|Me and Ollie, photo taken by Holly Tonini|
Matt and I went to NYC last week and we turned it into a bit of a trip. Our first stop was the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland. We visited with my friends at Herringswell and we even got to visit some cool horses. Such as 2010 Breeders Cup Juvenile Champion, Pluck!
|2010 Juvenile Breeders Cup Champ - Pluck|
Pluck is taking a little vacation from training and is just being a horse. He LOVES it! We had a hard time getting him to pick up his head from grazing. He's a chatterbox too. He loves to talk to everyone and play. Such a kid!
Then Matt and I head to Belmont Park. We had never been there and we were dumbfounded at the enormity of the track. I believe its the largest track in the country at a mile and a half around. It's beautiful too. Just like a park!
|The sign in front of Kiaran McLaughlin's barn on the Belmont backside|
|A couple of jockey's running around the track in the morning working on losing weight.|
|Shackleford galloping the Belmont track on Friday morning.|
We shot some of the races on Friday and basically got a feel for the place. Then Saturday was the big day. And the weather was wet...
|Ruler On Ice wins the Belmont Stakes|
|Jose Valdivia shows his excitement for winning|
|Kelly Breen is the trainer of Ruler On Ice|
On Sunday, Matt and I decided to catch a race at Monmouth Park rather than drive all the way home. The Monmouth Stakes was going to be run and one of our favorite horses was in the field - Get Stormy (aka "Clyde" because he looks like a Clydesdale).
|Get Stormy at Monmouth Park (aka "Clyde")|
What we didn't know, was that Monmouth Park was having their Irish Festival. There were all sorts of Irish bands, food and stuff going on all day long. At one point, several bagpipe bands came marching down the track but the most amusing of all was the horse/human race complete with grooms and a starting gate:
We had a blast! I highly recommend visiting Monmouth Park. It's a beautiful old track just a few blocks away from the ocean. I won't bore you with more photos so if you're interested in seeing photos from Monmouth then all you have to do is click here for a short slide show.