The best of times



It was the first time the Jockey ever rode Whiskey Bandit.  Bandit wanted to impress him.   He let his rider know he wanted to run, and his rider let him.

Bandit ran the length of the field,  which was a little more than the 10 furlongs for the Kentucky Derby.  One of his best times.   It felt good to run with a Jockey again.

Bandit opened his eyes and realized no one was seated on him.   He wasn’t wearing a saddle.  Whiskey Bandit was long-retired.   He was dreaming again.   Bandit slowly walked out of the paddock, back to the stable.

Friday Fictioneers – 5/23/14 at Rochelle Wisoff-Fields  Addicted to Purple
Word Count:  100
Photo Prompt:  copyright Erin Leary

Thanks to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers


When I was a kid I wanted to be an "atomic" scientist. Not anything my mother expected of me. Well, I became a scientist, just not an atomic one.

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34 comments on “The best of times
  1. oh, i loved this story !! Heartwarming and a little sad at the same time, plus I love the unusual POV. And I’m a little swept up with the possible triple crown this year, so Whiskey Bandit really held my attention here 🙂

  2. elappleby says:

    Ah! Sweet horsey dreams 🙂 I thought this was lovely. I hope he’s in a home for retired racehorses and being well looked after.

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you. I think he’s been busy siring lots of baby racehorses. Thank you for coming by. I appreciate your words. Lucy

  3. Jan Brown says:

    This is a wonderful interpretation of the photo prompt. Your writing is excellent, all the more because you have captured the voice of the horse so poignantly.

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you so much for those kind words. The fenced in field, particularly the fence itself, reminded me of Kentucky and I took it from there. Thank you for coming by. I do appreciate it. Lucy

  4. Fortunately, retirement does not involve our putting our passions and dreams out to pasture. Some people realize theirs at this stage of life. Very nice piece! Beth

  5. Ah, I know how he feels.

  6. Who knows the dreams of horses, other than that at least some are undoubtedly of food? I know some horses love to run and California Chrome seems to be one of those. You have a very timely story and perhaps we’ll see a Triple Crown winner this year again. If so, Bandit can enjoy the moment, imagining that he’s running as well.


  7. maru clavier says:

    Lovely sad… I knew a very old dog that probably dreamt of chasing butterflies.

  8. Great! I wouldn’t have thought to use the prompt from a horses POV. Made me sad, but happy at the end.

  9. Hopefully Bandit can enjoy himself with being a stud at least.. but he seems to missing the action… I get vibes from Black Beauty in this..

    • Lucy says:

      Well, Black Beauty shouldn’t talk so much. I suppose, if he ran in the Derby then he’s siring baby racehorses, don’t you think? Hey, thanks for coming by. Bandit thanks you, too. Lucy

  10. Amy Reese says:

    I thought of horses too when I first saw this prompt. Run like the wind, Bandit. I enjoyed this.

  11. Lucy, I loved this story from the viewpoint of the old horse. Well, old Whiskey Bandit still has his dreams and a good life in retirement so I consider that a happy ending. Well written. 🙂 —Susan

  12. Dear Lucy,

    A tenderly told story from an unusual point of view. It worked well.



  13. Michael Fishman says:

    Horses are one of my least liked animals. No special reason, there’s just something about them (maybe their size? maybe their demeanor?) that frightens me. Anyway, you were able to take an animal I don’t like very much, personalize him and make me feel for him. Very well done.

  14. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Lucy, So this positively proves that horses dream too! I love it! Very well written. Maybe Whiskey Bandit sipped on some spirits before he slept. Good job! Nan 🙂

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