Friday, April 6, 2007

Happy Weekend: Santa Anita Edition

Dodgy At Best turned 1 today, so thanks to the tens of you that check it out from time to time.

Yum. And I hope I get a new binky...

I'm celebrating this weekend by driving down to SoCal and attending the Santa Anita Derby tomorrow. This weekend and next are the final and most important set of Kentucky Derby prep races, and the Santa Anita Derby is the big one on the West Coast. Solon, born and bred in SoCal, is going with me and serving as my sherpa. I am excited to go to this famous and beautiful track and take in the scene. With palm trees out front and mountains out back, it is really a beautiful place from what I have seen on TV.

Eat your heart out, Pimlico.

Amazingly, this will be the first time in my life that I go to any track other than Churchill Downs on Derby Day or Oaks Day. The field is shaping up as shit but I don't care, it will be a really fun time nonetheless.

You can watch the Santa Anita Derby as well at the Wood Memorial and Illinois Derby tomorrow at 1 p.m. PST on ESPN. {Next week the final Derby preps are completed with the running of the Arkansas Derby and BlueGrass Stakes}

I am also excited about the drive down today. Forget the I-5, the most boring expanse of interstate there is- it makes I-16 between Macon & Savannah look like Las Vegas Blvd. Why rush down there just to get paralyzed in Friday LA traffic? Instead were jamminig down to Monterrey on 101 and then hitting Hwy 1 south and driving through Big Sur and down the coast. This is easily the most scenic stretch of road that I have ever been on, and Big Sur is pretty amazing. I have only been as far south as San Simeon, site of Hearst Castle, and I have always wanted to drive Hwy 1 between San Simeon & LA. Well, today is the day, and I'm pretty fired up about it. So we'll mosey down along the coast and soak in the majestic beauty of mother nature- hopefully the sun will be out and it won't be fogged in.

Friday rush hour, or this? Hmmmm...

OK, I'm off. Enjoy your weekend whatever you do, enjoy The Masters- I'll probably be watching a tape of it on Sunday night -full report and pimpin update Mon or Tue.


OMAA said...

Congrats on 1. I would have sworn it was older than that. Have a great weekend. Next week is my last at my current employer. Moving on.

PB at BON said...

Two things:

1) Happpy blogiversary... Agree with OMAA; it seems longer than a year.

2) The summer after I graduated from college, my friend and I drove from San Diego to San Francisco along the Pacific Coast Highway, going slowly and camping in Big Sur along the way. Absolutely the most gorgeous drive the trip with a week in Yosemite, which is one of just two or three places I always tell people they -have- to visit before they die.

Kanu said...

Thanks to both.

OMAA- Wow. I'll get the deets from you offline.

PB- Nice. Yeah man, I'm with you as far as those 2 being some must see shit: Yosemite and Big Sur are 2 of the 3 prettiest places I have ever been in my life. It's just too bad y'all were driving north through Big Sur: the view is so much better from the ocean side of the road ;)