These were the first words that Heather heard from Cam Casby. It was Canterbury Park opening day 2013 and Cam was horrified that I just left Heather to fend for herself. Of course that wasn’t EXACTLY the way it all went down: it was Heather’s first trip out to the track with me and she was hesitant to join me in the press box so she insisted on just enjoying opening night downstairs.
|You never knew who Cam was waving at...she knew everybody|
|Cam enjoying Talkin' Bout stakes win on Festival Day, August 31, 2014|
It was a long week last week. Rather than improving, Cam drifted away from us. I don’t know if she could hear us or not, but I made sure that heard Wildnightattheopera’s win from Wednesday and a recap of Talkin’ Bout’s race on Saturday.
|Talkin' Bout, under Eddie Martin Jr, winning the Glitter Star Minnesota Distaff|
I understand that but I couldn’t stay away either. I wanted to hold on as long as I could. I wanted to talk to her one more time. There were things to share and horses to talk about. I wanted to maybe get her annoyed enough that should would just wake up and yell at all of us.
Of course that wasn’t meant to be and now we mourn the loss of a friend. The entire vibe of racing in Minnesota is now changed forever. I can’t imagine what being at the track will be like without her. Her advice, friendship and loving nature can’t be replaced.
I would ask that Cam watch over us all as we try and move forward without her but, knowing Cam, she’s already started doing that.