Thursday, October 28, 2010

More Arabian racehorses

More pictures of the mile and one sixteenth Arabian allowance race which was run at Arapahoe Park last August.  The track at Arapahoe is a mile long, so the horses passed in front of us twice.  The first time they were all in a bunch.  The second time they were considerably more spread out.  After the race, the horses trot back to an area just past the final turn and are unsaddled on the track.


















8 comments:

  1. Do you think Musetta could be set up as a racer?

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  2. She's a little round for a racehorse, but not a whole lot more than some of these. I think she'd be fine for a post parade set-up. That's not to say she would be likely to beat a well dressed thoroughbred going full out in the same class, but if you want to set that up, I say go for it!

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  3. Man, those are some really good photos!

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  4. Thanks Linda! You have no idea how much I miss that camera... :(

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  5. So, the blankets match the silks? I thought blanket color changed with the gate number? Am I confused or is this an Arab thing?

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  6. Honestly, Allie, I have no idea. Arapahoe Park is a small track and maybe that's why the silks match the number cloths? I really don't know.

    As proof that it's a small track--the entire infield is undeveloped prairie. I think that's visible in some of the photos. I kept expecting to see some deer out there!

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  7. The blankets match the gate number, but for many years this racetrack has encouraged owners to use silks that match the blankets rather than their own. Makes it easier for the bettors to see.

    I think this may be influenced by the fact that Arapahoe Park is a "cheap" track, and maybe many of the owners do not invest in custom silks. I know a lady who had a couple of horses in training, and I don't know that they had the money for multiple sets of silks on top of everything else. Just a guess.

    Every so often, you will see a horse running with their owners silks that do not match the blankets. I saw one from Meadow Stable years ago, actually, and recognized the white and blue checkerboard.

    But the park management actively encourages use of "standard" silks that match the blanket colors. If you look at some of the pictures of the QHs in earlier posts, you will see the same thing.

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