McLean Gets “Turned Out” For a Few Days in Beautiful Jamaica, Mon!

We are still keeping “The” updated, and as newsworthy as possible, but my beautiful wife decided it was time to turn out this old horse (no, I’m not a gelding; well, at least not yet!) out for a few days of R&R.

So, for my Holiday Gift Package, that I got to unwrap a bit early this year, the delightful Leigh Ann surprised with a special delivery package from Ole Santa and we caught a ride on the sled down to Jamaica for a few days, mon.

And, what a place.

Great food.

Great little island for absolute privacy.


Make that drinks!

And, plenty of great music by some of the island’s best performers.

Christmas music. Piano bar. Steel drums. And, even sing-alongs.

While I take my musical ability from my great, late Dad — God Bless his soul — and I can’t carry a tune in a shower, that didn’t stop or inhibit the beautiful LA and I last night from leading a group in “Wagon Wheel,” and some of your best renditions of “Country Road.”

After all, they needed help with some Classic Country, since we had new friends from the U.K. (and that’s not the University of Kentucky; but the United Kingdom), Canada, and, as they used to announce during the telecasts of the World Wrestling Federation — “Parts Unknown.”

I will have to tell you, though, after being here for a couple of days, I have figured out that I probably could do my best handicapping and writing from right here, along the beachside and under the palm trees so high. After all, there is a racetrack right here on the island.

Here’s a quick look at some of the sights. See you guys back in God’s Country soon:

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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    Gene McLean

    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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