Bill Finley writes a wonderful story in today’s New York Times about a horse, Notinmywildestdremz, who is making her first start at the age of 4 at Aqueduct.
Ordinarily, a horse making her first start at age 4 at Aqueduct would not get a second look and truthfully, this horse won’t get a second glance from most bettors anyway. However, this is not about the horse having success on the track, but about the success she has already been achieved.
Notinmywildestdremz is a horse rescued from Ernie Paragallo’s farm. This horse was a yearling when the Greene County Animal Protection officers came in and rescued her along with over 100 horses. I wrote on the subject when it occurred.
My story is here.
I congratulate the owner Sean Kerr on having the finding a way to the track for this filly and I commend Billy Turner (trainer of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew) for working hard to get this horse back to the track.
In the movies, Notinmywildestdremz would win the race and everyone would cheer loudly. Racing may not work out like the movies, but we as fans should cheer loudly and celebrate that there is still good in the sport.