Just on our way to the Great 48 and putting a few hours in Thursday after work. Little did we realize that even starting in Indianapolis, hotels are all booked solid - Derby traffic!! We had one option, but they were charging $250! At that price, Ben and I will sleep in our car. But we finally squeezed into a La Quinta in Columbus, IN, for a mere $139. Feels like a bargain! Plus the woman on the phone was so friendly and she had such a calming voice. Just what I needed.
In other news, some of you may know that I have a book about racehorse Rachel Alexandra coming out this time next year. Well, tomorrow is the Kentucky Oaks, the race that is the filly equivalent of the Derby. In 2009 Rachel won it by more than 20 lengths, and tomorrow her daughter, Rachel's Valentina, is the favorite at 7-2 odds. Hope I get to Lake Norman in time to watch her race on television. I would NOT want to be at Churchill Downs this weekend. It'll be an absolute mob scene.
The Oaks is at 5:45 pm, 11th race of the day. Tune in, if you can!