Patriotism was in evidence everywhere from saddle cloths to jockey's boots.
The New York Mounted Police were also part of the opening ceremonies.
The All Star Buglers were back again this year.
The scene in the paddock. This is from the Distaff and eventual winner Unbridled Elaine is the first horse in the path.
The Breeders' Cup statue was along the path from the walking ring to the tunnel. Here are a couple of different views of it.
The Breeders' Cup and Emirates trophies that would be given to the winners.
Since this was the first major international sporting event to be held in New York since September 11th, heavy security was evident everywhere. Policemen armed with automatic weapons were posted in many places, bags were searched on the way in, and vehicles were not allowed within 100 feet of the building.
The first race of the day was the $100,000 Stuyvesant Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt. The easy winner by 6 1/4 lengths was 0.85-1 favorite Graeme Hall. Country Be Gold and Cat's At Home were second and third. Results Chart from Equibase.
The second race on the card was the $100,000 Sports Page Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt. The winner was D. Wayne Lukas trainee Yonaguska who was entered for the Breeders' Cup Sprint but didn't get into the race. Silky Sweep and Big E E were second and third. Results Chart from Equibase.
The stands are quiet and empty during morning workouts on Friday.
The pigeons sure seem to love the nice sunny roof on Baffert's barn.
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