Why Own a Racehorse? It Is The Reason To Catch A Plane to Warm New Orleans

(Seek N Justice runs for the third time on Saturday. We are hoping for good things. Photo by Holly M. Smithy)

When I got up in Anchorage, KY. on Thursday morning, the temperature was hovering somewhere close to Anchorage, Alaska rates.

Cold. Blustery. Chilling.

And, then, all of a sudden, the snow started to flail. Anchorage, Alaska style.

It was March 7, for goodness sakes. March 7. Average temps are to be in the 50s.

Thursday was not average.

So, Thursday evening, I caught a flight and came on down to New Orleans. All business, mind you. All business.

Seek N Justice — a 3YO colt that I bred and raised — will be running in “The Big Easy” on Saturday. Seemed like a good time for me to pay a visit. Seemed like the perfect time for me to come say hello and check on him. Seemed like the right thing to do.

Business purposes, mind you. All business.

So, I’m here. In New Orleans. Mardi Gras is done, but I’m just getting started. It is 75 degrees. The sky is clear. The Fair Grounds is about to open its’ gates for Friday racing. And, I talked to my great friend and trainer Buff Bradley. Always fun to talk with Buff.

All systems are go.

All things that were wrong on Thursday are now right on Friday.

Amazing what a little sun and a little horse racing will do for the mind and body.

And, don’t forget the soul. Especially in the city of “soul.”

My soul is good.

(Seek in Justice in the Fair Grounds paddock before his first career race / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

We are in the 6th race at the Fair Grounds on Saturday. It’s a MCL event for $15,000. But I truly think that we have a chance to  dance.

And, if Seek N Justice can make it across that finish line first, that’s exactly what you will see in the winner’s circle. A victory dance.

So, get your dancing boots on Buff.

Joe Kristufek, the paddock TV host, had better get his dancing peds ready.

John Dooley, Fair Grounds track announcer, gear up that baritone voice.

We are in New Orleans. It is time to party.

And, nothing spells party like a winner’s circle parade — Mardi Gras style.

Of course it will be a “Business Dance.”

All business.

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 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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