Great start to the day
I had a great start to the six stakes. No, I didn't pick Precious Kiss in the Pan Zareta, nor did I come up with Chamberlain Ridge in the Colonel Power, but I did have a sausage from Messina's down by the paddock and a tall Bud draft to wash it down. My picks may have been worthless--Classify faded as Precious Kiss rolled past the pacesetters and Storm Treasure didn't show interest in the turf sprint until it was too late--and yet I'm feeling pretty good. That sausage was amazing, on a fresh roll with grilled onions and peppers, and the weather is perfect today, about 70 degrees and sunny. Even my beer was just the right temparature. God I love big days. We're getting into the graded stakes now and I've got my losses out of the way. I'm due, baby.
The best part of the first two stakes races was seeing John Jacinto, winning jock in the Pan Zareta, take the wreath of roses out to the infield to place on the grave of the legendary filly the race was named for, one of two horses buried out there.
Honest Man is taking a lot of money for the Mineshaft, more than I think is reasonable. Grasshopper looked a little sweaty coming onto the track. My Pal Charlie is the one I'm now playing, looking pretty good as the 5-2 co-second choice off his close fourth in the Breeders' Cup Mile.