One, Dale Shackleford, was a star for my hometown Syracuse Orangemen, who went all the way to the Final Four in 1975 before being unseated by powerful Kentucky in the semis.
The other player was Lynn Shackleford who was on the Lew Alcindor/Lucious Allen UCLA juggernaut teams of the great John Wooden in the late 60s. But I digress.
I was on Shackleford earlier in the week, but got spooked and left him off my plays. The other five horses I used in all of my exotic wagers finished 2nd through 6th. Looks like I need to hit the books again as my bet structure has been horrible. I probably should have read what I wrote in The News on Friday:
"Fourth-place finisher and early Derby pacesetter Shackleford is 12-1 in the morning line and may covet the 1/16 mile less distance the Preakness offers in contrast to the Derby. He's run two giant races back to back and also stands to make a $550,000 bonus with a victory for his participation in both the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby."Regardless of the wagering results, I had a terrific time in Baltimore seeing a lot of friends and meeting several new folks who I've only met online through social media or the blogosphere. Racing people are generally some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, that's for sure. I consider myself lucky to know so many people who share my passion and enjoy the game so much.
My post race commentary piece can be found here.
I found myself at the hotel bar on Saturday night sitting next to two sets of friends, two fellows from Oklahoma City sat on my right, were being tortured by the Thunder, but as enthusiastic as they come. On my left side sat two young servicemen who were heading overseas to Afghanistan on Sunday afternoon.
Let's just say the servicemen put everything in perspective for me. They are a big reason we get to enjoy the freedoms we sometimes take for granted, like going to the track on big racedays. They were real inquisitive about horse racing and asked about a million questions, which I was more than happy to answer each one. I hope they come home safe in November, their scheduled return timeframe.
I did my usual snapping of amateurish pictures during my time at Pimlico, so I hope you enjoy them...
|Pimlico Third Floor Grandstand|
|Row of Winners Banners|
|Royal Delta holds off Buster's Ready in the BES|
|Lookin at Lucky Jockey Statue|
|Andy Beyer interviewing a tree|
|The Baffert Chill Photo|
|Old Fashioned Pimlico Tote Board|
|Hammerin' Hank & Jerry Bailey|
|Nick Zito supervising Dialed In's Bath Time|
|Jeannine Edwards doing the ESPN morning report|
|Shared Account grazing|
|NVL Volleyball Competitors|
|Hotspur on the Infield's Main Stage|
|Jager Stage - Notice the Photo Finish on the Big Screen|
|Who said Bow Ties are out of style?|
|Shameless A-B Plug|
|Sippin a Susan|
|Gallorette Gate Break|
|No Explaining Takes the Gallorette|
|Baryshnikov trying to hold off Paddy in the Dixie|
|Paddy O'Prado wins his last career race|
|Preakness Third Place Finisher Astology in Preakness Paddock|
|Derby Champ Animal Kingdom in Post Parade|
|They're Off in the 136th Edition of the Preakness|
|Flashpoint leads over Shackleford on backside (see famous weather vane)|
That's a wrap from Baltimore...on to New York in what could be a very good horse race if things come together....