April 27, 2015

Monday Afternoon Thread: Snoop Dogg Week

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Yes, I had to do it. This week we’ll feature his major guest appearances as well as his own single rap classics.

Nuthin but a G Thang w/Dr. Dre
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Monday Open Thread: African Americans and The Sport of Horse Racing

Good Morning POU!

This week, as we head into the most revered horse race in the USA, The Kentucky Derby, we will feature African Americans who are lost legends in the world of thoroughbred racing – not only jockeys, but trainers and grooms as well.

(You can also check out our previous week long feature on The History of Black Jockeys from 2013  – just search “Black Jockeys” on the site’s search function).

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The names and stories of the men and women who were primary caregivers to thoroughbreds, whether great champions or hard-working horses who ran on local racetracks, are largely unknown. Since many of these people were perceived as menial workers employed in the stables of the wealthy, they were overlooked by turf writers and the general public. However, even though fragmentary, a few stories of thoroughbreds and the men who loved them have come down to us from the past.

One such narrative fragment concerns Will Harbut and the legendary Man O’ War. 

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Will Harburt and ManOWar Forever Friends

The thoroughbred Man O’ War is considered by every expert and every racing aficionado as THE greatest thoroughbred ever in the history of horse racing. Written accolades of this Triple Crown winner inevitably will list the owner, trainer and jockey, and after retiring to stud, his breeder, but it may surprise you to learn that the closest person to the legendary horse was his groom. [Continue Reading…]

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