As the Road to the Hambletonian and the Thoroughbred Triple Crown commence this weekend, many horse racing fans are in their glory. Spring is truly here; it's Prime Time! Horseplayers, as many of us are now look forward to the next six months, from The Dexter Cup to the Breeders Crown (or the Derby to the Breeders Cup) as a potpourri of racing opportunities and entertainment.
But every once in a while, life interrupts the joy we all get from horse racing.
As Harness Racing Update reported today, Freehold track announcer Larry Lederman has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. I had heard about this earlier, but was refraining from saying anything until it was public knowledge. With it now publicly announced, I feel I can mention it now without violating any confidences.
We take it all for granted, good health, a happy family, cashing some tickets, enjoying our life until something happens to change things for the worse; then we appreciate what we had. It is important for most of us to remember, horse racing is a diversion, an entertainment, a game. Sure, for some of us it is a business, but without health, what good is any of it?
For many of us, life is overcoming a series of battles, for others, it's fighting a war and for Larry Lederman, the war is underway in earnest. But as long as there is hope, there is a chance. So while you are enjoying the racing this weekend, regardless of your preference, just keep it in the back of your mind what is important and keep the weekend's activities in perspective.
In the meanwhile, say a prayer for one of the most original and entertaining track announcers out there that he will regain his health and be able to return to the Freehold announcer's booth before long. As long as there is hope, there is the possibility. And if you feel so inclined, feel free to send Larry a get well card in care of Freehold Raceway, 130 Park Avenue, Freehold, NJ 07728. I am sure he will appreciate the support.