One of the best advantages to living in Odenton, MD is the proximity to soooo many things. Location, location, location!
We got the chance to visit Delaware Park for the first time this Saturday and despite the rain, had a fantastic time. I’ve been following the 3 year old campaign of a great filly- Blind Luck. She won the Kentucky Oaks (the filly- horse speak for young female, version of the Kentucky Derby) and I was disappointed when they didn’t run her in the Black Eyed Susan (filly version of Maryland’s Preakness).
When I heard she was running in Saturday’s Grade 2 Delaware Oaks, I jumped at the chance to see her run in the flesh.
Delaware Park has a great set up! There is a picnic area with lots of tables, a volleyball court, a play ground, sandbox, and pony ride area.
There were several families grilling despite the rain. The Park is also home to White Clay Creek Country Club and a golf course. Both of which are open to the public.
The paddock area (where the horses are saddled and the jockeys mount) is gorgeous and provides a great view of the world class horses and trainers.
It was a very sloppy track due to the rain, but her race went off without a hitch and culminated in a battle to the wire with a photo for first. I honestly thought she lost at first as did everyone. There was a collective, “Ohh” and then a “Yay” as the crowd saw the photo finish.
Blind Luck's jockey, Joel Rosario, was even nice enough to sign my program after the race!
A great effort was put forth by Havre de Grace (wonder if she was named for the MD city?) for second.
A fun story about Blind Luck. She is named (as many thoroughbreds are) after her parents. Her sire (dad) is Pollard’s Vision and dam (mom) is Lucky One. However, Blind Luck might have been a better name for her sire, Pollard’s Vision who was born blind in his right eye. Instead he was named for Red Pollard- famed Seabiscuit jockey, who was also blind in his right eye. Never fear though, Pollard’s Vision went on to win some good races!
We also got to see Larry Jones former trainer of Eight Bells as well as Michael Matz, an Olympic Equestrian Rider turned racing trainer best known for training Barbaro. Mr. Matz was there with Barbaro's full little brother Nicanor.
Delaware Park is a short hop from Odenton, and the trip would have been accomplished in under two hours if it hadn’t been for an unusual amount of traffic on 95N from above Baltimore to the Delaware state line.
For more info check out- Delaware Park's website.