(My beautiful wife, Leigh Ann, cheers on Miss Jacqueline to her victory at Churchill Downs)
(Miss Jacqueline and me at Lyster Stables)
(Miss Jacqueline, in the pink silks, at the start of her winning race / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
(Miss Jacqueline on her way to the “test barn” at Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
(Miss Jacqueline / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
On Saturday, I got one of the most amazing emails that I have received in recent memory. It was from someone I didn’t know. And, instead of landing in my regular “inbox,” I found the email in my “junk” file.
It was not “junk,” by the way.
It was the farthest thing from “junk,” by the way.
It was an update on a filly who I used to own — Miss Jacqueline. It was an update on a filly who I bred, and birthed. It was an update on a filly who gave me my first win — as in ever — at Churchill Downs. And, it was an update on a filly who I will forever love and remember both in my heart and mind. It was a remarkable email that gave rise to a smile on my face and the spirit in my heart
The email was from Alex Tyson, who now owns the filly and is converting the Thoroughbred into a “trail horse” and giving the little gal a complete career make-over. And, it was an update of how my former “little girl” is now doing great in her career conversion and aftercare.
In short, Miss Jacqueline — who Alex affectionately calls “JJ” now — is doing so great. So. So. So. Great.
The plans — if all goes well — is for Alex to bring Miss Jacqueline back to Kentucky in October for the 2021 “Thoroughbred Makeover” competition that is scheduled for Lexington in October. I can’t wait to see her. I can’t wait to see her in her new role. I just can’t wait.
Here’s a look at the email from Alex, which I appreciate so very much:
Hello Mr. McLean,