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My Trip to Florida
Three Tracks in One Day

I went down for the Florida Derby and brought my digital camera. Here are the results. I was with John and Mary Aldridge who I met via e-mail and the day after the derby we went to all three Miami track in one day. Calder for morning workouts, Hialeah for the backside and to sight-see, then back to Gulfstream for the last 7 races of the season. Lots of fun but very tiring.

Panoramic view of Gulfstream put together from 4 separate photos.

The infamous Cigar statue in the Garden of Champions. Just doesn't look a thing like
him to me, particularly with the blaze and socks left gold and no white in his tail.

The back of the grandstand that faces the paddock where they paint the silks of the
Florida Derby winner. *Leaving the paddock to go to the track.

Louis Quatorze in his 1997 debut from post parade to victory.

Panoramic view of Calder put together from 4 separate photos. Couldn't get high enough for a really good view.

The grandstand at Calder. *The scales by the winner'c circle.
*Morning workouts at Calder.

Panoramic view of Hialeah put together from 3 separate photos.
I was way up in the stands and the black edges are parts of the stands.

The Citation statue and pool behind the Clubhouse. Has a plaque for each of his wins around the edge. Comparing it to the Cigar statue at Gulfstream really makes the Cigar one look worse.

The Flamingo Fountain behind the Grandstand. Has plaques around the base for every winner of the Flamingo Stakes.

The back of the stands covered with vines and flowers.
* The Widener Fountain outside the Clubhouse entrance.

The palm tree lined drive up to the Clubhouse. * The pine tree lined "Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons Horse Path" behind the barns on the backside.

Sign honoring Woody Stevens and the 5 Belmont winners he conditioned in barn M at Hialeah. * The barns on the backside at Hialeah.

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