Tuesday, March 16, 2010
50th Birthday Bash @ Gulfstream Park
I celebrated my 50th Birthday with two days of live racing down in Hallandale Florida with the whole Parker tribe. Saturday, the 5th race was named in my honor, "Professor Parker's 50th Birthday Dash" a 5 1/2 furlong turf sprint that got pulled on to the dirt because of the rain. I got to present the winning trophies to the winning trainer (the venerable Nick Zito) and the winning jockey (Jesus Castanon). It was a memorable event. From the left: Rick Parker my nephew, his mother Ginger, my sister Paula, Daughter-in-law Ashley behind her, Victoria friend and girlfriend of Francis Vaughn, me, Nick Zito, Jesus Castanon, Francis Vaughn (who pulled off the naming of the race), my brother Rick and Jesus Castanon's wife and kids. What a party we had.