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One of many happy couples at Portland Meadows for Opening Day of the first-ever summer meeting pose for a photo before heading inside. Photo by Markus Shearer.
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Portland Meadows general manager Will Alempijevic, the man who would bet it all. Photo by Chris Mueller.
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Mayor Sam Adams cuts the red ribbon. Photo by Chris Mueller.
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Equestrian fans take the opportunity to pet a gentle-giant in the Paddock area of Portland Meadows on Opening Day. Photo by Markus Shearer.
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The track bugler plays the ever familiar “Call to Post.” Photo by Chris Mueller.
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The finish wasn’t even close during the fourth race of the day at Portland Meadows on Opening Day. Photo by Markus Shearer.
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Racing fans don their best derby attire and peruse the program in the VIP area on Opening Day. Photo by Markus Shearer.
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Hats! Photo by Chris Mueller
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Mint Juleps! Photo by Chris Mueller
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Children gather on the track’s edge to get a closer look at the horses as they past by. Photo by Markus Shearer.
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Portland Mayor Sam Adams seizes the opportunity to take a picture of the passing horses. Photo by Markus Shearer.
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The view from inside. Photo by Chris Mueller.
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The view from the bar. Photo by Chris Mueller.
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A bird’s-eye view captures the generous crowd as they watch the competition come down the final stretch. Photo by Markus Shearer.
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Left to right: Race judges Ray Youngren, Ken Twiggs, and Martin Hamilton pay close attention to the race order during the seventh race of the day. Photo by Markus Shearer.
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Race judge, Ray Youngren, communicates through the door that once housed the judge’s projection unit. Today, the judges uses a high-tech camera system instead of traditional film to see the race results in near instantaneous fashion. Martin Hamilton, Presiding State Steward, notes the race order before calling in the final official order. Photo by Markus Shearer.
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The parking lot turned into a snarl of SUVs and mini-vans. Photo by Chris Mueller.
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OMFGCo. rebranding involved playing up the nostalgia of horse racing. Photo by Chris Mueller.
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Photo by Chris Mueller.
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A parting glance. Photo by Chris Mueller.
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