A Morning of Firsts

I was born and raised in Louisville not too far from Churchill Downs, and have lived here the vast majority of my 51 years. Although I’ve been to the Oaks and Derby a handful of times I’ve never gone to the backside of the track to see the morning workout. Today was a first, and it was worth the trouble.

Bob Baffert walking Midnight Interior
Bob Baffert walking Midnight Interior

The Kentucky sun was shining bright. The air was crisp and clean with the smell of hay and Horses. There was a real buzz about the place particularly when the Derby Horses and their trainers started making their appearances.

While back there I had the pleasure of meeting our Mayor, Greg Fisher. Another first for me. He seems like a genuinely nice guy — very approachable.

After tooling around the stables for a while with LouisvilleKy.com’s Rick Redding and Holly Brockman-Johnson we decided to grab a bite to eat at Wagner’s Pharmacy. Yet another first for me. I had the sausage biscuits with two eggs, a cup of coffee and a glass of chocolate milk. The milk was great!

All-in-all it was a great morning!

The Backside of Churchill Downs, 8am, May 5, 2011
The Backside of Churchill Downs, 8am, May 5, 2011