I’ve passed out buttons featuring my website’s logo at Equestricon and I want to welcome all of you, especially those from the Thoroughbred Women’s Network. Although I only got to attend Sunday’s preparty and all of Monday, I had a great time, despite not having enough dosh for Breeders’ Cup merchandise. No problem; I got enough swag to keep me happy, which included one purple wax-dipped BC glass, seven caps, three little squeeze horses, two shirts, and a New Testament from the Race Track Chaplaincy of America. (That particular one will be very important.)
Now, this New Testament has a cover of Mike Smith on top of Justify, celebrating their win. Inside the Bible are colored pages featuring Christians who work in the industry. Mike Smith is one of them, and so is Justify’s former owner from Winstar. In fact, Justify’s name is a reference to the book of Romans. I thought: this is the perfect gift for a fellow horse racing fan who will be baptised soon.
Met with several members of the Churchill Downs Racing Club and we are super excited as Warrior’s Club is going to race in the Sprint. Then…it was time for the post draw. We gathered at the connections’ seating area and sat on the couches at front.
And then, one of the Racing Club members told us that Mike Smith is close by us. It was the perfect moment.
I walked up to him, and showed him the Bible with his picture on it. I had him signed it with Lindsay’s name and I thanked him warmly. At the same time, the convention media taped the encounter and I found that out this morning. Check out 0:07 in this YouTube video.
And yes, it was very wonderful. Thank you, sir.
It was a great time and I was thrilled to meet Seattle Slew’s jockey and Bob Baffert. I also got to wish the connections of Mind Your Biscuits and Gunnevera good luck and a safe ride. I passed an invisible joint to one of the connections of Promises Fulfilled. No real visible joints yet, as our Governor won’t even budge on legalisation. That, and the convention center does not allow vapes and smoking. :P Pity I have to work today as I can’t get a day off this week due to Breeders’ Cup week. I tried to cite religious reasons, but no dice. I will need to add some pictures tomorrow of the conference.