THE HOLIDAY SEASON
The holidays - what a great time of year. The season comes and goes so quickly - looking back though - it's all worth it. Most of us get a chance to pause and reflect on just how many blessing we have in our lives.
It's Friday morning as I write my weekly blog. The eyes of the racing world turn to Santa Anita later this afternoon for the traditional Malibu Program the day after Christmas. We run El Gato Malo in the Sir Beaufort today in the 7th race at Santa Anita. Could have run seven furlongs in the Malibu - but we think he's much better going two turns. We'll let them bang heads in the Malibu and come back to get them in the San Fernando in a few weeks. (This is the same strategy we employed two years ago with Awesome Gem).
Over the next week we'll see Mr. Fantasy make his first career start (on Sunday at Aqueduct) and also the long-awaited return of Wincat at Philly Park on January 1st.
There won't be a shortage of issues to cover in my blog going forward in 2009. The racing industry is faced with many challenges (as are many other industries in the U.S. and abroad). The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) is run by a friend of mine, Alex Walthrop. He writes a blog that is both insightful and interesting. Check it out at http://www.ntra.com/.
This is the last blog entry of 2008. It's been a very solid year (almost as good as 2007...). We'll end the year with just under $3 million in purse earning, almost 50 wins, and a good number of horses primed and ready to compete at high levels in 2009. Furthermore, we believe we've increased our institutional knowledge quite a bit - this could be the "biggest" achievement of 2008.
Will Rodgers once said "Even if you are on the right track you'll get run over if you just sit there". We certainly do not intend to just sit where we are. Best wishes to you and yours for a happy holiday season and a wonderful start to the new year.