A day at the races... | Mermaid Stilettos

A day at the races...

Have you ever been to a horse race before? 
When the team at Americas Best Racing invited me to Saratoga for the day to watch the races I immediately said yes! I have been to equestrian horse shows, and I’ve seen races on TV but never have fully experienced the fun, food, fashion, and, of course, a little betting at the track. We started the day off with an amazing brunch in the town of Saratoga Springs, and then headed off to the races! 

The main street and town in Saratoga Springs is beautiful! 
Stopped for an awesome brunch at Lilies

Had to stop and check out the hats...

She takes the most amazing pictures and was so fun to hang out with at the track! 

Lucky hand? I don't think I should have bet on the horse because of his pretty silks...

Made some new blogger friends like Georgia!

Spent some time behind the scenes! 

Being able to see the Jockeys room was incredible. They are all so small and have to weigh in before every race.

Since I had never been to a race before I had many questions as to how it all works. The team at Americas Best Racing was so helpful in explaining the process. Here are some cool things I learned...

Across the board: You can put money on a horse if he wins, places, or shows (1st, 2nd, 3rd). Your winnings will be less, but your risk isn’t as high since you're not putting all your eggs in one basket.

Jockeys: Usually weigh around 112-118 lbs. Each Jockey wears a silk, which is a jersey/jacket and cap worn by riders which designate owner of the horse.

-Horse racing is the only sport where an ambulance is following every race close behind.

-When betting, you are to focus on the horse’s stats at his last training. Where the horse trained, how much it weighs, what place it came in, etc. are all things listed in the racing program to help guide you in making a decision. OR like me, just pick the one with the coolest name or prettiest silk colors.

-Expect to get a little dirty! With mud/sand/grass and horses what else do you expect? The dress I chose was perfect for this event. It didn’t touch the ground so I was safe, but if I ever do go back I think I'll stick to a short dress next time, just because I got a little hot! The races are known to have a preppy style to them; large hats, big shades, and bowties. As much as I love all that, it wasn’t necessarily MY style- so I opted for a more beachy/bohemian take on the Kentucky derby.

It was a gorgeous day in Saratoga meeting new friends, taking too many pictures, and losing (a little bit of) money! 

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