Yesterday (Sunday) was billed as “WEG Day” at Lexington’s Keeneland Racetrack. In the end, there wasn’t much WEG action, but it was (finally!) a beautiful sunny day here in Lexington, so it was at the very least an excellent excuse to go to the races.

Keeneland’s website had said there would be demonstrations of (or at least representatives of) the various WEG sports. What we got was a tent with WEG information and sign-up sheets for giveaways and prizes, and a portion of the long WEG ad/video on the jumbo-tron at the center of the tote board after each race. Sadly,  the tractors raking the track made their appearance in front of the grandstands at the same time as each segment of the WEG video, so it was hard to hear the audio portion.

On the bright side, the only sport actually represented (at least before we left, about two-thirds of the way through the day) was driving! Misdee Miller, a local-area pairs driver, had set up a presentation carriage and a marathon carriage — along with photos, WEG information, Carriage Journal magazines, and people to answer questions — right outside the main entrance to the track so everyone could see them as they walked through the gates. The gates open pretty early on race days, the carriages (and we) were there by 11 a.m., and the first race was at about 1 o’clock (by which time the carriages had left), so a fair number of people should have seen them.

a marathon carriage and WEG poster, outside Keeneland’s main entrance for WEG Day

… there was a lovely presentation (dressage / cones) carriage there as well

this was the scene when we first arrived, a couple of hours before the first race … by the time we left (after the sixth race) this entire area was packed with people enjoying the sunshine and the horses

one of the paddocks; the blue bit is the WEG tent, near the entrance to the grandstands

Calvin Borel (winner of this year’s KY Oaks, KY Derby, and Preakness), surrounded by photographers and cheering race fans as he left the paddock for one of his races