July 1, Delaware~Interesting to be in this corner of Delaware on the 4th of July weekend. Delaware, the second smallest state in the Union (smallest is Rhode Island) is 96 miles (154 km) long and ranges from 9 miles (14 km) to 35 miles (56 km) across, totaling 1,954 square miles (5,060 km2). Delaware is bounded to the north by Pennsylvania, to the east by the Delaware River and New Jersey and the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by Maryland. Small portions of Delaware are also situated on the eastern side of the Delaware River sharing land boundaries with New Jersey.
Yesterday our route took us from our hotel in Delaware near the Delaware Race Track across the state line to Fair Hill Training Center (more on that later) in Maryland, a journey of about 20 minutes. The color that comes to mind in this area is green. Long green rolling lawns broken only by green forests. This is horse country. Most of this area is connected to the Dupont family. They might have lived in the many mansions, their companies supported the infrastructure, and they have donated the land, including the Delaware Race track and Fairhill for the use and enjoyment of future generations of horsemen.
Delaware Race Track is a generous piece of rolling green that has both Race Track and its nut, the Casino. We came to see the Wednesday night Arabian race…A Maiden Claiming of $15,000 with 9 runners.
The saddle paddock is the prettiest in the book…with large trees shading the larger and smaller ovals. This 9th race was tipped by Fond Farewell owned by Kinsman and Cheryl Wright with Burning Comet in 2nd.Third in was Awesome Power trained by John Youngdale. Lynn Ashby was pleased to see her Thistle Deu come in 4th.
A big treat was visiting the trainers and barns behind the scenes. Many of the stables have flowers and make a lovely setting and a real home in this 7 day work place. It is important that horses and people find a balance and the grounds and barns are all impeccable.
More Delaware Park photos: http://photos.horsereporter.com/Racing/Delaware-Color/17835308_tjz8k.
After leaving the park, we wandered the back way home and stumbled across lunch in the parking lot of a home center….Vickey’s crab cakes were calling and this is blue crab season!