After driving around Phoenix and Scottsdale for a few hours, we made our way over to the racetrack just in time for lunch. We had debated about still going because of the cold rainy weather and decided that we could just go see a couple of races and leave when we wanted to. Plus, Nathan's hotdogs and Cokes for a buck each made for a cheap lunch!
Here are some tile wall murals at the entrance.
I found this information board inside. I wondered if the horses were actually using the special shoes on this day since it was raining.
It was 48 degrees, rainy, and breezy when we went out to the track for the first race. It has been so long since I've been to a horse race that I didn't really know what to expect.
The rain stopped just in time for the first race. They drove the tractor around the track to even up the footing. Then we watched the horses as they were led out onto the track. I hurridly ran in to the betting windows and placed a bet, $2 on the number 5 horse, Sedona Slick, to show because the three of us agreed that we really liked the name. This means that if he came in at all we would win something. We were glad to see he was a nice looking horse. Even though the track was sloppy with mud, the board said the track was GOOD. We watched as the horses left the starting gate at the far side of the track and rounded the turn. We saw one horse slip and fall on the inside of the turn. The jockey fell off and as the horses finished the race with our #5 horse somewhere in the middle of the pack, the #4 horse, Lute Oatson, came staggering in.
He had broken his leg in the fall. The horse was quickly unsaddled
and a tarp was held up around the horse as the Horse Ambulance came out onto the track.
We were ready to leave. But I knew that if we did, we would only have bad memories so we agreed to stay for a couple more races.
I thought about cold hearted betting people who were cursing the horse that lost them their bet and wondered how the horse people were dealing with this tragedy.
But, as they say, the show must go on and the horses were already getting ready for the next race.
Here are some of the ponies waiting to lead their racing buddies to the starting gate.
My mom went and sat inside where she could view all the tv screens of the racetracks around the country along with a televised version of the actual races. My daughter and I went down to the paddock area to watch them saddle and mount up for race #2.
Here is where a lot of the action at a racetrack is.
However, the third race also had a track accident with a horse although we didn't see it. The ambulance again came out and picked up the horse. After that, they decided to do some much needed track maintenance.
To be continued. . .