What’s Going On ?

by Ed Meyer

posted on June 30, 2017 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

Summer is always a busy time. Great weather, fire up the grill and watch the sunset. Racing has always been a big part of my life. From my years in the parking lot as a kid to the many incredible jobs as an adult. There is something about the beauty and heat of the summer sun. The days are longer but time goes by quicker. Just like the Kenny Rogers and First Edition song; ” I just dropped in to see what my condition was in.”

This is my fourth year calling the races at Belterra Park. – There’s a new wind blowing, and I’m pretty sure it’s the winds of change. Advertising is starting to draw attention, full fields in most races, and fun events fill the day. The positive energy has replaced the nay-sayers, and communication is taking the place of direct emails on how things will be. – Every once in awhile a little change is welcomed be everyone. This is one of those rare times. – The best part, I think this is just the beginning of good things to come.

The races are exciting and the place is beautiful. If you look at the promotional schedule it is chock full of good stuff. A little something for everyone. – This year has replaced the stale and robotic with the fresh and new. Everyday I walk in is a good day. How many jobs have you had when you pull into your spot you feel like a little kid going to the amusement park ? – That sums it up for this lucky racing fan. Having a job you love is never going to work again. – I used to read that mantra for years, and there are no better words that could sum up my working life.

The other day I had the pleasure of seeing a couple friends who are horse owners. – No names mentioned, as they aren’t the kind who seek attention. The trainer is a professional man who is also horse trainer to complete a full and exciting life. His partner is a beautiful soul that could feel at home anywhere. – When they stopped up they always greet with a hearty hug. No stodgy handshakes here as they don’t know many strangers. – We talked about handicapping and their horse that was going to run that day. We spoke about the special feed they use and how their horses really take to the vitamins and nutrients. – I almost asked for a bowl for breakfast.

The race was two away and we parted with a strong hug and deep well wishes. They are the kind of people who leave anywhere they were a better place just by stopping by. – Energetic and positive vibes only, with more smiles than frowns. As they walked down the hall we agreed to meet again soon as they had some horses shipping in from Chicago later in the month. – Good things to look forward to. and chatting with folks who love the game. – When their race came up they were sent off the odds-on favorite looking like a million bucks on the track. Stalking perfectly in third just close enough to see the leaders as they passed the 3/8th’s pole. The rider had a handful and asked her for a little and she responded. – This is the part as a track announcer where you get the chills and get ready to wind up with a little action in your voice. – I said “she’s on the rail and ready to uncork a rally.” – The action was starting to build and you’re ready for the big run for home. – She started backing out of the action and as they turned for home, I could see the rider trying his hardest to throttle her down gently to prevent injury but that happened three or four jumps earlier. – I wish I had some good news for my friends who love the game with genuine affection. – ” Ed, she took a bad step and the injury was beyond the care of a surgeon. She had to be put down.” I remembered an hour earlier how the day held promise and the two most positive people at the races made the walk to the paddock. – They were saddened well past any words, and only time will allow this horrible day to fade.

The day started with hope and happiness and ended on a bitter note. But the game goes on. This is the way it has always been, and guess it always will be. – Mirroring life it has the highest of highs and lowest of lows. We remember the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future. – Here’s to the many people who make the game great and honor the most majestic creatures with time, love and care. – Until next time, I’ll see you at the races !