The Horse Races at the Sonoma County Fair
What have they done to the racetrack at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds? http://www.calfairs.com/fairs/santa_rosa.htm . Certainly quite a facelift! Beautiful! The paddock area is completely re/ done, and the track; dirt and turf, looks fantastic!
I was so happy to see the enormous crowds; alongside the track, at the betting windows, and in the grandstands. These crowds were present and in full, enthusiastic force on Wednesday, August 10th (a weekday!), and on Saturday the 13th.
And the 'roar from the crowds' was exciting, infectious and satisfying.
The 'ponies' were gorgeous as usual, and, as usual, definitely delivered.
For the 6th race on Wednesday, I bet 2 dollars to win on #9, purely because the jockey was, my very favorite jockey since Steve Cauthen and "Affirmed", Russell Baze. Usually, this would be as sure fire of a win as horse racing allots, but, alas, "Right Blend" and Russell placed 4th.
On Saturday, for the 6th race of the day, a colt captured my attention in the paddock. A beautiful bay, with tons of presence and charisma, and, I was sold. Again, I bet a whopping 2 dollars on the 5 horse to win, and guess what!?! He did!?!
The colt's name is "Truckin", ridden masterfully by Aaron Gryder. He went to the front right off the start, and stayed there through the finish line.
The very exciting thing for me was the way he held off a strong challenge, there at the end. The electric thing about this was we were right there, right beside him, when he looked the challengers in the eye and said "no way. I dominate this field." Truly the mark of a champion, and champion "Truckin" certainly is!
I will definitely make a point of following this colt's racing career, I think it is going to be brilliant!
Way to go "Truckin', and way to go to The Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, http://www.sonomacountyfair.com/ for providing such a wonderful venue! I certainly hope, with the closing of Bay Meadows, and the beautiful work that has recently been done on the racetrack and grounds, that this track will go back to being year round, rather than just the 3 weeks of the Sonoma County Fair.