Why I Love Horse Racing

by Ed Meyer

posted on May 13, 2022 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Why I Love Horse Racing

As I walk through the paddock, chatting a bit while the majestic horses thunder past, snorting and whinnying as workout riders become one with the animal. That is my office for the day, and there hasn’t been a time when I haven’t loved every second and think I never will.

Kentucky Derby 148 went to post yesterday, and the “talking heads” were busy dissecting a race that is about as close to impossible as it comes for betting. But that doesn’t stop us, as everyone is a horse racing fan on Derby Day. – Pick a color, a name, who Aunt Saddie likes, or do homework for days. Many ways to find your pony, and no determination of which works better.

I walk into the jocks’ room as the whirl of humanity swirls about readying for the day’s races. – Riders come in and out, and chats begin the day, saying hello or just checking in. It’s one of the best parts of the sport getting to know the major players. Have to admit after all these years, it’s still my favorite part of the day. The horses don’t speak, and these one-of-a-kind athletes paint the color picture of what happened with the best view of the race.

Sonny Leon is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. It begins with a hearty handshake or a hug. His crystal blue eyes pierce directly as you speak with him. He talks about family, how many mounts he has today, or how he likes to hear me call; ” It’s cloudy outside, but Sonny in the winner’s circle.” – He posts daily on Facebook and always refers to his “Sonny days.”

I had the opportunity to meet Eric Reed years ago as he came up for a visit in the announcer’s booth. He said he loves the way I call his horses “storming to the lead or kicking clear and drawing away.” – He was all smiles as we talked horses, and about his facility Mercury Equine Training Center. – Eric is the kind of guy who is a stranger just once, and after that you’re one of his guys. – I still love putting extra oomph into his winning efforts to this day.

Rich Strike was claimed for $30,000 and showed promise. But sometimes a hope and a dream can turn up all roses. Over the years I have always said; “the people are the best part of the game.” Not much has changed. It’s has only gotten better.  Rich Strike was one for the little guy, the longshot player, and those who won’t give up. They just keep coming when most would have stopped.

Watching the Derby has never been better. – I can’t say I won, but the sport of racing was the biggest winner this day. The little guy given a chance can do some incredible things, and at the end of the day could be wearing a garland of roses in the winner’s circle.