The 2012 McChump ??/365 Racing Tour

7 Exciting Tracks! 8 Exotic States and Provinces! 8 Marginal Picture Galleries! (So far!)

Warning! The 2012 stories are almost entirely pictures, and not for the faint of bandwidth!

  • Fairmount Park, Collinsville, Illinois, April 10, 2012

The traditional Stop #1 on the way to the Arkansas Derby. A few pix only.

  • Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, April 14, 2012

Went all the wat to Hot Springs for the Ark Derby, and all I brought back is this few crummy pictures.

  • Will Rogers Downs, Claremore, OK, April 16, 2012

Yeah, they still got the great BBQ lunch. But they got no patrons. Racing patrons, anyhow.

Just a few pix.

  • Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA, June 8, 2012

Sort of a Pacific Northwest trip to visit family and friends. Stopped in at Emerald Downs on a rainy day. Got like three pix.

  • Hastings Park, Vancouver, BC, June 9, 2012

Went to Vancouver. Visited Hastings. Got one (1) pic. Had good visit with KG Dave T. Ate 1st class dinner at some dive little Chinese place afterwards. Had a hell of a time getting back across the border to my own country where I was born and raised. Much like it's no fun to fly anymore, it's also now no fun to visit the friendly neighbor to the north. Thanks a lot, DHS. Had good visit with high school friend on the way outta Dodge.

Just the one pic. But it's a pretty course.

  • Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, IL, June 27, 2012

Stopped in. No one was there. Got a few pix showing no one was there. Left. Did not try Char Dog again.

  • Del Mar Racecourse, Del Mar, CA, Sept 3, 2012

Me and McChump #2 got the right price on a condo near Del Mar for a week: free. Thanks, relative! So we went.

Many fine adventures were had, including day trip up to Long Beach to see USS Iowa. A week's worth of racing and adventures wore me out, though.

Just pix.

  • Las Vegas, NV, Sept 5, 2012

After San Diego we drove up to Vegas. The trip through the desert was kind of cool. But Vegas? Eh. The Fremont Street neon still rules, but it's the same neon. And the casino action was just plain boring. Thank goodness for some semi-interesting horse book action. But overall, this town is turning into snoozeville.

Just pics.