I haven't talked about our horse. A thoroughbred. An honest-to-God race horse. Well, truth to tell, it's mine and about forty other people. Sometime in late spring of '08, we had the opportunity to buy shares in two horses, both two-year-olds. One filly named Promise Me Gold and one gelding named Gavin Slew. We were able to watch them race at Emereald Downs in Auburn, near Seattle. They were like teenagers, not quite sure what was expected of them. They tried, but all those other horses around them, and what do you mean I'm supposed to stay near the rail around the turns, and why is that person hitting me with a stick. They did not win at Emerald.
When the season ended at the end of September, they shipped down to Portland Meadows in Portland, Oregon. Unfortunately Goldy developed a sore ankle there and it was determined expedient to retire her. She's at a farm in Enumclaw, WA and living the life. I had an e-mail from the person who has her and she's doing just fine.
Gavin continues to run and on December 30, 2008 he broke his maiden. That's race track talk to say that he won his first race. Exciting! It was at a mile.
Yesterday he was entered in a 6 furlong race at PM. We drove down to witness the race. Unfortunately there are not many longer races that his trainer can find to run him in. So the thought was that he might have an outside chance in the sprint.
He was outclassed and ran last. He needs the mile length to run to his potential. So we were disappointed. But in spite of it, we had a great time. We met several other partners who were also at the track and had some very nice conversations. It's a three hour drive from our house to Portland's track. We listen to music, talk some, Anna takes a nap. On the way home we stop for a nice dinner. So regardless of the disappointment we had a very day.