Emory University in Atlanta is the alma mater of harness racing breeders and owners Elizabeth Caldwell and Mitchel Skolnick, who teamed to win the 2010 Hambletonian Oaks with Bar Slide.
The latest edition of Emory Magazine takes a look at their lives in the horse business in "Running the Family Farm."
The story was placed by the USTA's Harness Racing Communications division.
Running the Family Farm
In the horse-breeding business, the trick is to pick a winner
By Paige Parvin 96G
Horses-especially the sort that are bred to race-are well known for their extreme sensitivity to the emotions of humans around them. They can pick up on anxiety, excitement, fear, or joy, and often mirror these feelings with their own behavior.
That's one reason why Elizabeth Caldwell 99C generally stays away from the track on days when her horses are racing. In 2010, when Bar Slide, the filly she owns in partnership with Mitchel Skolnick 76C, won the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks-a race equivalent to the female-horse version of the Kentucky Derby-she says she was so nervous she couldn't eat. She was at the track, of course, but kept her distance from Bar Slide, letting the experienced trainer send the prizewinning filly calm vibes.
by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications, a division of the U.S. Trotting Association