Track Ponies

May 21, 2011: Dr. Noble, a retired race horse turned Pimlico pony, accepts apples, peppermints, and kisses from the crowd before the Preakness.

Sometimes my favorite horses on the track are the lead ponies. At Pimlico, they come right up to the rail and many of the riders will remove their bridles between races to let them eat treats from the crowd. People come prepared with baggies of apple slices, carrots, peppermints, and the random potato chip. The horses love it!

This particular gelding was a race horse himself and ran under the Dr. Noble. He won once out of four starts in Florida, and ended up being retired and eventually retrained as a pony. He’s a favorite at Pimlico!

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