Do dreams come true?

Wing CommanderIt happened last Saturday, May 4, 2013, when Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s favored Orb charged to the lead in the stretch of a sloppy Churchill Downs strip to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

“It means everything to me,” trainer Shug McGaughey said. “It’s a race I’ve always wanted to win, a race I’ve always wanted to compete in if I thought I had the right horse, and finally today we had the right horse.”

The two owners (cousins) and their families have been racing thoroughbreds for decades without winning the most sought-after race in the world, the Kentucky Derby. In fact, in 1969 because of a coin toss, the father of Orb co-owner Ogden Mills Phipps lost the rights to a foal out of the mare Somethingroyal. The mare had been bred to the Phipps’ stallion Bold Ruler. Penny Chenery, on behalf of her father, won the coin toss, and the resulting foal, a chestnut colt, became Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown Winner.

My dreams have come true many times in my life. One that stands out is the first time I became a horse owner. My bay gelding was not a champion thoroughbred, but an American Saddlebred, the grandson of legendary champion Wing Commander. Trained as a five-gaited pony, my daughter rode Mr. Too Little in pleasure pony classes.

Selling my first book to Kensington Publishing was a dream come true. Continuing to write and publish books is also a dream fulfilled. What about you? Do you dream? If so, what about? Do you set a goal and go after your dreams? Do you make them come true?

“If you can dream it, you can do it” Walt Disney



  1. donna harris says:

    I dream all the time. I dream about owning my own horse again. When I was younger I did go after my dreams. My oldest brother bought my horse, I was 9 yrs old. My family was poor their was five of us kids. My oldest brother was 10 yrs older than me, so he had a job and he would save some of his money. He did give mom and dad some money to help out. When I asked him to buy a horse for me, he was in the process of getting married. I just about fainted when he said yes! We had a little farm down the lane from us, really nice man. I asked him if I could board my horse down here if I worked the farm for boarding. Well he said yes! I cleaned stalls, I cleaned chicken coops plus gathered the eggs, which I didn’t like to do, but I didn’t say a word. In the fall when he harvest the corn fields I went around an picked up the corn cobs that the tractor missed. So I guess I went after my dream. Now is a different story, I’m disabled and I’m limited to what I do. I did chase one dream that came true, was I wanted to get back on the horse. I found a place about an hour away from me that I go to. It’s more like therapy lessons but at least I get to ride. The one dream about owning my own horse I know won’t come true, but I can dream and nobody can take that away from me.

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