Get to Know Horse Racing Veterinarian Sara Langsam

The Life
Photo courtesy Sara Langsam

Veterinarian Sara Langsam has been around horse racing since infancy and decided to make her passion for racehorses her life’s work. Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, N.Y., Sara graduated from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania, after which she completed a yearlong hospital internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., before joining Teigland, Franklin and Brokken DVMs (TFB) in 2003. She worked at racetracks throughout the eastern U.S. and then started the Belmont Park/Aqueduct division for the practice in 2012, now working in New York year-round. She is an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and has served on numerous committees including a current term on the Racing Committee. In her personal time, she enjoys photography, travel, her two cats and new golden retriever puppy, Owen!

My introduction to horse racing occurred: In a car seat! My parents were fans and then owners and breeders, so I have been going to racetracks all my life.

What I do for a living: Private racetrack veterinarian/partner in Teigland, Franklin and Brokken, DVMs

Where I went to veterinary school: University of Pennsylvania

When did I realize I wanted to work with horses and other large animals? Around age 10

What I like about Thoroughbred racing: Fast-paced, spectacular athletes, and the atmosphere of being on the racetrack backstretch. When push comes to shove we are family.

Favorite place at the racetrack to watch a race: Winner’s circle

Should the Breeders’ Cup rotate from coast to coast or have a permanent home: Rotate

My top three favorite racetracks in order: Belmont Park, Saratoga, Keeneland

Most influential person in my career: My mentors in TFB, Drs. Scott Hay, Tom Brokken, and Luis Castro

What book(s) am I reading or have recently read: “And the Good News Is …” by Dana Perino

Favorite magazines: “Bon Appetit”

Hobbies away from Thoroughbred racing: Photography and travel

Favorite movies: “Let It Ride,” “The Hunt for Red October”

Favorite TV shows I watch: Too many

Favorite foods: All kinds. I will try almost anything.

Favorite vacation spot: New Zealand

Favorite musician/band: Mumford & Sons

Best racetrack food can be found at: Keeneland kitchen, hands down

Accomplishment I am most proud of: Just maintaining a high level of practice at all times.

My philosophy on life: Be a good person and you will be met with the same.

Things I collect: Bourbon  

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dog/cat

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Incredible athletes, teamwork, and strive for excellence

Favorite month of the year: December

What apps are on your phone: The usual

My biggest gambling score ever at the racetrack was:  I hit the Pick 6 when I was 10. That was when I peaked as a handicapper. (LOL)

Favorite fall or holiday cocktail: I’m a sucker for a good egg nog with Haagen Daaz ice cream melted in. Yum.

Favorite summertime cocktail: Vodka and tonic with lime.

Favorite all-time racehorse: Kelso

Favorite race horse currently competing: Sistercharlie and Uni, tied.

Favorite international racing event: I would love to attend Royal Ascot one day.

Three ways to attract more fans to the sport: Education about our great sport, both about our high level of testing/integrity and about how to enjoy it and bet it. And we have to show people the thrill!! It’s hard not to love!

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