Tuesday, July 21, 2009
It looked like Grand Central Station for horses on the main track at Del Mar early this morning. Ditto, for people, on the backstretch viewing stand -- absolutely my favorite spot to watch the workouts. There's nothing quite like it: a raised wooden deck that sits just above the fence line overlooking the track. You also get a beautiful view of the entire front of the grandstand across the track.
It's thrilling to see so many well-bred, expensive Thoroughbreds at one time -- the flashy dark bays, sleek grays, well-muscled chestnuts, all going through their morning exercises in the familiar saddle clothes of some of the country's leading trainers.
The excitement, anticipation, and hope for a successful meet was almost palpable. Here's to a great Del Mar 2009 Meet and best of racing luck to all my readers!