A Big Day, And Weekend Open Thread


Saturday is a big day for two reasons: 1., it is Armed Forces Day; and 2. it is the running of the Preakness today, the second race in the Triple Crown. Everyone is hoping California Chrome will repeat his Kentucky Derby victory, and take this one, too.

But more on that in a minute. First it is important to recognize Armed Forces Day, how it came to be, and to honor those whom it celebrates. From the Defense Department:

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too.

In a speech announcing the formation of the day, President Truman “praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas” and said, “it is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace.” In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Mr. Truman stated:

“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense”.

The theme of the first Armed Forces Day was “Teamed for Defense.” It was chosen as a means of expressing the unification of all the military forces under a single department of the government. Although this was the theme for the day, there were several other purposes for holding Armed Forces Day. It was a type of “educational program for civilians,” one in which there would be an increased awareness of the Armed Forces. It was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job is performed and the role of the military in civilian life. It was a day for the military to show “state-of- the-art” equipment to the civilian population they were protecting. And it was a day to honor and acknowledge the people of the Armed Forces of the United States.

According to a New York Times article published on May 17, 1952: “This is the day on which we have the welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces … to all the individuals who are in the service of their country all over the world. Armed Forces Day won’t be a matter of parades and receptions for a good many of them. They will all be in line of duty and some of them may give their lives in that duty.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

So, so true that many will not be in parades, but rather, in harm’s way. We keep them in our thoughts and prayers, whether they are home or are serving abroad.

Here is a tribute to all those who serve, in all branches of our Armed Services :

And we thank them for their service on this Armed Forces Day.

As noted above, it is also the Preakness today at Pimlico in Maryland. The weather is supposed to be good, and the track fast, which is good news for all the horses, California Chrome included. It is a relatively small field, ten horses in all. California Chrome, the favorite, has pulled the third position.

Speaking of California Chrome, a friend who lives in Nevada posted a great story about Chrome on my Facebook page. Why do I mention that she’s from Nevada? Because that is from where California Chrome hails, as the article she posted highlights,”Murray: Nevada owner takes Derby favorite on wild ride.”

Chrome isn’t just a special horse, he has special owners, too. They are not wealthy horse breeders, no sirree. They are just regular folks, and one of them, Steve Coburn, is almost mighty prescient, as the article. “Murray: Nevada owner takes Derby favorite on wild ride,” makes clear:

[…] “I had a dream three weeks prior and I saw him in my dream and he looked just like my dream when he was born,” Coburn said. “Carolyn looked at me and said, ‘There’s your dream.’ I looked at her and said, ‘No matter what it takes, whatever we have to do, we’re going to stay in this game because this little guy is going to do big things.’ I didn’t know it’d be this big, but I had that inner feeling he was special.”

Coburn remembers crouching in the stall the day after California Chrome was born. He fed Chrome animal horse crackers when he was 3 months old. He noticed how curious and people-friendly Chrome was. He saw how smart Chrome was and how quickly he learned and wanted to please people.

When the horse began working out at Harris Ranch in Coalinga, Calif., when he was 18 months old, everybody started to see what Coburn already knew: This was a special horse.

“He stood out from all the other colts,” Coburn said. “Once he started, his trainer, Per Antonsen, told me, ‘I don’t say this often, but if you put this horse in the right place, you’re going to have a fun ride.'”

And what a ride it’s been. […] (Click here to read the rest of this great story about both the owners, and this magnificent horse with the humble pedigree.)

No doubt, and that ride continues this evening a little after 6:00pm (EST). It should be an exciting race, and hopefully, everyone will come through safe and sound.

Oh, and the Black-eyed Susan Stakes was exciting, though neither of my horses won. Still, it was a good race:

Again, Happy Armed Forces Day on Saturday, good racing at Pimlico, and hope you have a great weekend. This is an Open Thread.


24 Responses to “A Big Day, And Weekend Open Thread”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    Thank You to All who have served and are serving now.
    May God bless you and bring you home safely

  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    Great post Amy I too am cheering for Chrome. πŸ™‚

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    Who decides if it is hate speech? πŸ™„

  4. lyn Says:

    California Chrome!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What a FANTASTIC run! Now Chrome is two-thirds of the way there! So exciting!!

  5. helenk3 Says:

    did I tell you MY HORSE WON??

  6. helenk3 Says:


    WOW what a job
    backtrack’s net worth as risen 438% since running for president

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is staggering. I knew a lot of these people get rich once they go to DC, like Harry Reid, for instance. But that is an astronomical amt. And once again, highlights his hypocrisy in acting like he is not one of the superrich…

  7. helenk3 Says:

    do not play on plane

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Here is California Chrome’s fantastic run. He just has a whole other gear from everyone else:

    Wasn’t that just amazing?

    And notice that Rosie Napravnik and her horse, Bayern, got squeezed a good bit at the beginning of the race, and then cut off just as her horse was gathering speed. Not that I think it would have changed the outcome, just mentioning it. I reckon that’s horse racing (though if it is egregious enough, the stewards can deal with it)…

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Here’s a great article from Preakness abt California Chrome’s performance: http://www.preakness.com/news-center/latest-news/california-chrome-dazzles-record-crowd-preakness-stakes

    Oh, and to prove a point abt Rosie’s horse, this quote is from the above story: “Jockey Rosie Napravnik (Bayern, 9th): β€œIt was very rough. The horses on either side of us sandwiched us so tight we were practically off the ground. We got into a decent position and he still made a run to the quarter pole.”

    Hmm – maybe someone will get fined after all?

  10. helenk3 Says:


    Why President Bush did not attend 9-11 ceremonies

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wow, that was pretty cool that he went to the ceremony for the Medal of Honor recipients, especially since it raised funds for their Foundation and all. And telling that he was concerned it might make things too emotional. Heaven knows, it was emotional enough as it was, even though Obama refused to ever acknowledge WHY the Towers, Pentagon, and flight that crashed all happened. Ahem. Anyway, thanks for that.

  11. helenk3 Says:

  12. helenk3 Says:

    for all those who complain about America and think we should be socialists. a little wake up call


  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    My friend, Carol, who used to work with racehorses back in the day, had this great video up abt California Chrome’s groom. It’s a great story: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/13249/california-chrome-groom-raul-rodriguez

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