Megan. 21. Texas girl. Horse racing nut. Proud owner of way too much stuff. 90's kid for life. Potty potty Potterhead. Forever Hiddlestoned. Movie enthusiast, the older the better. Mama to two dogs, a rabbit, and a kitty (soon to be more!). Cleans dog poo for a living. Glad and willing to answer any questions, at all times. I love conversation
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*NOTE: None of these photos are mine (unless otherwise stated), obviously, because most of these horses died way before I was born. I did, however, pay for the rare and vintage magazines and books that a lot of these photos come from
And so far:
- Lucky Marmalade
- Coventry Supernova
- Axl Prancer
- Smoke Gallop
- Salty Thug
- Skittles Steed
- Rummy Pants
Anonymous asked: Did Shoemaker ever have any comment about Ferdinand's demise?
Okay…if I answer this question, can we all promise to NOT jump on our collective anti-Japanese high horse? I know, I know, some of you guys just absolutely have to comment on any and every picture of Ferdinand I post (instead of, I don’t know…celebrating him and his amazing career), but I’m not really in a mood to deal with 47 “DUH EBIL JAPANESE KILLDED HIM!!1!” messages today, okay?
Anyways, Ferdinand’s death was revealed in 2002, the year before Shoemaker himself died. Nevertheless, he was asked about it, and did have some comments:
"It’s terrible. It’s hard to believe that the horse couldn’t have been brought here to live out the rest of his life."
"It’s very disturbing. He won the Kentucky Derby, but, of course that doesn’t mean anything to the Japanese."
(Not to argue with a legend like Shoemaker, but the title “Kentucky Derby winner” meant very much to the Japanese breeders, and still does. They bought several past Derby winners for stud - Dust Commander, Kauai King, Iron Liege, and Forward Pass. After all of them proved to only have limited success [yet strangely, were not slaughtered, like some people seem to think all non-producing stallions in Japan are], the breeders started to be more selective. That led to the purchase of Sunday Silence, and more recent purchases like War Emblem, Charismatic, Silver Charm, and I’ll Have Another. Derby winners are a big business in Japan)