It has been a long month. It's also been a short month.
You know how it goes--sometimes when there's too much to do in a week or a month, it seems to take forever when it's happening, but then seems to have flown by after it's over. That was my November. Three different writing deadlines that overlapped Breeders' Cup and Keeneland November.
Then came the fun part--the birth of my first grandson Eli on November 13 (adorable photo above). That, of course, required a visit to Chicago to get to know the little guy.
Suddenly the month is almost gone and I've posted nothing to this blog. Somehow I trust no one has lost any sleep over that. I haven't.
But I should have time now to resume posting on a more regular basis. Right now I'm looking forward to the running of today's Clark Handicap at Churchill. That race might well resolve the contest for champion older male with Macho Again, Einstein and Bullsbay in the field. And for whom do you vote if Blame beats all three of them? Gio Ponti might have something to say about that.
John P. Sparkman was Bloodstock Editor for Thoroughbred Times, the national newsweekly for the Thoroughbred industry, from 1994 through its demise in 2012. Before becoming the pedigree and Thoroughbred history guru for the Times, however, he enjoyed a 15-year career as general manager of William du Pont III's Pillar Stud. At Pillar, Sparkman was responsible for breeding 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin. Now semi-retired, John P. Sparkman assists breeders in mating their mares, stallion analysis, purchasing yearlings and broodmares, preparing specialty pedigrees, or creating and completing unique research projects. He brings over 40 years of invaluable experience, during which his matings have resulted in almost a 10% strike rate. Sparkman is author of Foundation Mares, which is available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/aag/main/ref=olp_merch_name_4?ie=UTF8&asin=1933958812&isAmazonFulfilled=0&seller=A151O8L7TGU3BD. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.