So, where else would I go?
Live racing (mostly thoroughbred, with a couple Quarter Horse sprints and one Arab five-furlong race) at Mount Pleasant Meadows! Sadly, Dancing In Gerarda scratched (not surprising as he ran last weekend), as it would have been nice to see another of Robert Bakerman’s horses (besides Dancing in Gerarda, my brother encountered another of Lucky’s breeders produce, Ballado Alert at his barn for conditioning with his trainer. As far as wagering, I had better luck than at Arlington Park, though it’s easier to guess not to bet on the maiden with three starts that involved bumping, bolting, and losing the rider, or the Thoroughbred with one prior start at Hoosier last October where his chart note is “wouldn’t break.” (For this start, it’s “pulled up first turn”, with the expanded note “bucked at the start.” I don’t think he likes his job.) And you know it’s a small track when the longer-odds horses on the morning line instantly drop to 99-1 when betting opens, or your $2 exacta box drops those on one horse to 50-1! Almost no one who didn’t deserve it went off at 99.
And it’s good to see numbers at Mount Pleasant Meadows, even the entertainingly-dressed birthday party complete with hats. The weather was perfect, the racing was good, and the only spill or bolt was a pony who decided to try and leave the paddock without his rider (he was stymied by the winner’s stand and walked back, and worked the rest of the races.) There IS live racing in Michigan!