My name is Judith Tabler, and I have always been "horse crazy." When I was a child, I spent every hour I could at a nearby stable. My first love was a pony named Mitzie. She was a 13.1 inch skewbald who had a bit of hackney gait, but she jumped anything I set her at. After I outgrew Mitzie, I rode many different horses until Spring Fever arrived at the stable. He was the second, and longest lasting, horse in my life. "Fever" was a 16.2 chestnut thoroughbred gelding from the Gimbel stable. He was out of a mare called Printemps (French for springtime), and he was sired by a racehorse called Wait A Bit. I always liked his name because it paid homage to both of his parents.
For those of you into horse racing historical facts, Wait A Bit is most famous for being one of three horses who ended in a true "dead heat" or tie. Upon examination of a photo finish of the Carter Handicap race at Aqueduct Racetrack, the judges declared that the three winners were Wait A Bit, Brownie, and Bossuet. This is the only race to have ended in this manner, and probably will not be repeated since modern photos can be zoomed in and will show which horse's nose whisker crosses the finish line first.