I have a quick update to yesterday’s blog entry. People ask me on nearly every tour if owners, trainers and jockeys ever visit their horses. Many of them do, and The Wicked North had a special visitor today. Kent Desormeaux, who rode Norty in many of his races, comes to visit him whenever he is in town.
Now, some jockeys come to visit and some come to work. Kent clearly falls into the work category, as he gave Norty a bath today. He also hopped on board for some photos, walked Norty around the farm and generally hung out for awhile. And I can personally vouch for the fact that by the time he left, he was as wet and dirty as anyone who bathes a horse. There is no doubt Kent loves Norty. And Norty, who is normally the calmest of stallions, remembers Kent and in no time was arching his neck and prancing around like he was ready to run in next month’s Breeder’s Cup!
You know, it makes you feel good to know there are people who remember and appreciate the horses who are so important their careers. Kent Desormeaux sure shows that every time he visits. -Val