A few posts ago we discussed various race track announcers, and I specifically pointed out Mr. Tom Durkin and described the joy of watching him call Arrrrr's races especially.
Well, with Durkin's exciting encouragement Arrrrr won the second race at Saratoga for July 28, 2008! It was a great run, and Arrrrr was set up well. Why is this moment more special than most others for Arrrrr? It is his first win.
Amidala and I gathered up a group who had not experienced the awesomeness of Durkin calling one of Arrrrr's races, to watch this one. And we were not disappointed. Marta and I have followed Arrrrr since the end of summer last year, and it is great to see him still giving his all. All the new fans of the Durkin/Arrrrr combo thoroughly enjoyed the call and the race. I don't think they really believed how fun it is to hear Durkin call the race, but now they are new believers.
At first I did not hear who was announcing the race and was hoping for Mr. Durkin. Then the TVG commentator said Durkin would be calling it, and I became a little giddy.
Watch Arrrrr' Win Here:
National talk like a pirate day: September 19
I was just sitting here re-watching the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) and have to make a comment to all the Pyro haters out there. So many people were dogging the handsome closer/stalker following the Derby and even after he didn't take to Keeneland's Polytrack in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) before The Run for the Roses.
After cheering him on during Stephen Foster day and watching his wonderful win there in the Northern Dancer Stakes (gr. III), and after just viewing the Jim Dandy race replay, something needs to be said. To all the Pyro haters, eat my grass.
He might not win every race, but man, his heart is in it to win it, and he has so many impressive wins and great runs under his belt. He has absolutely nothing to prove, except to continue rocking the track. Hopefully his connections will allow him to have a long career so I can enjoy his continued accomplishments.
Can you really blame him for being uneasy in a 20-horse field during the Derby? I mean he did finish near the middle of the pack. The speed in the race was rather large as well. So that is my rant: you need to appreciate this horse.
The Jim Dandy Stakes:
Perfect Soul's First Winner:
Perfect Soul had his first winner over the weekend, so I want to congratulate him and his connections on the win.
Why not, one more Arrrrr race with Durkin calling: