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I've been around here off and on for awhile, but have barely posted... Hi! Just thought I could get some good advice from you guys!
We've finally gotten around to the family trip to Disneyland, now that both our kids are in HS (the oldest is a senior). Nothing like waiting till the last minute!
But I didn't really get excited till I realized I can clear a day for going to Santa Anita... oh boy oh boy! No kid of any age has even been as giddy as I am at the thought of attending a track where none of the horses are likely to have a western saddle thrown on them the day after a race and taken out to a roping! Don't get me wrong, I love our little bush track Rillito, but to visit the big league... now that's a vacation!
Granted, we'll be there on a plain ol' Thurs a week before the BC (the 29th), but I'd kind of like my first experience there not being in the BC level crowds. I am almost more excited about getting there in the wee hours for morning workouts. How does that work, is there reasonable access in the AM and is it OK to take pics, any advice? Is there a chance of catching a BC contender working out?
I hope to get some fresh paintings out of this, I have one Christmas commission that the client wants to have SA as a backdrop, since i prefer to use my own photos it's a good excuse to go.. business trip!
It is so beautiful, you're going to love it. The view of the San Gabriel Mountains as the backdrop took my breath away.
My first visit was in February and then again in April. And be sure to have the carved turkey sandwich . . . .pure heaven!!!!
I just know you will have a great time . . . .even if you don't have any winners!!!
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Thanks, Tairaterces, I know it ends up high if not on top of a lot of peoples "favorite track" lists, so I will be making the most of it - and I'm writing down that sandwich, it sounds good!
Thanks Roys, all of my racing paintings come from Rillito and Yavapai, though most of them RIllito. I assume you mean the one with the bay winning, that's very likely Anna, and I can look up the horse when I get home from work (I try to save the track programs from the days when I take photos). I've never met her but she's made it in at least one other painting of mine: http://www.andreenharris.com/photos/girlnhorse.jpg
Beautiful paintings Carole! You do amazing work.
You're going to love Santa Anita. There's nothing like it. Definitely go in the morning to catch the workouts. Just head to "Clocker's Corner" and you'll have plenty of action (horses, trainers, jocks, agents, etc.) all around you -- especially a week before the BC. You won't have a problem with access. Just drive on in & park. You'll be able to get pics -- and a decent cup of coffee/breakfast too. You'll have access to the apron & the paddock area, so you might be able to get some cool morning shots of the grounds.
And yes, take Tairaterces' advice & get a carved sandwich. Definitely good eats. They have a few stands throughout the track.
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You'll love Santa Anita! Coming out to watch the workouts in the morning is one of the all time great experiences, and I'm very lucky that I can start every work day with a visit to Clockers' Corner. It will be especially exciting the week leading up to Breeders' Cup, and you will be able to see many of the top runners from all over the world as they go through their morning drills. I would be happy to show you around when you're here -- just give me a heads up if you want to hook up Thursday morning. You can send me a message through my blog, www.maryforney.blogspot.com. All the best, Mary.
Thanks, Alpha! That's great to know about open access, I was actually turned away for taking morning workout pics at Canterbury three years ago, so now I like to check in advance. Oh, and I plan to have so much fun that Disneyland will be anticlimactic and boring by comparison, lol!
Wow, Mary, that would be awesome, I've followed your blog recently and love it! I'd be honored to have your help! I'll send you a message via your blog soon.
Those are some of the coolest paintings I've ever seen Carole - thanx for sharing/showing.
Good luck at DisneyLand (one of my favorite places) and have fun at Santa Anita. Or maybe it should be the other way around.
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Have a great time at Santa Anita. You are an extremely talented artist, and I look forward to seeing your work following your visit next month. FYI, Santa Anita on a Thursday is better than Disneyland any day.
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