The last time I spoke to him he hit the fair circuit in Indiana, if I remember correctly. I'm a fan, but I don't much want to go to a fair track somewhere, some of which do not even allow wagering. But for Norm? He loves it.
Maybe I am getting older or more seasoned, but I kind of understand what Normie is about now.
This weekend in HRU was a little story about racing horses in a place where no one gets rich, no one gets headlines or stud deals, or makes stakes payments that can total the GDP of a small country. It's in the Maritimes in eastern Canada.
For the full story, it's on page 5 (pdf).
Interestingly enough, not only are races like the ones discussed in the piece occurring each week, there's also the unexpected. Last Friday evening, at a training center on Cape Breton Island, a bunch of folks got together for some schooling races. There were some sponsors, maybe a prize or two, some good food, and of course, a beverage or three.
What you have are people showing up to a race, not to bet, not to gain fame or riches, not to yell at a track exec or driver or trainer ; just people showing up for racing. It's pretty cool.
The following photos should give you a glimpse into the action. If you like racing and horses - if you are a Norm - you'd love this place.
|Off they go|
|Lotsa people out on a beautiful evening|
|The starting gate looks like two ladders, I think|
|Last race of the day is under saddle|
|Refreshments, of course|
|Programs and sponsors. Yep.|
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.