A year ago tomorrow, Jan. 15, I started this blog with this post about the Keeneland January sale, a personal tale of selling a mare after the market had crashed. Alan Porter, whose name has been peppered in the last few posts on here, also was mentioned in it. How’s that for symmetry? One year later, it’s not quite as bad at Keeneland, but the effects of the recession, like a stinging hangover, are still with us.
A year ago this coming weekend, I was in Boston with my oldest son — then a sophomore — for the Northeastern University winter baseball showcase and wrote about it here and here. We’re scheduled to return to Boston this weekend, but it may not happen. The kid’s been sick all week and would be 70 percent max if we went, which we’ll decide Friday night. He has, however, received a legitimate recruiting letter from a D1 school and the process — and dreams — to keep playing baseball past high school has started for him.
Baseball + horseracing + breeding was the mix for this blog when it started, against a backdrop of international events rarely covered by mainstream media. I was once a paid journalist, but I’m not anymore (except for the odd Racing Post or TDN piece), and I found this medium of expression — which I knew nothing about until 2005 — plus my status as a free agent exhilarating. I could write whatever I wanted, about whatever, say whatever. Until November of 2008, when I wrote an article for Pacemaker, I hadn’t written in 10 years, since 1998 when I left Daily Racing Form. Now I write more on a regular basis than I did with DRF — and don’t get paid for it!
Over the last year blogging (and tweeting!), I’ve re-connected with old acquaintances and made new ones, which has made this awfully fun, too. I appreciate the regular readers of this blog and my Twitter page, who include many sharp and humorous minds. Here’s an exchange from Twitter between me and Kincsem1874 that sums it up for this blog:
Me: “heard thru grapevine: ‘Sid’s lost all idea of what mainstream racing coverage is in his blog!’ Plenty cover mainstream, no? Not the idea, Mr”
Thanks, Kincsem1874! Looking forward to another year on here! And let’s help those poor folks in Haiti.