Day TWO! We woke up late, go figure. Spent the day with Ashley at Churchill Downs touring behind the scenes. Ashley rides at Churchill in the mornings as an exercise rider while her husband works as an assistant trainer for Lane's End Farms (meaning he trains Thorobred horses on the race track). Therefore, we had a behind the scenes opportunity and we certainly took advantage of it! We stood down in the paddock as the giants we being saddled, walked with them to the track, and stood rail side in prime finish line positions as the races took place.
Just Right ran for Lane's End Farms in a race while we were there, but unfortunately had a bad day. He started fast but didn't have the gas in the tank to finish it off. Pina Colada, an impressively large filly, ran for the new barn Ashley rides for. She won her race quite fashionably; we had the chance to join the winners circle as guests & be in the "win picture" but opted out. What an experience though!
After a day at the races we stopped out for a drink, then dinner at Simply Thai. Massaman curry is delicious!
Later that night April & I ventured out to see some olds friends of mine, Wax Factory. We danced our boogey jigs and as par for the course, I acted a fool. What fun is a weekend out if I'm not being a goof!?
The 2am Burger King pit stop turned into a riot as I drunkenly insisted on having the crispy onion things on the side. I'm sure April was ready to open the van door & deposit me in the drive thru for the next unlucky Burger King patron. Instead she brought me back to Ashley's where we crashed for the remainder of the morning.
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