News editor Chelsea Hackbarth may be best known to readers of the Paulick Report for her feature stories and outstanding coverage of major races. Still, around Kentucky racetracks, she’s respected for her skills as a pony person escort, taking valuable Thoroughbreds out for morning training or afternoon races.
In this edition of the Friday Show, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills coaxes Chelsea to talk about some of her favorite moments in her “other” job, which she describes as taking horses to the starting gate “in a calm and safe a manner as possible with a 1,200-pound animal that is sitting on go.”
Chelsea took two-time European Horse of the Year Enable to the track for morning training at Churchill Downs and to the starting gate for her stirring victory in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf. She also recalls the “amazing amount of sound” she experienced ponying Uncle Sigh in the 2014 Kentucky Derby post parade after the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” ended and the crowd erupted in a massive cheer. And of course, there were those times she got to ride one of the most famous of the racetrack ponies, Harley.
We’re sticking with the “homer” theme for Star of the Week, a 3-year-old Daredevil filly who won a $16,000 maiden claiming event recently at Gulfstream Park and is entered in the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track’s third race on Friday.
A $16,000 claimer is Star of the Week, really? We didn’t say that Sister Is Devil was the first pinhooking project for Chelsea and her business partner, Steph Settles, who joins Joe and Chelsea to talk about that experience buying the Daredevil filly as a January yearling and selling her for a modest profit nine months later. Joe rounds out the show with our weekly Toast to Vino Rosso and a profile of one of the arriving foals from the first crop of the son of Curlin.
This is one episode any horse lover won’t want to miss. Watch below.

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