|Sydney meeting her horse on Xmas Day|
This story - obviously a heartwarming one - was captured both inside and outside racing's media and made headlines. WEG's video recap of the story, which was broadcast nationwide, won a Hervey Award last year, and is well worth the watch. Seeing Sydney call her horse "my sister" as she fawns on her in that video is pretty heartbreaking, knowing she is not going home with her this evening.
Sydney Seelster, who as you can see in the video is a kind and lovely mare, was not a world beater, winning $16,000 last season, which as you all know does not cover the bills. This season, as sometimes mares do, she caught a bit of fire and had already made $6,000. That probably enticed the claim.
It looked like she was entered for $5,000 this evening - where she came 4th by 10 - to possibly get her a start off a vet scratch. She was entered for a higher $7,500 tag in her next planned outing for Sydney.
Greg Gangle, who works for Woodbine and has a picture of Sydney as his avatar on twitter, was none too impressed.
As for the fellow who claimed the horse from her, well, let's just say he is not very popular around the Ontario harness racing community this evening.
Update: A quick update in today's post, as well as a few of your reactions.