On its website, the Charlotte Steeplechase in North Carolina says, “It’s All About Tailgating – A Great Big Lawn Party Where The Horses Are Invited”! (picture here)
They go on to say:
“Children [under 12 free!] love seeing the majestic and athletic horses up close – adults do too! Kids can even ride ponies themselves! Tailgating contests, live music and delicious food offerings create high-energy – a fun atmosphere that makes you appreciate life and glad you came out to see for yourself what the Queen’s Cup is all about you get to experience five live thoroughbred races, all featuring beautiful and athletic horses, galloping over two and more miles at 30 mph, thundering full speed to be the first place winner. This is professional horse racing in the highest order.”
And how did those “majestic,” “athletic,” “beautiful” – “invited” – horses fare yesterday?
race 1: “OCEANOGRAPHER scrapped [sic] the top of second from last jump and fell. WESTERN CRUSADER had an awkward twisting jump at the second fence and fell.”
race 2: “HAYABUSA ONE fell on a turn starting the final circuit.”
race 3: “SPORTSWEAR fell at the final fence. ARCH MY BOY fell two fences out. BODES WELL fell at the first fence.”
race 4: “BIG BEND bobbled a fence on the backside, went lame and was vanned off.”
race 5: “MOTIVATIONAL jumped poorly at the last fence taking out two rails. HIGHWAY PRINCE stumbled over a fence on the backside and lost rider.”
Good, clean family fun.