Plain Brown Wrappers

May 2, 2012: One of the many bays from the barn of D. Wayne Lukas.

May 2, 2012: One of the many bays from the barn of D. Wayne Lukas.

One of the things I enjoy most at the track is watching morning workouts. However, it’s also one of the most frustrating activities.

Trainers make it easy to identify horses from their barns by tacking them up in different colors, logos, and styles when sending them out to the track in the mornings. The frustration sets in when you try to identify the names of particular horses–there are no names or numbers displayed to let you know who you’re watching. Unless a horse has tons of chrome like Shackleford or wears bright tack and pom poms like Trinniberg, it’s often quite difficult to tell who is who.

Just spend an hour at the rail. It’s amazing how many bays with no markings are running around out there. Todd Pletcher alone seems to have about 30 of them!

May 2, 2012: Another beautiful bay without a spot of white.

May 2, 2012: Another beautiful bay without a spot of white.

May 2, 2013: You guessed it, another bay.

May 2, 2013: You guessed it, another bay.

May 3, 2012: Hey look, another unknown bay!

May 3, 2012: Hey look, another one!

Leave a Reply