Videos tagged with "character"

My Year of the Racehorse by Kevin Chong [00:44]
The story of a man, a horse, and a foul-mouthed trainer in the (once) glamorous world of horse racing. Kevin Chong has grand plans. He draws up a to-do list of major milestones that will give him the life he always wanted -- and the life that will inspire awe and envy in his friends. Then Chong makes an unconventional decision: he buys a racehorse. He becomes part-owner. Just don't ask him which part. Thus Chong meets Blackie, the horse that will win his heart, even if she doesn't always win the race. He meets Rosie, the cantankerous trainer with a heart of gold. He meets assorted characters who work, live, and drink at the track. And, one by one, the items on his to-do list are replaced with horse-related ambitions. Written with keen observational humour, My Year of the Racehorse is strewn with fascinating tidbits and infused with the excitement and faded glamour of the horseracing world. Ultimately, it is the moving tale of a young man's discovery that a meaningful life can arise from the most unexpected of circumstances. About the Author Kevin Chong is the author of four books, including Neil Young Nation -- honoured as a book of the year by the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, and Ottawa Citizen and aired as a documentary on CBC's Definitely Not the Opera -- and the novels Baroque-a-Nova and Beauty Plus Pity. He is an editor at Joyland.ca and teaches creative writing at UBC.
Tags: thoroughbreds, Horse Racing, memoir, Horses, kevin chong, metaquiche

"A big ginger block of flats": Eira tells Eliza about Beshabar [00:57]
Tim Vaughan is enjoying another great season and one of his owners Eira tells Eliza about one of Tim's stable stars: the 2011 Scottish National winner Beshabar who is popular with all the owners at the yard. While not doubting his class and guts, he is perhaps not the prettiest horse and can be a bit of a character; Eira explains how she gets on his good side when visiting the yard with polo mints!
Tags: horse, racing, cheltenham, Beshabar, Eira, Eliza, fashion, hats, fur, coats, mink, races, winter, open, meeting, Tim, Vaughan, style, jumping, steeplechasing, Scottish, National, voice, of, the, love, grandstand, dusk, after

GAMBLER'S ADDICTION Tribute [01:24]
I made this video in dedication to that one compulsive behavioral habit.
Tags: Gambling, Addiction, Gamblers, Montage, Sports, Betting, James, Caan, Poker, Rounders, Blackjack, Movies, Characters, Horse, Track

Winter Memories - 2011 Lake George (G2) [02:15]
Almost exactly 15 years after saddling Memories of Silver to victory in a dramatic first running of the Lake George at Saratoga Race Course, trainer Jimmy Toner returned to send her daughter, Winter Memories, out for an equally scintillating performance in the Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile turf race. Uncharacteristically relaxed under Jose Lezcano through the early going, Winter Memories settled just off the rail in sixth as Sunlight Sonata led the field through an opening quarter in 23.15 and a half in 47.47. Swung wide and forced to check turning for home, Winter Memories dashed down the center of the track, easily blowing past her rivals to hit the wire 4 ½ lengths in front.
Tags: winter, memories, nyra, horse, racing, lake, george, more, than, real, lezcano, toner, saratoga

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