My dear friend and web designer Julie K. sent me these photos of the flooding that took place last weekend at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. Due to the remnants of Hurricane Dolly, the track was almost washed away and there was significant damage to the jock's room. Everything else was spared, thankfully, including the barn area.
We were looking forward to watching Peppers Pride break the modern day record of 17 consecutive wins. What an awesome filly.
Mess, huh? However, the maintenance crew have evidently performed an amazing restoration of the surface, even bringing in track consultant Dennis Moore from California. The track is scheduled to re-open for training Friday morning and racing resumes this Saturday. The connections of Peppers Pride have opted to wait until mid-August for her next bid stating that she's missed too much training. I'd adopt a wait and see approach if she were my filly, that's for sure.
Michael and I visited Ruidoso in the mid-eighties when it was mainly quarters running. I recall the low desert which was searing hot, then driving a couple of hours up to the mountains of cool Alpine-like pine forests. What a contrast of climatic zones.
Here's a forest quote I couldn't resist:
“If a tree falls in a forest and lands on a politician, even if you can't hear the tree or the screams, I'll bet you'd at least hear the applause” - Paul Tindale