Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Races

We went to the races at Churchill Downs.  It is an impressive place.  There is a museum there too..but we passed it up this time.

Churchill Downs

I had forgotten how thin and bony looking 2 and 3 year old thoroughbreds look.

The pre race area

This was the pre race area..where you can look a bit closer at the horses. They are paraded around before the jockeys hop on…we even saw a farrier adjusting a shoe..making a horse very upset.

The Bugler bugled “The Call To Post”..what a job.  I guess he has had the job a number of years..Far Guy and I were intrigued with his pagoda..and wondered what he did between races.  I read later that he has a microwave, fridge and a TV screen that shows the race. Churchill Downs Bugler

The green grass was a feast for our northern eyes..and the sunshine was marvelous…so warm.. it made me sleepy.  I was lucky the first three horses won..I picked them by their pre race behavior..if they looked antsy and like they wanted to run really fast I bet on them..very scientific!

This was our first trip to Churchill Downs..we have been to horse and dog races before but never to this track.


The building and grounds were flawless..the track was manicured after every race.

Sculpture Fixture

This was a very sculpture like light fixture in one of the main entrances.

Outside in  the gardens mums have replaced the roses..but there were still some of those Knock Out Roses in bloom here and there.


Mums and Rainbow Colored Swiss Chard:)

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  1. A day at the races with sunshine on your face - fabulous!

  2. Lovely day, and you won at the races...sunshine, life is good.


  3. Good job, picking the right horses. What a wonderful place to visit. I know what you mean about green grass............

  4. I'm not sure I could tell a nag from a mule. Good job on locating the winners...:)

  5. Congrats on picking winners...your "science" is pretty good, I'd say. I've watched the Derby on television but haven't been there. Thanks for the tour!

  6. You were my town. Sounds like you had a good day at the races. Hope you had a great time in town and visiting the sites.

  7. Lots of green grass here, but sunshine, not so much:(
    Congrats on picking the winners, hope you made lots of money:)

  8. Congrats on picking some winners. Love you scientific approach!

  9. Needless to say fun was had by all. Used to go with a group and throw in 10 bucks and play all night as a group. Was fun.

  10. A day at the races sounds like a lot of fun!

  11. Lucky, lucky you!!!


  12. I loved going to the track when I was younger as well but I worked at it with a Canadian breeder and racer . The Armstrong brothers over here are well known in the horse racing business for Trotters and Jockey . I worked as groomer and warm up there and on their ranch. I also like to bet on the ponies as we say it here lol . I would pick for the name and the goofier the name seemed to place and get me a few bucks. Sounds like you had a fun day , nice place . Have a good day !

  13. Looks like a fun place to visit. So happy the weather was nice for your trip.

  14. Nice day for sure. We are having perfect weather :-).

  15. Now that's a place I'd love to visit!

  16. I have never been to any kind of racetrack. Only seen them in the movies. Never would have expected a fancy artistically sculptured glass chandelier. What a life you guys lead. :)


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