Robert Fox experienced the worst nightmare of any racing spokesman during a heavy downpour on Saturday at Ruidoso Downs: It was raining so hard that he could no longer see the field for the fourth race – or the starting gate. Fox said he knew the field was loaded into the gate and broken out because he could see the timer start running, although at some point it also flickered.

“I’ve got a little peek at the top of the alley and I’ll let you know from there,” Fox said as he blinked through the rain falling from the speaker’s booth and waited for the horses to appear.

The horses’ shadow appeared around Fox around the quarter pole, with Lemon Drop Gold leading open lengths to break their maiden in a memorable way. How she got there is only known to jockey Christian Ramos, as the official chart caller could not see the field either.

“I knew the race had to go after a solid quarter,” said Fox. “From there it just tried to pick up a horse like a ‘shark watcher’. I think you can hear the excitement in my voice when I finally discovered the first horse. “

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