The Steeplechase

Late Sunday afternoon, I headed out to Hippodrome d'Auteuil to see Steeplechase racing. I had never been to a Steeplechase, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I had romantic notions of horses leaping over obstacles and successfully racing to a dramatic finish.

Reality was much different. During the very first race, two horses fell, tumbled and died on the track. I lived in Kentucky for several years and I've spent my fair share of time at the races - this was not my idea of fun. I stayed for one more race, but found myself wincing the entire time. I think I'll stick to traditional racing in the future.
On a much happier note, who can resist admiring the elegant ladies donning hats for race day? Très belles!


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