Raine's Secret Garden

A Muddy Track

My old computer is not happy. And it’s making sure I share in the misery. :sad:

And although my absence can be justified by computer problems (and I’m typing quickly, in case it takes me out again), must confess any blog posts would have sucked. Love the fact that spring is finally here, but my snow shovel is still parked by my back door. Speaks volumes. :roll:

Am I writing? Have tinkered with it.
Who knew not writing could be as hard as sticking with it?

But in honor of Kentucky Derby weekend (run on a muddy track, which always leaves my heart in my throat lest one of those beautiful animals is injured, and we all know how treacherous the race can be, yes?), I’m posting this photo of the one and only Secretariat.
The 1973 Belmont stakes. This magical creature won by an unbelievable 31 lengths. And yes, I’m old enough to remember. It seemed effortless, as if the horse was flying, and I’ve never seen anything like it before or since.
Absolutely stunning.

Category: General Blah Blah,Regards, Raine — Raine @ 7:51 pm ·   Comments (11)

11 Responses to “A Muddy Track”

  1. Bernita says:

    I remember that beautiful red horse and that glorious race.
    The first – and last- I ever watched.
    Secretariat was still pulling away when he crossed the finish line.
    It was magnificent.

  2. Raine says:

    Wasn’t it magnificent, Bernita?!
    I seem to remember the jockey glancing back, as if he almost couldn’t believe it either, and that fabulously gifted horse speeding along, like one of the gods come down to play.

  3. BernardL says:

    Cheer up, Raine, the Cav’s are still in the hunt. :)

  4. Bernita says:

    like one of the gods come down to play.

    Raine, you’re right.
    That day he was a horse out of myth and legend.

  5. Raine says:

    Cheer up, Raine, the Cav’s are still in the hunt.

    I refuse to invest too much emotionally, Bernard.
    Yet. :wink:

    That day he was a horse out of myth and legend.

    I think we often look back on things and imagine they were greater than they were, or tend to lessen the impact, afraid we’ve built the memory into more than it was.
    This miracle was real. :biggrin:

  6. Suzanne Perazzini says:

    I don’t remember that but it sounds inspiring. By the way, I find not writing quite pleasant actually. LOL.

  7. Raine says:

    You may just need a break, Suzanne.
    Surprisingly, I was finding it difficult. Stories plaguing me.

  8. BernardL says:

    Boy did I curse the Cavs, Raine. No sooner do I get excited about how they handled Boston in the first game then they phone in a second game blowout defeat. Not another word from me on that playoff series. :(

  9. Raine says:

    Trust me—it’s not you, Bernard, lol.
    One thing we’ve learned here is that the sports teams will break your heart. :sad:
    And yeah, I get that LBJ is playing injured, but there’s supposed to be a freaking TEAM behind the man too. A team that kicks butt all season and pretty consistently makes it to the playoffs, only to die there, has issues they need to fix! They played like a junior varsity team last night, dammit.
    Of course, I’m not going to get emotionally involved… :roll:

  10. Tyhitia says:

    Hope your weather stays nice. And your computer problems get better.

    I know nothing of the derby. :wink:

  11. Raine says:

    Thanks, Tyhitia.
    I’m not a big racing fan either. Smacks a bit too much of ye olde chariot races to me. But I’ll always remember this horse. :yes: