Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
here's the deal. I am in the mitts of a kidney stone attack. If you've never had a kidney stone, it’s feels as if you’re passing a piano stool. If you have
had them, then you know that I don’t lie. So, if this week’s version of The
Johnnie Carrier Show seems more scattered than normal and shorter as well then you’ll know why, I feel
like the floor of a dirty horse barn.
Keep your eyes on this new kid riding at
Aqueduct named Manny Esquivel. The 23 year old had been doing a great job in
the Chicago area, but he’s moved east to where every young man’s heart longs to
be. Off to a fast start, Manny has five wins, six seconds, and six thirds in 36
starts at the Big A. He has been doing a lot of riding for David Jacobson, but
has been picking up other rides as well, giving him a full dance card most
days. I like him.
Speaking of Aqueduct, are you getting excited
about the Cigar Mile? Being a groupie for Groupie Doll, I’m ready for the
November 30th race. Most likely, I’ll be eating another turkey
sandwich as they come down the stretch. I
haven’t been to the Big A in a number of years, mainly because they run in the
winter and into what we hope is an early spring here in the northeast. Plus,
that’s model railroading season for me as well. Yes, I’m one of those train
geeks, so don’t bust my caboose.
Just to give
you a medical update: I should be in the emergency room within the next 24
hours begging for morphine. Didn’t I see ‘begging for morphine’ run at Suffolk Downs in East Boston last week? As the
stone continues, so do I. Hey, here’s one thing that makes me feel better, I
hit an exacta for 80 bucks. Purely blind luck and I’ll take it. I need
more of them. To be honest, I bet the wrong number and I refused to cancel the
bet-just in case. And it hit. It made my weekend.
It’s time to
start talking about the Eclipse Awards. In case you didn’t know, I’ve been
nominated in the animated shorts category again. Like everyone else, I’m anxiously waiting for
the winners to be announced on a cold January Saturday. It’ll be cold for me
anyway. You would be hard pressed to
find an excuse for not voting for Mucho Macho Man.The five year old colt held off a charging
field to claim the Breeders' Cup Classic earlier in the month and that’s a good enough effort to
win the award.
anyone asks, I took one for the team this week. I’d be darned to have a kidney
stone keep me down..."Come on begging for morphine…Run!”