February 14, 2015 |
For years when she was a child, Cozette McAvoy would ask her mom for a pony. One day years later it hit her that, hey, a high-powered corporate lawyer can buy her own horse. Since that revelation, McAvoy has become an owner, trainer and breeder of harness racing horses. She even shoes her own horses. And while many lawyers own horses, it's not as common to find ones who train and shoe them. "I don't really know any other attorneys that do this," said McAvoy, a Coatesville resident who received her undergraduate degree from West Chester, a master's from Lehigh, and law degree from the University of Georgia.
December 9, 2014 |
Sue Johnson needed little time to make up her mind about Jenny. The Chihuahua sported a black-and-white coat and little tufts of reddish-brown fur over her deep, dark eyes. "She's very sweet," Johnson said. "How could you not?" Jenny met one more criterion that was essential for Johnson, of Quakertown, who got the dog for her sister Saturday at the Pets Plus Natural store in Lansdale: The animal came to the store from a rescue shelter. The big-eared pup was one of at least 10 rescued animals customers had adopted at the store by 5 p.m. Following the lead of hundreds of other pet stores nationwide, the owners have vowed to stop selling animals from commercial breeders at all 10 of their stores by the end of 2015 - converting them one by one to stores that handle adopted dogs and cats only.
November 25, 2014 |
Market Share, co-owned by Richard Gutnick of Blue Bell, Pa., was a disappointing eighth in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for open trotters on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. The race, won by European star Commander Crowe, saw Market Share trotting on the outside throughout the mile with his driver Tim Tetrick unable to make up ground on the leaders. Market Share, trained by Linda Toscano, won the Hambletonian in 2012 but has had a challenging year, with just four wins in 16 starts, though his seasonal earnings of $443,948 put him at $3,558,960 for his career.
November 20, 2014 |
There are 127 horses in the entry box for Friday and Saturday's $5.4 million Breeders Crown races for all age, gait and gender divisions at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. As the last stakes races of the year, the results are expected to play a major role in end of year honors, including the Horse of the Year. The 2-year-old pacing filly JK She'salady is at the top of the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Top Ten Poll by virtue of her perfect 11 for 11 season. No juvenile pacing filly has ever won Horse of the Year honors.
November 1, 2014 |
The sun will come out from behind the trees soon, but a chill still hangs about in the shadows atop a hill in Chester County Sunday morning. A hillside over, some cows moo. Closer, geese take flight with great ha-honks, and a hawk drops from a tree and soars out of sight. The horse is off in the distance and down the hill, invisible, but out there. Hardest Core, upset winner of the Grade I Arlington Million in August, will have his final prerace training session for Saturday's $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf on this morning.
October 30, 2014 |
ARCADIA, Calif. _ Bob Baffert is one trainer who never hides his feelings. When he thinks he has a special horse, he lets everybody know. It has been clear for weeks he is in love with American Pharoah, the certain favorite for Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita and the trainer's best hope for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. The Derby is still possible, but Baffert announced yesterday morning that American Pharoah won't make the Juvenile. "He has a deep foot bruise in his left front," Baffert said.
September 17, 2014 |
This week, a horse will arrive from California and briefly turn a track on Street Road in Bensalem into the epicenter of North American thoroughbred racing. For at least a couple of minutes on Saturday, the sport will turn its eyes to Parx Racing, where Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome will bolt from the No. 1 gate in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. This year's race marks the first time a reigning Kentucky Derby winner will be in the field. Chrome, scheduled to arrive at Parx on Tuesday, was installed as the even-money favorite in the eight-horse field of 3-year-olds on Monday.
August 26, 2014 |
Karen Mackay of Pitman saw some red flags before she bought a puppy almost two years ago from a dog broker in Salem County, particularly an inoculation record that didn't seem to come from a veterinarian. But Mackay adored the collie and decided to take it home for the holidays that December. By the time they got there, the dog, which Mackay had been told was in treatment for routine kennel cough, was vomiting and had diarrhea. "I should have known better," said Mackay, who has owned other dogs, including a collie mix. This month, the broker, Jessica Durkin of Salem, was sued by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office on behalf of four other dog owners who allege Durkin sold them sick puppies, including one so ill that the family had it euthanized.
June 5, 2014 |
Win or lose at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome will be racing with the weight of a TV network and a beleaguered horse-racing industry on his powerful shoulders. NBC expects to more than double the TV audience of a typical Belmont to 17 million viewers because of Chrome's story and his chance for the coveted Triple Crown - the last one was Affirmed in 1978. Over the last dozen years, four horses raced for the Triple Crown in the Belmont without winning: War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003, Smarty Jones in 2004, and Big Brown in 2008.
May 19, 2014 |
Each spring at Triple Crown time, when thoroughbred racing briefly flowers on the American sports landscape like an exquisite azalea, I think of Joe Bummer. His actual name escapes me these four-plus decades later, but I'm certain it couldn't have described him any better than the nickname my friends and I gave him. (The actual name we called him was a Yiddish word for perennial dissatisfaction, but after 40-some years I can neither pronounce nor recall it.) Joe was a railbird at Garden State Park and Brandywine Raceway.