We were talking today about the Goldikova groom video. You haven’t seen it? Oh look, here it is!
The Goldikova groom video is unique and hilarious and touching all at once, and it shows a side of racing that somehow gets missed, time and time again, by every level and division of media. Because it isn’t that uncommon, what Goldi’s groom did. It happens. My friend told me she got into such a bad habit of celebrating her horse’s wins on the main track that she was given a specific pole to stand by and told “Do not leave this spot.” Because, of course, no matter how happy you are that your baby won a race, it’s not safe to run onto the racetrack while horses are still galloping at forty miles an hour down it. Not that they’ll notice you… but still.
You can argue back and forth about a hundred different flaws in this sport, but here is the one that sticks out to me:
These horses are somebody to someone.
And as long as there is a perception in the horse world that racehorses are things, objects, non-personas, then racing’s image amongst what could be its staunchest supporters will continue to suffer.
And who can blame them? For the outsider looking in, what do you ever hear about a horse’s personality – unless it’s the millionaire star of the barn?
It would be easy to assume that no one loves the $7,500 claimer, that he lives each day in a 12 by 12 box having hay thrown at him, having tack thrown on him, having dirt thrown in his face on the racetrack.
Who run to kiss him when he crosses under the wire?