The songs have been sung, the bugle has called and the betting windows are open.
At this very moment the flowers are parading around the paddock and headed for the gate.
Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to this – the first leg of the storied Triple Crown of Flower Racing. We are ready for the Memorial Marathon. Running for several days in the heat of late June, the Memorial Marathon is the first great test of the summer meet.
We have a huge, excited crowd on hand. With rain, heat, rain, rain and more rain, it feels like the gardens are at the bottom of a tropical fish bowl. Interesting racing conditions, to be sure.
The betting is intense. The odds makers have been picking Gloriosa Daisy for weeks now. With a bold take-over of vast swaths of the gardens, Gloriosa has been striving to time his bloom for the precise right moment.
Without a doubt, Gloriosa Daisy is the favorite for the Memorial Marathon.
Checking the boards, though, we see a lot of betting on Bee Balm as well.
Daylilly is looking good too. And nobody is counting out Evening Primrose or Forget-Me-Not. Indeed, there are several flowers in this field who could pull off an upset.
Ohhhh, that is what makes it all so exciting!
The Flowers are in the Gate and we’re ready for the call…..
CHACONG – the gate opens and they are off….
Gloriosa Daisy leaps out to a huge lead
with Sweet Pea in second
and Bee Balm right on her tail.
Cosmo settles into fourth and Daylilly holds back in the pack.
As they head down the front stretch at the end of day one it is Gloriosa, Sweet Pea, Bee Balm and Cosmo…
They charge through the first turn and OH MY GOD! Disaster! THE DOG GOES AFTER A MOLE.
On the very first night of the Marathon, the fuzzy black dog noses through the gardens, seriously damaging Cosmo and knocking Gloriosa Daisy asunder. Gloriosa stumbles into the railing on the inside of the first turn.
As Gloriosa strives to regain his footing, Daylilly makes a move.
WOW! Daylilly charges out of the pack and pulls right up behind Gloriosa Daisy.
Meanwhile, Sweet Pea fades into the pack
and Bee Balm holds steady in third.
Forget-Me-Mot is still striving to find her bloom
While Desert King Yucca is giving it everything he has to give.
Poppy remains a virtual no-show, Echinicea is stuck at the back of the pack
and Cosmo appears to be struggling after the unfortunate incident with the dog.
As darkness falls on the second day of the Marathon, the rains return and the flowers charge forward.
STAY TUNED! The race is yet young……..
May the best bloom win.