I loved Affirmed with a fierce, unwavering passion that lingers even today, so I was absolutely delighted to discover one of his granddaughters among the entries of the sixth race at Arapahoe Park this past Friday.
As soon as I set eyes on her, I knew this had to be Miss Lake.She may be a five thousand dollar claiming horse in Colorado, but she looks like her famous grandsire. Same color, same markings,
and such a pretty face!
She also appeared to have his sweet heart temperament.
If I hadn't been in love with her already, this would have sealed the deal.
What a cuddle bug!
I watched her load into the gate...
and then ran down the track so I could watch the break.
She came out of the gate flying...
and led the pack as they ran around the turn and disappeared from view.
I caught sight of her again as they reached the far turn. She was running third...
and held that position through the turn and into the stretch. Briefly, I wished I had bet her to show rather than place...
but then she made her move!
I cheered like a nine year old as she swept across the finish in second place.
It may not have a classic performance, but I was utterly delighted nonetheless.
As soon as the race was over James was eager to collect our winnings ($8.20, woo hoo!). I made him wait, though. I wasn't quite ready to say goodbye to this pretty chestnut mare.
Miss Lake was the best part of a very good day. I am so glad I got to "meet" her.
P.S. I can afford a five thousand dollar race horse, right?