I know I sound like a broken record, but it's another glorious Sunday morning in Lexington, and what a crystal-clear view I have of downtown as I sit in the press box at The Red Mile and write this. Speaking of broken records, how about the racing so far over just the first three nights of Grand Circuit action? World records by the 2-year-old filly trotter Designed To Be and the 2-year-old gelding trotter Outburst, and what about Captaintreacherous's 1:47.1 win last night? The third fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old pacer, behind only his sire Somebeachsomewhere's 1:46.4 score here in 2008 and Art Official's epic 1:47 win over the Beach in the '08 Meadowlands Pace.
The action has been fast and furious but you don't have to wait hours to read the news from The Red Mile as we've been posting all the stories as they happen. Even my grandfather told me he's impressed as we had a short conversation while I drove to the track this morning. Also, if you want to see the videos of the stakes races you can find them on our website, with the others available for viewing on The Red Mile's Youtube page. . It's going to be a bit cooler than the last couple days, reaching a high of only in the low 70s, and a chance of rain late afternoon or early evening.
Let's hit the rewind button first and go back to yesterday. I had a great lunch with Nick Salvi, Howie Okusko Jr. and Bill Augustine at Show Me's. I mention this because I need to address a photo that Nick posted on his "On The Road In Lexington With Nick Salvi" page on facebook. Yes, the picture showed me holding a shot, and yes I drank that shot and a couple others, and yes it was noon, but I was only obliging our bartender Samantha, who asked if I would test her mixes and let her know what I thought. Yes, they were good, but I can't help it if I had to keep asking for more just to make sure they stayed good. And a big thanks to Bill for picking up the tab. As we left, I told Howie to have a good time at the UK-Florida football game as he told me had tickets--although they were smack dab in the middle of the Florida section.
After the races last night I headed for Logans for a late dinner. Trouble was, the football game ended just a bit earlier and traffic was a monster. Funny, there was absolutely no problem getting to the track earlier, but leaving was a mess. It took me 20 minutes to make it to Logans instead of the normal 90 seconds.
There were a bunch of horsemen in there. Scott Zeron sat near me and I asked if he knew how much he gave up at Mohawk in the Ontario Sires Stakes finals to be at The Red Mile, where he didn't have the best of nights. He said he didn't know any results, and I filled him in on some that I knew. He asked about the 3-year-old colt pacer Mach It So, but that race hadn't gone off yet when I left The Red Mile so I didn't know. Scott looked on his phone and told me Mach It So had finished last. Although Scott told me in early September that Mach It So wasn't going to the Little Brown Jug, the horse was entered at the last minute when it was announced Captaintreacherous and Sunshine Beach weren't going. But Mach It So didn't advance out of the elims so I guess that carried through to the Ontario Sires Stakes final.
Others in Logans included the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association's Brenda Watson and photographer John Sanucci. Casie Coleman and her crew came in and I congratulated her on a win by Michael's Power at Yonkers and by Social Scene in a $225,000 NY Sires Stakes final last night.
There was also an owner in Logans who I'm not going to name because I know he did something that he didn't do for any recognition. He was talking to me when he saw four people decked out in Kentucky gear sitting in a booth and he recognized them from the hotel he was staying at. He went over and chatted for a few minutes and then told their server he was picking up their tab. He said he didn't want them to dwell on the UK loss, so he thought he'd pay the bill. I told him how generous I thought he was. I then thanked my friend Shawna, who bartends at Logans on the weekends, for making sure I was taken care of as she was slammed with all the late-comers from The Red Mile, and headed home.
So here we are, the last day of the first week of Grand Circuit racing. Tonight finishes up with the Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Association's gathering at the Round Barn where Kit Glenn McKinley will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Next week will be busy with the yearling sale starting Tuesday night out at Fasig-Tipton--make sure you check out the consignment of my sponsor, Steve and Cindy Stewart's Hunterton Sales Agency.
There will be a lot of running around next week, but I've got plenty of gas in my car as I filled up this morning. I didn't really need gas, but there is a station near where I live that was at $3.18, and with my reward card knocked it down three cents to $3.15. But alas, the two stations nearest the track on my way in were still at $3.27 and $3.29.