One year and counting

One year ago today, I hit “Publish” on my first post and introduced my newest venture, The Michigan-Bred Claimer, to the world.

Since then, the last year has been a whirlwind tour of big races, interesting people and mountains of losing tickets. I have met more people who share a love for the sport of horse racing in the last year than I could have ever imagined, both in Michigan and around the world. Seeing that passion both from young people and those who have been part of the business for decades has been energizing and gives me confidence that this industry will survive whatever challenges are thrown at it.

Over the last year, I have tried to document every significant racing-related event I have experienced and bring you all along for the ride. Let’s take a look back at a few of the things that have made the last 365 days, 166 posts and 470 comments so memorable…

Since Oct. 17, 2008, I have…

– Logged a ton of miles in my beat up Trailblazer
Talked about hard times with Ellis Park owner Ron Geary
Shot the breeze about Mount Pleasant’s top Arabians with River Downs announcer Peter Aiello
– Tailgated at Keeneland Race Course (post coming soon!)
Watched the destruction of my favorite racetrack
Attended the races at Mount Pleasant Meadows religiously
Attended the races at Pinnacle Race Course when I had gas money or could bum a ride
Found out what all this Racino fuss is about at Indiana Downs
Become a nationally published amateur poet
– Watched a family namesake grow up (this one’s coming too!)
Been cited in a Flint Journal news story
– Watched a lot of crazy stuff go down in Lansing (too many posts to link)
Lost a lot of money on the Kentucky Derby
Eaten a mighty fine grilled cheese sandwich at Turfway Park
Cashed my biggest live ticket of the year on my second bet at Beulah Park
Joined the Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance
Torn NASCAR a new one
– Been featured on news sites including Equidaily, The Paulick Report and Raceday 360
– and shot thousands of photos along the way.

I’d say that’s a pretty full year.

Anyway, I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for reading, commenting on, and promoting the blog, speaking to me in person, putting up with me or just putting horses on the track and giving me something to write about. Thank you all for spending a few moments of your day with me. I look forward to providing you with the best coverage of Michigan horse racing I can muster, providing my perspective on recent happenings and telling a few stories into year two and beyond.

Have a nice day.


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6 responses to “One year and counting

  1. gyongmaman

    Congrats on the year. Have enjoyed reading.

    Regards from Korea.

  2. old timer

    Thank you Joe for some great reading. About the second time that I visited your site, I put it on my Favorites. Best of luck as you pursue your career goals. Oh and congrats on getting your name in the DRF for Mrs. Murphy’s great win.

  3. Congratulations! It’s terrific to read about racing on a circuit that doesn’t get a lot of national coverage. To many more!

  4. Congrats and keep the haikus coming!

  5. mibredclaimer

    Thanks, everyone!

    And yes, the haikus will keep coming.

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