The List - By Evan Hammonds

Last weekend’s Wall Street Journal (Oct. 28-29) featured an article “101 Things to Do Before You Die (At Age 101),” that includes such items as No. 1: “Drive cross-country. Any country,” and No. 76: “Accept that there is nothing you can do about the traffic.”
In that bent, we’ve thought this through and have come up with a few “Things to Do in Racing Before You Die:”

  • Go to a Breeders’ Cup.

  • Watch a breeding session at one of Kentucky’s top stallion operations.

  • Watch a race from the rickety perch of Pimlico’s press box.

  • Go racing at Kentucky Downs.

  • “Work” a yearling sale.

  • Walk the backstretch of Belmont Park.

  • Enjoy a sunrise at Clocker’s Corner at Santa Anita.

  • Enjoy the nachos on the apron at Sunland Park in New Mexico.

  • Foal watch at a farm in January or February.

  • Watch the races from a box at Saratoga.

  • Visit Calumet Farm’s graveyard.

  • Visit a winner’s circle.

  • Spend a morning at the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.

  • Hang out with the college kids on a Saturday at Keeneland.

  • Go to the infield on Preakness Stakes day at Pimlico.

  • Drive the length of Old Frankfort Pike near Lexington.

  • Hang out on the rail by the Oyster Bar at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Bid on a horse at auction.

  • Book a Horse Country tour.

  • Watch the Derby and Oaks horses gallop Derby week at Churchill Downs.

  • Walk around the Humphrey S. Finney sale pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Hang out on the third floor clubhouse at Belmont Park.

  • Go the beach in the morning and the races at Del Mar in the afternoon.

  • Walk under the trees in Delaware Park’s paddock.

  • Talk your way into the paddock before a big stakes race.

  • Muck a stall.

  • Read Joe Palmer’s This Was Racing.

  • Go to the races at a county fair—preferably the Coconino County Fair in Flagstaff, Ariz.

  • Sip a Mint Julep on Derby weekend.

  • Book a mare.

  • Step up to the $50 window.

  • Read a copy of BloodHorse cover to cover.

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