By Yvonne Claire Stecher | vetstreet.com
Rachel Alexandra's foal, Jess's Dream, arrived a few days early on January 22, 2012, and was named after the late Jess Jackson. This Saturday, 20 sleekly muscled and finely tuned 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will leap from the starting gate at Churchill Downs, marking the running of the 139 th Kentucky Derby. Amid this display of spirit, speed and beauty, it will be hard to imagine that, not too long ago, these elite runners were adorable, fuzzy-eared foals capering around their pastures on spindly legs.
While one part of the horse racing world gears up this week for Saturday's classic race - which is often referred to as "the most exciting two minutes in sports" - another part of it has been experiencing excitement of a different sort this spring: the birth of a new group of foals.
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Away in a Manger
Not far from the bustling, high-stakes world of the racetrack shed row is the quiet oasis of foaling barns and paddocks. About a third of the approximately 25,000 Thoroughbred foals who are registered Read More »from Two "Super Mares" Spark Kentucky Derby Dreams