The Secret Life of Racetrack Jack

A Goat Among Thoroughbreds

The Secret Life of Racetrack Jack
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes Are calming goats real? To answer that, let me introduce a goat named Jack. Born on a thoroughbred farm, Jack has befriended racehorses his entire life. Jack’s owner, Dan Hendricks, doesn’t know what breed Jack is or how much he weighs. He just knows racehorses do better with a companion, and for many horses, the best person for the job is a goat.  Goats and Racehorses According to, the term “got your goat” comes from a tradition in horse racing. “Thought to have a calming effect on high-strung thoroughbreds, a goat was placed in the horse’s stall on the night before the race. Unscrupulous opponents would then steal the goat in an effort to upset the horse and cause it to lose the race.”  Trainers now use goats as full-time companions to the racehorses, rather than just the night before a race.

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