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Horse Racing in Missoula

Horse Racing around the final bend

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The Western Montana Fair, Missoula, August 11th 2004

This was to be my first experience of horse racing in Montana, and this first visit to the Fair was very enjoyable. We arrived at the fair grounds early which gave us plenty of time to look around at all the exhibits and grab a bite to eat before the racing began.

Missoula fairground buildings Funfair at Missoula
The Western Montana Fair, Missoula
The Charlie Russell Riders parade the Montana flag on horseback

A line of horses, riders and flags

The Charlie Russell Riders parade flags Parading the US flag on horseback
The Charlie Russell Riders
The Charlie Russell Riders performed before the horse racing began

 As race time approached, we found a seat in the grandstand and watched the excellent performance given by the young Charlie Russell Riders. We then went down to the paddock to watch as the horses and riders for the first race paraded around the ring. It is here that you can check the confirmation and appearance of the horses before placing a wager. My wife knew what to look out for, I just stuck with my Grandmothers method of 'third letter R' in the horses name. Guess who got it right most of the time! (Clue: it wasn't me!)

Jockey Joe Holmes on RJ Red Racer Jockey Dan Karr on Gee Look At Me
Jockey Joe Holmes Sr. on the 5 year old sorrel gelding Quarter Horse 'Rj Red Racer' Jockey Dan Karr on the 5 year old thoroughbred horse 'Gee Look At Me'
Horses in the paddock area at the Missoula Racetrack Horses in the paddock area at the Missoula Racetrack
The Paddock

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