‘Unconditional Love’: Thoroughbred Star Of Children’s Book Debuts Wednesday At Emerald Downs

Two years ago, owner Tim Floyd was able to connect his orphaned Thoroughbred colt with a mare who’d lost her own foal. The colt, sired by Haynesfield and called “Baby Haynes” during his formative years, inspired Floyd to record the story of his “adoption” by the nurse mare, according to the Seattle Times.

“People were telling me, ‘You ought to think about writing a book,’ ” Floyd said. “I decided to go the children’s book route. I’m adopted myself, so it had a connection to me.”

The book, titled “Baby Haynes: A True Story About Adoption and Unconditional Love,” was published in April. Now, five months later, the colt is preparing to make his racing debut at Emerald Downs on Wednesday. His Jockey Club name? Myuddermamasapaint.

“It would be an incredible story to have him win his debut, just because of the book,” Floyd said. “It might lead to a second book if he’s a stakes horse and he’s really good.”

Read more at the Seattle Times.

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