MaggieMay...You Stole Our Hearts


❤️❤️❤️MaggieMay, You Stole Our Heart❤️❤️❤️
Emergency Intake ... Starved, dehydrated, herd beaten, rainscalded, & covered in bite marks, in critical condition...this just turned 6 year old mare desperately  needs help and we need yours to save her. Hopefully, with the right care she has a lifetime ahead of her...but we cant do this alone.
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    This once beautiful mare, Our Maebelline, 2014 OTTB Mare, unraced ... We were fortunate enough to bring her in yesterday, have the vet coming asap, bloodwork, special diet, farrier, meds, etc...she will be a long time coming back from her current condition, but this sweet gentle girl is worth everything we can do for her and more. Our goal is $2000.00. When we first saw her picture, our hearts went out to her soft sweet eyes, she arrived at the farm, stepped out of the trailer and a glimmer of hope shone in her eyes and her ears perked up ... and MaggieMay stole our hearts.
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MaggieMay's Story...

OTTB Mare, 6 yo, 15.1h, Advanced Beginner, Unraced


Dark Brown/Bay Thoroughbred Mare

Liberty, NC


  • Breed Thoroughbred  
  • State Bred Florida  
  • Name Our Maebelline  
  • Sex Mare  
  • Foal Date March 21, 2014  
  • In Foal No  
  • Height (hh) 15.1  
  • Weight (lbs) 700 
  • Color Bay  
  • Markings Star 
  • Registry JC  
  • Registry Number  
  • Temperament 1 / 10  
  • Ad Number    

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Guardian Hearts Equine Defenders   

 Skills / Disciplines All Around, Athletic, Beginner, Dressage,  English Pleasure, Equitation, Eventing, Field Hunter, Field Trial,  Hunter, Hunter Under Saddle, Jumper, Jumping, Hunter Jumper, Kid Safe,  Lesson, Natural Horsemanship Training, Pony Club, Rescue, Ridden  English, Show Jumping, Trained   

Additional Comments

 Unraced,  Comes with UTD Coggins, Vaccines, and Microchip. Adoption  contract required.  


MaggieMay 2017



Triple Crown Winners

Kentucky Derby


The Kentucky Derby is a horse race that is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of one and a quarter miles (2.0 km) at Churchill Downs. Coltsand geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kilograms) and fillies 121 pounds (55 kilograms).[2] 

The race is often called "The Run for the Roses" because of the  blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is also known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports" or "The Fastest Two  Minutes in Sports" in reference to its approximate duration. It is the  first leg of the American Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes.  Unlike the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, which took hiatuses in  1891–1893 and 1911–1912, respectively, the Kentucky Derby has been run  every consecutive year since 1875. The Derby, Preakness, and Belmont all  were run even every year throughout the Great Depression and both World Wars (when the Olympics and nearly all professional sports seasons were canceled).[3] 

A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown.[4] In the 2015 listing of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the Kentucky Derby tied with the Whitney Handicap as the top Grade 1 race in the United States outside the Breeders' Cup races.[5] 

The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America  and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races  including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and the Breeders' Cup.[6]


Derby Traditions:

  • Garland of Roses -  Each year a garland of more than 400 roses  sewn into green satin is presented to the winning horse in the winner's  circle after the race. The tradition of presenting roses to the victor  began in 1896 when the winner, Ben Brush, received an arrangement of  white and pink roses. It wasn't until 1904 that the red rose became the  official flower of the Kentucky Derby. In 1925 New York sports columnist  Bill Corum first dubbed the Derby, the "Run for the Roses."  The  large garland as it exists today was first presented in 1932 to Burgoo  King. Measuring 122 inches long and 22 inches wide, weighing in at  nearly 40 pounds, the Kroger Company has been tasked with creating the floral arrangement since 1987. The floral company is shipped roughly 7,000 roses from  Columbia and Ecuador several days in advance of the race, before  carefully selecting roses few hundred roses it will use. A special rose  is placed in the center of the arrangement to symbolize the struggle and  heart necessary to reach the Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle.
  • “Riders Up!” - is the traditional command from the Paddock Judge for  jockeys to mount their horses in advance of the upcoming race. Since  2012, it was recited by a dignitary or celebrity attendee.  
  • Derby Hats - One of the only places in the U.S. where such hats actually fit in, the  ornate hats and well-to-do fashion date back to founder Colonel  Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.'s vision to make the Derby a place for  America's high class to attend, much in the same way many horse races  were an attraction for the wealthy in England. The introduction of television in the 1960  gave women an added reason to try and stand out, increasing the size and  originality of their hats and fashion. A high-end Derby hat can run upward of $1,000.
  • Derby Song - "My Old Kentucky Home"  Written by Steven Foster in 1853, the ballad is believed to have first  been played at the Kentucky Derby in 1921. The song is played as the  horses enter the track by the University of Louisville marching band as  the 160,000 in attendance sing along.  
  • Mint Julep - Each year, 120,000 mint juleps are served over the course of two day at  Churchill Downs requiring 1,000 pounds of fresh mint and 60,000 pounds  of ice. The drink - a mix of bourbon, simple syrup, ice and mint - was  already a southern staple due to Kentucky producing 95 percent of the  world's bourbon but did not become the official drink of the Derby until  1938. Legend has is that founder Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., planted mint for cocktails when he founded the track in 1875. The historic drink can  be served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup, but most Churchill Downs  patrons sip theirs from souvenir glasses (first offered in 1939 and  available in revised form each year since) printed with all previous  Derby winners. 
  • Burgoo - a thick stew of beef, chicken, pork, and vegetables, is a popular Kentucky dish served at the Derby.
  • Derby pie - is a chocolate and pecan tart in a pie shell  with a pastry dough crust. It is made with pecans and chocolate chips. The pie was created in the Melrose Inn of Prospect, Kentucky, United States, by George Kern with the help of his parents. It is often associated with the Kentucky Derby.  (see link for story & recipe)

Triple Crown


The Kentucky Derby was first run at 1 1/2 miles (12 furlongs; 2.4 km) the same distance as the Epsom Derby.  The distance was changed in 1896 to its current 1 1/4 miles (10  furlongs; 2 km). On May 17, 1875, in front of an estimated crowd of  10,000 people, a field of 15 three-year-old horses contested the first  Derby. Under jockey Oliver Lewis, a colt named Aristides, who was trained by future Hall of Famer Ansel Williamson, won the inaugural Derby. Later that year, Lewis rode Aristides to a second-place finish in the Belmont Stakes

Although the first race meeting proved a success, the track ran  into financial difficulties and in 1894 the New Louisville Jockey Club  was incorporated with new capitalization and improved facilities.  Despite this, the business floundered until 1902 when Col. Matt Winn of Louisville put together a syndicate of businessmen to acquire the  facility. Under Winn, Churchill Downs prospered and the Kentucky Derby  then became the preeminent stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred  horses in North America. 

Thoroughbred owners began sending their successful Derby horses to compete later in the Preakness Stakes at the Pimlico Race Course, in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York. The three races offered large purses and in 1919 Sir Barton became the first horse to win all three races. However, the term Triple Crown didn't come into use for another eleven years. In 1930, when Gallant Fox became the second horse to win all three races, sportswriter Charles  Hatton brought the phrase into American usage. Fueled by the media,  public interest in the possibility of a "superhorse" that could win the  Triple Crown began in the weeks leading up to the Derby. Two years after  the term was coined, the race, which had been run in mid-May since  inception, was changed to the first Saturday in May to allow for a  specific schedule for the Triple Crown races. Since 1931, the order of  Triple Crown races has been the Kentucky Derby first, followed by the  Preakness Stakes and then the Belmont Stakes. Prior to 1931, eleven  times the Preakness was run before the Derby. On May 12, 1917 and again  on May 13, 1922, the Preakness and the Derby were run on the same day.  On eleven occasions the Belmont Stakes was run before the Preakness  Stakes. 

     On May 16, 1925, the first live radio broadcast of the Kentucky Derby was originated by WHAS and was also carried by WGN in Chicago.[10] On May 7, 1949, the first television coverage of the Kentucky Derby took place, produced by WAVE-TV,  the NBC affiliate in Louisville. This coverage was aired live in the  Louisville market and sent to NBC as a kinescope newsreel recording for  national broadcast. On May 3, 1952, the first national television  coverage of the Kentucky Derby took place, aired from then-CBS affiliate WHAS-TV.[11]In 1954, the purse exceeded $100,000 for the first time. In 1968, Dancer's Image became the first (and to this day the only) horse to win the race and then be disqualified after traces of phenylbutazone, an analgesic and anti-inflammatory drug, were found in the horse's urinalysis; Forward Pass won after a protracted legal battle by the owners of Dancer's Image (which they lost). Forward Pass thus became the eighth winner for Calumet Farm. Unexpectedly, the regulations at Kentucky thoroughbred race tracks were changed some years later, allowing horses to run on phenylbutazone. In 1970, Diane Crump became the first female jockey to ride in the Derby, finishing 15th aboard Fathom.[12] 

The fastest time ever run in the Derby was set in 1973 at 1:59.4 minutes, when Secretariat broke the record set by Northern Dancer in 1964. Not only has Secretariat's record time yet to be topped, in the race itself, he did something unique in Triple  Crown races: each successive quarter, his times were faster. Though  times for non-winners were not recorded, in 1973 Sham finished second,  two and a half lengths behind Secretariat in the same race. Using the  thoroughbred racing convention of one length equaling one-fifth of a  second to calculate Sham's time, he also finished in under two minutes. Another sub-two-minute finish, only the third, was set in 2001 by Monarchos at 1:59.97.[13]