things went smoothly, smiling - his death was not front page news. Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:30:44 +0000 Barbara Livingston 423084 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p><span class="inline-photo"></span></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/goodbye-pony-boy-john" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Remembering Memories of Silver http://www.drf.com/memories-of-silver Memories of Silver, both a Grade 1 winner and producer, was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age on September 18 at her Darby Dan home. She was 24. Thu, 28 Sep 2017 20:47:53 +0000 Barbara Livingston 421269 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p><br /> <span class="inline-photo"></span></p> <p><span class="inline-photo">Memories of Silver, both a Grade 1 winner and producer, was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age on September 18 at her Darby Dan home. She was 24.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/memories-of-silver" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catching up with Black Ruby, a.k.a. Super Mule http://www.drf.com/blogs/catching-black-ruby-aka-super-mule She’s one of the most famous distaffers of modern times, with an incredible 70 wins in 119 starts. Mainstream publications across the land and around the globe featured her – from the New York Times to the Times of London, from Sports Illustrated to Mexico’s Caballo, and, no doubt, every racing journal anywhere. National television news loved her, too. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:12:10 +0000 Barbara Livingston 415321 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p>She’s one of the most famous distaffers of modern times, with an incredible 70 wins in 119 starts. Mainstream publications across the land and around the globe featured her – from the <em>New York Times</em> to the <em>Times of London</em>, from <em>Sports Illustrated</em> to Mexico’s <em>Caballo</em>, and, no doubt, every racing journal anywhere. National television news loved her, too.</p> <p>She was a champion for seven straight years and is even in two – count ’em, two – halls of fame.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/catching-black-ruby-aka-super-mule" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cementing Count Fleet's name in history http://www.drf.com/blogs/cementing-count-fleets-name-history The words were scratched into wet cement nearly three-quarters of a century ago. In the front left corner of a Belmont feed room, a room often dirty and not well lit, the words are indecipherable at times. A leaky nearby washer sometimes wets them, and people working there occasionally walk across them. It seems no one – even those stabled there – notice them. Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:46:16 +0000 Barbara Livingston 413313 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p>COUNT FLEET</p> <p>1944  C. HEWITT</p> <p>“THE CHAMP”.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/cementing-count-fleets-name-history" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Giving the Devil His Due http://www.drf.com/blogs/giving-devil-his-due His look was powerful, his name intimidating, his record extraordinary, his trainer legendary. He ran Lasix-free, and his name is part of racing lore for literally taking a bite out of the IRS. Breeding News Devil His Due Mon, 15 May 2017 23:45:22 +0000 Barbara Livingston 410363 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="inline-photo"><br /> He leads a relaxed life nowadays, far from the madding crowds - but such wasn't always the case.  24 years ago today, for instance - May 15, 1993 - devoted fans cheered him on when he powered home first in the G1 Pimlico Special.<br /><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/giving-devil-his-due" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chasing Man o' War - the photo blog http://www.drf.com/blogs/chasing-man-o-war-photo-blog For many, Man o’ War remains the benchmark for greatness – both in ability and of spirit – 100 years after his birth. Even his name stirs the emotions. As a companion piece to the article “Chasing Man o' War's Ghost,” below are many photos of several of my Man o' War-related shoots, as well as photographs of Man o' War by photographer James W. Sames III. Headlines Man o' War Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:52:42 +0000 Barbara Livingston 406614 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="inline-photo"><br /> <strong>MAN O' WAR (March 29, 1917 - November 1, 1947) </strong><br /> Original photo 1947 by James W. Sames III, photoshopped and colored by Barbara D. Livingston</span></p> <p><em><span>As near to a living flame as horses get, and horses get closer to this than anything else....</span></em></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/chasing-man-o-war-photo-blog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Of Springsteel and moving history http://www.drf.com/blogs/springsteel-and-moving-history The owners of Rockingham Park held a liquidation sale in late September but, out in the infield, one item quietly remained behind - a gravestone, over 3' high and 6” thick. The 15 lines etched thereon...reflected deep respect for a horse whose name has been lost to time: SPRINGSTEEL. Industry News sir greysteel springsteel Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:29:38 +0000 Barbara Livingston 398695 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="inline-photo"></span><br /> The owners of Rockingham Park held a liquidation sale in late September.  Although live racing at the Salem, N.H., track ceased in 2009, and simulcasting in August, countless fans and collectors streamed into the aging building one last time to bid on memorabilia and to reminisce about bygone days at ‘the Rock.’  <br /><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/springsteel-and-moving-history" target="_blank">read more</a></p> In memory of World War II veteran, and topnotch racing fan, Jim Quinlan http://www.drf.com/blogs/memory-world-war-ii-veteran-and-topnotch-racing-fan-jim-quinlan James "Jim" Quinlan died more than a decade ago. I only knew him from some chance meetings at the racetrack, one at a park, a few exchanged Christmas cards, a handful of precious photos he sent me. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:26:33 +0000 Barbara Livingston 341831 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p>Sgt. James "Jim" Quinlan, who lived near Saratoga Springs, NY, died more than a decade ago.  I knew him from some chance meetings at the track, one visit at a park, a few exchanged Christmas cards, a handful of precious photos he sent.  Yet my thoughts turn to him every Veterans Day because, to me, he is the true representation of a great veteran, gentleman, American.</p> <p><span class="inline-photo"></span></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/memory-world-war-ii-veteran-and-topnotch-racing-fan-jim-quinlan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The unconquerable, invincible, unbeatable CIGAR http://www.drf.com/blogs/unconquerable-invincible-unbeatable-cigar CIGAR (b.h., 4/18/90 - 10/7/14, by Palace Music - Solar Slew, by Seattle Slew) Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:50:59 +0000 Barbara Livingston 338590 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="inline-photo"></span></p> <p><strong>CIGAR (b.h., 4/18/90 - 10/7/14, by Palace Music - Solar Slew, by Seattle Slew)</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/unconquerable-invincible-unbeatable-cigar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Pennsylvania Derby day 2014 - a photo album http://www.drf.com/blogs/pennsylvania-derby-day-2014-photo-album Pennsylvania Derby day 2014 was a day to remember - due in large part to the appearance of the immensely popular California Chrome. Bayern California Chrome Untapable Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:31:37 +0000 Barbara Livingston 337356 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p>Pennsylvania Derby day 2014 was a day to remember - in large part due to the appearance of the immensely popular California Chrome.  Many fans in the upbeat crowd (estimated 16,000+) wore California Chrome shirts or carried 'Chrome' signs, and applause greeted the dual-classic winner before and after the PA Derby.  Yet the race went to Bayern, in easy fashion and in track-record time.  Heavily-favored Untapable powered home in the Cotillion.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/pennsylvania-derby-day-2014-photo-album" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Saratoga Smiles 2014 http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-smiles-2014 From the most famous jockey to the least-known hotwalker, from countries around the world, our community is a wonderfully tight-knit group. Horse racing offers plenty of reasons for Saratoga Smiles. :-) Saratoga Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:39:05 +0000 Barbara Livingston 333857 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p>Saratoga is in full swing, with its crown piece, the Travers Stakes, coming up this Saturday.  This year, the meet seems to be flying by faster than ever, perhaps in part due to the unusually crisp nights, which feel more like September than August.  But it makes the days and special moments all the more precious.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-smiles-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Winter white http://www.drf.com/blogs/winter-white Lere Visagie couldn't believe his eyes that cold winter night, January 21, in the foaling barn at his Rockridge Stud in Hudson, NY. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:12:21 +0000 Barbara Livingston 321989 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Livingston </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="inline-photo"></span></p> <p>Lere Visagie couldn't believe his eyes that cold winter night, January 21, in the foaling barn at his Rockridge Stud in Hudson, NY.  Oh, sure, the dark bay broodmare foaling around midnight that night, Princesspatseattle, was splashed in white - a blaze, stockings, a belly spot.  But still....</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/winter-white" target="_blank">read more</a></p>