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Backstretch with Gordon--Futurity Day

October 06, 2007

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It\'s Kentucky Futurity day at The Red Mile, the last day of racing at the historic racetrack in 2007, and after walking through the backstretch I now sit in the press box overlooking the racetrack, and with everyone leaving town I am hoping that after a pretty hectic two weeks it isn\'t too much of a drag tonight as it will probably be pretty quiet around the hot spots in town.
Although I had gotten pretty content on my couch watching the Yankees-Indians game (sorry, but I know that comment must really \"bug\" the New York fans after they lost in extra innings) but since I thought tonight I might not see that many people I better head out to the popular Wings spot. I watched the end of the ballgame and then headed over there around 10, and the place was pretty much deserted.
Bartender Trevor asked me if I thought he could send the other bartender home or did I think they\'d get busy, and I said to keep him as I knew that after the sale ended around 11 the place would again get packed. And I was right and by 11:45 there weren\'t too many empty seats and Trevor was thanking me for my prediction.
What\'s great about these two weeks is I get a chance to see longtime friends from my Michigan days. While walking around the track during the races it\'s hard for me to stop and chat too long, so I apologize if I appear to brush you off as I\'m really not. Last night I was glad I went out as there were quite a few Michiganders I hadn\'t seen in awhile there, including Charlene, who told me she is now living in northern Kentucky after her husband got a job outside of Cincinnati, Melanie, a couple I still can\'t remember their names, and Peter Wrenn.
Pete\'s having a great year as he has been ranked in the top five in wins in North America pretty much the entire team. Pete told me he drove down from Michigan yesterday afternoon and went straight to Fasig-Tipton for the sale, where he had a filly picked out. And he was successful in his bidding as he brought the gavel down at $47,000, so his trip was well worth it. He didn\'t make the races yesterday and isn\'t staying today though, so I told him I\'d probably see him again when I stop at Northville while in town for Thanksgiving.
But back to this morning, and it\'s another very hot day. Actually, this completes the \"sweltering trifecta\" as the sport\'s biggest afternoon cards--the Hambletonian, the Little Brown Jug and now the Kentucky Futurity--will be contested under extremely hot and muggy conditions. Although the official high in Lexington yesterday was 82, it felt about 102 with the humidity. And congratulations to the connections of Falls For You for winning the Filly Futurity, with that filly going three heats under the summer-like conditions.
I walked past Fred Grant\'s barn and there was a gin rummy game going, with the group including Steve Elliott. I wished Steve luck today with Donato Hanover and walked on past, waving over to Jimmy Takter and then passing by the stalls of Dick Oldfield. I walked by there the other day and Dick and Doug Ackerman were sitting down having a conversation, and I thought that there was about 300 years of experience and stories there.
So it\'s now time to put the laptop away for awhile and get ready for the races. A great card is on tap and with the conditions who knows, we might just see a world record or two. Dan Coon has been going around and around on one of the two big tractors that have been working the track this morning, so the clay oval should be lightning fast.
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