a drawing by me
The lanky jockey checked the reins, tightened enough to hold Mack’s temper; jumped into the saddle.
”8 in a game. Race №3. Festival of champions Day. In here racing…”, – the voice of announcer listed all of his friends.
As from lighted match the slides of cherished days flashed in his head.
Mack remembered how horses frolicked together on the huge meadow, leaping over the puddles after summer rain. Once jogging he and Sun Country had wandered in the marsh. And Mack pushed her with shoulder to safety.
That day everyone has been demonstrating favorite gaits. Choices were different, but respected by all. Then, how it happened that friends become strangers? These joyful field trips were forbidden once and forever.
“Leading Mack’s Tiger Paw, next CJ, Mama’s Boy and Sugar Business, couple links behind Quote Cash, Sun Country.
Anxious, Mack’s Tiger Paw got reasonably settled down by Ms. Lee.
CJ, Mama’s Boy are trying to overtake him.
Mack slips in other gear and says ‘No’. Sun Country tried to outstrip, but turned away. And he’s gone. Absolute domination by Mack’s Tiger Paw!”
Isolated yet befuddled, Mack’s Tiger Paw was in a pain. Dipped in his murky thoughts, he hasn’t noticed Sun Country stopped by. Just felt accelerated breath and warm mouth on his ‘settled down’ shoulder.