The Derby is over, Saratoga is closed and we all said good-bye to Del Mar. This means that autumn is here. The leaves have not changed yet here in Kentucky and the thermometers are still reading 88, but all the other signs are pointing towards the arrival of fall: Keeneland is on the horizon, kids are back at school, Pumpkin Spice is back at Starbucks and we at HRN have started counting down the days till we meet up at the Breeders Cup.
Seems like only yesterday we were gearing up for summer, the kids were anxious to get out of school and now they head right back. Speaking of heading back to school, I too am headed back to school this fall. October marks the beginning of my journey towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Management. I am just finishing up the last two years of school in Paralegal studies and I am looking forward to going back to school. I know it is quite a leap, law to equine, but that is the journey I have chosen. The truth is I was going to get the paralegal degree to get a job in law to work my way through law school and then of course, become a lawyer. That course changed when I found out that although I love the law, I love horseracing more. I have sat through the literature classes thinking ‘this would be so much more interesting if we were talking about the story of Secretariat’ and in astronomy I thought about the anatomy of a horse and what features make a great runner; even in my law classes I thought about the regulations set forth by the racing commission. Now it is time for me to have all my questions answered, well October 17 is the official start date. All of these questions and so many more I will get to discover and I will be able to take you all on the journey with me, if you so choose. I have already been schooled so many times on this site, some of which I will listen with an open-mind and others that I will never budge on, but always discussed with respect.
My question for the evening is: Can a horse that competes in the mile or sprint division be as great as a horse that competes at the classic distance?