Letter from the President - December
As we sprint toward the finish line of 2008, I always take time during the holidays to reflect upon what made me give thanks over the past twelve months. I am truly blessed, and 2008 was another wonderful year filled with an abundance of things to be thankful for.
Personally, I remain eternally grateful for the love and support of my wife Debbie. I think back to our days sitting in a small room surrounded by only boxes, a phone and a computer. We got up each morning chasing a dream. Now, nearly twenty years later, our dream has been realized. That was only possible because I had Debbie standing by my side the whole way. Thank you and every day I look forward to sharing my world with you. I also am thankful for my children who make me proud to be their father. Next year at this time they will both be in college. My daughter Erin will be entering her senior year at the University of Kentucky, and my son Ryan will be in his first semester at Duke University where he will play soccer. The transition can be tough, but the time we spend together as a family are what I cherish most.
While my family gives me many things to appreciate, I must also mention how blessed I have been by the continued success of the stable. By the end of the year, we will threaten several more statistical records, and our continued achievement can be directly attributed to the hard work of my team, both past and present. I look back over the past seventeen years and see a collage of faces. Some were with us briefly while others have been with us for many years. All of them have contributed in their own way, and you have laid a strong foundation for our future success.
In the end though, it is our Partners that I owe my deepest gratitude to. This is a tough business. It can also be a lonely endeavor. Great achievement in this sport is measured by succeeding 20 percent of the time. Those odds are not exactly sustenance for the faint of heart. However, I look at a roster of over 400 Partners and feel nothing but humility and a deep sense of appreciation. We have individuals that have been with us since day one, and that loyalty means so much to me. It is the support of the Partners that makes everything we do possible. I look at the experience we share as the realization of a collective dream. The journey can be a rollercoaster, but taking the ride with you makes the success that much sweeter.
The holidays are a time of celebration. As the country faces a time of transition and uncertainty, I hope we all can take a few moments to step away from our day-to-day concerns and share our appreciation with all those who mean so much to us. To each of you I say two very simple words. Thank you.
I wish you all a joyous holiday season. May 2009 bring you and your loved ones health, happiness and continued racing success.