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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hall of Fame Day at the Spa

Chef Bobby Flay serves up
keynote speech
The last of my three day excursion to the Spa started at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's 2011 Induction Ceremony.

Bobby Flay delivered a rousing keynote address to start things off, stating he's watched More Than Real's Breeders' Cup victory video "over 300 times, and that's probably a low number." He spoke of the thrill of competition and how his father taught him to always "do the right thing and success will follow."

Randy Moss was the Master of Ceremonies and did a very nice job with his opening and closing remarks and moving the induction along at a nice pace.

It was my first Hall of Fame ceremony of any kind and I enjoyed the passion and emotion that was on display throughout the acceptance speeches. Three fillies were honored, Open Mind, Safely Kept and Sky Beauty all with impressive careers. California-based trainer Jerry Hollendorfer rounded out the contemporary Hall of Fame honorees. My Friday News blog highlighted the different Hall of Fames that you can go to in New York State.

The two races I keyed on during the day were the 2-year old filly race and the Grade 2 Hall of Fame. It was hard leaving the Spa after the feature race knowing I'll only be back one more time for the Travers in two weeks. The place is so special and where I fell in love with the sport.

Here is a few photos from Friday's induction and from the racetrack...

Randy Moss - Master of Ceremonies
HOF'er D. Wayne Lukas
presents Open Mind
DRF's Jay Privman
presents Jerry Hollendorfer

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer

Seabiscuit Statue outside
the HOF Museum

Ramon Dominguez
after his ride on Cave's Valley

Johnny V signs for a fan

A Beautiful Friday afternoon
at the Spa attracted 23, 674 patrons

Ever A Friend ($9.40) wins the 2nd

George Weaver gives Javy
instructions before the 3rd

Was the Toddster tweeting?

Javier Castellano on the Hard Spun
filly Hard Mystery
Johnny V up on Miss Caterina,
a Pletcher firster

Miss Caterina ($4.40) rolls to a 5 3/4 length victory

Rothko ($10) rolls in the 6th

Big Blue Kitten in the paddock
with trainer Chad Brown

Julien Leparoux on Perregaux

Big Blue Kitten ($11) wins the G2 Hall of Fame

Johnny V and Big Blue Kitten
head to the Winners Circle


Amateurcapper said...


Looked like a fantastic day at Saratoga. I'm envious...Del Mar was nice, just not becoming more fun to be at. Definitely, I didn't have the experience you had when leaving nor has Del Mar been the place where my racing history is entrenched.

Thanks for the pictures!

Mahim said...

Thanks for the pictures!

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