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Post 2013 Breeders’ Cup Funk

Post 2013 Breeders’ Cup Funk

The 2013 Breeders’ Cup Championship races have come and gone and I made it home another year happy and full of cheer. This year we went a couple of days early to get settled in and do a pre-birthday celebration for my big “50” and it was hands down the best birthday I’ve ever had. Between, my mom, sister and Aunt Kay being there, other friends that joined us, and a cousin, we had a total, crazy, goofy blast. Spending five sunny days in Santa Anita, with perfect balmy weather, my family at my side and lots of horses to watch race put the frosting on that last cupcake I wolfed down.

2013 Breeders' Cup 2013 Kari Ward

Kari Ward is a contributor for Lady and The Track who also celebrated her 50th Birthday during Breeders’ Cup week. Photo: Kari, looking fabulous at fifty, working hard in the press box and enjoying Santa Anita Park for the Breeders’ Cup World Championship.
Photo: Julie Ward

Friday started off barnside to take pictures and spend some time just roaming around in the early morning quietness on Friday. Next was the media area which is a separate section with a killer view of the track. Being one of the head writers at Lady and The Track has it’s perks, we had our own betting machines, a designated seat with our name tag, free wifi, a place to set up laptops and and large televisions. There was a smorgasboard of food everyday, bottled water and sodas. I thought they did a fantastic job with everything at the track as I wasn’t wanting or lacking for anything and got some great shots and it made writing much easier. I got to meet Tonybadabing from Horse Racing Nation who was so much fun and great to talk to. Even though it was my first time in the media area, everyone was super helpful and nice which made it even more fun.

2013 Breeders' Cup Secret Compass

Secret Compass before her tragic injury in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies race.
Photo: Julie Ward

Inbetween meeting Lady and The Track deadlines for articles, I was rushing around snapping photos and trying my hand again at wagering. As far as my betting prowess went, I bombed again on Friday, just like the year prior. I don’t know what it is about the Friday card but two years in a row is enough. I even played a couple of the early races and didn’t hit there. I thought for sure Dice Flavor or Den’s Legacy would bring me home, not. My sister hit a few wins on a couple of horses, my mom and Aunt did too but apparently I was not on the lucky card. I didn’t tell anyone I had on my lucky horse print socks, they’ll know now. My aunt even suggested I toss my lucky bracelet and I said, wait until tomorrow.

Saturday started off with a bang as I hit on two early races with Richie’s Party Girl and Zeewat, so my lucky bracelet was starting it’s kick. However, the first Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies race was heartbreaking. My two picks were She’s A Tiger and Secret Compass. I had money on both to win and both in the first leg of my pick 3. Well, I was so caught up in She’s A Tiger being taken down and disqualified, I failed to notice Secret Compass didn’t cross the finish line. I was heartbroken when I found out. I re-watched it in a replay yesterday and nothing ever stops that gut wrenching sadness. RIP Secret Compass and I hope Johnny Velazquez recovers quickly. Centralintelligence was also injured but went into surgery so best wishes to him and his connections.

2013 Breeders' Cup

Friend Sarah Keogh Stutzman holds her Mucho Macho Man sign with pride on November 2, 2013 at Santa Anita Park.
Photo: Julie Ward

I hit a couple of exactas on Groupie Doll & Judy The Beauty, plus Mizdirection & Renee’s Got Zip so I was happy again. We all did a pick late pick four but were taken out in the first leg by not having Magician and we had the rest of the three legs with Mizdirection, Wise Dan & Mucho Macho Man. Alas, denied again. The Euro’s dominated again on the turf and I keyed a few of those but no money on any for a win.

However, the Classic was last but not the least and I must say my day was made. That was such a thrilling race when Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge & Declaration Of War hit the finish line. I was sweating it out Mucho won and was so excited I could barely write about him to meet the deadline. It was so close it was scary and I thought they all three ran smashing races. I had money to win on Mucho so that was a plus but just his winning after following him for three years was enough for me to call it a day. Actually, it made my horse racing “best of lifetime” events.

Once again my overall experience was phenomenal. I want to thank Lady and The Track and the Breeders’ Cup Committee for the passes as that made being at the track even better and the ability to write some fabulous articles and take great photos. I want to thank my sister, mother & aunt for spending that special time with me. It was the best birthday present ever just to be there with them. I’m planning on going next year and hopefully meet up with some new twitter friends I missed this year, stinking cell phone. Ya gotta love technology though. This year was fab and I’m sure the best is yet to come again next year.

2013 Breeders' Cup

The 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championship at Santa Anita Park.
Photo: Julie Ward

2013 Breeders' Cup Mucho Macho Man

Mucho Macho Man and Gary Stevens riding off into the sunset (heading to the winner’s circle) after their amazing 2013 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic victory at Santa Anita Park.
Photo: Julie Ward

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