Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sandy Hawley

Sandy Hawley.
Does this name mean anything to you?

If you were me, I just shrug my shoulders, make a funny noise and say, "I dunno"

So yesterday, I was at Woodbine Race Track in Toronto and a couple friends of mine brought me along for the ride. I have only been to a race track a couple times in my life, and I know almost NOTHING about the ponies, betting, jockeys ect of the sport. I have never watched it, and I really have never had any interest. We had a tour guide who was much shorter than me, and this was a first... He was the nicest man, and was nothing less than a gentleman, and a class act.

So when I was introduced to Sandy Hawley and he said, "Hi Chuck, I'm Sandy" I just thought he was a short tour guide in a nice suit, and I said, "Nice to meet you Sandy, I'm Chuck"

But then when I got home, I googled him and found out what a living legend he was, racing for over 30 years and having won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete twice. And this list goes on and on and on... Most likely he was one of the greatest riders in North America for DECADES, and still I had never heard of him.

So I thought of it afterwards, that this would be like not following the sport of Hockey AT ALL, and having Wayne Gretzky be your tour guide and when you are introduced to him, you say, "Oh, nice to meet you Wayne, and what is it that you do for a living?"

God, sometimes I can be such a moron...

But have YOU heard of Sandy Hawley?


  1. Nope, But have to say, the man has serious style.

  2. Sandy Hawley IS a living legend. Most people do know him. I don't follow hockey or golf, but still know Gretzky and Woods! I do follow racing a bit, and once upon a distant time I did ride a thoroughbred or two myself... My favourite saying?
    "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."


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