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Kirkpatrick & Co Presents In Their Care: For Enger, Horses Provide Refuge From Prejudice

Jon Enger was struggling to give sturdy trainer Nevada Litfin a leg up on a horse one morning at Oaklawn Park three years ago. An exercise rider watched with disdain before all but spitting out the words, “What’s the matter, you faggot? Can’t lift your boyfriend up on a f—— horse?” Enger, now 31, had […]

Kirkpatrick & Co Presents In Their Care: Wooten And His Horses Speak To Each Other

Alex Wooten was 44 years old when he completed a 20-year sentence for armed robbery, a conviction he insists was a case of mistaken identity for a crime he did not commit. Upon his release from the Maryland prison system, he faced the potentially overwhelming issue of how to restart his life as a middle-aged […]

Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Cohen ‘A Shining Example Of What’s Really Great About This Business’

Melissa Cohen finally allowed time for herself. After caring for Thoroughbreds since she began grooming them at 15, after assisting demanding but well-respected trainer Rick Violette for 15 years in the pressure-cooker New York market, after caring for Violette through some awful days before he lost his battle to lung cancer on Oct. 21, 2018, […]

Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Merritt ‘A Gem’ From The Rough Side Of Town

When Adriane Merritt visits Laurel Park and watches her son, Dominick, work as an exercise rider, she believes a mother’s prayers were answered. Adriane and her husband, Gary, raised Dominick and his two older siblings, Michelle Branch and Delvon Merritt, in an inner-city neighborhood on the east side of Baltimore that no one would choose. […]

Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Glass Takes Life’s Difficulties In Stride

Awful circumstances forced Jay Glass to assume the responsibilities of a man when he was 10 years old. He was that age when his stepfather, Norman Funk, the only father he had known, was involved in a horrific car accident caused by a driver who ran a stop sign. Funk, in the back seat of […]

Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Castellanos Lives ‘The American Dream Plus’

Saul Castellanos, a top assistant to trainer Mark Hennig and a recent winner of a Thoroughbred Industry Employee Award, said of his life and career, “I live the American Dream plus.” Plus? “Plus is like more than I thought,” he explained. “This country gives you opportunities and it is up to you to take that. […]