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Now we’re really into the nitty gritty. The four most popular stories of the year are right here, along with the last four days of 2016.

The ninth most read piece at This Is Horse Racing in 2016 was a guest column from Horse Racing Radio Network’s Jude Feld and the fourth most popular post is another from a great friend of the TIHR program. If it were a program, of course, and if we ever refer to it as a program please poke us in the eye and let us know it sounds silly.

But seriously, and Tim Keefe’s guest column was just that and it proved entertaining, educational and even humorous. If Keefe, one of Maryland’s leading trainers, ever wants to give up another of his successful side gigs of competing in Ironman Triathlons just for kicks, we’ll sign him up and get him on the TIHR masthead.

Keefe’s column, posted Feb. 25 and titled “Gretchen’s way,” was a tribute to the late Gretchen Mobberley, who passed away four days prior at the age of 82. Keefe’s first job at the racetrack, in the winter of 1986 after a semester at Averett University and during winter break, was for Jack and Gretchen Mobberley.

Keefe wrote about his time with the Mobberley’s, including his first day. Check it out:

“I showed up at Jack and Gretchen Mobberley’s barn Monday morning. I introduced myself,” Keefe wrote.

“Gretchen looked at Jack, “This is your new exercise boy?” That was it.

“Now Becky had told me a lot about Jack and Gretchen. 

“ ‘Jack is very easy going and always smiles. Gretchen has a certain way she wants things done. Her way! She is fair but do things the way she wants them done and you will get along great with her.’ ” 

Keefe learned valuable lessons during those days and wrote about three very important ones he continues to live by, and asks his employees in his Laurel Park barn to live by, today. You’ll need to click the link to find out the three lessons.

4: Gretchen’s way

 

Check out the other stories so far on the Top 10 for 2016:
5: Remembering Johnny Griggs
6: Senior Senator rocks Maryland Hunt Cup
7: Mandola the wonder horse
8: Todd Pletcher and 2 important horses
9: The beauty of Barbados
10: Magnuson excited to be back in upstate New York