Well the results are in and I am pleased to report that Went The Day Well came in fourth out of a large field of 20, not in the money but he was a long shot and gave it a good run. I have a nephew jonathan who loves horse racing and has visited Keane Stud and tells me it is a terrific operation with 50 foals born this Spring.
We also have The Vinery, another breeding operation over in Stormville at Sugar Maple Farm, only a few miles from our farm. We all went over there with Jono this early Spring to check out some of the famous horses. They had an open house and put on a great luncheon spread, I seem to remember that more than the horses!
So it’s on to the Preakness and the field seems so wide open this year a triple crown winner is mighty unlikely. Some of my newer readers may wonder why I have gotten on to horse racing, or at least writing about it. A few years ago my cousin, Joe Hirsch died. He was perhaps the most famous horse racing writer of the last 50 years. He had a column in the Daily Racing Form but also covered every Kentucky Derby from the 1950s until about 2004. The press center at Churchill Downs is named after him.
He was a rolling stone, Winter at Hialeah or Gulfstream in Florida, Springtime in Kentucky, Summers up at Saratoga. He was one of a kind and my nephew must have inherited his racing gene. I also got a wonderful email recently from Fara, Joe’s good friend who was with him for many years at the Derby. She is a horse racing insurance broker but has many other interests. I’ll post her email under comments about the chicken post below.