Ah, holiday weekends! Not sure what the justification is behind making Columbus Day a major holiday, but given the chance at a three-day weekend…I’ll take it.
As usual, I spent Saturday at Belmont, where there were three Grade 1 races on tap: the Jamaica, the Frizette, and the Champagne. On Sunday I headed for points south, for a terrific day of racing sightseeing with Kevin Martin of Colin’s Ghost. Having had the chance to play, in some small part, Saratoga host for him, this time I got to be the guest, he the tour guide, and we hit a number of high points in Maryland’s racing history–though, unfortunately, they are all defunct at this point. A bad sign of things to come?
Jamaica winner Prince Will I Am. Look at that face!
After winning the Frizette, A Z Warrior gets a drink from assistant trainer Tonja Terranova
Uncle Mo, Champagne winner
Wooden bridge from backstretch to training track at defunct Bowie course
We visited the Belair Stable Museum, on the site of William Woodward's Belair Stud, which produced Triple Crown winners Gallant Fox and Omaha, along with many other stakes winners
Stable area, Belair Stable Museum
Clubhouse at defunct Havre de Grace course, now used by the Maryland National Guard
Got gas next to this guy in New Jersey
Definitely the Sunday highlight: seeing old warrior Spooky Mulder happy in his Maryland retirement home. Much more on him to follow...