Ah, Opening Day at Del Mar

paddock

Horses parade in the paddock for Wednesday's ninth race. I attended Opening Day at Del Mar. Check out the scene below and click on picture for more detailed view.

In the paddock

bobbaff

Hey look, it's Bob Baffert

Kristen Olivares

And TVG's Christina Olivares

horse on paddock tv

Afleet's Picasso with Martin Garcia aboard readies for the Opening Day nightcap

Gaines and Solis

As trainer Carla Gaines chats with Alex Solis before he rides Eleventh Hour for owner B. Wayne Hughes

At the front gate

This is what it looks like when 45,000 people all show up at once

This is what it looks like when 45,000 people all show up at once

Ponying up

horse eyeballing

Not Unusual is making sure that I get a picture of her good side

Pegram horse

While Stuck on Go, with Pedro Arambula up, is staring me down

Not your typical racetrack crowd

two blondesblonde in paddock

Yes, Virginia, there is a dark side to horse racing. It's called the photo finish.

Yes, Virginia, there is a dark side to horse racing. It's called the photo finish.

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