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Everyday Blessings – Ag in the Bible

November 3, 2013

The opening of the movie Secretariat seems a good backdrop for this weekend as the stories from the Breeders Cup World championship are in the record books.

Hast thou given the horse strength? Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder. Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paweth in the valley and rejoiceth in his strength; he goeth on to meet the armed men. Job 39:29-21.

There are those stories that don’t need embellished for a movie and Secretariat’s was one.

How about the woman who would die without a heart transplant, with a good horse who hires a jockey coming out of a 7 year retirement to ride a horse many didn’t think much off –  becoming the first woman to train a Breeders Cup Classic winner and adding a credential that was one of the few the jockey had not won in his stellar career?

A look at the story from a couple years ago, when he was in the Kentucky Derby.

He was third in the Derby.  As noted, it was initially thought he was born dead. His trainer nearly died. Add in a jockey making an incredible comeback. Mix together and get something like this:

Far from the only story, there’s Paynter – another horse who nearly died. Returning to the winners circle this year, it’s a huge accomplishment for him to start in the Classic, although finishing 7th. The Classic was his last race, as he’ll retire to Kentucky and will begin a new career as a stallion.

Miracles happen. Those who beat the odds provide inspiration.

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