Horse-racing fans, friends and families gathered Saturday for the 84th annual Radnor Hunt Races near Malvern, Pa, where horses and jockeys competed in six steeplechase events for prizes totaling $200,000.
Shiny vintage limos and convertibles parked in the picnic area near the finish line, part of the traditional tailgate picnic. For 2014 the theme of the picnic was “Garden Parties – Castles to Cottages.”
Tailgaters paid up to $1,500 for a prime spot near the action. Some competed for ribbons and trophies with elaborate theme-based food, props and costumes.
Between races, the crowds were treated to a slew of authentic horse drawn carriages and a parade of hounds from America’s oldest fox hunt club.
The winners of the six races were Selection Sunday, GMAC, Moonsox, Decoy Daddy, Happy Digger and Complete Dyno. At the end of the day, on a Jumbotron on the midfield, the crowd watched California Chrome win the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown.
All proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.