Friday, April 11, 2008

A Day at the Races

Race day at Keeneland was spectacular! I lost some, won some but all in all broke even. But along the way I took some real chances, relearned betting lingo, and picked up a few tips from some very nice and patient fans.

Keeneland is one of the most beautiful race tracks in the country thanks to the efforts of Alma Headley Haggin in the late 1930's. She was determined to make Keeneland the most beautiful racetrack. She was most interested about the lives of the race horses once they arrived at Keeneland. She wanted them to have shade so she planted tall Chinese Elms and fast growing maples. She made sure the trees grew upright so horses would not be hurt by low lying limbs. She also wanted the horses to be surrounded by beauty so at the corner of all the stables she panted flowering crab apples, dogwoods, cherry, locust, and magnolias. She also gave instructions to the gardening crew to make sure all horse paths were cleared of fallen fruits or nuts so the horses would not be hurt.

Seventy years later the fruit of her labors is quite evident and spectacular!

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