The Summer of 2009 was spectacular--at least in Saratoga Springs, New York. Thoroughbred racing at its very best took place beneath the northern skies, as some of the world's most talented horses thrilled hundreds of thousands of hearts. The World's Greatest Thoroughbred, one Empress, Rachel Alexandra, made her Spa debut and made history, all on the same day. Summer Bird proved that he has The Stuff, and that he's not just a gorgeous redhead.
Many hearts and minds connected for the first time, as the sweltering weather gave way to the first cool breezes of Autumn. We laughed, we wined, we dined. We cheered 'til we were hoarse, and wept when the beautiful and talented Todo K broke down on the last race, on Labor Day. As we ran that last race of the Saratoga meet together--we all felt the pain of Todo K's connections, for in many ways, truly we are Family.
I attempted to document in this blog the horses, people and events that touched my soul the most during the summer of 2009. But I confess here that it was only an introduction, a passing thought that went through my mind and demanded to be written down--I would need the entire winter to go over each day in my Palm, and write everything and every being that affected my life this past August. And that may be my Winter Project...
And I will, indeed, take a bit of time to completely record this past meet, in a way that's respectful and that I can share with all of you. But as Summer gives way to Autumn--today is The Ultimate Autumn Day, and days like this make me wonder why every Season can't be crisp, the light filtered through red and golden/orange leaves. Why hot apple cider doughnuts aren't the National Food of the United States, and ice-cold river water not considered to be sacred.