Trip Report #1 - Lexington, KY and Keeneland
Just being there was a thrill for me. Anna bet most of the races and came out about even. I was content to bet a couple of race but mostly just to take it all in. And we bet on an Irish horse for out niece, Kelly Halligan, who paints the world green on St. Patrick’s Day. It came in last. Large television screen at either end of the tote board keep track of the race, sometimes using a split screen technique, so you could really see what was happening on the back stretch. Unusual for me was the fact that there were two finish lines, depending upon the length of the race. This is because the track does not have a front chute to start from. Interesting to see a man change the finish line by raising a red pole with a large round red marker at the top. I suspect the jockeys could become confused with two finish lines a furlong apart.
Around the sixth race the sprinkles began. By the seventh race it was raining hard and the track condition was changed from ‘fast’ to ‘muddy.’ And it really looked sloppy. Another feature we do not have at Emerald Down is a turf course. Two of the day’s races were on the turf. And I got to see one of the country’s top jockeys. Pat Day rode in two races. The first race he came in seventh but he won the feature race, which was a Grade III stakes, The Valley View, $100,000 added. In all, it was a fine day at the races, thanks to a kindly woman track employee. We were warm and dry and enjoyed every last minute of it. Now if I can get back to Lexington sometime when the trotting horses (standardbreds) are running at The Red Mile.