The 4-year-old Thoroughbred filly Love You Always gave owners Howard and Janet Siegel a special victory in her last start on August 26 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
"Our daughter Lori is celebrating her birthday today," said Howard back on that night. “We were talking to Lori earlier and she told us to go out and win for her.”
Love You Always made it happen, as she posted a solid length victory to break her maiden in her ninth career start. The homebred filly will now look to make it two in a row when she faces five rivals in Friday’s fifth race at Los Alamitos. First post is 7 p.m.
The name Love You Always is also the way the Siegels feel about the wonderful sport of horse racing. “Since 1981,” said Howard Siegel when asked how long he’s been involved in horse racing. “Thirty five years and this (Love You Always’ maiden victory two weeks ago) is number 244 in our life. Every (win) is just as exciting. It doesn't matter where it is or what level it is. It's just such a thrill.”
Siegel became a fan of the Sport of Kings as a teenager, as he would often watch horse racing hosted by Gil Stratton Saturdays on CBS.
“I watched the races and I loved sports and I just fell in love with it,” he said. “I had a cousin that was older than I was and he would sneak me into the track. I was only 14. I just wanted to be there. I didn't care about betting. I just wanted to be there and enjoy it. I would dream that maybe one day I would be fortunate enough to have a racehorse. We finally claimed a horse, a partner and I, in 1981 with Eddie Truman. Chris McCarron rode and we won our very first race. It was unbelievable.”
“I don't think we made it to the winner's circle,” Janet added. “We had to take two pictures, one with the horse and one when everybody go to the winner's circle.”
“We were just running around just having a great time,” Howard added. “And for 35 years that's how it's been. It’s just been great.”