8:40 AM ET --
Welcome to the road to Pimlico live blog!
I have just left Penn Station in New York, and am on my way to Baltimore, a journey that is scheduled to last approximately three and a half hours.
Thanks to the fact that this shuttle is equipped with wireless internet (win!) and because I have little else to do over the next three and a half hours, I'm going to chronicle this journey. I'm hoping it'll turn out to be worth your time. In my experience, good or bad, SOMETHING compelling, something worth documenting, usually happens on road trips.
Indeed, we're off to a flying start as there is a crying baby in the seat behind me (loss!). We'll try not to let her disturb my focus (or sanity, for that matter) too much.
Over the course of the next three and a half hours (and the entries will be more infrequent then I'd planned as this shuttle does not have power outlets. So I'm at the mercy of my - completely underwhelming - bargain laptop battery), we'll break down today and tomorrow's races, again paying particular attention to their work in New York.
I want to hear from you. Can Animal Kingdom give us three weeks of hope by taking the Black-Eyed Susans tomorrow? Can Dialed In record a $6.1 million victory, what would be one of the most lucrative one-day payouts in the history of the sport? Which "new shooter? intrigues you most?
More than that, though, let's just have some fun this morning. We can talk movies, or Ahnold, or what you're eating for breakfast, or whatever's on your mind. Just leave your comments below.
If you don't comment, then my human interaction over the course of the morning will be limited to the crying infant behind me.
2:00 ET --
Yeah….so….that was kind of lame.
No, the crying baby did not drive me batty (well, actually, yes she did, but that wasn’t the reason I was unable to post further entries). Rather, it was a combination of sputtering wi-fi and the quick death of my ridiculously cheap laptop battery (I don’t want to name the manufacturer. Let’s just say it rhymes with “Rompaq”).
So, apologies for an absolutely pathetic live blog.
Actually, though, apart from a laptop that stood less of a chance than Dialed In did in the Derby, the trip was rather uneventful. Nice smooth ride to Baltimore. Arrived just before noon. Approximately one hour later, after a flagging a cab, I set foot inside Pimlico Race Course.
First Impression? Decidely blah. Perhaps that’s because the first place I entered was a bathroom that appeared to have been constructed shortly after the advent of indoor plumbing. Always comforting when the bathroom stall - not only doesn’t lock - but also has a door that is exposed in the middle. Good times!
Still, I’m sure this place’ll look a lot different 24 hours from now, when a hundred thousand people or so (including a sea of infielders) will occupy the facility.
We’re going to keep this blog open throughout the weekend. I’ll post my thoughts here when something noteworthy happens and/or I get the opportunity.
Thanks for sticking with me.
Solid third place finish for Bold Affair, the filly Maggie Wolfendale lovingly refers to as "Big Bird." She made a bold run up the rail underneath Ramon Dominguez, but couldn't quite get there. She was beaten just over a length by Todd Pletcher charge, R Holiday Mood. Johnny Velazquez skillfully pressed the pace, and just held off a fast-closing Strike The Mood.
Half hour to the Black-Eyed Susan. Back with more in a bit.