‘Contrary To Ordinary’: From Lead Pony To Racehorse And Back Again

Everyone knows that some Thoroughbreds require a little “beyond the ordinary” treatment to get make it to the races. For trainer Dan Pish, it was the colt Contrarytoordinary at Lone Star Park in 2016.

“I named him this because the first time I took him out of the round pen he bolted and bucked with all his might,” Pish told thisishorseracing.com. “I thought to myself ‘he is going to need a lot of long slow miles and I am going to train him to run in a contrary to ordinary way.’”

The then-2-year-old son of Valid Expectations trained with the rest of Pish’s string in the mornings, but on Thursday evenings Contrarytoordinary could be found wearing his stock saddle and escorting the race winners from the track back to the test barn.

It seems to have paid off so far. Contrarytoordinary broke his maiden in June of 2016, then placed in multiple stakes as a 3-year-old. This year, he’s been staying focused on his job as a stable pony, but Pish said his racing career might not be over just yet.

Read more at thisishorseracing.com.

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