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|
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.