All Hail Justify, Ancient Horse Figurines, and More Must-Click Links of the Week

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Congratulations to Triple Crown winner Justify, who was named the 2018 Horse of the Year! (ESPN)

Speaking of the Horse of the Year title, Justify gave his co-owner Jack Wolf his very first Eclipse Award. Congratulations! (Murray Ledger and Times)

My hat is off to photographer Zoe Metz: this photo she captured of Pegasus World Cup winner City of Light saying goodbye to her trainer Mike McCarthy and his daughter Stella made me cry. What an amazing image!

Fans loved The Player when he was a racehorse, but none more than his owner and trainer Buff Bradley; grab your tissues and read the remarkable story about a man and his battle to save his horse. (BloodHorse)

Miss Ximena is a Thoroughbred running at Oaklawn Park this year, and the story of how she’s helping her owner’s sister treat her scleroderma is inspiring. (KATV)

Ooh, I love this sort of thing. Ancient horse figurines have been unearthed in Israel due to the recent heavy rains. (Haaretz)

I’m laughing so freaking hard right now.

How can it already be just one hundred days until the Kentucky Derby?! Anyway, here’s what’s going on behind the scenes as Churchill Downs gets ready for the Run for the Roses. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Holy smokes – if you don’t think jockeys are amazing athletes, you’ll change your mind once you see this video of a jump rider making an incredible recovery after almost falling off. (The Guardian)

And down the stretch they… hop? Australia, never change.

Way to go, Shiloh! The eight-year-old gelding helped cops collar a criminal on the run in (you guessed it!) Florida. (Fox 35 Orlando)

How cute is this? Little Lilly Rae is a tiny girl with a huge heart, and she is a comfort to the horses in her mother’s barn. (Jump to about the 3:35 mark on the video) (News on 6)

I’m already getting excited for the Dubai World Cup – it looks like there may be a heavy American presence there this year! (BloodHorse)

Sunday Silence was one of my favorite horses ever growing up, so it’s wonderful to step inside Stone Farm with owner Arthur Hancock! (TDN Weekend)

Awesome news for Victor Espinoza fans – he’s been medically cleared to ride in races again! (Horse Racing Nation)

Hats off to ESPN’s Jay Williams, who entered Kentucky’s Rupp Arena in the most perfect way: on horseback!  (Sports Illustrated)

Meet Tony the Pony, a miniature horse who brings joy to patients in a Martha’s Vineyard nursing home. (Martha’s Vineyard Times)

Well, this is one of the cutest little jockeys I’ve ever seen!

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