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1991 Best Pal. I was alone, stayed in my camper (Mazda pickup). Got there the day before, parked and slept on the street back by the stables, then stayed a few days at the RV park next to the Ky Horse Park. Best Pal paid for my trip so I stayed in a motel one night - you have to shower some times - and went to AkSarBen on the way back to San Diego.
I would spend about $1,000 on good seats and accomodations, or stay home and watch it. Way too many people.
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trust but verify you have to wear a hat - didn't they have a cheap-ass fedora giveaway at SAX recently??? that would work ...
2007, Street Sense. We paid $495 each for seats at ground level with zero visibility. This year we're paying about $230 for Oaks seats on the third level about the 1/16 pole and we'll go to Keeneland simulcasting for the Derby. I'll buy a cheap hat at Marshall or Ross and dress it up with some ribbon and that'll do. Oh, we stayed in Lexington which worked for farms and stuff; traffic really wasn't too bad Oaks day and we took a charter bus Derby day. Problem with that is that it didn't leave until after the last race, which was WAY after most people were ready to hit the road.
1997 -- Silver Charm. Expensive seating on low, temporary bleachers with no real view of the track as part of an expensive Smithsonian tour. Freezing rain, endless lines.
Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.
-- Mark Twain
If you want to see the best view of the races watch on TV. My opinion, anyway. My recliner, no line for food or the bathroom, out of the rain and/or cold, no jerks around me, lodging cheap and already paid for.
"And Afleet Alex just ran right by Giacomo like he was standing still!"
Tom Durkin, 2005 Belmont Stakes
Irish Derby 1993. Great time but you had better have a driver. The roads are very narrow and the track is a long way from civilization. The bigwigs come in on their helicopters.
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