Let the punting begin
Day one of the Breeders' Cup meeting! The sun is shining, the birds are singing (with a Californian twang), and Santa Anita is looking gorgeous.
The build-up is in full swing with just over three hours until the first race. Shortly Trevor Denman's dulcet tones will call home the action with the first Breeders' Cup race the third on the card. My Dad adores Trev, we used to record some of the big races when I was younger just so he could rewind them, listen to the 'Away they Go'' and laugh.
I still haven't managed to make the Marathon any clearer in my mind. Mastery has the form in the book, but it's been a long time since the Kentucky Derby qualifier back at Kempton back in March. Eddie Ahern leapt out at me jokingly pretending to be a handbag stealer yesterday, and then bought me a coffee to apologise when I squawked and nearly ran into the road. I'm not sure if it quite fits the theory of ''back a runner from the first horsebox you see en-route to the races'', but it's pretty close so I might just cheer him on.
The front page of the Daily Racing Form has produced a full-colour caricature of some of the major players of the weekend's Racing. Aidan O'Brien is caught in profile looking oddly like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix, whilst Sheikh Mohammad is looking like an exotic lothario. Which I suppose with several wives he probably is.
Dos Equuos the official beer to the Breeders' Cup is, according to the loudspeaker, delighted to return to the ''The most interesting place in the World - Santa Anita. I'm not sure how Easter Island, The Louvre, or The Inca Trail would feel about that but they're not here to bicker about it I suppose.
The ale company have also thrown in a call to action advising listeners to: ''Stay thirsty my friends.'' That is why I love America. Even when encouraging you to drink until your nose bleeds they manage to make it sound amazingly nice.
The Press have all banded together to produce a tipping contest. Graham Cunningham - star of American television- hosed-up last year whilst I was rubbish. I don't need tomorrow's selections yet, but if anyone has any inspired picks it'd be great to hear them.
I will bid you farewell for now and return post-action to let you know how the day progresses. I've hopefully nailed the 'Star-Spangled Banner' which will be played out shortly when the raise the American flag. Nothing like a National anthem to commence a punting frenzy eh?