- I currently live in Pearl River, Louisiana. Prior to that I lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for roughly 13 years. Worked in field of security on famed Hoover Dam and at Westin Hotel and Wyndham Grand Desert Resorts.
I currently write a horse racing column for www.pricehorsecentral.com. I cover a myriad of subjects and we don't pull any punches. We publish a unique "Horses To Watch" list which is for horseplayers. It can be purchased by going to the website. I've always liked the human interest stories in life. While employed by the Pasadena Newspaper I wrote about many unusual people. Life is shaped by exposure to different cultures. When I was moving around the good old U.S.A. as a racetrack publicity man I was able to experience different lays of the land. I truly believe the kindest people I ever met happened to be from New Zealand. When Peter Wolfenden came to Hollywood Park many years ago, I never forgot his demeanor. He invited me to his land. We talked fly fishing, and sadly that never worked out. When I lost my best friend Julia Soulakis, the twin sister of my lifetime friend George, it left an indelible impression on me. Smoking was her demise and she left this world far too soon. Julie is the one who taught me how to dance. Her girlfriend Maggie South was my teenage flame. Those are things I will never, ever forget. It's funny how life works. My highschool friend Art Lerille actually got me involved with the horses. We used to go to Aqua Caliente on the wekends, making the long trip from Arcadia to Tijuana. I wound up working for trainer Ray Priddy, one of the top two-year-old trainers in the history of famed Santa Anita Park. Lerille went his way and I went mine when he falsely concluded I had made advances to his lovely wife Letty. That was absurd. It was cocaine paranoia. We have not talked for many years, and tha's okay. Drugs? I hate them. It took the life of my oldest daughter Victoria. Some of us make bad choices and I know now not to blame myself for that. My dad told me when I was young: "Enjoy these years, they're the best of you life." I said to myself, what in the heck is he talking about. I had no clue. If I could go back. I would have treated my dad much, much better. I am very proud of my son in law Dean. He retired from the Navy Seals with honors and continues to train them in Mississippi. He lives with my daughter Irish and three of my five grand kids. He made me proud, just like my brother in law Claude O'Haver who was decorated many years ago. My son Sean lives in Homeland and recently had corrective heart surgery at Loma Linda University Hospital, one of the finest facilities I know of. If you have a question regarding horse racing send it our way. If I don't know the answer then I'll find someone who does.
- Yogi Berra: "It's never over til it's over."
Einstein: "There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle, you can live as if everything is a miracle."
Willie Sutton was asked why he roibbed banks: "Because that's where the money is."
Jackie Robinson: "Failure is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead."
John Wooden: "Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."
Mark Twain: "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope with no address on it?"