Earlier this month the Yipin USA team ventured to “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” for a day at the races. They didn’t take a plane, or a train, but they did take a car to a place where there were smiles on every face and a winner in each race down at old Del Mar. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bing Crosby or Southern California horse racing, the Del Mar Race Track host the Summer Meet and was once owned by a partnership that included Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien, and a handful of other celebrities. Located 20 miles north of San Diego, Del Mar is the second largest horse racing venue in the Western United States.
It is a spectacular race track, that does not require a specific reason to attend, besides to watch the best horse racing in Southern California. Nonetheless, Yipin USA had a great reason to attend. Paul Conaway, our Director of Sales & Marketing, owns a small percentage in a thoroughbred named Specimen who happened to be running that day. By many of the “experts,” Specimen was considered a longshot, going off at 14-1, but those experts neglected to consider his desire to win. As the gates opened, Specimen went to the lead and was unwilling to relinquish his position. While the other horses seemed gassed, Specimen proved that he still had a lot left in the tank and stretched the lead by a number of lengths. When they hit the final stretch, Specimen continued his relentless pursuit for the finish line as another horse, the 4-5 favorite Clickjab, made his move. Clickjab took the lead, but Specimen dug deep and took it right back; it was definitely a horse race and at the end of the day Clickjab beat Specimen by a nose.
Although we would have preferred a different result, it was an amazing race, as well as a spectacular day at the races, and we are grateful that our President, Peggy Wang, suggested the company field trip. Specimen will be running in a few weeks, and if you would like to check in on his progress, feel free to reach out to Paul, and if you happen to be in Southern California between July and early September, set aside a day to visit Del Mar…you won’t regret it.