On a beautiful Lousiville weekend, Brett & Rick were off to Louisville to take in the
With superhorse Zenyatta slated to go for her 20th win in 20 starts, Brett & I thought we should go and try to witness history personally. We were able to get excellent tickets off the web that were on the clubhouse turn in the 1st row against the rail.
These seats afforded a birdseye view of races longer than a mile as they swept right past us as they made the clubhouse turn. Also as the horses were walked in to the Paddock they literally were 5 feet away from us.
But probably the biggest reason we wanted to attend in person was to cheer on current Illinois Horse Of the Year, Giant Oak who was entered in the first Breeders Cup race on the Friday card. The Oakster is owned by good racing friends Virgina & Rudy Tarra and we wanted to cheer them on along with our trainer Chris Block. Chris was kind enough to get Brett & I paddock passes for Giant Oak's race - so it was an opportunity not to miss.
Giant Oak ran a respectable 4th going off as the favourite. I know all his connections had hopes of a higher finish, but that wasn't to be on this day.
In our railside box we made a few new friends and right before Zenyatta ran we took a picture of us that is seen upper left. As you all know, Zenyatta was WAY back and just missed beating the winner, Blame, by a nose.
But it was not to be as she finished second. Picture below is of how back she was going into the 1st turn. I can't help but think if she had not been back so far - she would have took them all. We will never know. All the way down is some video that Brett took. THe first of Giant Oak Walking down the famous Churchill Downs track to get saddled in the paddock. The last is of the great & last race of Zenyatta.