We were lucky enough to be guests of America's Best Racing and had a blast soaking up their knowledge of the sport. I was happy to find out that I was totally wrong about my assumptions. This is totally something we could do again and again. We did a little research before we went to make sure we were good on the dress code and read up on some basic betting rules (that part gets tricky.) Here are a few of our favorite parts of the day, plus some advice if you are planning a trip to the track.
Belmont Park itself. It's not far from the city which makes it an easy day trip. The park has lots of great history and it's huge! The grounds were beautiful. The tailgating atmosphere was great. So many families and fans carry in lawn chairs, games, coolers and snacks to settle in for an afternoon of fun. We enjoyed a few beers and some amazing food truck Mac & Cheese. Read up on what you can bring to the races and prep beforehand.
Horses... obviously. They are so incredibly beautiful and strong. I learned a ton about racing and the history of the sport. I learned how to read their stats and some of the little things to look for. I think my favorite is their names though. You can read up on the horses before the day of the race if you want to come with a betting plan. Or you can wing it like we did and pick the gray horses to win every time.
People watching. The American clothing was out in full form on Saturday. It was sprinkled in with the hats and fancy summer dresses. I recommend checking the dress code if you head to the races. This track had a dress code for the Paddock & the box seats. We did that in advance and didn't miss out on any of it.
Gambling, winning and the excitement of all of it. Justin & I spent the first 3 races asking questions and soaking up all the information we could before making a few bets. (I should have reread this post from Venus before going.) We stuck with pretty basic bets for the most part. Justin got creative with one and then thought he won... but he didn't. The picture below was taken when he thought he won. The smile went away shortly after that when he understood what actually happened.
I decided to make one final bet on the last big race of the day and I WON. It is so much fun listening to the crowd get louder and louder as the race goes on. The video at the bottom is Minorette winning the big race of the day which made me a winner too.
|photo courtesy of @ABRVTour via twitter|
The sport is exciting, the people were so fun and we can't wait to go again with friends. The whole experience definitely exceeded our expectations and we are trying to figure out how to get to Saratoga before the summer is over. If you are interested in winning a vacation, America's Best Racing is hosting a giveaway for a trip to Saratoga in New York and Del Mar in California and if you win, you can take me :) Go check it out here.
Maybe I should rethink Polo and Croquet too...
Have you been to the races? What's your betting strategy?