Monday, October 18, 2010

To the Races


On my last full day in Kentucky one of our great volunteers decided I couldn't leave without going to Keeneland, the local race track.  She talked one of her friends into giving us her box for the day, which was conveniently located on the finish line, the perfect way to see my first horse races.


None of us had a clue which horses to bet on, but we sure had fun.  I tried picking my horses by looking at the colors they wearing, their number and by name.  None of my methods worked - but I still argue voting for a horse called "Six Pack Abs" is a good method.


I came home $10 poorer, but had an amazing afternoon.  What a great way to say goodbye to KY.

I'm working on this week's post for Inspiration Studio, and this song was one of the suggestions for the playlist.  It is so amazing (and fitting) that I can't help but post it here too:

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17 comments:

Kate! said...

I've never seen a horse race in person- I'm envious! Love the pictures!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Don't you know that you are supposed to pick the jockey with the cutest butt? Just like in football... it is all about the butt. hahaha.

Amanda said...

How fitting to go to a racetrack in Kentucky!

P.S. You will love the new Belle and Sebastian....

urban muser said...

i love that photo of the horses with the screen showing them in the background (did that make sense?) i think you know what picture i mean. glad you had fun!

Karen said...

I went to my last horse race over 30 years ago. I remember we made enough to cover the cost of going out to dinner afterwards. Beautiful song, thanks for sharing.

The Felix Family said...

I have always wondered what it would be like to go to a horse race. I think I am with you and would have gone with the abs of steel also. Great way to end your time there!

Sam said...

What fun, Ive never been to a horse race before! Love the photo with them in action, its a great shot and not even blurred!!Love Susans song too x

justine said...

what great shots, I imagine the Kentucky derby must be a huge affair. This looks a nice way to spend your last days in kentucky. On a different music note, my daughter made me a cd before she went off to university and i keep playing one of the songs - Ella Fitzgerald singing sunny side of the street - have you heard it lately, such a wonderful rendition, good song to start the day.

justine said...

it's the one from the forever Ella album by the way!

Clare B said...

I love going to the hores races - it's a bit of a tradition to go in November where I grew up. I never win anything either, but it's always fun to try and guess (I base it on the name as well).

Lesley said...

What fun, pity you didn't win anything!
i love the horse racing, the excitement is always so tremendous- it's something we often do as a family and it's always a great day out.

R Montalban said...

What a nice way to end your stay, I can feel your sorrow at leaving.

Miss Becky said...

lovely photos as usual Jamie, but I want to say thanks especially for the song. I'm very moved. beautiful.

kspinning said...

How fitting for the end of your stay. The race looks like fun and your pictures are great! Feels like I am right there too... :-)

Tezzie said...

What fun! Although the whole 6-Pack Abs name thing...it would entirely depend on how often that 6-pack is consumed, as the condition of said abs would undoubtedly be reflected ;D

Prairie Girl Studio said...

hee hee ... sometimes i wish there were 'like' buttons for the comments, like on fb ... hee hee ... cuz i really like tammy lee's 'butt' comment! : )

brilliant images, my dear ... wow!
such an awesome way to bid adieu to kentucky ...
so happy you were able to have that experience!
i have never been to a horse race, but i can only imagine the exhilaration and thrill as they barrel to the finish ... eeeee!

mmmm and thanks ... susan's 'wild horses' is pretty much perfect ... : )

xoxo
prairiegirl

sheara121 said...

awesome! thank you for sharing :) my horse, crimson romeo, was sold as a yearling at the keenland auction. it's fun to think that he raced there, too!

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