Road to the Roses

Run for the RosesFirst, yes, I have sucked the last few days on keeping my posts going for the month. Just got busy and absorbed. But now for something completely different. The Run for the Roses is just a little over two months away and I like to get excited about that. I played this fantasy stable thing last year that was a blast and there can be some real prize money. Oh and just so you my two leading favorites are Old Fashion and Stardom Bound, but there will be another post soon about those.

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SCA – Start to Joust

SCA JoustingThere are a common set of questions that I am often asked by new people who I have met when i start telling them about doing historically based jousting. They generally consist of: Where do you do that? How did you get started? Are the groups that do really do that? Who do you do that kind of stuff with? And so on of course. Over the years, I have probably told the answers at least a few thousand times and I have typed them in some formation or another at least a few hundred in just the last year. So, I thought I would put this is a blog for all to read and see – and it gives me the double edge bonus of being able to refer future meetings to this blog entry. I have realized after writing this, it is going to be a few post, so here is the first one about the SCA. Continue reading “SCA – Start to Joust”

Impressive – Casino Drive

Casino DriveOn the way home today I stopped by my favorite place to in theory finish up the work on my 2009 budget for the office. I should have know better than that, especially given the deep connections of the both patrons and the owner to the horse racing industry and the fact that Keeneland ran today. So there are more than a few people in here talking shop about horses.

There was some amazement at my pick on My Best Pal Red on Friday, who won and paid $19.20 for the $2.00 ticket I have to admit it was random inspiration for me to bet a Florida breed horse over a field of Kentucky breed horses with trainers I like, but I thought of someone when I read the name and immediately thought of a charmed person I know, so I knew I had to bet the horse. I was so confident that I put $4.00 down for the win and will split it with my inspiration. Oh, and you can bet I am not telling the guys (and gals) here how I came up with that one.

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Hero: Genuine Risk

Genuine Risk - Derby FinishI lament that I did not get this post up here in a timely fashion. A great horse passed from our midst last Monday, August 18th. Genuine Risk passed away quietly in her old age out in her paddock at Newstead Farm near Upperville Virginia. She was a true champion athlete, beating not only fillies, but famously beating the boys in the 106th running of the Kentucky Derby back in 1980.

She raced for three years, have a total of fifteen starts, always finishing in the money. During her three-year old campaign, she was not originally pointed to the Kentucky Derby. However, as date neared with no clear favorite and test against the boys that she easily won, it was decided to go ahead and run her. She ran in the derby, winning with a clear victory despite going off at 13 to 1 odds, becoming on the second filly to have done so. * Furthermore, the last 1/4 of the run was the second fastest time ever at 23 flat, behind only that of the great Secretariat.

That was back at a time when derby day meant going fishing down on the creek bank and listening the call of the races on the radio. I remember vividly all the excitement that a girl horse had won, the first time since 1915. There was an excitement beyond that of which is normally found already with the derby.

She went on to run both the Preakness and Belmont, taking second place in both of those. It was worth noting that the Preakness had a formal complaint of interference lodged against Codex, the winning horse, alleging that he bumped/cutoff Genuine Risk down the stretch. Despite this, the finish stood, even through an appeal. The Belmont saw neither Codex or Genuine Risk win, largely due the very muddy track favoring Temperance Hill. The fact that she finished in the money in all three legs of the Triple Crown still makes her the only filly to have ever done such a feat.

One would think with her apparent ability she would have had several offspring that would have shown up in the racing world, especially over the first sixteen years or so after she retired. It was not for a lack of trying. Her first breeding attempt was a mating with Secretariat, a Triple Crown winner. What an amazing story and reputation that horse would have had to live up too, given that both parents were Kentucky Derby winners and had such speed even at the end of the distance. What a horse that could have possibly been. Maybe the pressure was too much, maybe such greatness was just not meant to be, regardless, the foal was stillborn. She carried to successful term only two offspring, neither of which ever raced.

Rest in Peace

Video of her Kentucky Derby trip that is just inspiring:



* – Note: A 3rd filly won the Kentucky Derby since, Winning Colors, who also passed away not long ago.

Perfection or Good Enough

It is now late on Monday afternoon and I have not posted since sometime late Friday night. My apologies for being such a slacker. Sometimes being a slacker is the one thing I can be good enough to succeed at the task. Anyway, I really meant to get a lot more work done on the projects I have at hand and to accomplish at least three or four more posts in the process. Instead, I ended up just chilling. Do not get me wrong, I did get some writing work and now I have so many blog idea notes here and there that I find myself having the complete opposite of a writer’s block.

What exactly do I mean by that. Well, I have so many good ideas of what I think would make an interesting a blog posting that I tend to get caught up in the moment of reviewing them and coming up with the perfect one for the current moment that I end up not writing one at all and instead spanning off to at least two or three more ideas before I am wearing on my own tolerance levels and end up putting things aside and watching television instead.

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Baseball, Fireworks, and Bourbon…

I will give you it should have maybe read “Baseball, Fireworks, and Apple Pie,” but we had bourbon and I think it was still the classic all American wonderful evening. I am not sure why I am even blogging about it here. It was just about a perfect evening and I have not enjoyed a baseball game, at the stadium at least, in a long time. So the quick run down.

A friend of mine, that I actually graduated high school with and I were going to have dinner and hang out last night – oh and nothing like that – just friends. Anyway, sometime during the week, her work place Continue reading “Baseball, Fireworks, and Bourbon…”

Heroes: The Jockey Club

Early 1900's Churchill DownsI am sure that everyone who was almost anywhere back on that first Saturday in May of the Kentucky Derby (or indeed, anywhere near a news cast on television for the week or two that followed) at least has an inkling of what happened to Eight Belles immediately following the conclusion of the race. For those that don’t know, a little bit of quick background. She was a filly running against the boys in a race that in 138 attempts only three other fillies have bested the boys. She ran a tough race and come in second, besting 18 boys and losing only the winner, Big Brown. Shortly after the race she faltered, breaking both front legs and was immediately and humanely put down. The two leg breaks, a bit rare, but having to put down a horse occurs probably to often. The scene of these one on national television brought out everyone. Continue reading “Heroes: The Jockey Club”

Silly me….

Yesterday at some point slightly after I changed the DNS pointers to mephistos.com but not nearly long enough after for any propagation to have taken effect – I left a note on the blog stating that if you were here to check back later. My thought process was the old one copy of the blog would have the note, when the new one got the pointers it would not have it and I would know when it was complete.

…time passes…

I watch the derby, do several other things, work on some computer stuff. Even observe that the two other domains that I had changed DNS pointer information for had completed. The hour was late, I was a bit tired and more than a little out of sorts over the filly Eight Belles. So I retired to read about Native Dancer – the Gray Ghost, knowing that surely this morning I would be hitting the right server.

…more time passes…

I awake and come check things out and I am still hitting the wrong server. Surely I am thinking it must be a cache issue, but on 2 computers using 2 different browsers? Many cache clearing efforts later I am still getting the same thing. But hey if I hit the FTP mephistos.com site it requires the new credentials.

A few thoughts later I am thinking it has to be somewhere I have something that is still pointing to the old database. So I am looking at all the files, but really there is only one file in all of WordPress that contains the database connection information. So it is really pretty simple. So then I am thinking there is something in the tie ins to the main wordpress.org website and the plugins I am using that is causing me to get the old site.

So I go to the old site, delete both the files and the database. And I am still getting the message about we are moving. It is then and only then that it occurs to me that I had posted the message on the new site. The propagation had taken place apparently in mere minutes. Sure enough, I looked at the new database and it had the message right there in it.

What fun for a Sunday morning without any coffee yet.