Some of the most celebrated thoroughbreds (and biggest fan favorites) in recent years have all raced under the Stonestreet colors; though many of the fans seem to want to gravitate to the fillies and mares, Ms. Banke has experienced success with both sexes that has become a standard expectation whenever you see their name attached to a runner.
Paynter’s story is well-known and as inspiring as they come; just surviving colitis or laminitis alone would have been an incredible achievement. For him though, it wouldn’t be enough of a victory. Not only did the bay son of Awesome Again thrive after beating back four ailments that would have killed a lesser horse, he returned to racing and never stopped showing that awesome heart.
My second interview in my five part series is of a fellow racing addict: Katie Marie. She got into racing at the age of 16 after her first experience with Thoroughbreds came in the form of an honest, and willing OTTB. The thing she remembers most about him was his heart and how hard he tried to do what she asked of him. Katie began more intensive work with OTTBs and Thoroughbreds after a visit to the track with one of her friends when said friend was looking for a long lost horse. Katie was offered a job by a local trainer but ended up going in her free time to groom, walk, tack up, and even had the opportunity to gallop at the trainer’s farm. She’s had experience in every aspect of the industry, and even has her own OTTB named Simon. I gave her the same base question as Victoria, and then the interviewed differed from there.*