On Sunday, I attended a fabulous outing to the Monmouth Park Racetrack with America's Best Racing. I'm always looking for something new to do on the weekends, so naturally- I said yes! The date I chose to attend this event happened to be none-other-than... the Haskell! This day of racing is a big deal in the local equestrian world. It's what they've been waiting all summer for!
I've been to this racetrack before since it's very close to my home, but the atmosphere there on Sunday for the Haskell was nothing I have experienced before. It was so fun to be apart of! The crowd was widely diverse. There was everyone from the elderly to children and even some groups of cute guys. My favorite was, of course, the fashionistas! It was fun to see so many come out in pretty summer dresses paired with fabulous hats!
America's Best Racing treated us like royalty! They had this amazing bus that we sought refuge in several times for the air conditioning. It was pretty hot out, so it was nice to have a place to cool down. Victoria, with America's Best Racing, gave us a tour of the park and gave us some pointers on placing bets. We even got into this private area where the horses do a lap with their jockeys before heading into the next race!
There's so many different techniques to placing a bet. Some choose it based on the horse's name, while others dive into the horse's stats to pick the one with the best odds. Me and my friend Jen placed a bet for the first time and chose the horse with my lucky number, 11! It must have been our lucky day because... we won! It was a small bet, so I won't be quitting my day job or anything- but it was really fun to win.
Today is actually Jen's birthday. Happy Birthday, Jen!
The racetrack was having a "Best Dressed" competition sponsored by Lilly Pulitzer. Of course, I couldn't pass up a photo opp with this beauty! How amazing is this?