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Cigar: Still the King

April 27, 2009


I visited Cigar several times during Rolex. The Horse Park was abuzz from dawn to dusk every day with international competitors, and The King watched from his castle atop the hill. He is a benevolent ruler, and most of the time he dines on fine grasses. But if something is out of place or if some horse dares to come too close to his kingdom, he alerts. He marches to the intruder. His mane flutters. His ears fly forward. His chiseled head swivels. And his subjects ooh and ahh. Shutters click. Then The King goes back to his meal.

I left Cigar’s palace today and began my tour of Kentucky farms. Never in my life have I seen such beauty. The rolling hills, the warm breezes, the iron gates, the stately barns. If you see me driving, just pass my car, because I’m a rubbernecking fool when I see these farms.

I watched a mare foal today. She’s a stout filly, well-bred and full of promise. In light of the tragic loss of Kingpin and the reminder of how fragile these creatures are in spite of the best possible care, life springs forth in the Bluegrass.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2009 2:54 pm

    Wow he sure does look handsome at almost 20 years old! He is a legend. I visited the Horsepark on my drive across country…what an amazing place!!!

  2. April 29, 2009 8:37 pm

    Apparently SKA’s skills can make any 20 year old horse look snazzy.

    Cigar has no issues with “wimmin”.

    And it shows. 😀

  3. April 30, 2009 1:45 pm

    Beautiful shot of the old boy. He looks positively regal.

  4. May 5, 2009 10:32 am

    Every time I look at this, I think, “That’s MR. Cigar to you, pal.”

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    May 7, 2009 12:43 pm

    Congrats on getting featured on Ugly Overload! As soon as I saw the first picture I wondered where he’d gotten his examples from – and there you were!

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