“My training goal for Angel is to simply make her love and enjoy her new career. Ideally, I’d like her to be able to go in any direction in different disciplines in whatever the future holds for her. I don’t own Angel, she is owned by good friends of mine who have entrusted me with her training after racing. Her main owner died last year, and it’s very special for the family that their dad's last racehorse will go on to be successful in her new life after the track.
I also rode Angel in races, I never won on her but we got second place. She’s always been special. I was there when they bought Angel out of the New Mexico yearling sale here in Ruidoso, so I've known her since she was a baby. It makes it more special for the both of us.
That’s Angel’s buddy Rusty in the below picture with her. At 32 inches tall and 34 years old, this blind-in-one eye Shetland pony may come with us to Kentucky this year, as he did not make the trip back in 2019”.