As much as I love the Maritimes, it’s always fun to see new places. Travel expands our minds and enriches our lives. Sometimes, though, you just can’t make the trip. I say that when you can’t make the trip, bring the trip to you!
I’ve always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby. When I was a kid, my friends and I were pretty horse crazy. I got this book for Christmas one year and in the back it had a list of all the winners of the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown, up to the year of publication. I poured over that list and practically had it memorized. These animals absolutely amazed me, and still do. Their speed and grace, their pure power. I wonder, what must it be like to be the jockey on the back of one of these animals in the starting gate waiting for the start gun…the anticipation, the raw, tenuously contained energy. Now that I’m an adult and know a little more about all the wonderful traditions involved in the event (The mint juleps! The hats! The infield party!), I want to go even more.
One day I may make it to the Kentucky Derby but for now, I decided to bring the Kentucky Derby to the Maritimes. We turned it into a fundraiser for the local SPCA and had a donation bucket set up. Five dollar fun bets were placed on the horses with the intention that if no one bet on the winning horse, all the money was to go to the SPCA. In the end, favourite American Pharaoh managed to squeak out a win over Firing Line and several people got a little piece of the pot, some of who generously donated some of their winnings back to the SPCA. It was a beautiful day and a great way to spend time with friends and raise a little money for a great cause. As for American Pharaoh’s Triple Crown possibilities, only time will tell. I’ll be watching and hoping for history to be made, for the first time in my lifetime.