Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Opening Day at Emerald Downs

Last Friday we attended the Opening Day of our local race track, Emerald Downs. A couple of things attracted us. First, it was a nice sunny day, something that we don’t always have at this time of year in the northwest. And second, there was a fine giveaway, a sports bag. One out of the 5,000 available one had $5000 tucked away in it. It was worth a shot. The card is not wonderful, neither on opening day nor at this time of year. All of distances were set at 5 or 5½ furlongs. The horses haven’t been in training very long and the longer distances would only bring injuries. We had a great time until the sun went down. It began to get cold and by the last race around 9:30 p.m. I was getting chilled clear through. Still, it was fun to see the horses run. We didn’t lose. Neither did we win very big. And no, we did not get the $5 grand. A lady who did was interviewed at about the fourth race. There was a good opening day crowd of about 8,000 and the handle at the windows was nearly $1½ million. So the track is off to a good start. I note that the first stakes race was Sunday and a horse was shipped in from California to take the big money. Smart owner or trainer. Well, this won’t be the last time I go to the track this summer. It’s about a half hour away and the drive isn’t bad at all. And on clear days there is a beautiful view of Mt. Rainier standing tall to the southeast. What more could one ask? Blue skies, sunshine, and beautiful horses trying their best.


Blogger Cap'n Bob Napier said...

If you go on Father's Day we might bump into each other.

2:40 PM  

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