Monday, May 14, 2012


KY Derby winner, I'll Have Another galloping at Pimlico

Derby runner-up Bodemeister stretching his legs
Kentucky Derby winner, "I'll Have Another," is hoping to do exactly that on Saturday when he runs in the Preakness. It is also rumored that Bob Baffert's runner-up "Bodemeister" has vowed not to get baffled again at the wire.

Trainers, grooms, gamblers, exercise riders, jockeys, and sports writers are anxiously studying the stats of all the high dollar races to be run at Pimlico during the upcoming Preakness weekend.

Being entirely female, it's most important to me that the horses are happy, nobody gets hurt, and the fascinator I ordered arrives in time so I can wear it to the Preakness!

On Friday, May 18, Black Eyed Susan Day, I will be signing copies of  my two mystery novels, “Full Mortality,” and “Racing from Death.”  Catch me from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Pimlico grandstand. 

An entirely different hat will be worn while signing the two novels. It wouldn't do to wear the same fascinator twice. Not on Preakness weekend.

I'm delighted to report NBC and TVG news personality, Donna Brothers Barton, will show up at 2:00 p.m. in the grandstand to sign her new book on handicapping. I look forward to seeing her again. 

My sister, Lillian, bought me a Preakness ticket! On Saturday, I have a seat in the Turfside Terrace where I can watch Donna Barton gallop by on her track pony followed by the NBC camera truck.

Donna Brothers Barton covering the Preakness.
 I can scream as "Bodemeister" and "I’ll Have Another" battle it out down the stretch. Unless an unknown explodes into the picture.

I am a bit emotional about these two days at Pimlico, the Maryland track where I won my first horse race with a home-bred colt named Sea Surge. An amazing full circle, a journey that led to my third, just completed Nikki Latrelle novel, “The Sea Horse Trade.”

 Maryland racing and every racetrack provide a microcosm for life. In one place at one time, there is greed, crime, treachery, cruelty, love, heroism, bravery, determination, and underdogs who reach deep into their hearts to get the win. Terrific fuel for the writing of novels!


Sheila Connolly said...

What a wonderful way to promote your books! Have fun.

Debbi said...

Have a great time! :)

Cindy Sample said...

I would love to be there with you. I love horse racing and your series. I still have this year's Kentucky Derby Tivoed! So the big question is not what hat you're wearing but who are you betting on!

Anonymous said...

I'll look forward to hearing about the Preakness! Somehow I had forgotten it was Saturday!!!

Love all the pix.

I'll look forward to reading all of your books.


Kaye George said...

I hope your fascinator arrives in time, too! Please post a picture of you in it--in both of them. I'll be watching to see if I can spot you on TV!

Sasscer Hill said...

Thank you guys for your comments! Kaye the fascinator did arrive in time! I ripped open the box and put the little black feathered and veiled item right on my head. I had on no makeup, was wearing a blue and gray gym top, and my hair was dirty. It looked awful!

Pulled off the top, put on black, blouse, the necklace I plan to wear with the hat, and brushed my hair. Ta da. Adorable!

Gloria Alden said...

I'm so envious Sasscer! I wish I could be going with you. My dad promised me we'd go to the Kentucky
Derby when I was sixteen. I guess he thought I'd be over my love of horses by then. I wasn't, but then I realized as the oldest of five, he couldn't afford to take me. Maybe someday. I loved all the pictures. Enjoy yourself. Actually, I can see you are. :-)