Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A horse beats a ghost any day of the week



Santa Anita hosts the Breeders Cup this weekend; Karen Klein and I caught the morning workout at Clockers Corner.



These are the big guns and gunettes, racing for million-dollar purses. On dirt and turf; sprinters and distance; juveniles and seasoned; mares and stallions; and they come from all around the world, and some winners will be owned by billionaires, others by some chaps who, when the race started, were just one trailer ride away from bankruptcy and disgrace.



Karen and Karin arrived early-early, and saw stars, you betcha.



I exercised my jaws on some ham and eggs. Best breakfast in all of LA.



28 comments:

  1. What a splendid setting, I'm so glad you could share your morning with us.

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  2. Best view any day - even when there are no horses! Plus, free coffee this morning, courtesy of a race sponsor.

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  4. Pancho, that sounds like something I must have organized because we only did it twice.

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  5. The views are not as good from the Pocono Downs raceway near me, because it's at the bottom of a valley. No great views from down in a hole.

    I liked your ghost, but she wasn't as good as a horse.

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  6. Are you tempted to go every day till the races start? I'm going to try for Friday. Were you with me last year when the horses had names on the saddle blankets and top horse photographers were there? It was so exciting! Your shots of the glossy superhorses came out really well.

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  7. A horse beats a ghost, but by how many lengths?

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  8. Could you tell which were the stars just by looking, or were they all famous stars? Was Clockers extra crowded with fans?

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  9. I've only been out once for the AM workouts, and though I thought it was gorgeous then, your photos make it even more so. When I was there, three different guys tried to sell me a piece of a horse..."I got the horse right here, His name is Paul Revere...." but I'm sure they weren't in this league. How seductive these beauties are! Danger! Danger! I know one guy who lost his house to the horses.

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  10. And I know the guy, Doris. Yes, Earl, they were all stars. Most had saddle pads that specified Juvenile, Distaff, Turf, and so forth.

    Breeders Cup is not typically good for gamblers. At least, not the way I was taught to handicap. More on that tomorrow. (Pocono -- that's harness right?)

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  11. Looks like a horse lover's heaven! I don't know horses but I'd still enjoy watching the workout while I take in that beautiful view.

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  12. Yikes! Every time someone posts about Clockers I feel sad. I want to keep it a secret.

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  13. Been a long time Karin.

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  14. "One Trailer Ride Away" deserves to be a movie or book title!

    I envy you a breakfast location like that.

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  15. Sharon, and all the famous trainers were there. Well, famous if you know horses.

    Petrea, don't be stingy. Pretty sure I introduced you to Clockers.

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  16. Oh, I thought it was Bellis. And you're right, the more business they have the longer they stay open.

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  17. That's one breakfast I want to enjoy sometime in the future!!!

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  18. Been to Clockers twice. First time by myself and had no clue what was going on. Second time with Karin, who explained a lot of things to me.

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  19. Wonderful pictures Karin!
    Enjoy the weekend!

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  20. A good reason to stay in the area, next time I visit. I have never been to breakfast there.

    Terrific photos. I believe these are stars.

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  21. They're beautiful creatures, aren't they?

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  22. Beautiful photos of, yes, beautiful creatures.

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  23. Southern California colorful with that iconic view of the palms and the San Gabes.

    Never been. Closest view was from hill at the Arboretum.

    Just love those shots. No place like home.

    Just looking at them, I could be in the L.A. of the fifties, sixties, seventies . . . Can almost hear Jim Healy on the radio.

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  24. The "saw stars" pic is soooo beautiful

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