I'm not entirely sure McChump #2 needed a winter getaway all that bad since he lives in a fairly warm town, but I definitely needed to get away from Chicago. So I talked him into meeting me in Phoenix, from where would visit Turf Paradise then drive over to Santa Anita then back to Vegas for some casual gamblin' then down to Tucson for Rillito then over to El Paso for Sunland Park and then eventually back to central Texas, from where I would return to Chicago. And him doing all the driving. Sweet.
The 2015 McChump ??/365 Racing Tour
Yeah okay this is really just the annual drive out from Chicago to spend the summer in Montana, but I got three tracks in on the way. Just pix, but some nice ones of the cool Hall of Fame at Fonner Park, and a unique look at Ft. Pierre racing, mainly because there wasn't much of a look at all from last time I visited, and BONUS! that rarest of animals, the E horse!
All right kids here ya got it, the big exciting "new track" trip for 2015, Energy Downs, in Gillette Wyoming. So called, I guess, because Gillette is mainly famous for the coal strip mines that dominate its eastern approaches. This track used to run races, years back, and then didn't, but now is again thanks to the Historical Racing little wonders, and Mr. Eugene Joyce's Wyoming Racing LLC that runs the histrorical racing emporiums.