Last Saturday marked the highly anticipated inauguration of the new Lone Star Park Hall of Fame. The Foundation Class of 2007 included a few horses, a couple of trainers, dignitaries, mayors, a jockey, and guy named "Ponti" who plays the horses.
Inductee Bob Baffert was not there for the festivities but rumor has it he will be in town next weekend with Bob and John, winner of last year's Wood Memorial. Once again, Bob Baffert will charge into Texas to win stakes races and eat Whataburgers.
However, Hall of Fame inductee Steve Asmussen was there all decked out in a suit for the ceremony. I saw him stroll to his usual observation post at the top of the stretch and I felt that this would be an excellent opportunity to inquire as to whether the suit he was wearing for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony is the same suit he would be wearing at the Kentucky Derby and if it was the same suit would he mind if I would touch his suit sleeve with the hopes that some of my DNA might actually rub off on to his suit and quite possibly on some kind of molecular level I could actually end up in the Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle should Curlin win the Derby. But then I ran into Roy. He was eating hot wings and instead we conversed about more pressing matters, such as "How's the family?" (Good) and "Did you get your free T-shirt?" (Yes). By the time Roy and I parted ways, the race was over - a 4f turf sprint - and Steve Asmussen and my "ride" to the Kentucky Derby had disappeared into the throng of Rail Folk.