When we were children, my parents took us to the steeplechase races that are a fixture in Baltimore during the month of April. So when I was asked to join a group of friends at the My Lady’s Manor races, which benefit Ladew Gardens, I decided to chuck all of the day’s chores and errands and have a day in the country.
And to be honest, there is almost no place prettier than Maryland in the spring. The land just north of Baltimore is filled with rolling hills, long vistas and beautiful valleys. And best of all, development is strictly limited, so there are no tacky housing developments to mar the landscape.
My friends at Ladew were kind enough to give me a press pass so that I could watch the races from the tower where the races are called and where you have an unimpeded view of much of the course, as well.
If you’re envisioning a start like at the Kentucky Derby, think again. Basically, the horses line up, a flag is dropped and they all take off from a standing start.
And then his horse continues running without him and decides to refuse a fence, right where you’re standing.
All’s well, and I think again about all of the scary animals in the country. Whew!
After the race, the owners speak with the jockey and the trainer, talking about what went right and what didn’t. I had a small bet on the jockey in the blue silks, or rather, his horse, owned by friends of my brother’s, but he didn’t win.
And then there were the animals! In addition to the littlest jockey in the first image, there were lots of dogs.
This time I used Major Grey’s chutney and some Worcestershire sauce for the seasoning.
gals. Thanks to everyone for a great day!
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