I feel kind of bad this morning as I shirked my responsibilities to all of you last night. Instead of going out on the town and reporting what I did and saw—at least some of what I did and saw—I stayed home and regenerated myself for the last four days of action in Lexington. I've got racing and the sale today, so I wanted to make sure I was somewhat refreshed.
I thought I could get some Backstretch ammunition at The Red Mile this morning, but that didn't go well either. First, it actually is a gloomy day in Lexington and I found myself walking through light rain as I made my first couple of rounds around the backstretch. I asked a few people what they did last night so I could do some reporting, but either they went to the sale or stayed in. The best I could do was a couple people said they could give me some info, but then they'd have to kill me.
I want to do well this week, thus my reasoning of staying home last night and not heading out there. Remember, I'm seven years older than President Obama, although he's obviously aging a lot faster these past few years than I am.
I do know the second night of the sale out at Fasig-Tipton went well. The other thing I do know is that trainer Bruce Saunders, who fell ill Tuesday morning and is hospitalized, is doing better. He reported by text to Boss Kathy last night that he was making progress and on the mend. A few people asked me this morning if I had heard anything about Bruce, and I relayed the good news. Bruce's wife is in town now so he's in good hands.
I saw Fred Grant walking two dogs owned by Meegan Jo Sattelberg, Oscar and AJ. Both have one blue eye and one brown eye, just like my family Dalmatian Bingo we had when I was just a youngster. Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer also has one blue eye and one brown eye, and I mention that too because the Tigers get their post-season underway Friday and Scherzer will be pitching. My Reds have already been bounced, but I've still got my number one in play.
I saw Mark Austin and his wife, Julie, who brought Fool Me Once for Saturday's Tattersalls. I've know Julie since she was a teenager; she'd come to Hazel Park with her father George and sometimes come and hang out in my office. I told Mark I was sorry about the draw for Saturday with Fool Me Once drawing post 1 in the "other Tattersalls division,” the one without Captaintreacherous, Vegas Vacation and Sunshine Beach.
"Yeah, (announcer) Sam McKee told me he heard the Captaintreacherous camp was glad we drew away from him,” Mark said with a laugh.
I congratulated Mark on Fool Me Once's win in the New York Sires Stakes final, and then nearby was Dave Menary, so I did the same on his win with He's Watching in the NYSS final.
Speaking of Captaintreacherous, I didn't know the big stallion news this morning until Myron Bell saw me and came over. He asked if I had heard about the Captain heading to Hanover Shoe Farms to stand stud in 2015, but I hadn't gone online yet this morning except to quickly check the sale story to see what I missed. I told Myron I guess I blew a scoop yesterday because I saw Hanover's Jim Simpson and Myron together in the Alagna barn looking at Captaintreacherous, but wasn't smart enough to put two and two together.
Jimmy Takter was sitting as his table with Frank Antonacci Sr., so I made my way and said hello. Frank asked me what I thought about the first week of racing, and I told him it was great. Jimmy was on the phone entering horses, but when he was done I had a chance to talk to him. Jimmy has spent nearly $2 million over the first two nights of the sale, so just to be sure, I told him I'd be happy to take him to lunch if he didn't have any cash left. Jimmy's Sunfire Blue Chip also drew in the "other division,” and he said he likes his spot.
Speaking of lunch, Boss Kathy and I are dining in the clubhouse today. I am looking forward to the buffet Matt Falcone puts out, especially when he told me the other day he was amping up the offerings.
Red Mile Road was still in need of paving after being milled yesterday, but I guess with the rain the workers had the day off. As for the weather forecast, hopefully we can get through today without any heavy rain, but it still feels tropical out there. I think it's been warmer this week than it was at the Meadowlands on Hambo day. The high the next two days is in the low 80s, and now on Sunday it's supposed to be 77 with a good chance of some rain.
Gas prices remain "low,” as the stations nearest the track on my way in were $3.18 and $3.21. However, I did see a station at $3.09 yesterday on my way home from the office.