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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Santa Anita is Gorgeous and the Breeders' Cup is Spectacular

Pretty blunt title, but I think it effectively sums up my thought's about my recent trip.

     But honestly, I've never really understood why people from SoCal are so defensive about how great SoCal is, both as a place and in horse racing. While I still don't think the quality of their racing is as high as what they've got out east, I definitely understand why they love their home so much; what a breathtakingly beautiful place.

     There's truly something special about being at a racetrack with tens of thousands of people, all there to appreciate the best Thoroughbred racing has to offer, and Santa Anita did a fantastic job hosting the event. Everything about the Arcadia racetrack feels racing oriented; it's a terrific place to spend a day at the races. I could wax poetic I suppose, but I would prefer to share some of the photos I took on a little digital camera. These definitely aren't the best shots you'll find on the internet, but I hope you enjoy them.

   

An elegant entrance for an elegant racetrack

The mountains provide a beautiful backdrop

Breeders' Cup Classic winner Bayern in post parade

Karaokonite (JPN) after his win in the Breeders' Cup Mile

Post parade for the Breeders' Cup Mile from grandstand

A lovely statue of Zenyatta & and a fountain overlook the grandstand entrance

The crowd circles the paddock

Over 60,000 people filled the seats on Saturday

The starting gate was parked right in front of my seat for a while

Illinois bred Work All Week after winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint

Admiring the grandstand from the walking ring on Friday

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile field running to the first turn; Goldencents was the winner

Santa Anita can take pride in having the only digital tote board with any charm to it
The sun begins to set after the Breeders' Cup Classic
 
     Santa Anita truly is a fantastic racetrack, and the Breeders' Cup is an event that every racing fan must attend at least once. I hope everyone had a great weekend, made some money at the windows, and most of all, really appreciated the terrific racing we are blessed enough to behold. I know that a certain inquiry may have put a damper on the mood, but all in all, this is a truly special sport.

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