Sleep! Then, a call from my lovely daughter Molly Jo who is fulfilling her life-long dream of working on Breeder’s Cup day (www.breederscup.com) – this year at the Monmouth racetrack (www.monmouthpark.com). For the first two-day Breeders’ Cup, featuring 11 races worth $23 million, Mo’s making the lives of BC’s VIPs easier by tracking down tickets, finding rooms for connections (owners and trainers) and ferrying information back and forth to the press box. She personally assisted trainer Michael Matz, who with the late Barbaro’s owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson, made news as they spent millions to save the valiant Barbaro, to no avail.
I saw Miss Molly in action at Meadowlands (www.meadowlands.com) just two weeks ago, where she handled over a $100,000 in horse trading for claiming races. If the UN had horses, Mo would be its ideal ambassador to the world. She reports to me that she has now seen all three winners of the Triple Crown races, and it’s good to be her!
Today, she phones me to watch BC coverage on ESPN (www.espn.com). Curlin wins (and gets the nod for horse of the year honors) with jockey Robby Albarado aboard, just after George Washington breaks down early in the race and tragedy strikes. Like everyone there and everyone watching on TV, it’s both exhilarating to watch the winner cross the finish line, and terribly sad as they give George Washington a hero’s farewell. I cannot imagine how Barbaro’s connections felt at that moment.
When have you felt the pull of two emotions – and how did it change your perspective on life???