Post Derby Thoughts
Greetings. What a great weekend at the 2010 Kentucky Derby!.
My daughter, Erin, has attended the last four Derbys as a student at the University of Kentucky. This was her final Derby as a UK student as she will graduate on Saturday with a degree in Animal Science. After a June trip to Royal Ascot in England, she'll begin work for West Point Thoroughbreds as the head of communications. Man, those four years went plenty fast.
The Sheryl's Melody partnership enjoyed a rare thrill with a win on Derby Day at Churchill. Undoubtedly this was one of our most lively and excited maiden race winner's circles!
Derby weekend gave me hope on a number of fronts. The mood of the crowd was much better this year. You couldn't buy a seat, even at inflated prices, anywhere in town. The restaurants were full and the buzz was at full steam. Who knows, maybe this economy IS starting to come back a bit.
This is a competitive business - we run our horses against other stables on a regular basis. But I have to share that I think a good group of people won the 2010 Derby. WinStar Farm, the owners of Super Saver, have invested tens of millions in racing, and they've assembled a great team. WinStar has supported numerous charitable endeavors throughout the industry and are genuinely good people. Todd Pletcher is a good guy who doesn't act like he's the man - even though he's accomplished so much in a relatively short period of time as a trainer. Calvin Borel is a cool cat. He was listed as the "coolest athlete in America" in Monday's edition of the Wall Street Journal.
I know the racing industry has struggled over the last few years, but so have many other industries. After such an uplifting weekend for racing at Churchill Downs I've got one thing to say - We Ain't Dead Yet.
Enjoy the week.