“Horse sense is the thing a horse has
which keeps it from betting on people. ”
Both my parents grew up on a farm, and in their eyes, one of the worst possible character flaws was to have no “horse sense.” I remember hearing this repeatedly as a child. But when I moved to Lexington, Kentucky, The Horse Capital of the World, having no horse sense took on a whole new meaning.
To my credit, I did know a couple of things about horses: how to stay out of their way, and how to lose money betting on them. Not a stellar start in my new home state, I admit.
So to remedy my equine ignorance I’ve made it a point to learn a bit more about thoroughbreds and “The Sport of Kings.” In the next few weeks we’ll be passing on a few of the fascinating particulars we’ve learned about the ol’ horse game, so hopefully, by the end of the series, no one can ever accuse you of having no horse sense.
To whet your appetite, here’s a tasty tidbit. The stud fee for recent Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh is $200,000 for each successful “date.” And pardon my namedropping, but he’s standing at stud at Ashford Stud Farm exactly 20 miles from my house. According to an article on money.cnn.com: “American Pharaoh is mating with two to three horses a day, seven days a week, although when he pulled a muscle in his back during mating earlier this year, it put him on the sidelines for about two weeks.” It’s no wonder he had to stop racing – poor guy.
See ya next week.
James & Terri