Saturday, May 03, 2008


Here's a picture that I took back in September 2006. I thought gas was high then. Gosh, I sure wish it was back down to that price now!

If you watch the news then you might have heard about the Derby. The second place filly, Eight Belles, broke both ankles after she had won and had to be euthanized on the spot. How very sad. I'm sure that the owners are glad she crossed that finish line in second place before breaking both ankles, but tragic and sad.

I've lived in KY all my life and never been to a Derby. I don't desire to go. I love horses but I don't care for horse racing. They say that thoroughbreds were born to run and they love to run. In that case I don't think a jockey should be allowed to carry a whip. When they get in that stretch you'll see the whips flying. If they love to run then let them run without the use of a whip. If they truly love to run then they are going to want to win. I know....some of you think I'm wimpy and all that, but that's just my opinion on the subject.
Have a very blessed Sunday!


Blogger Susie said...

Wow gas has almost doubled in two years. (It's almost $4.00 here) It was 39ยข a gallon when we got married in 1967!
Love your Sunday sign..

5:15 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

Gas in my part of the country was $3.59 today. I can remember way back when it was about .50 cents a gallon (1966).

I was born in KY and have never gone to the Derby and I totally agree with what you've said ... if thoroughbreds are "born to run", let them do it at their own pace. I so dislike seeing jockey's using their whips on these precious animals.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

I cried for the poor horse. It was very sad how things went on business as usual.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Diane@Diane's Place said...

I didn't watch the Derby and now I'm really glad I didn't. Poor horse....

And I agree with you about the whips and such, Rachel.

That sign features a favorite quote of mine. :o)

Have a great Sunday, my friend!

Love and hugs,


10:10 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

The cost of gas is enough to give you gas!!!

1:25 AM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Rachael! The price of gas here is $3.47. It has been holding there for a couple of days now. In the past couple of weeks it has jumped at least four cents a day.

I agree 100% about the Kentucky Derby or any horse racing for that matter. When I read the paper this morning and then seen it on the news, I cried. I believe all horses are born to run, but racehorses are forced to run.

As always a great Sunday sign. Lisa

11:03 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

There certainly is pain at the pump!
I guess we are getting a taste of what Europe's gas prices are. I'm ready for the price to drop!

I like you no whips idea in horse racing. That poor horse the broke both ankles.

Happy Sunday!!
Have a gooood day.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Carole Burant said...

Dearest Rachel,

Gas here is now $5.20 a gallon and I never thought I'd miss paying $4.50 for it! lol Makes you wonder where it will all end, doesn't it. People won't be able to afford to drive anywhere anymore.

Oh dear, what a sad story about that horse...I've never watched the Kentucky Derby but of course I've heard of it. I don't like it either when the jockeys use whips on them:-(

Love the Sunday sign!! xoxo

4:58 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

We taped the race but haven't watched it. I don't think I will now.
Three-year-olds are raced for the money only--getting another year of racing from them. They really aren't developed enough of a mile and a half. Poor horse.
I rode my horse, Min (Minnie) to high school the first two years. She was a friend indeed!

8:24 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

Not all jockeys use a whip; some refuse to take a whip to a horse.
I now wonder if Eight Belles could have actually beat Big Brown, but her weakened ankles did not permit her to run as fast as she could have. Just a thought. I cried when I heard what they had to do. I guess her owners wish they'd never entered her in the Derby, because they weren't sure they wanted to.

11:01 PM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

Got here a bit late Rachel...Sorry about that. It was terribly sad about that Horse....Does it seem that there are more accidents and or injuries these days? Or, is it my imagination?

I hope you had a GOOD Sunday, my dear!

I have a "Sweetie" post up whicj I think you will enjoy....!

2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you on the horse racing. If we could only reverse the roles for one race how many men would continue to race after being whipped. At least man has a voice to say NO.I just did two months of foster care for a retired race horse. They make people money and don't need them after they race.Can't help but wonder what would have happened to that horse if I didn't take care of him for two months!!!!!!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Rachel, I had to go back to my 2004 tax box several months ago to look for something and I found gas receipts that were $ 1.69 a gallon.
It is so unbelievable that gas is sooooo high right now. We changed our summer vacation because of the gas prices.

I love the church sign. That Bible is definately there for all the instructions we need.

I agree with you about the whips. It is really sad about that filley breaking both of her front legs.

10:48 PM  
Blogger savvycityfarmer said...

I believe almost everyone agrees...put the whip away!!!
I'm always charmed by the attire of the derby...the hats and all...we live in horse country where racers are bred....the farms are so pristine...white fences and green pastures...I love to gaze when I drive by.

Gas....well nevermind

6:21 AM  

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