POEM WALL
“Prevent A Rescue”

The poem below was written for Ferdinand (picture above), the 1987 Kentucky Derby winner, who was sent to slaughter in Japan.

The poem below was written for Ferdinand (picture above), the 1987 Kentucky Derby winner, who was sent to slaughter in Japan.

Ferdinand
Will you remember me
as I am lead away.
Nowhere do I see you
although I look and listen still.
The hands that hold my bridle
are hands I know so well.
They used to feed me carrots
and brush my mane and tail.
But I still remember other hands
and long so much for them.
Hands that touched me tenderly
hands that belonged to friends.
I ran and won for you, my friend
so you'd remember me.
-Anonymous

Their Dream
Have you ever watched a thoroughbred dream?
Their keen spirit.
Their ambition.
Their majestic athleticism
And their heart to win, in any sport, the envy of all.
What does a thoroughbred dream?
To have you as a part of their life’s journey;
For a dream shared is "Their Dream" fulfilled.
-Chelsea Fields, Volunteer Director

Their Sport
They bring life to a sport.
And make it their own.
The sounds of their hooves, the heart beat.
Their breath, its spirit.
And they touch our souls with their majesty.
But humble us with their beauty.
For it is their sport, not our game,
That they wish to share with us. 
-Chelsea Fields, Volunteer Director

Chelsea on the backside of the Del Mar Race Track holding one of our books. Her trips to Del Mar were the inspiration for the poems above.

Chelsea on the backside of the Del Mar Race Track holding one of our books. Her trips to Del Mar were the inspiration for the poems above.

The Thoroughbred Rescue
They do not know of prejudices.
Their eyes only see you for your true spirit and soul
Their memories keenly shape their actions and reactions.
But only judge them by their true spirit
Not the misshapen spirit of their journey.
-ThoroughbredEd

The tired and spiritless eyes of three rescue Thoroughbreds.

The tired and spiritless eyes of three rescue Thoroughbreds.