Some say it's horse racing; some say polo. Post anything at all about either...
Here's a link to the participants in the Run For the Roses this evening: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/horses
Derby Day ranks up there with Christmas for me and my family. I am preparing for my annual party as we speak [or, write :-) ]. Hats for the ladies are a reqirement...
Even though I was a city girl I grew up with horses. We lived near Fairmont Park and when I was young they had horses there to ride.
During High School I worked off and on at a horse farm where I boarded my horse.
My cousins lived near a race track in Philadelphia and when I was nine and ten years old we would walk there and sneak in through a hole in the fence.
The very first bridle I ever owned hangs on the door to my cellar.
My sister and her Veterinarian husband breed horses-- standardbreds and thoroughbreds. I saw a foal born on Easter Sunday.
My Brother-in-law was the Vet for many years at Delaware Park. I had the honor of knowing Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. I've also had the priviledge of meeting a number of jockeys and trainers who have won Triple Crown races.
I've had the pleasure of attending the Kentucky Derby a number of times as well as the Preakness and the Belmont, both of those are within driving distance for me.
I still ride occasionally, but not as much as I'd like.
I could go on all day, I love horses, I love horse racing, and I love the people associated with horses.
But, I'll stop now. :-)
WOW, Quinn! You've had some great experiences!
I've only really come in contact with thoroughbreds once they came off the track, or with horses who were never headed for it. I ride dressage (also not enough now) and used to ride/retrain horses at the Potomac Horse Center in Maryland that were making a transition from racing to saddle. Some of the horses went quite far in dressage..even to Grand Prix. WONDERFUL horses with amazing intelligence and spirit.
BOY, I had some wild rides!
I know a bit more about harness racing. When I started riding as a youngster, I used to go to a riding school in New England every summer and they had Standardbreds. That was FUN!
I'll never forget one summer I was leading a trail ride at the Mount Washington Hotel in NH, and one of the horses was a Standardbred that was JUST being broken to saddle...HAHAHAHAHA...the pace was a shock, but it was so cool once you got used to it!!!
My first "legal" bet was at a harness race.
I would have won $98 and change except that the horse was disqualified for breaking his pace [or trot, or something about the way he ran???].
Oh...I hope so.
Quinn...you are a fount of knowledge about racing and Thoroughbreds...I want to learn more. Post umptittly million discussions, okay?!