In honor of Better Talk Now, we donated to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. This horse was so special to our friends Graham and Anita Motion, the Herringswell team, Bushwood Stables, and so many fans across the world.

After his racing career, he lived many happy years at Herringswell Stables.

We hope you will consider making a gift to TAA to support retired race horses this National Philanthropy Day. Donate here.

Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

Also known as Blackie, Better Talk Now (Talkin ManBendita) was a Multiple Graded Stakes Winner with wins including the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Turf, G1 Manhattan Handicap, G2 Sky Classic Stakes, G1 Man o’ War Stakes, G1 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes, and even more!

Photo: Skip Dickstein/Blood-Horse

A message from Herringswell Stables: “What a character he was—willful, opinionated, often cantankerous. But always a star, and he knew it. It was Blackie’s way or the highway. He mellowed a bit in retirement and never failed to realize when visitors had come especially to see him. And come they did; his following was huge and fiercely loyal. His passing, just like his presence, leaves a massive impact.”

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Watch the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Turf