On Wednesday, I was pleased to bring my friend Elaine Peake to Belmont Park for a day at the races. Why would I drive 5 hours and stop at Saratoga to pick up my friend for a race that lasted less than 2 minutes?
Very simply, my horse was racing and I wanted to share the experience with someone who has never to Belmont. I own two horses in partnership right now and World Premier was set to race on the turf Wednesday. The weather gods had other ideas however, and rains took the race off the turf. Our horse stayed in the race so off for our morning drive we went.
Interestingly, as we headed from Saratoga to Belmont Park, Elaine got a call from her husband letting her know that he is driving down separately with Terry Finley head of West Point Stables who had a horse in the feature.
We had a lovely time; I was answering questions about horse racing; Elaine was soaking everything in like a sponge. We arrived at Belmont, where we saw old friends who were happy to see us. We had a lovely late lunch in the Trustee’s Room and were joined by trainers, employees and friends who stopped by and wished us luck.
When it was our time we went to the paddock and watched as the horse was saddled. Speaking briefly with Corey Nakatani, the jockey riding our horse, I did as I have done for every race I’m at – I wished the jockey a safe trip.
The horse tried and ran a game race, but she was beaten and finished second. The chart is here
Elaine’s thoughts on the day are here.
I am always willing to bring new fans or prospective owners to the races to experience it firsthand….are you interested?