What with the trifecta of bad racing news over the last couple of days, (the Jeremy Rose suspension and the Dutrow/Asmussen violations), I’m going to focus on some good racing news.
As both the NY Daily News and Green but Game reported earlier this month, Casino Drive and his connections developed quite a relationship with the children of Anna House at the Belmont Child Care Association while the horse was prepping for the Belmont. In fact, before Casino Drive headed back to Japan, Nobutaka Tada, manager of Hidetoshi Yamamoto’s stable, invited the children back to the barn to say good-bye.
On Tuesday, the folks at Anna House wrote to tell me that Mr. Tada had announced that Mr. Yamamoto has donated $30,000 to the Belmont Child Care Association. After visiting the children at Anna House, Mr. Yamamoto was so impressed by the early childhood education program and by what the BCCA does for the children of the backstretch workers that he decided to donate. Mr. Tada said that Mr. Yamamoto “believes anyone can do anything for anybody and hopes others in the industry will follow his example and also donate to Anna House. This gives us the meaning of our journey to New York.”
Wow! “Gives the meaning of our journey to New York.” Given the profound disappointment the team must have felt following Casino Drive’s game day scratch from the Belmont, what a graceful and classy response. Casino Drive’s team joins Roy and Gretchen Jackson, Michael Dubb, the late Jeanne Vance, and other notable industry folk in supporting the BCCA.
You can support Anna House by making a contribution or by donating to the August benefit in Saratoga; the BCCA is seeking a variety of items (jewelry, art, concert/sports/theater tickets, services, etc.) for the silent auction part of the program, which will take place on August 20th. You could also buy an ad in the benefit program. You can contact the BCCA directly or me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, Equidaily, for highlighting this article from the Albany Times-Union about Evening Attire, whom we are likely to see racing at Saratoga this summer. Though trainer Pat Kelly scoffs at the notion of the grey guy making it to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, I wonder if he’d have a shot in the Dirt Marathon? Is that crazy talk?
Last night I spent what will likely was my last evening in Shea Stadium. For many folks, that would be cause for celebration, but I’ve always liked Shea. I like the planes overhead; I like those neon players on the exterior; I like that it’s an easy subway ride from my apartment. Though my paternal grandmother was the biggest Yankees fan I’ve ever known, my father always took me to Shea, and I remember going to a game with him when I was very young, leaving early, and hearing the game-winning home run on the radio in the car on the way home. I did eventually forgive him.
I took my nephews to last night’s game for their birthdays, and the Mets won handily, 8 – 2, off two consecutive David Wright early inning home runs. A Mets win is something for which to be grateful these days, so I diverge from my usual pursuits here to bid farewell to the first sporting venue to which I’ve ever been that will soon no longer exist.