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LATT’s Robin Buchanan Shares Her Top Moments of 2016

By Robin Buchanan

The year 2016 started out great with the return of California Chrome and his win in the San Pasqual Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita in January, his first race back after a nine-month layoff. A great start to his 2016 campaign and I had the chance to enjoy Santa Anita again.

California Chrome San Pasqual

California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza win the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. Photo: Benoit

 

The 3-year-old filly Songbird winning the Las Virgenes Stakes (GI) at Santa Anita Park. Love to watch her run.

Fox Hill Farms' Songbird and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes, Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO

Fox Hill Farms’ Songbird and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes, Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.
© BENOIT PHOTO

 

Hoppertunity getting a win in the San Antonio Stakes (GII). Another 5-year-old who continues to run and who we’ve gotten to enjoy for several years.

Hoppertunity and Martin Garcia

Hoppertunity.  Photo: Benoit

 

The Dubai World Cup (GI) and California Chrome becoming the richest North American-based racehorse of all time. What a great race he ran, his saddle slipping and Victor Espinoza hanging on!

California Chrome

California Chrome, the reigning Dubai World Cup (GI) champion.
Photo: Chelsea Durand, Coglianese/NYRA

 

Creator winning the Arkansas Derby (GI) was thrilling. I rented a camera and thought I could maybe actually do something in racing. It was my first time to take pictures at the track and I loved it, to say the least. A new journey in the making.

Creator Horse Kentucky Derby 2016

Creator Photo: Coady Photography

 

The undefeated Nyquist winning the the Kentucky Derby (GI). So many Derby prep races coming up. Here we go again.

Nyquist Kentucky Derby 2016

Nyquist and jockey Mario Gutierrez won the 142nd Kentucky Derby (GI) on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for trainer Doug O’Neill.
Photo: Caris Photography

 

Flintshire winning the Manhattan Stakes (GIT) at Belmont Park. Loved that race.

Flintshire

Flintshire. Photo: Caris Photography

 

California Chrome dueling with Dortmund in the San Diego Handicap (GII).

California Chrome

California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza, outside, hold off a persistant Dortmund (Gary Stevens up), to win the  $200,000 San Diego Handicap (GII) Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, CA. Photo: Benoit

 

Visiting Saratoga is something I will never forget. Everything you’ve ever read about it is true. Such a wonderful track. You can’t beat the laid-back atmosphere. So many people just enjoying horse racing at its best.

Saratoga is the oldest racecourse in America and holds so much nostalgia. Photo: Robin Buchanan

Saratoga is the oldest racecourse in America and holds so much nostalgia. Photo: Robin Buchanan

 

The return of Lady Eli in the Ballston Spa (GIT) was so exciting. She ran a great race after her battle with laminitis. Second place that day, but it was great to see her back.

Saratoga Lady Eli

I had the chance to see the great Lady Eli return. What an experience to be in the presence of her. I admire her and Chad Brown so much. Photo: Robin Buchanan

 

The Travers Stakes (GI) and seeing Arrogate win in record time was impressive.

Saratoga

The Travers turned out to be a total blow out by Arrogate. I was not disappointed from what the hype of this race was going to be. Photo: Robin Buchanan

 

Texas Chrome and the Super Derby (GII) at Louisiana Downs. Making Texas proud.

The Super Derby Wall at Louisiana Downs

The Super Derby Wall at Louisiana Downs. Photo: Robin Buchanan

 

Texas Chrome winning the Oklahoma Derby (GIII) after his two-race winning streak. I love Remington Park and was there to see it. Loved his race.

Texas Chrome

Texas Chrome continues to show he has the heart of a champion. Sunday at Remington Park he gutted out another big stakes victory, this time in the state’s biggest Thoroughbred race, the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby.
Photo: Dustin Orona Photography

Having the chance to see Santa Anita Park again and going to the Breeders’ Cup topped it off. I had the chance to meet Chrome. It really doesn’t get better for me.

California Chrome in his stall at Santa Anita Breeders' Cup week 2016. Photo: Robin Buchanan

California Chrome in his stall at Santa Anita Breeders’ Cup week 2016. Photo: Robin Buchanan

Looking forward to the New Year and to see what it holds!

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