|Right in my backyard|
|I used to live so close to this track that I would have been able to hear the bugle call from my doorstep.|
Time to check out the thoroughbreds.
|I liked #7 in the first race, even though I did not know her name.|
My next pick was also based on looks, but she had the movement to match. Her name was Octomon and she was a gorgeous steel gray with some dappling. She was the only horse in her race without a lead pony. She had a lovely canter and warm up gallop. I also noticed the jockey asking her to leg yield as she was waiting to enter the gate. She looked like a very athletic girl. Future OTTB dressage prospect?
|And she won her race! A nice shot of the crowd and the far off, yet lovely, Octomon. She is looking right at the camera.|
As a private horse owner, I must acknowledge the importance of thoroughbred and standardbred racing in New Jersey, despite my reservations. Without this industry, recreational horse owners would not enjoy the experienced equine professionals who are at our fingertips. The prices and availability of feed, hay, and supplies are also dependent upon the presence of the racing industry. I hope this is an industry that persists in our state. The crowd of visitors on Saturday may indicate that racing still has a future and the hope of a revival for the Atlantic City Race Course.