A few random thoughts from New Orleans:
While in Lexington, I stopped at Keeneland, open for the winter for simulcasting, to watch the Gravesend on Saturday. It’s quite a busy place in the winter; in addition to simulcasting, at least two major life events were taking place:
Congratulations to all of those involved, and especially for having these momentous moments take place in the beauty of Keeneland!
The Keeneland shop was holding the last day of its Christmas sale on the ground floor of the clubhouse; prices were slashed 75%, and the place had pretty much been picked clean.
The main gift shop, though, was still stocked, and offering much in the way of discounts. Maryjean Wall has done a little virtual shopping, proffering gifts to many in the racing world…and I love my holiday present!
I placed a wager while at the track and was pleasantly reminded that while Keeneland uses the same betting machines as the NYRA tracks do, those at Keeneland go one better by printing the horse’s name on the ticket. For those like me who occasionally and catastrophically bet the wrong horse, for myself and for other people, such attention to detail is a life—and money!—saver. In this particular case, however, it might have done me good to bet the wrong race.
In news a little closer to home that I hope will make reader/commenter LJK happy, Confirmondi came back to win last Wednesday. He’d won his last start as well, but stumbled after the finish line, leading viewers to think he’d broken down. It appears that the stumble did him little harm, good news for those worried about him.
Today brings my first trip to the Fair Grounds, but my first day in the Crescent City was not bereft of equine inspiration; below are two photos from the Garden District, a pleasant reminder of why I have ventured 1300 miles from home…
A happy and safe New Year’s Eve to all…I will apparently be spending mine with this guy…
Photo credit: Matt Rose/The Times-Picayune Archive