After 13 races, in which she collected a check for coming in 2nd through 4th 11 times, always close Victory Ice got her first win last night.
Of course partners Tom and Felicia Lindquist and family were there to join in, and we were lucky enough to convince Victory's breeders Joyce and Rick Osborne to break away from home for a night and celebrate with us. Even long time season table neighbors Brian and Keith Nordling were there for the fun.
As always, owners do nothing, so all credit goes to trainer Gary Scherer and a great ride by Nick Goodwin for saving ground and coming through near the rail, for the win.
Though the breeding economics and poor future projections have taken the fun out of that part of the game, at least in Minnesota, there's are still very few thrills like jumping in the winners circle with family and friends.
Even as we reduce our Minnesota footprint, the horses we have left never give up on trying to win.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.