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Did you watch the Kentucky Derby Saturday? If you did, or didn’t, there is a great lesson to learn from the winner, Medina Spirit. You see, Medina Spirit was born to a dam that was unable to produce milk for him initially. Less than a year after he was foaled, he was sold for the minimum $1,000 (meaning he only received a single bid) at the Ocala Breeder’s Sale. He eventually ended up with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, not with Bob, but with his assistant Mike Marlow. Medina Spirit kept surprising them by outworking the more expensive colts that Baffert’s stable attracts. He had heart.
Saturday, Medina Spirit proved that hard work, discipline, and application of God-given gifts produce a winner. It didn’t matter that Medina Spirit wasn’t as big as other horses, wasn’t the perfect color, wasn’t as expensive, and didn’t come from Kentucky. He showed up at the race not knowing how little he cost, gave his all in heart and body…and WON the Kentucky Derby.
If a horse can do it, how much better can you? Or do you let others determine your worth and heart?
- Glenn Cook

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Did you watch the Kentucky Derby Saturday? If you did, or didn’t, there is a great lesson to learn from the winner, Medina Spirit. You see, Medina Spirit was born to a dam that was unable to produce milk for him initially. Less than a year after he was foaled, he was sold for the minimum $1,000 (meaning he only received a single bid) at the Ocala Breeder’s Sale. He eventually ended up with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, not with Bob, but with his assistant Mike Marlow. Medina Spirit kept surprising them by outworking the more expensive colts that Baffert’s stable attracts. He had heart.
Saturday, Medina Spirit proved that hard work, discipline, and application of God-given gifts produce a winner. It didn’t matter that Medina Spirit wasn’t as big as other horses, wasn’t the perfect color, wasn’t as expensive, and didn’t come from Kentucky. He showed up at the race not knowing how little he cost, gave his all in heart and body…and WON the Kentucky Derby.
If a horse can do it, how much better can you? Or do you let others determine your worth and heart?
- Glenn Cook
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I used to train racehorses when I was a teenager. Back when I didn't weigh as much. :rolleyes:

Horses don't know anything about all the concepts of hard work, discipline, nor anything at all about "heart". Some of 'em just run faster than others. Some are much easier to train, and every single horse in that Kentucky derby race was trying his/her damndest to win. Racehorses LOVE to run, and they can't stand letting another horse get in front.

That analogy is like saying the last place runner at the 100 meter dash at the Summer Olympics could have won if he just tried harder.

In this world there are creatures that just happen to be better at some things than all others. No amount of practice, hard work, nor "heart" will make a marginal specimen better than the ideal physical specimen that happens to be the best in the world and has been practicing just as hard and has just as much heart.

There is a lot to be said, however, for the "hard work, discipline, and application of God-given gifts" by the trainers to produce a winner. There is a whole lot to be said for having the best handlers, particularly in horse races.
 
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