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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Dingle Races, Co. Kerry, Ireland

This past weekend saw the annual Dingle horse races in Ireland. A few dozen races over three days with the largest purse being 6000 euros. Most of the jockeys are kids that look to be around thirteen to fifteen years old. It's not hard to get right in the thick of it...stand at the rail and be showered by the dirt clods thrown up by hooves as the horses thunder by. For the first time this year the bookies are using electronic betting boards instead of the usual chalkboard method.

bookie alley behind the rail....

The grandstand and the stragglers at the end of the Dingle Derby "grand finale" race. The spectators were already spilling onto the track as the winners crossed the line.

p.s. blogger has been hugely problematic lately. I can't get my pics to post at their full resolution (among other things). I apologize.