For the first time in more than a decade, I didn't watch the Kentucky Derby this year. I wanted to, but I was busy with a wedding, a wedding reception and a long drive home.
Because of that, today wasn't so much Preakness Day as it was Derby Do-Over Day. I camped out in front of the tv with a piece of Kentucky Derby pie...
and tried to cheer Animal Kingdom to victory. He didn't quite make it, but somehow that seemed appropriate for my Derby day theme. After all, I don't have the best track record when it comes to picking Derby winners!
I also finished my Kirsteen Haley kit saddle.The stirrups for this saddle became another do-over when I realized the pair I'd bought from the World of Model Horse Collecting weren't quite the right size. Fortunately, it wasn't too difficult to make a new pair from scratch.
Close up of the tooling. This saddle is so dark, that it's easy to miss Kirtseen's lovely handiwork.
There may not be a Triple Crown winner, but all in all, it's been a good day!