American Pastimes

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Back to work. Somehow the twilight Friday card at Fair Hill turned it into a four-day weekend. No wonder, I’m struggling to get going Tuesday morning. Working from home with all the distractions that come with it.

Demanding racing at Fair Hill. Firm ground and fast horses. Teodoro stepped out of the Turf Classic and two turf stakes at Fair Grounds and into maiden hurdle racing. Needless to say, the 5-year-old son of Teofilo injected speed into the maiden, exposing the chasm between one fast horse and others trying to hold on to the bumper of the fleeing car. Tough pace. Jack Fisher won two timber races with former graded stakes horses. Tough competition. No Wunder came through in the feature, winning for the first time since Saratoga, 2017. Tough horse. Bernie Dalton took a wicked fall in Saturday’s hurdle opener, breaking his jaw and suffering a concussion. Tough game.

As for Riverdee, Beidermeier ran hard to finish second in the amateur/apprentice timber Friday and Lonely Weekend closed to be fourth in the 4-year-old hurdle Saturday. Good smart rides by Paul O’Neill. Nice horses.

Orioles game Monday. Joe, Jack, Ryan, Miles and me. Miles checked off his second stadium. Only 28 to go. I made a goal of three this year, we’ve got one more to go. I also made a goal of all 30 by the time Miles turns 18. He of course changed the goal to when he turns 16. The optimism of youth. He loves all the nuance of baseball, an old game for an old soul. We bought walk-up $15 seats closer to God than home plate and seat surfed around Camden Yards yesterday, starting along the first base line, then standing room in center field, past the Hall of Fame statues, the third base line, where we ushered out after an inning and then to our seats in the 384 section. Nice breeze, shade, crazy view of the iconic park.

Baseball and horse racing. Perfect weekend.