Backstretch With Gordon: What are they wearing?
October 05, 2019
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What a glorious Saturday morning in the Bluegrass. I write this as I sit in the press box at The Red Mile, watching over things. There were a few qualifiers this morning and they're completed, so it won't be long until the afternoon card gets underway at 1 p.m.
I'm really anxious to see what Dave Brower and Gabe Prewitt are wearing, because I luckily found myself in the middle of their "fashion get together" last night as they contemplated what color shirts they should wear for today's TV gig. After I finally got home after yesterday's card and got a power nap in, I was hungry so I made my way to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch some baseball. Scott and Lori McKelvie from Woodbine Mohawk Park joined me, and later Gabe and Dave showed up. They were out at the sale where Gabe sold a yearling for $29,000. When we parted I wasn't sure what color scheme had been decided, so I'm anxious to know.
By the way, if you haven't read our new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, make sure you check it out, and really check out the video of Greenshoe that can be viewed by clicking the link in the Hanover ad. Taken by Hanover's Russell Williams from the starting car, the video follows Brian Sears and Greenshoe as they won the Bluegrass last Sunday. Boss Kathy also has a great item in there after she spoke to Brian about driving the 3-year-old colt trotter.
Friday's card got underway with a Tyler Buter Daily Double. The Buter family hails from Michigan and I know Todd's parents Todd and Lynette very well. I always love when a Michigan connection wins. I was remiss not mentioning earlier in the week that when I saw Matt Kakaley and Annie Larrabee at the sale with their young daughter Arianna, Matt told me his mom, Linda--who I knew back in the day in Michigan--was in Lexington for the first time ever. Matt said Linda was going to be doing some babysitting duty while in town as well. I also ran into Mike Micallef on Thursday, great seeing him.
The first person I saw this morning at The Red Mile was Boss Kathy's brother, Norm Parker. He was on the track and yelled over, "Hey, you must really like this weather." I told Norm it's great, but it's been so long since I needed a jacket, it took me a while to find it this morning.
I stopped at Tony Alagna's barn and he told me he's already purchased 29 yearlings and there could be a few more on the horizon in tonight's final night out at Fasig-Tipton. Joe Holloway was across the way so I went over and talked baseball--most specifically the Yankees beating the Twins 10-4 last night--and USTA photographer Mark Hall was there.
Mark and I walked into the barn and found Shartin N, the great pacing mare who is the top-ranked Standardbred in the Hambletonian Society weekly poll. The King family brought Shartin N here for tomorrow's Allerage. Remember how a select group was able to pull off bringing Foiled Again into the ballroom at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando for last February's Dan Patch Awards dinner, I whispered in Shartin's ear, "Hey, if you stay number one and Horse of the Year is in your future, any chance you might want to attend the dinner, which again is at Rosen Shingle Creek next February?" No, I didn't get an answer, but hopefully she's thinking about it.
Bruce Saunders and Greg Coon walked by and said hello. I went into the judges' office where I talked to Jim Grow for a few minutes as I was waiting to speak to Jim Campbell for an upcoming story. When I left Jim's office I poked my head into the Racing Commission's office and I asked Alicia Ritter if she was being dispatched to the new Oak Grove track in southwest Kentucky that opens on Oct. 18. She said yes, but that means she won't be at the Keeneland meet at all.
Billy Bigler's in the house as I saw him on a chair in front of Cindy Solverson's She Shed. Which is near the Tony Alagna-sponsored trackside deck, which is next to the Tree of Knowledge. Two big Alagna banners adorn the new deck.
That's it for today as I'm going to head soon for lunch in the clubhouse with Boss Kathy and famed Swedish photographer Adam Strom. Lunch won't be served until 1 p.m., but still a lot better than waiting in line in the grandstand or Wagers. And it's compliments of Cindy, so thanks greatly.
Sorry, looks as if you're going to be needing to pay $2.55 a gallon for gas to get out of town as the prices have pretty much remained steady. However, I did stop at that Shell Station on Limestone for the bargain price of $2.33 last night. Looking forward to a great day of racing. It's supposed to rain early tomorrow morning and then clear up, and then rain again later. Let's keep our fingers crossed the rain waits until after the Futurity day card is over.