Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Heart recipient has horse in Kentucky Derby

Animated sequence of a race horse galloping. P...Horse racing and soccer are two sports I don't usually follow. It's not because I don't like them or have something against them. They've just never really been on my "radar." I'm more into auto racing and football. However, Saturday's running of The 137th Kentucky Derby has the potential to be something special. It's one horse race I will have to watch.

Kathy Ritvo is the trainer of one of the horses that will compete in The Derby on Saturday. The horse's name is Mucho Macho Man (sounds like a good name for a pro wrestler or rap artist). Ritvo is fortunate to be alive to see her horse compete in The Derby. She underwent a heart transplant back in November 2008 after battling cardiomyopathy for years. She made it known before her transplant that she couldn't wait to get back to the track. Now, she has her chance.

Kathy will be the first to tell you that this Derby is more than just a horse race. She is hoping that all the media coverage surrounding her and her story will shed a positive light on organ donation. Her hope is that people will be encouraged to register as organ donors and that people presently waiting on transplants will be uplifted and encouraged.

Kathy has invited her cardiologist to attend The Derby. In addition to him, there will be millions of others watching and pulling for Mucho Macho Man. The race is scheduled to start at 6:24 PM EDT and will be broadcast live on NBC. The question is - will Mucho Macho Man be "The Man ?" We will find out Saturday.

Source : article titled Eric Crawford - Mucho Macho Man Trainer Champions the Need for Organ Donation

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1 comment:

The Second Chance Sheepdog said...

Congratulations to Mucho Macho Man and Kathy Ritvo on a 3rd place finish in the Kentucky Derby !!