July 12, 2014
I have sought out all the Midshipman-sired two year olds and assembled them in my Equibase Virtual Stable, so I can track their progress. I have 58 of the reported 71 on my list, so far. I am pretty sure the only person who is more serious about Midshipman-sired race horses than me is the person at Darley America whose job it is to maintain their database of horse statistics. The list as it exists today is included below.
The workout notices are arriving steadily now with the occasionally entry popping up, too. I am enthusiastically looking forward to watching this group over the next year and comparing their successes to that of Avery Glenn, as well as the crops produced by the other 2014 freshman sires. I’ll try not to talk about it, unless you ask!
|All Star Bub
||Speak Up Sailor
|Batten Down Belle
|Big Bad Max
||Tea With the Queen
|Big Big Easy
||Thread of Life
|Call Me Ishmael
||Two Six Wins
||Whoop Ti Do
|Her Majesty’s Flag
|I Dream of Candy
||Unnamed filly out of Aspen Whisper
||Unnamed filly out of Storm Front
||Unnamed colt out of Inspirational
||Unnamed colt out of Yam
||Unnamed colt out of Home Run Kiss
||Unnamed colt out of Honey Harbour
||Unnamed colt out of Stake
|Prayers and Angels
||Unnamed colt out of Hopes and Fears
||Unnamed colt out of Noontime Angel
||Unnamed colt out of Ghostly Fast
||Unnamed colt out of Bon Caro
||Unnamed colt out of Joined Forces
||Unnamed filly our of Mattie Cakes
||Unnamed colt out of Pinafore Lady
Our Midshipman colt has a name! After much discussion and an endless number of possibilities, we decided on Avery Glenn as the name for this exciting young colt out of Best Practices by Midshipman.
Avery Glenn was named in honor of Avery Garretson who passed away much too young on December 1, 2012. Avery was a lover of horse racing and was either a handicapping prodigy or the luckiest bettor we ever saw!
The Breeders’ Cup was even better than I imagined it would be. The races were exciting, the horses were magnificent, Santa Anita was a wonderful venue, the food was delicious and the weather was perfect. Attending a big event is always a bit surreal to me while in the midst of it, but it was at the end of the Breeders’ Cup that my favorite moments occurred.
When we walked out after the last race with tired feet and no tickets to cash from the big race, we approached the tram pick up area and were told that the trams were broken. WHAT?! The parking lot at Santa Anita is huge—acres and acres of parking. It goes on forever, and we parked at the outer edges since we arrived a few races into the day. With no other choice than to start walking, we headed across the humongous parking lot to the back side of the track where our car was parked. As we came around to the back of the track, I spotted an opening in the shrubbery and walked us a bit out of our way toward the opening to get a glimpse of this famous track from the backside. The perspective facing the grandstands from the back side of a horse track has very quickly become one of my favorite sights. As I walked up to the gate, a track official walked out and asked me if we would like to go out to the track and take some pictures of the starting gate. YES!
By this time the sun was beginning to set and beautifully lighting the San Gabriel mountains in the background. The starting gate, still donning its Breeders’ Cup signage, was parked right in front of us on the track. We were out there all alone to soak up one last bit of this terrific event in the quiet away from the crowds and from the best of vantage points.
We snapped some photos and I tried to commit this little piece of the weekend to permanent memory as my favorite moment from the Breeders’ Cup. As we exited through the gate where we had been allowed to enter, the official tossed me a brand new Breeders’ Cup hat from the dash of his truck with a smile and wished us well. I felt like the little kid at the end of the Mean Joe Greene Coke commercial.
With the slip in hand that the postman left on my door yesterday, I all but skipped into the post office today to pick up the certified mail that was my Breeders’ Cup tickets. I never imagined the envelope would be thick. When the mail lady handed it to me, I got even more excited. I was planning to grab a quick to go lunch and take it back to work, but I immediately changed my plan. I wanted to go sit down for lunch and go through the contents of this envelope.
I walked over to a local favorite of mine, Yats, around the corner from the post office. I impatiently placed and received my order anxious to sit down to open the envelope. The packaging and tickets were magnificent. I pulled them out one by one to look them over and browsed the event brochure as I ate my lunch. Unfortunately, it wasn’t done carefully enough because somehow a little etouffee ended up on the ticket folder–I must have gotten a little crazy in my enthusiasm!
I expect the magnificence of these tickets is only a preview of how spectacular this event will be!