“It was one of his many ‘get rich quick’ schemes,” Mom says.
She and Dad bought a racehorse with some thoroughbred blood in it. They hired a trainer and jockey, and rented stables. They planned to train the horse as a pacer for the trot car races: popular at Yonkers Raceway, Monticello and the like.
Unfortunately, the animal pulled up lame in its first race. After months of veterinary care, the horse would never race again.
They couldn’t even put it to stud.
rustle in a summer breeze
a horse’s snort
Photo by Fred Mouniguet