Preakness Ponies

Some of the most colorful characters at the track are the lead ponies. Pimlico’s riders are fantastic at crowd interaction, and their horses will accept peppermints, carrots, and apples between races. It’s awesome to see kids run to the rail and pet horsey noses or get their hands slobbered on, because you know they’ll always remember that. I certainly would! Hopefully they’ll grow up to love horses, too!

May 17, 2013: This is the “pony” that Donna Brothers rode during her telecast coverage of the Preakness. He belongs to D. Wayne Lukas’s barn, and when I asked one of his assistants what this big, blue-eyed gelding’s name was, I was told, “His halter says Starbuck, but we all just call him The Pony.” I’ve heard from others that they call him Diamond.

May 17, 2013: You’ve got to scratch your itch whenever you’ve got the chance!

May 17, 2013: This is Dr. Noble, although he might not feel very noble in all the sparkly pink for cancer awareness. He is a retired Thoroughbred (Meadowlake x Launching Shot, by Relaunch) who only ran 4 times back in 2003. Now he spends his days ponying current race horses back and forth to the gates at Pimlico–and accepting apples and peppermints from anyone who’s got them.

Click here to see Dr. Noble dressed up in yellow for the Preakness in 2011.


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