Thoroughbreds Have Their ‘Big Three,’ But What of The Modifieds?
Story By: MATT NOLES / RPW Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO / RPW
SPRAKERS, NY- June 25, 2014- A morning dew embraced the rail that lined the inside of the sand-covered track that had become one of the most venerable plots of sacred ground in the state of Kentucky, let alone in the United States itself. As the sun rose, the peaks and spires of the ageless grandstand stood stoically alone with the stories of the past and the secrets of a soon to be decided future.
Thundering hooves overcame the early morning Blue Grass silence as jockeys and trainers alike performed their daily routine and completed the morning workout. The smell of oats and hay, manure and silk hung in the air like a noxious mixture of pheromones for the thoroughbred purest. The assortment of sights and sounds drove them to this place of absolute wonder where equally as many stories of elation and victory lined the halls as did sadness and defeat.