Two Very Different Racehorses

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One was an attractive roan Thoroughbred gelding with 12 race starts as a 3-year-old. He never placed higher than fourth. The lanky gelding won a touch more than $1,400 before retiring, and I met him as a fleabitten gray nine years later on a farm in Northern Virginia.

The other is a striking chestnut gelding that retired at 8 years old a bit more decorated. His first graded stakes win came when he was 5 É it would be three more years before he and I would meet. He raced with some well-known jockeys in the irons, such as Rosie Napravnik and the late Michael Baze, and he amassed 51 starts and winnings of nearly $696,000 by his retirement in July 2014.

Both Icy Edge (“Icy”) and It Happened Again (“Happy”) feature strongly in my office decor

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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