Archives for August, 2008

More on Del Mar!

Heading back to Del Mar this week to watch Our Superstar and Set Play run.  Also, blessed to have a few clients and friends on the appointment list.  From there it’s on to City Club San Francisco to host 60 executives and entrepreneurs with my good friend Dean Lane.

This past weekend I was honored to saddle Steve Gula’s "Gula’s Gold" at Del Mar.  He ran second in that race – nice!

On August 11, I hosted a thundering herd of CIOs at Del Mar for a networking mixer.  Just a chance to meet some of the best technical minds in Southern California and enjoy the cool ocean breeze.  The worst day at Del Mar is better than the best day working!  My buddies Geoff Glass (Future CEO), Ken Venner (Broadcom) and John Bollen (MGM Mirage) were in the house.  Also, Christi Haley Stover (Edge Resource Partners), Allen Fazio (Disneyland), Karen O’Dell (Station Casinos), Howard Dinet (Long-Time Friend and Artist), Tak Fujii (Olsen Company), Sharon Solomon (Jacuzzi) and Jim Haskin (Websense).  The event was sponsored by NetScout Systems and AT&T.

This coming week Gerson Racing will run three horses at Del Mar.  On Sunday August 17 "Launch the Bull" makes his second start.  On Saturday August 23 we have "Our Superstar" and "Set Play".  Both are ready to roll!

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The Godfather Live From Del Mar

Greetings from Del Mar, where the turf meets the surf!  We have a number of horses running down here, including The Final Roar who won two weeks ago.  This week is quiet, however Set Play, Our Superstar and Launch the Bull are all running the week of August 18.  We’re still waiting on our filly Touch Me Babe to make her first start as well.

Saturday I was blessed to host Michael and Catherine Luce and their son Bill.  Michael is President of Walters Golf and Catherine is on the Board of Opportunity Village.  They acquired "The Godfather’s Day at the Races" on silent auction at a charity event, so we got together at Del Mar for a day of horse racing action.  We started out at Peter Miller’s barn in the morning and watched horses work out from the grandstand.  After breakfast at "Daybreak Del Mar" we tried our luck with the poinies in the afternoon.  Sean Gerson graciously took us over to the starting gate for a race, then we went to the paddock to watch how horses get saddled just prior to a race.  Great folks, and a real blessing to meet them!

Monday I’ll be hosting 40 CIOs in the Bing Crosby Celebrity Suite.  Sponsored by NetScout and AT&T, it’s an opportunity for a few of my clients to meet their peers.  As the Godfather says, "always dig the well before you need a drink."

That’s it for Del Mar.  Best wishes and God bless!