We must protect the history and sporting nature of racing.
At the age of 50 Sean Clancy still seems like the kid next door. The horse-crazy kid that is, with two Eclipse Awards. And a clear picture of how crucial tradition is in horse racing.
Clancy earned top honors for Champion Steeplechase Jockey in 1998. He earned his second Eclipse Award in 2009 for writing, with his article chronicling the estate sale of late Hall of Fame Trainer Sidney Watters Jr..
But despite the accolades Clancy is as down to earth and friendly as they come. And he loves the history and tradition of horse racing. In fact, he believes that tradition is crucial to the popularity of our sport. And he also believes it is an integral part of horsemanship.
We learn in this episode of “Race Horses, etc.” that Sean Clancy does a mean Allen Jerkens impersonation. But then, the late trainer was Clancy’s hero for many years. And Sean documented almost every word Jerkens ever said to him.
The influence of old school horsemen throughout his life, including his father, have led Clancy to take a nostalgic view of the traditions of racing. And, as Clancy points out, many of those traditions are very important to the fans.
But, according to Clancy, losing sight of tradition may also have a profound impact on the well-being of the horses.
“The constant demand and desire for full fields has ultimately led to smaller fields,” said Clancy.
“People can’t train horses for races anymore. They just enter and enter and enter. And then the horse gets hurt,” he said.
Clancy is a third generation horseman who rode an incredible race pony named Red Raven as a kid. Sean reminisces that his life has been chronicled in the winners circle photos from tracks around the country.
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