Just back from a weekend in Kentucky and what a weekend it was. Started out on Thursday in Lexington for a very interesting Breeders Cup Stratagy pow wow. More to follow on BC but I think the organization is in pretty good shape considering how the industry is wavering a bit.
Friday, my daughter Erin and I went over to Louisville for a few hours before meeting some of the Macho partners for drinks at the Pub in Downtown Louisville. We finished the night with a great dinner and a few hands of blackjack at the casino in Indiana, but only about ten miles from downtown Louisville.
Saturday rolled around and the partners started moving toward Churchill Downs. Beautiful day, sunny, slight breeze and about 78 degrees. Churchill provided two suites upstairs in the Jockey Suites area and the group got settled for a long day of waiting.
Fast forward five hours. Macho Man is in the paddock. He looks very good and handles himselft with class. The rest of the field looks superb. Keep in mind this is the paddock for a Grade One, in fact I learned it's the only Grade One on the dirt for olders in the Midwest - All Year!
They break and our little Grey colt drops over to the rail and just gets into a nice easy rhythm chasing the seven horses in front of him.
As they turned down the backside, I sensed the leaders were picking it up some. Just what we needed. Truth be told, at the half mile pole, I questioned if he was good enough to run by every one of these good horses after such a sensible pace. I, and the entire racing world, was about to get the answer.
Macho started his run, reminiscent of the New Orleans Handicap rally. I glanced at Einstein. He is in a trap very similar to the trap Macho found himslft in on the far turn in the Travers last summer. No where to go with some run - oh well.
Everybody knows what happens next. Macho makes a sweeping six wide run from dead last to run by a very, very classy field of older handicap horses.
West Point Partners stand in the winner's circle after the Foster for the second time in three years. Dave Berman from New York was the only WPT Partner in both of the photos as he owned a peice of Flashy Bull as well.
And now the pundits come out of the woodwork.
This little colt is too slow. He will never beat Einstein or Adriatic Boy ever again. He Beyers are below par. His sheet numbers are below average.
Here is what I do know - the colt won the Derby Trail, finished second in the Preakness, won the Jim Dandy, second in the Super Derby, won the New Orleans Handicap, won the Foster, and now has dead aim on the Whitney.
So, as long as the Pundits don't "get to" the horsemen's paymaster at Churchill and we can withdraw that $360k from the Foster win within the next week - I think we will be ok.
Have a great week.