Monthly Archives: June 2010

Paddy O’Prado wins at Colonial Downs

Yesterday was the Colonial Turf Cup Stakes (grII) at Colonial Downs, a one and three sixteenth miles race for three year olds. The field was small but contained two Kentucky Derby starters, Paddy O’Prado and Dean’s Kitten. These photos will not be in my regular galleries so if you are interested in them please contact Susan M. Carter. Photos from undercard races, including the All Along Stakes (grIII) will be posted soon.

Paddy O’Prado, his groom and Kent Desormeaux in the paddock before the race.

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Breaking from the gate. I had to run the 3/16s of a mile from the starting gate to the finish line. I need to get in better shape.

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Paddy O’Prado pulled away from Workin for Hops and Two Notch Road in the stretch.
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He was all alone heading for home.

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Crossing the finish line.

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Paddy wasn’t too sure he like the wet sponge on his head.
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Kent goes to weigh out.

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Earlier in the day Shared Account and Edgar Prado won the All Along Stakes (gr III) for fillies and mares.

RAC: JUN 19 COLONIAL TURF CUP STAKES

Posted in Horse Racing

Polo at Morningside

A new 130 acre equestrian training center, Morningside Training Farm, opened last weekend. Morningside provides training facilities for every equestrian discipline: a dressage ring, a ring with stadium jumps, a cross country course, steeplechase national fences, a 5/8 mile track, a regulation size polo field, a lake to swim horses, and an indoor arena.

I am not a fan of arena polo but I do like traditional grass polo and this field is incredible. The size of three football fields, it was carved out of a hillside and is perfectly flat. I am told that they used satellite imagery to level it to within 1/4 inch variance. Did I get that right? One quarter inch is awfully small. There is an irrigation system that moves across the field, taking four hours to complete its job.

With a field that size, I definitely need a longer lens as I could only photograph a small portion of the play but here are a few shots of two local teams, Heart In Hand/Merry Oak vs. Long Lane Farm, playing at Morningside yesterday. These teams are in the 2-4 Goal Grass League.

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Posted in Other Equestrian Events