In what was
supposed to be a surprise birthday
party weekend for my best bud Jason, ended up where tables were turned on both of us by the dark wife
addition to two days at the races Jason and I were surprised with a Chicago Cubs VIP experience
which we will both never forget. Baseball and horse racing, how could anything
be wrong with that?!
Since I knew
I was going to be in Chicago, I first decided to take some time to get some business
done as well. Meeting up with my bud and business colleague Evan and his teammate
Wali for a couple of days of “real work
,” we talked business, pizza
, and of
course horse racing. We were fortunate to enjoy a fun and sunny afternoon one
of those days at Arlington as well! This was Evan’s first time at Arlington
Park and I think he got to see just about everything, including a view of the
races from the winner’s circle and a photo with jockey Emmanuel Esquivel! This
trip had an epic beginning!
(the darkness returned to Arlington...)
After hanging with
my Beatle brother Dave Zenner
later that evening and watching Paul McCartney's Rock Show
, I couldn't wait for the morning as I knew I would surprise Jason when he arrived. See, the story was that I knew he and I were
supposed to go to a Cubs game that afternoon, only from his perspective he was
going to pick me up at a hotel in Vernon Hills much later in the day. I thought I was being so sly.
arrived, very surprised to see me at Z's place, he opened the package which his sister (who was in on the whole
ordeal) conspicuously gave him before he left. Inside were the two Cubs VIP
passes, room reservations for a hotel in Lincoln Park, and a letter from the
dark wife on how she punked both of us! What a sneak!
incredible VIP passes included:
the Friday and Saturday Cubs game
was a completely amazing experience which I will never forget!! Not to mention the Cubs won on Friday!!
It felt so
great to be back “home” at the race track I had been hanging around since
high school on such a picture perfect day. There’s just something about Arlington which relieves all of the stress
and makes me feel relaxed. Perhaps it’s
the familiar faces
, John G. Dooley’s voice over the loudspeakers, the expansive
turf course, the paddock, the John Henry statue, or the pristine and perfectly
manicured grounds. Regardless it’s just a pleasure to be so familiar with the
most beautiful race track in the land.
a nice profit
for the afternoon while betting only three races, and having
dinner at the Buffalo
with the guys, it was time to say goodbye to the Chicago
area and return to my new home. However, if you hear the terms “Cardboard
being tossed around in conversation at the races, please let me know!
P.S. so this
is what Hawthorne looks like from the air!
P.S.S. You can view all of my Wrigley and Arlington photos via the links on the right side of the page! --------->
second day at Arlington, jockey Maria Thornton
won her first lifetime race!
And I guess
this (see below) is what happens when you break your maiden… classic!
(Video also by Stephen Kershner)
always seems to happen. Without failure when we start talking about the class
of 3yo fillies such as Untapable
this year, or other filles and mares in recent years, the
conversation almost never fails to turn to the Rachel vs Zenyatta battle.
is no Rachel.”
normally starts as a friendly conversation about horses currently in training
turns into a fiery, no holds barred slinging of words about arguably two of the
greatest female runners of all time. The words turn personal, people on
Facebook are unfriended or blocked, and while debate is sometimes good for the
sport, in this case I’m tired of hearing about it. In the most recent war on
social media in which I was participating, I employed a new system to get the
never-ending squabble to end. And in the
spirit of the recent World Cup, I issued these:
I actually think it worked!! Well after
I posted these photos countless times.
they never raced against each other, we will never truly know which of the two
is better or which would have won in a head to head battle. With that being
said, please for the love of horse racing, let it go. I have fond memories of
both horses and I’d like to keep those as happy memories.
we’ll see how well that works out.
it’s been a while since I produced a Dark Report, I missed writing about a lot
of great stuff. So as not to drag things out, I’ll proceed in a quick-hit
1. Are you
kidding me, the Queen of England had a horse suspended for doping? Contaminated
product, eh? That’s like a NFL player not knowing what’s in his supplements I
suppose. Still very funny to see that.
2. Ah, here
is the first round of dirt going in at Keeneland! I wonder if the fall meet
will produce many longshots, or go back to the speed-favoring. chalky track we
knew in the past. I guess we’ll find out soon!
3. I can’t
believe what happened to Dance With Fate. Seems like only yesterday I was right
there when I saw him win the Bluegrass Stakes
at Keeneland back in April.
Horrible accident. Rest in peace, friend.
4. Then on
top of that Del Mar, one of my favorite tracks actually, is having that much
trouble with their turf course. I know it’s new and all, but with the Breeders’
Cup coming in a few years, hopefully they will have everything in order before
5. Happy to
see that Wicked Strong
, with blinkers on, won the Jim Dandy! I knew that horse
was special and I wonder if it was strange for him to be up near the lead and
not closing in from the clouds?
! I’ve been waiting on this horse for quite some time, and over
this last weekend, he finally came through in the Whitney. With only his third
lifetime victory, this gelded son of Ghostzapper finally got the Grade 1
victory which he deserved. Out to the lead with his normal running style and
setting some decent fractions, he kept enough distance between himself,
Itsmyluckyday, and Will Take Charge to win at 10-1!
Stay tuned for more Dark Reports!!