What Makes Us Thankful

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 27, 2013) -- It's hard to believe the year is winding to an end; feels like just yesterday we were gearing up for Triple Crown prep season and now it's almost time to do it all over again. Over at Churchill Downs, John Asher reminded us this morning -- only 157 days 'till Derby!

Before the curtain falls, those of us in Kentucky will make the annual Churchill trip for the Clark Handicap (gr. I), a late autumn tradition. I'm so happy we get to see Game On Dude and Will Take Charge in final performances of the year; they've been two excellent contenders to follow -- especially Will Take Charge in the second half of the season.

Looking through coverage from 2013 (with an added push from the little holiday that happens to be coming up tomorrow) I've been thinking about my horse racing Thanksgiving list. It's easier to think of things I wish I could fix, or situations I don't approve of, or people I don't particularly enjoy dealing with. But yes, I'm from one of those families where we have to go around the table and say at least one thing we're thankful for before we're allowed to eat, and I buy in to the premise of a day where you stop to reflect, to say thanks (shout-out to Mom Novak for that one).

I wanted to see what some of you had to say. Here are the results of my shoutout this afternoon on Twitter, #thanksracing. If you didn't get a chance to comment, please do so below. It's been an interesting year, and we have so many reasons to be thankful! 

With so many interesting storylines and developments (in no particular order), here are a few of my favorites from the season:

But mostly, I'm thankful for the horses, who give us their all and make it all worthwhile. And I'm thankful for those who work to protect them, and for responsible owners and trainers who practice good horsemanship, and for the behind-the-scenes people who put in the day-to-day effort that makes this sport run. I think I'm safe to say that goes for all of us here at The Blood-Horse. So from our hearts to yours, a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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maryann727

I'm thankful that I still get to see Zenyatta, follow her post racing career as a broodmare.  When Mike Smith, sometimes mentions her in a post race interview, I know that he will always remember the legendary run they shared.  Also, grateful for every race safely run and Claire Novak's writing.

28 Nov 2013 10:58 AM
labattdrinkr

I am thankful for all the years Ramon Dominguez was riding and what he has done for the sport.  Also, Royal Delta, gonna miss seeing her!

28 Nov 2013 11:58 AM
El Kabong

I am forever in debt to Joe Withee for his dedication to Thoroughbred Racing. It was Joe's radio show broadcast up here in Seattle that introduced me to Steve Haskin and the Bloodhorse organization about 12 years ago. The Bloodhorse, it's staff, and the colorful bloggers who come here are now as important to me as The BBC, and PBS. Thankful indeed. I appreciate this gathering immensely and look forward to next road to the Derby with all of you. Stay warm, and be there when we gather for road to Louisville.

30 Nov 2013 9:22 AM
Wiltsjen

Thankful that Rachel Alexandra pulled through, and hoping and praying that dear old St Nicholas Abbey does the same. Amazing horses both.

02 Dec 2013 12:46 PM

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