There was one final steeplechase meet at Colonial Downs for the year. The weather has been unbearably dry and footing at the local steeplechase race courses is iron hard but the turf at Colonial Downs was beautiful, soft and springy.
The first race was a training flat race. In the paddock Three Stepper had a melt down while being tacked up and at one point bolted forward with the saddle bumping on his chest. Since I was scrambling out of his way, I didn't get a photo until he was back under control and they were detaching the saddle.
Three Stepper was revved and led for most of the mile and a half but He's A Conniver and Jody Petty moved on the outside in the stretch, passing Swell Party and Three Stepper to win.
Rockon Rockoff was making his third start over hurdles at sanctioned meets and won the maiden hurdle race with Roddy Mackenzie.
Dubai Sunday looked very elegant in the paddock before the open hurdle race.
And continued that elegance on the race course with Darren Nagel as they went on to an upset victory.
It's a good thing I don't bet because I would have picked Eagle Beagle and Paddy Young - they came in third.
Race horses and jockeys get all the glory at the track but outriders and their ponies have an important job leading everyone to the start.
As do the starters. National Steeplechase Association Starter Barry Watson moves quickly out of the way as the race horses take off.
No more trips down I-95 to New Kent until next summer!