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Del Cap Recap

I can't hear you say Curlin lost!Del Cap day went like clockwork as per usual; there was a nice breeze to mitigate the heat and the track management has clearly made some improvements to the sound system and video displays since last year which were much appreciated — you could actually hear the race calls.

Smart and Fancy defended her title in the Light Hearted against a tough challenge from Weeks, and Wheels at Noon upset Silver Tree in the Caesar Rodney — perpetual rabbit Shake the Bank hung on for fourth in the race, and it’s always fun to see him take off, even without his stablemate, Better Talk Now. (At least he got to pick up his own check).

Perhaps the most interesting undercard race was the Barbaro — we collected a nice payout when Magical Forest prevailed (and was not taken down after a rough stretch run with Cherokee Artist), but all in our party were impressed by Ready Set’s effort — in coming from way behind (just like his old man, Touch Gold) and encountering considerable traffic trouble, the colt looked very professional getting up for third.

Finally, the feature race — I’d been backing Hystericalady and was very pleased with her runaway victory. I went against my better judgment and put a little money on Santa Teresita as the bottom half of my exacta, but the real dirt was clearly not to her liking. Nevertheless, it was a fine race from Hystericalady.

And now, dear reader, a selection of photos from the day for your amusement:

Jeannine Edwards preps in between races

Interviewing Michael Matz, et al., before (or after?) the Barbaro Stakes

Jorge Chavez knew he got away with it (admittedly, to my enrichment)

More of Hystericalady than most of her competitors saw

Unbridled Belle looked rather cheerful in defeat

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