Tips for Visiting the Horse Race Track
I went to my first thoroughbred horse race a few weeks ago. I’ve been invited many times but my schedule never allowed so I could attend a day at the horse racing track. I got a crash course in all things track that day and loved it so much I took a peek this morning at…
I went to my first thoroughbred horse race a few weeks ago. I’ve been invited many times but my schedule never allowed so I could attend a day at the horse racing track.
I got a crash course in all things track that day and loved it so much I took a peek this morning at the Grand National day 2016 odds & winners.
Sure we don’t have that race here in the States but the upcoming race season will be here before we know it on the East Coast and I know so many families were interested last year so here are four tips if you head to the track this spring for the first time, whether or not you bring the kiddos.
Dress up — or down!
While certain thoroughbred horse races might have a specific dress code for the most part you can show up dressed casual. That’s always nice considering my first race day was spent in ridiculously hot weather. Luckily, I was wearing a sundress and comfortable wedge sandals. But you will see people there in jeans and shorts as much as you see attendees in jackets and slacks and dresses with pretty hats.
Place a bet!
My first bet was on a horse with a New York City name because as a native New Yorker I felt like I had to root for the horse with a name that fit my hometown. But I also wagered on a horse I thought would definitely place. So two bets all afternoon — one silly one and one crash course educated bet. I was a beginner and still had fun because everyone else with me showed me what to do and how to come up with my picks. Beginner’s Luck really is a thing, people!
Take a seat — or don’t!
I had fun walking over to place bets and watching the races from the big screen but there were so many options of where to watch the races — from luxury suites and club house seating to picnic areas and bleachers. You’ll have a great time no matter where you see the horses leave the gate. After all, isn’t the purpose to have fun?!
Explore the track
No, I don’t mean walk on the race track during the races. I mean, see what else is there on race day. Most tracks have so many other activities. And since there is time in between the horses leaving the gates and the next race starting, I loved walking around. I had the chance to feed a carrot to the horse that played Sea Biscuit in the movie. Hey, we only live once. I can now cross “horse feeder” off my bucket list. (*wink*) If you take your children, they often have play areas and places to ride a pony. At the track I went to… there was a huge bouncy house I was a bit envious of the kids jumping around in.
Most importantly have fun. If you’ve been to a horse race track and want to leave a tip below for other people attending this year, feel free to leave one in the comments of this blog post!