“His name is Zünden” said Miss Mariska.
Zünden was out in the paddock and had only come to the stable in the past few days. As a newcomer he was definitely a curiousity among the other horses.
“A flat racer! I heard he was the chalk before the incident…” Ebony hollered from the stall at the far end.
“He had a stumble and fall. It could have been a blanket finish” said Miss Mariska.
“Yea, but he bolted and blew the turn!” sneered Ebony.
Since that race Zünden had been spooked and the next couple of races he was off the board. His owner had brought him to the stable for help. He’d been on the track since he was a sophomore, a push button. But now, if you could get him to break from the starting gate, he was jumping shadows. He’d turned into a real savage too. Ebony had been in the paddock with him the first few days and was badly bit. But Amore was still intrigued by Zünden.
They seemed to be at opposite ends of the spectrum in their manners but she sensed that there may be more to the story than Ebony knew anything about. She watched Zünden from the opening of the barn. He’d occasional flit by kicking and rearing if there was anyone in his path. They’d left him alone in the paddock since he’d attacked Ebony.
Amore’s interest didn’t wane due to obstacles. She was a watcher, and ever so patient. In fact, she was often drawn to take the path of most resistance. She had an inimitable strength of character. Her quiet resilience is what kept her alive in those most challenging times and she knew that one day she would be with her true Amado. Until then, she would keep him close in that place where one could linger between wakefulness and slumber. Wait for him where her dreams were vivid and her love real…
Pushbutton: A jockey reference to a horse that runs like a sports car. Off in a flash!
Jumped a shadow: Horses that jumps imaginary objects on the racetrack.
Blanket Finish: A term to refer to a close finish with a competitor.
Blew the turn: Reference to improperly cornering a turn resulting in a disastrous finish.
Chalk: The betting favorite.