Runaway Jim

Runaway Jim en route to victory

Runaway Jim en route to victory

This is where you can find stories on Runaway Jim, a big ole gray gelding who, amazingly, made one of my biggest childhood dreams come true.  In the process, and before independently publishing my book, I wrote the following blogs.  Enjoy if you care to read.


Thoroughbred Racing in a Different Light
by Patrick Kerrison on July 26, 2010 2:14 PM
The complete post can be found on Saratoga.com

It all happened rather quickly.

When we got word that yesterday’s fifth race was taken off the turf, I had to call NYRA back and speak to someone else, just to get the information confirmed. It was confirmed.  Click for more…


Go Jim, Go!

By Patrick Kerrison on August 12, 2010 5:41 PM
The complete post can be found on Saratoga.com

It is with great pride that I live vicariously through the beautiful brown eyes of my girlfriend Stacy. I ride her coattails with pleasure and without shame.

In doing so I get to realize the dreams of a childhood blessed with decades of Saratoga experiences and it isn’t even with my horse.

It’s hers.

It first happened on July 25th and I had the time of my life. I had experienced something unlike anything I have ever known before.  Click for more …


We’re Proud of You, Jim!
By Patrick Kerrison on August 16, 2010 1:46 PM
The complete post can be found on Saratoga.com

Ah, nuts!

Runaway Jim ran fourth in a field of eight yesterday, earning Seabrook Stable his third check (i.e. his keep for the month) in four starts and we open the condition book to see what’s next.

Sigh. And that folks, is horse racing.

When we got to the paddock my nausea subsided the instant I saw him in the ring.

He looked great. Just great. His ears were up, he was walking happy and he knew that today he gets to play with his friends.

Can I just tell you what a great feeling it is to see that?

To see him on his toes. To see him happy.  Click for more…


Go Jim, Go! (and this time we mean it)
By Patrick Kerrison on September 1, 2010 4:10 PM
The complete post can be found on Saratoga.com

Alright. Why the heck not. Let’s try this again, shall we?

The good news: Most of the nausea that came with the first two starts at Saratoga has dissipated.

The bad news: This is Runaway Jim’s last shot at The Spa this year to break his maiden.

The better news: He’ll win the blasted thing. We hope.  Click for more…


For Love of the Game
By Patrick Kerrison on September 5, 2010 2:30 PM
The complete post can be found on Saratoga.com

Runaway Jim ran a game second Saturday afternoon and to be frank, neither Stacy nor I would have known the difference had he won.

It felt that good. We felt that proud. And by God I’ve never seen the woman look more beautiful.

At day’s end her handsome gray gelding left her gushing. Absolutely, unequivocally garrulous – not her normal M.O. – and beyond overjoyed.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what the racing experience is all about.

The pride in your horse. The thrill of the game. The bright silks of your stable and family atop your horse, striding perfectly. Running through his bridle and having the time of his life.

It is the undeniable and startling beauty of the Thoroughbred racehorse.

There ain’t nuttin’ like it no where, now how, no way.  Click for more…


 

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