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Merry Christmas

[a line of jockey silks]

I thought Christmas would be the perfect time to send a thank you to all the people who use and enjoy my website. I have a lot of fun doing it and like being able to help you all. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and great New Year!

Here is a bit of horse racing holiday cheer I gathered that you might enjoy. Some cute and some sentimental, but all worth checking out. Also, don't forget about the equine charities as there is still time to get in a donation and be able to deduct it from your taxes for this year!

Horse Lovers 12 Days of Christmas
as posted on the Derby List by Carol Sinclair

On the the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

12 Pedigree matings,
11 Possible Stallions,
10 Broodmares waiting,
9 Racers Racing,
8 Yearlings a growin',
7 Jocks a Jockeyin',
6 Rescued Fillies,
4 Trainers a Trainin',
3 Grooming Combs,
2 New Coolers,


The Bettors Night Before Christmas
(A Visit from Jockey St. Nick)
as posted on the Derby List by Larry Wellman
with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the @derby,
Not a bettor was stirring, not even a lurker;
The betting slips were punch with precision and care,
In hopes that the Pick Six would soon be theirs;
The betting tickets were nestled all snug in their hands,
With visions of a six figure payoff and dancing in the stands;
And mamma in her @derby 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long paddock check,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the paddock to see what was the matter.
Away to the betting window I flew like a flash,
Tore open my wallet and threw down the cash.
The wad on the beast who's trainer has white hair,
He's got the speed figures to win this affair,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a Patrick Byrne trained horse with big funny ears,
With a little old rider, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be jockey St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his fans they came,
And they whistled, and shouted, as he called out their names;
"Now JohnnyV! now Walter! now, Gin and Carol!
On, Neil!, On Jon!, on Jim and Howard.
To the teller on the porch!
to the totes on the wall!
Now bet away! bet away! bet away all!"
As the horse prepared to let fly,
I considered my bet and looked to the sky,
So up to the starting gate the horses they flew,
With many a well known jockey or too.
And then, in a wink, I hear pounding of hoofs
I ran to another location on top of the roof.
As I viewed the race with binoculars from afar,
Straight to the front went St. Nick with the four.
He all dressed in his colored silks of red and white,
And his fans jumped to their feet yelling he's got them wiped;
A bundle of tickets were flung in the air,
All losers so why should anyone care.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
He headed to the winners circle for the final show;
The stump of dirt he held tight in his teeth,
As his fans encircled him like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little pot belly,
That shook, when he dismounted like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump for a old retired rider,
No other jockey would try any harder;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon let me to know that he had won the bread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his agent,
And filled his pockets with many winning tickets,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, into the limo he dove;
He sang out and gave his fans a whistle,
As he threw out the tickets like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,


More Christmas stuff from around the net

A Horses Christmas Fable - a great story about Native Dancer in horse heaven that first appeared in the Thoroughbred Record.

Rocking Horse Winner - a short story by D.H. Lawrence that is great reading

Christmas Screen Saver - a nice collection of Christmas equine images from Field Galleries

Christmas Virtual Postcards - several to choose from to send to your online friends

Christmas Clip Art - horse racing theme holiday clip art

Merry Christmas in Many Languages - just for fun here is a page that will show you how to say "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" in lots of different languages.

All clip art © Cindy Pierson Dulay. Derby list posts used by permission of the moderator (me!)

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