It has been a busy summer for this old guy. In April we bought shares in another race horse, a 3-year-old filly named Spring Run. She came up from Golden Gate and has raced seven times at Emerald Downs. Last Friday we saw he win her first race. She's a beautiful horse and likes to run out front but then she fades in the stretch. Two races back the jockey was instructed to hold her back. She broke well and none of the other horses would go with her. Consequently she found herself out front once again, then faded. The same jockey rode her last Friday with instructions to hold her back by 8-10 lengths. He practically strangled her coming out of the gate and was still strangling her when they rounded the first turn and started down the back stretch. Still the best he could do was keep her third or fourth. Finally at the 3/8ths pole he let up on her. At the quarter pole she took the lead and flew down the home stretch, winning by 1-1/2 lengths. The owners, about a dozen of us, were truly excited. First time to the winner's circle, photos with the jockey and horse. Much celebration.
That's enought to ease back into this blog. I wish I felt more comfortable just writing about the everyday happenings. Jason Beem, the track announcer at Portland Meadows, writes a very down-home blog entitled Life On the Roof. I'll try to be more like him.