The Memorial Day holiday meant the racing week at Arlington stretched all the way to Monday. I went out there on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday…and managed to get a few pictures.
Things became more overcast and rainy on Sunday, but that hardly dampened the action. The racing remained on the grass for those willing to brave the weather to enjoy.
Monday’s weather was touch-and-go, but the rain remained just mild enough to keep the races on the grass. The condition of the turf was downgraded to yielding, but the fields and the crowds remained good for the holiday card.
For any fan of grey horses, or of Fort Prado, the Arlington nightcap on Monday was must-watch racing. The field of twelve contained five greys and three Fort Prado babies.
A grey won the day: specifically, Giacallure. A four-year-old grey son of Giacomo out of Seductiva (by Lure), Giacallure crossed the wire two lengths in front of the cavalry charge. Along the rail, and ridden patiently by Jose Valdivia, Jr., Giacallure blasted away as soon as he had room. This was awesome, since few things make me happier than seeing horses run well for people I know and like. I first met Mike Schroeck, one of Giacallure’s owners, last fall. He also owns Tizgorgeous, who I was writing about because she did so well in both of the two-year-old stakes at Hawthorne. I watched the race with him and a big group of partners and friends, and the enthusiasm was contagious when he found a way out of the pack and flew to the wire.
After a celebratory drink, everyone headed back to the barns to visit the big, grey man of the hour.
Of course, Giacallure was not the only horse in the barn…though he was the only one in Richie Scherer’s barn to run today, there were plenty of peppermints and pats on the nose to go around.