And All Over the Place
All day long. Went to church in the rain. Went to lunch in the rain. Bought alfalfa cubes in the rain. Bought groceries in the rain. Went to Staples for some postcard paper in the rain and finally fed the Boys in the rain.
Did I tell you it rained all day?
It always amuses me how people think that just because you own horses you are an expert on things like the Kentucky Derby. Before the race, I knew almost nothing about the horses running this year. Time was, I might have followed horse racing a bit more, but after all the tragedies, I lost a lot of my enthusiasm. All I wanted this year was a clean race with all the horses finishing without any injuries. From all I know, my wish was fulfilled.
I do, however, love it when a longshot wins, coming out of nowhere. And I did like to see Mine That Bird win in such convincing fashion. He ran a powerful finish, clearly outrunning all the other contenders, but that does not a Triple Crown horse make. He'll need two more good trips and a lot of stamina to win the coveted title. I'd love to see it, but for now, I enjoyed the race.
I was also glad to know the owner/trainer of I Want Revenge decided to scratch him from the race due to some filling and inflammation in his ankle. Good choice and the best one for the horse. Not easy with the biggest race of his career on the line, but good one.
I keep thinking that both Tucker and Toby could have been race horses had their lives taken a different turn. Toby was in the hands of a track trainer when I bought him, but the trainer and partner decided to get out of the game and so they sold him to me instead. Tucker's club foot and subsequent surgery may have taken him out of the track "track" at a young age, but he too was bred from racing stock. My PJ had raced and it told on his body. He had bowed tendons and a problem with the bone in his front foot. It didn't keep him from being a super, wonderful horse for me, but how much happier and more sound (without regular acupuncture) he would have been if he'd never set foot on a race track.
Every time I watch the Derby or another important horse race on television, I go out afterward and hug my Boys. It makes me realize how lucky we all are to have each other.