LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - "John Henry" is grumpy, in one of those
"I don't care what you want, I'm not coming over" kinda moods.
So no matter how many times Karen Jumenville offers one of the
greatest thoroughbreds in the history of horse racing a treat, he
Maybe he's not hungry. Maybe he sees the cameraman out of the
corner of his eye trying to get a picture. Or maybe he's just
playing hard to get.
Doesn't matter. The old man is not moving. John Henry will be 32
tomorrow. His age translates to near 100 in human years.
After five minutes of patiently calling the horse with a
singsongy "Johnny Angel," Jumenville gives up. She knows the
Hey, you try and get horse racing's elder statesmen to do
something and see how far that gets you. The caretakers at Kentucky
Horse Park's Hall of Champions have been waging a daily battle of
wills with John Henry for more than two decades, and losing.
The two-time Horse of the Year winner remains as grouchy as