Newsreel of Del Mar Inaugural Handicap, 1937

Aug 22nd 2015 12:55 pm |

I read recently that the Associated Press added archival footage to their YouTube channel. So, of course, I did my customary “horse racing” search. The results were promising but one in particular seemed appropriate to post here on the morning of Pacific Classic day at Del Mar. Take a look:

I plan to do some more digging into the AP’s archive for future posts. The narration is odd on this one and others I have listened.  Did you notice he mispronounced the name of Reigh Count(y)? It seems the narration may have been added later from a script. The inflection is meant to sound “old-timey” but it certainly sounds too clean to be contemporaneous with the footage.  Not sure if this is something I can find out but it has sparked my curiosity.  More to come on this…

I’ll be rooting for Beholder to become the first mare to win the Pacific Classic today. While she will be trying the distance and open company for the first time, she’ll deservedly be favored. She is one of a handful of runners that has made 2015 a memorable year for racing.

I did a Ten Things about the Pacific Classic for Hello Race Fans a few years back that includes a selection of historical highlights about the big race at Del Mar. Here it is…

I had a great time on Million Day at Arlington Park last week. While the track doesn’t have much character (kind of like going to the races in a mall), it is a well-kept and beautiful facility. The site lines on the apron are among the best I have ever experienced.  It was great to see the local horse The Pizza Man win the Million — the reaction from some in the crowd where I watched was worth the price of admission. I posted a couple photos of the day on my Instagram account.

Thanks for reading and enjoy a great Saturday of racing!


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