She sort of surprised us, as nobody was expecting her to even arrive until later, but then there she was, galloping in all of her glory!
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Next Thursday I will embark once again on an exciting journey, this time to California and Del Mar’s elite summer meet! It will be a “workcation” : for 8 weeks I will be an intern in the marketing/media department. I’m excited to be in a place with a nicer temperature too – this Arizona desert heat is no joke, people.
I’ll also be able to spend some time on a real, sandy, ocean beach! maybe I’ll even get to surf 😉
I’ll be posting occasional updates here throughout the adventure, and you can also check out delmarracing.com and delmarscene.com for the scoop on the track’s events.
I could go on for even more pages, but instead, I’ll just send you to my photobucket album here!
Thanks to the McKinley Connection, I got an incredible tour of Claiborne Farm after the backside excursion last Friday. A short but scenic drive up the road to Paris brought us all to Claiborne’s office, where stallion groom Tony Battaglia waited to show us around. Battaglia works with Eddington and During. In 1976, he trained Boldson for the Kentucky Derby (won by another bold horse, Bold Forbes). He had a lot of great stories about the stallions and Claiborne’s history, and he was quite impressed with my knowledge of racing trivia!
Brisk morning at the training track. Long, low barns glowing white in the sunlight. Horses galloping past railbirds with stopwatches. It helps to know someone pretty famous in the horse world to get behind the scenes access like I experienced today. I haven’t mentioned this before, but I am friends with Jim Gaffney, former exercise rider of Secretariat. He’s an awesome guy and very, very generous with his time and knowledge. This morning, I joined him at the Thoroughbred Center and met Mary McKinley, an owner/breeder/trainer from PA with some nice horses by Private Terms.
Adena relocated to this site last year. All of the barns and offices still have that new car smell, and there are even houses for the employees on the property, too. The main office was the coolest thing: when you go in the front door, a richly-appointed lobby with gleaming trophy cases greet you at the front desk. You go out a back door into the attached stallion barn and breeding shed! It is awesome-I want a house like that!