Hardly anyone showed up at the track. It was for the best, I guess ... our horses kept losing and losing.
A few pix.
14 Exciting Tracks! 8 Exotic States and Provinces! 13 Thrilling Storyettes! (So far!)
Warning! The 2010 stories are mostly pictures, and not for the faint of bandwidth!
The county found a new operator for the racing at the fairgrounds this year, one Eric Spector ... who also got the simulcast franchise for all Montana in return for a promise to run live racing. He renamed this track and the others he took over "Montana Downs". Poor little track one year it's the Montana State Fair meet then it's Charlie Russell Downs and now this, Montana Downs. But from the standpoint of a regulatrs schlub who just wants to have some fun and make a few bets into monster pools, it went off just fine.
Couple pix is all.
After a long and rather convoluted trip across the Rockies from Montana, what to the wondering eye should appear but a pretty good little fair on the south side of Walla Walla, and not at all difficult to find ... Walla Walla not being the largest town you ever did see (but a nifty looking downtown).
Yakima Meadows is a track I never got to visit when it was running, but I thought maybe I should stop by anyhow to see what was what, as long as I happened to be driving by there anyhow. So I did. The grandstands are still there, but they've let the track go to hell, and created a new short track car or motorcycle or something thing in front of the stands now.
Bright and early after the Blackfoot fair and Bop-a-Dip in Butte, it was off to Billings the next day for racing at scenic Yellowstone Downs. Big crowd. Note the lack of tornado damage to the grandstand. It tore the roof off the indoor pavilion just behind.