After watching the Belmont Stakes last weekend, Gary Ginsberg cried. When he talked to others his age, they told him they had experienced the same emotion, and mostly for the same reason: they were thinking of their fathers.
“In many cases horse racing came to define the relationship we had with our fathers in the little free time they had to share with us,” Ginsberg wrote in a story for the New York Times.
Ginsberg's father showed him the ropes, teaching him the form and racing history. They watched Secretariat's historic Belmont win together, then sat through Seattle Slew and Affirmed as well.
Despite the onset of Alzheimer's later in life, Ginsberg and his father continued to watch the races together, watching as horse after horse failed to sweep the Triple Crown in the 37 year drought after Affirmed's triumph. This year, Ginsberg and his father were not together watching the Belmont Stakes, but past memories still lingered.
Read more at the New York Times
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