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  • Your racing "bucket list"?

    I presume most people know the concept behind a "bucket list" - before you kick the proverbial bucket (die) there are things you want to see or do - and this recent comment by trainer Kenny McPeak got me thinking:

    McPeek went on a three-day tour of French racing, including a day at Longchamp for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, won by the phenomenal Sea the Stars.

    "The entire weekend was an absolutely incredible experience," said McPeek. "I got to see the Aga Khan's yard, and I saw Chantilly and Saint Cloud. Racing in France is very, very impressive. I've been to a lot of places overseas, but this was awesome. It was on my bucket list, and I was very happy I had a chance to scratch it off."
    So what remains on your bucket list for racing - things to see or do? What have you happily crossed off? Anything that was on your list and crossed off but not as good as expected?

  • #2
    I would like to be buried in the paddock at Monmouth Park.
    Last edited by DickHertz; Oct. 8, 2009, 11:35 AM.


    • #3
      I'd like to win a race that doesn't have a price tag attached to it.


      • #4
        I would like to train my own horses for racing.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Pat Ness View Post
          I would like to train my own horses for racing.
          Trust me, no you don't.


          • #6
            I am pretty fed up with trainers and maybe I need to walk in their shoes for a while.

            I am curious if horses can race without $400 - $600 of prerace meds. I am not talking about Adequan type bills either. Our horses at our request had the loading dose and then the maintenance and this was not a part of the bill.

            Yep - It's on my bucket list - but I am not leaving my day job any time soon so it won't be for a while yet...


            • #7
              Go to Saratoga to watch the races.

              Attend a Palio.

              Attend the Cheltenham Festival.

              Attend that crazy steeplechase race in the Czech Republic http://www.vpcp.cz/fotogalerie.php
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              • #8
                Things I've done:

                Saratoga! Like racing mecca. Everything I expected and more.

                Breakfast & morning works at Keeneland. It really is a palace.

                Racing at Churchill. Loved it, but felt a bit like a country mouse in NYC. It was hard to find a decent place to sit down! Even on a plain old weekday. Seeing the twin spires in person was like walking on hallowed ground.

                Paid homage to Seattle Slew at his burial site memorial.

                Visited favorites El Prado, John Henry, and Cryptoclearance before it was too late.

                Visited Victory Gallop before he left the country.

                Visited Dynaformer and lived to tell about it.

                Fair circuit racing at Northampton and Marshfield. I don't miss it.

                Rockingham Park. It's dying. Makes me sad. Maybe it's necessary.

                Taken in the races at Suffolk Downs from the roof -- it never gets old. Feels like home there.

                Things to do:

                See Rachel in person, on the track or off.

                Meet Medaglia D'Oro.

                Have some hot chocolate at Keeneland.

                Still lots of tracks I've yet to visit, especially Belmont, Aqueduct, Monmouth. I'd like to get to Santa Anita someday. I think. Oh, and Arlington too. And the Florida scene.

                I'd like to get more involved in lay-up and rehab. (Does that count?) That would probably require relocating. We'll see.

                Oh, and visit the most awesome place in the world, Chester, WV, and see the teapot. Can't forget that.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Barnfairy View Post
                  Oh, and visit the most awesome place in the world, Chester, WV, and see the teapot. Can't forget that.
                  Hey, me too! Maybe we can put a group racing vacation together.


                  • #10
                    The Arc.

                    Grand National.

                    (And the Cheltenham Festival is highly, highly recommended to anyone with a racing bucket list.)


                    • #11
                      Attend all three Triple Crown races in one year.

                      Own racing horses (or at least have enough money to do it.)

                      Gallop on a track once.
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                      • #12
                        So, you started this Glimmer... what is YOUR bucket list?
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                        • #13
                          1. Get my beautiful yearling filly to the races and have her win first time out (I have scripted the stretch run many times and it always concludes with "And Jolly's First Flight is drawing away from the field and, at the 1/8th pole has 10 increasing lengths, now 12 and, as she crosses the wire, Jolly's First Flight turns in an impressive effort in her debut".).

                          2. Take her to Saratoga!

                          3. Live in Saratoga and work in the office during the race meet.

                          4. Attend the Derby. Preferably in VIP company!


                          • #14
                            The Palio race

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DickHertz View Post
                              I would like to be buried in the paddock at Monmouth Park.
                              I was once buried in the paddock at Delaware Park.


                              • #16
                                I was buried a couple of times at Saratoga this summer, and drowned too!
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by DickHertz View Post
                                  Trust me, no you don't.


                                  • #18
                                    Part of my list is to take a cast off horse and rehab and get it to win. I don't care if the win happens at SA, GGF, PM or Turf Paradise, just a win. That will be a gigantic victory!


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Blinkers On View Post
                                      Part of my list is to take a cast off horse and rehab and get it to win. I don't care if the win happens at SA, GGF, PM or Turf Paradise, just a win. That will be a gigantic victory!
                                      You would have loved Sylvester then. I got him for free off a two year layoff and earned $180,000 racing over the next six years. I claimed him back four times, each time for less than I lost him for. I guess I should have retired right then because that is going to be tough to top.
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                                      • #20
                                        The Derby. In a really good seat.
                                        We're spending our money on horses and bourbon. The rest we're just wasting.