Well, the Santa Anita Meet has started and I'm excited with the beautiful weather and some of the great horses I'm actually training in the mornings. I can tell I'm sitting on some good horses and can't wait to ride them on race day. One of the best feelings I have - and I guess any jockey has - is working out with talented horses and waiting for that workout to convert into a top racing effort, and hopefully a winning one.
I've been in California over three months now and everything is settled in and I'm enjoying myself in this beautiful Southern California weather. Don't get me wrong, I miss Canada, but I took a shot and I'm glad I did. Sometimes making a change is difficult, but I guess from all my years of experience as a jockey and knowing that sometimes you have to make changes in order to adjust makes the change itself less difficult. I feel blessed to be surrounded with one of the best jockey colonies I've ever ridden with, and at the same time know that they are my friends. Although it's all about competing, everyone is playing it safe. I can't describe the excitement I have when winning a race, but if you're ever at the track, pay close attention to my expressions when I cross the finish line and you'll get a good idea.
We have a special version of the game (Horse Race Game jockeys) that allows us to play offline because for the most part, we cannot use the Internet while racing. Therefore, my stats aren't reporting to the community. That's bad because, since the start of the meet, at least in the game, I'm red-hot (maybe I should say pink-hot)! Maybe it's because of that anticipation that I will soon be riding some really good horses.
Well, off to the gym. I'm enjoying my day off. I look forward to chatting with you guys. Any questions, please ask. Just don't ask me which finger to use when controlling the horses in the game. I'm still trying to figure that out myself.