What a summer! Spent half my summer weekends at Arlington Park. Quite a honeymoon with racing at a beautiful race course. Lost my shirt, but had a great time learning about the great sport of horse racing.
Joined an Internet horse racing interest group and met a bunch of the folks from same at a magical (for me) Arlington Million. Some of them would become long time racetrack buddies. Others partners in various horse ownership ventures. Some both. Some turned out to be jerks, but what the hey, you can't win 'em all. It was a year during which I actually had no complaints about the sport of horse racing. Take a picture, chump.