It was 2010. I was fresh out of high school, and all I knew was that I wanted to travel the country and work with racehorses. So I started driving 75 miles to Arapahoe Park every day, talking my way past security, and standing at the rail.
I could do anything. The world was my oyster. All I had to do was make connections. So I talked to people. And the luckiest day of my life was the day I wandered into Ken Danylucks barn. He looked at me, said “Hey kid. Wanna learn about racehorses?”
From that day on, I was his shadow. We would ride in his truck back and forth from the track to watch each of his horses gallop. He told me what to look for in sore horses, and started quizzing me with each horse that would go by.
Ken was the person who inspired me to stay in the business. When I was robbed and ditched in Kentucky by his main rider, he ran him off the next year. He is truly one if the best people I have ever known. Always sticking his neck out for me, believing in me, and picking me up off the ground and dusting me off when I made a mistake. Even if he could never remember my name and called me “Kid” for 4 years.
I remember from day 1 how proud he was of his son, Kerry. Always saying that when he got back from deployment, he was going to set us up. How he couldn’t wait to have me as his daughter in law. Always kept pictures of Kerry in his truck and wallet.
At the beginning of this summer, I learned that Kerry had lost his life in April in the line of duty. My heart was broken for Ken. It had been over a year since I last saw him, and I thought for sure that in his grief, he wouldn’t even remember who I was.
Well today I saw him for the first time. When he hugged me, and pulled away with tears in his eyes, I knew he remembered everything. We talked about Kerry for a long time. Even in his sorrow, the pride he took in his son shown through.
And at the end of the day, he said that if he couldn’t be my father in law, he would still be honored to give me away as a bride to somebody else. And to me, THATS what the racetrack family is about.
Rest in Peace, Kerry. I never had the honor to meet you, but I know you were the best, because you came from the best.
Anonymous said: Finally buy a evo today?
No sir. Not buying until I know what my work situation will be this winter. If I stay in Colorado then I’ll be looking to buy.