Oct 6th 2010 09:01 pm |
This past Saturday’s trip to Belmont was one of those whirlwind days at the track where I didn’t realize how much fun I had until I was sitting in traffic on the Belt Parkway on the way home. My Saratoga sidekick and good buddy Chad was along for the ride and his take on Belmont: Crowd wasn’t nearly as pretty as the one in Saratoga but they were far more entertaining. I told him it was the difference between a vacation crowd and a hard core horse playing crowd, and, if he thought the Belmont crowd is entertaining, we would have to visit Aqueduct this winter.
I only make it to the New York tracks a few times a year, and yet I always seem to find people that I know. This can all be attributed to social media. I doubt fans of other major sports have used sites like Twitter and Facebook to turn online communities into actual meet-ups at venues the way race fans have (maybe I am wrong about this?). I met people from Ohio, Virginia, Massachusetts, California, and, of course, New York and New Jersey on Saturday — all people, who I met via Twitter. It’s a pretty amazing thing when you think about it. Sid Fernando wrote a detailed post about this phenomena on his site.
Besides all the socializing, Saturday was a great day of racing. While the day might have lacked a “superstar” (many hoped that Rachel Alexandra would have raced in the Beldame), it’s always special to see five grade one races in a single day.
Here a couple of photos from Jockey Club Gold Cup day:
Let the countdown begin for Breeders’ Cup — I will be there this year and am really looking forward to it.
The Breeders’ Cup means the off-season for me as I usually take a bit of a break from this site after the big weekend. Of course, i’ll still do a few posts before the end of the year but won’t be posting as regularly. I have some things in the works for next year that I hope will add a new dimension to the site. More to come on that in the next few months. Let me know if you have any ideas about things you’d like to see at Colin’s Ghost.
As always, thanks for reading and good luck!