With the New Year almost here I wanted to do something none of you have ever seen before.
This ground breaking idea that no one has ever thought of doing (I am very, very smart and forward thinking) is a "Wish List for 2012".
Get ready and fasten your seatbelts, because here we go........
I hope in 2012 I don't get any more hits on my blog from someone searching for "Chantal Sutherland Nude"
I hope in 2012 someone wins the NHC in Vegas, stands up on a chair and goes completely nuts like Howard Dean did in Iowa a few years ago.
I hope in 2012 I get a DQ that helps me cash a ticket.
I hope in 2012 all out of town harness drivers use a travel agent before the Breeders Crown.
I hope in 2012, NYRA takes some of that slot cash and invests $0.49
in a big red pen so they can mark any prospective takeout changes on a
I hope in 2012 I figure out an angle that no one else is on, for more than a week.
I hope in 2012 Tampa announcer Richard Grunder pronounces every horse correctly.
I hope in 2012 when the horse crosses the finish line in the Derby, we don't read an article with the headline "Is this the year for a triple crown winner?" for at least 48 hours.
I hope in 2012 Ron Pierce quits moose hunting (that one is on behalf of moose everywhere).
I hope in 2012 I get Jerry Jam emails with no colors or crazy fonts.
I hope in 2012 I hear more from Chickenhead.
I hope in 2012 I don't get any more hits on my blog from someone searching for "Chantal Sutherland Shirtless on Horse"
I hope in 2012 I'll run into the uber-classy Horseplayers Association VP Mike Maloney and he'll be in a bad mood after a bad beat, just so I'm sure he's human.
I hope in 2012 we see more from "Railbird".
I hope in 2012 Mountaineer announcer Peter Berry's catch phrase of "he put the cue in the rack" catches on, like everywhere.
I hope in 2012 Twitter's Sid Fernando has a good year.
I hope in 2012 we see a good handle meet at the Meadowlands.
I hope in 2012 we find a long term home for our five claimer.
I hope in 2012 if Charles Hayward pushes down an old lady and she falls in a puddle, there won't be a NYRA supporter on chat boards blaming the old lady.
I hope in 2012 the Daily Racing Form gets its horseplayer focused editorial groove back on.
I hope in 2012 Jason and Nick from Tioga get a raise.
I hope in 2012 Moira Fanning gets a raise.
To finish the trifecta of raises, I hope Mike from Balmoral gets one too.
I hope in 2012 someone finally gets hired to do some good for California racing.
I hope in 2012 Ken Warkentin uses the line "these two gladiators flash swords" again, when two horses are battling it out.
I hope in 2012 I will not have to write stories about a 14 year old horse passing away a week before his mandatory retirement.
I hope in 2012 Chris Christie is right and horse racing can stand on its own two hooves.
I hope in 2012 horseplayer Barry Meadow enjoys his retirement.
I hope in 2012 everyone that took a shot at a yearling gets at least one thing to smile about.
I hope in 2012 o_crunk gets more twitter followers.
I hope in 2012 Normf66 on twitter - World's Number One Harness Fan - finds some more obscure tracks and tells me about them.
I hope in 2012 Caroline from Socal Thoroughbred Rescue finds homes for all her horses, fills her barn with new ones, and finds homes for them, too.
I hope in 2012 I win an Ebay auction item from Socal Thoroughbred Rescue.
I hope in 2012 my horses are all healthy.
I hope in 2012 your horses are all healthy.
I hope in 2012 everyone has a healthy and happy year.
Best wishes and happy new year everyone.
PS: I gave out my Harness Awards for 2011 today in HRU, so give it a look if you're interested (pdf).