Horse Who Changed Everything

Horse Who Changed Everything: Vic Cangialosi & Forego

I was lucky, fortunate, to have grown up in a golden age of horse racing. Raised two blocks from Aqueduct Racetrack in South Queens, my buddies and I could hear the crowd roar every day as we played Wiffle Ball in the driveway. Every decade has it legends. But I had Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, Alydar and Ruffian in my backyard.

Red Raven: The Horse Who Changed Everything

“If it wasn’t for Red Raven, you might not have ever been a rider.”

That’s what my 81-year-old father said to me over Christmas vacation. I thought about it for a minute. And then I thought long and hard about it later. He’s right. If it wasn’t for Red Raven, I would not have made a rider.

Thirteen years old – an observer, a non-participant in sports, classes, conversations, middle school dances. Thirteen years old – a kid who said he wanted to be a jockey but was afraid to ride. Thirteen years old – hiding and hoping I didn’t get found.