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Got the chance to spend two days in Del Mar and Opening Day at Saratoga and I want to start with the inevitable question about which is better. I am going to give a sort of "non answer" and say that it is an apples to oranges comparison because the only thing the two areas have in common is that there is a race track.
For a person my age that is not as into horse racing as I am, Del Mar would come out a clear winner. The party atmosphere of Opening Day is unmatched at Del Mar. The women were incredible, as usual. It is the one day of the year in California where horse racing is THE social event on the calendar. I met a friend from Berkeley who is relatively new to horse betting and I was trying to explain about the game but I soon realized Opening Day at Del Mar was not for that. Get there just in time for the first race, and quickly put in a pick five. Lets just say I wish I arrived 5 minutes later lol. So the drinks start flowing and I tell my friend about the Orleans score that I had in April and so people around me ask for one horse today to single in the pick 6, and I give out Gervinho in the 6th. We are getting shelled by the 5th race so we decide to split a $72 pick six ticket. Went 3x1x1x2x3x2. Gervinho winning the 6th turned our day around and paid for the roughly $50 bar tab each of us had accrued.
We singled Royal Meridian in the 7th, which was a brutal beat because I was pretty sure he was best. Natch we hit the next two, and are alive for 5, one of the two was paying $4,000 and a carryover. Was hoping for management intervention but no dice.
As usual the booze lines were longer than the betting lines and I got shut out a couple times thanks to confusion over why Santiago Chile is actually Calder in the program. Even at the machines. By far the most frustrating part about opening day. All in all it was a wonderful day filled with many libations and had a red eye to catch for Saratoga for Opening Day on Friday.
The minute I got on the road from Albany to Saratoga, I realized that this was a long way from California. Everything was lush, there was nature, but most of all, there was humidity lol. I met and AG at their house which sat on a huge plot of land. It felt like how people must have lived in the 1800s because of the wildlife around and neighbors were relatively far away.
Thursday night, Vince P and his wife arrive. we go to what is the best Italian joint I've had, Augie's. We ordered the kitchen sink, which was chicken, Italian sausage in a creamy tomato sauce mixed with penne. Afterwards we go to Humpty's for their ice cream and for $2.50 it was the largest cone I've ever had.
Friday morning Vince and I got to take what was apparently the last pink caddy tour and this is when I fell in love with Saratoga. The backstretch is phenomenal. The horses actually cross Union Avenue to get to the main track, stopping traffic. The vastness also stood out. I had never seen anything like it and was awed. During the tour, near 's barn, we drive in a circle. Little do I know that the rails on either side are from the actual track's first meeting in 1863. Everything at Saratoga has a history behind it, which to me is the biggest difference between the Spa and Del Mar.
Friday would have been unbearable if not for a breeze that came once in awhile. Great time with good seats tho there was not much outside of Solis in Race 2 at 14/1. The paddock is HUGE and is the most beautiful paddock I have ever seen.
One of the highlights of Saratoga is the Hattie's Fried sandwich. They give you two chicken patties that are freshly fried and believe me on this, it was well worth the $9 price (especially compared to the Dmr mishandled chicken sandwich).
Friday night, We all go to the harness track. This was the first time I've ever been to a harness track and I noticed the pools were tiny. So it is suggested that I mess around with the pools since I had money in my Xpressbet account. I put $100 to win first click on a 99/1 shot. Horse goes to 3/5 . I swear when the drivers went on the track the driver did a double take when he saw he was 1/1 on the pig he was on. Horse is 2/1 when I cancel the bet. Horse shoots up to 35/1 LMAO. We try it on another race, this time $200 to win on a 5/1 ML. Rat is 3/5 when I attempt to cancel the bet. Only Xpressbet limits cancellations to $250 per day. The look on my face was like my dog died lol. Fortunately Vince suggests me to call customer service and by post time my bet was canceled. But those were some anxious minutes.
Got shelled on Saturday and Sunday. My only winner was a $62 exacta on a backwheel.
The atmosphere at Saratoga can only be compared to Ferndale, no joke. So much green in the area, the grandstand is wooden and both tracks have something dedicated to horse racing at every store front.
I definitely recommend Saratoga to everyone here and I encourage all horseplayers to go to Toga at least once.
And finally I thank and AG for first class hospitality.
Anyway the whirlwind two weeks continue as I am in Vegas for the Gold Coast Summer Classic...
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JHC. Why not thank John Q Public as well. This trip is probably the reason the Fed's agreed to rescind the interest rate hike on FAFSA knowing full well with the lavish spending they would never see their money back at double the interest rate.
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Great report, TT, sounds like a wonderful trip! Saratoga's next on my list... maybe next year! I have a few artist friends that meet up there every year and starting this year have some paintings in a gallery there... all the more reason to start planning soon!
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