Finally electricity has been restored to the Testoni household. I never thought in my lifetime that I would have to resort to living like a Pilgrim, minus the wool garb, and dirt floors. Either way, I was lucky enough not to see the Orioles last weekend, but unlucky enough not to see them the last couple of days. It is funny how much you miss in such a short period of time, although it did not seem that way. The saddest item I heard from the past week was the untimely death of a very good filly, Millionreasonswhy.
I love Thoroughbred horse racing. My father, and older brother took me in the late 70’s to Timonium and I won a race betting a cheap claimer named Circus Ring. You would have thought I had won the lottery instead of $8.00. It did not matter I won!! I was hooked from the start. Not necessarily the gambling side, although that is fun, but how graceful and powerful these animals are, even at the cheap claiming level. I have seen the demise of the horse racing industry throughout the United States and especially here in the state of Maryland. Frankly, if you have ever been to Saratoga, it is very difficult to take the venues and product in the Mid-Atlantic very seriously. There are various reasons, but that is for a different blog. One of the positives of racing in Maryland has been the revitalization of Sagamore Farm by Kevin Plank.
I first took notice of Millionreasonswhy in her 2-year-old year when entries came out for the Grade 2 Matron at Belmont Park in July of 2011. I would not have known anything about her, but as I do every Wednesday, I check the Daily Racing Forum website for the entries for the Saturday stakes. The first thing I noticed was the fact a horse was coming from Maryland to contest a graded stakes race. Anytime Maryland trained or bred horse runs in a major race I would make every effort to watch. I also was very enamored of her name. I thought it was very classy, and when the filly made her sweeping move to win, I was a fan. Her next race, she went against the highly regarded filly My Miss Aurelia in the Adirondack Stakes. In what can only be described as one of the best races of the year, Millionreasnswhy lost by a neck, but gained national respect and many more fans.
As much as I love racing, I love Maryland racing first. I want the product and the facilities to be the best in the nation. I believe the Sagamore farm operation is a large step towards this improvement. To me Millionreasonswhy will be remembered as one of the foundations of a training, and racing operation that will be a dominant force in the near future.
Thank you Millionreasonswhy for the multiple heart palpitating races. You will always be special to me.