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This right here is one beautiful backhoe

The shovels are really in the ground.

No — I mean, that’s not a metaphor — they are in the ground. As we speak.

See photos at Horse Racing Insider, where a typically banal work environment suddenly feels like a reverie:

Heavy equipment tore up the tarmac in the parking lot where the arena will be built and trees were felled in part of Belmont’s former backyard, which now belongs to the Isles.

Belmont was abuzz with workers. Offices are setup both inside the grandstand and outside in trailers.