There aren't any signs and no one seemed to know what we were talking about when my mother asked around about the free behind the scenes tour of the stables, but eventually we learned of the starting point right outside the main entrance at 7:00 a.m. A small trolley with about five cars pulls up and you trundle along to the stables where you can watch men and women washing the horses--world class athletes--down with water, soap, sponges and a special squeegee. The owner of several of the horses rode by and trainers and other people scrambled to talk with him or take direction. A large, sturdy tent village houses most of the support staff and the horses themselves spend as much as 23 hours a day in their stalls--a number that astounded and concerned me, but that's one reason why I liked the tour. They weren't hiding anything. The small demonstration on how they train the horses to learn how to handle the starting gate was fantastic--what an art! Nothing in my experience at the track beat watching the horses exercising in a light fog and then seeing the stables in all of their unvarnished glory. I have no interest in general in racing or horses and yet I loved this tour.
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