While we have a bit of green,  some grass growing,  I am thinking this is about it for us again.  California is in yet another drought.  Last year,  even the wildflowers were quite sparse.  Looks to be the same this time………well I can live with this if  the weather leaves my lilac trees alone and they get to bloom for the first time in 3 years. 

Alysheba - Credit Mark Wyville

Alysheba - Credit Mark Wyville

Sadness today as well, horse racing lost another great from the past last night.  Alysheba, the Kentucky Derby winner in 1987 – trained by the immortal Jack VanBerg and ridden to his numerous victories by the incomparable Chris McCarron – was euthanized at 10 pm.  This last fall,  Alysheba had returned to the United States from Saudi Arabia, where he had been at stud,  then stood in retirement after his breeding career was over.  His majesty King Abdullah had paid to fly Alysheba home last fall, where he had held court at the Kentucky Horse Park in their Hall of Champions.  Alysheba fell in his stall yesterday afternoon, and could not rise.  He was taken across the street to the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute  by ambulance where it was determined that due to a longtime  problematic spinal degeneration, his injury was untreatable.  Such a sad thing to end his long life.   Aly was a character,  and he loved to eat carrots on the sly……I could hold them out to him,  he would sneak up on my hand,  gently grab them and turn away, then CRUNCH CRUNCH then he would turn back like “hey, where are the carrots ?  Have any ??”……..we always said if he thought we didn’t SEE him eat them, he would get more of them.  RIP Aly,  you were a great one.

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