One of the joys lost during the COVID-19 pandemic has been watching your horse run live at the racetrack. The dark clouds are beginning to clear on that front as this past week we had a presence onsite for racing for the first time since mid-March.
WPT’s Jeff Lifson was on hand at Churchil Downs for Baudette Blizzard’s race last Saturday, and two members of And Seek’s partnership were there for a dramatic experience on Thursday when the 4-year-old gelding finished second by an eyelash.
A very limited number of owners has been allowed to watch their horse run at Churchill since June 6, around the same time that Laurel Park and Gulfstream Park also began allowing owners back. Like much of life amid the specter of coronavirus, there are plenty of restrictions, and some of our favorite tracks like Belmont Park and Santa Anita are not yet at a place where they can allow owners to return. Still, any progress is welcome in this department, considering how vital the live experience is to the ownership game in horse racing.
Barn access is still limited to training staff just about everywhere, so we are still in anticipation mode for being able to get up close and personal with the West Point horses. That day will come and like, attending the races, we are sure to appreciate that opportunity more than ever.