Horsin’ Around

They say The Kentucky Derby is the most exciting 2 minutes in sports. But really sometimes it’s the last 10 seconds that is the most exciting!!  I love betting on the longshots, the underdogs because if one of those long shots wins its a nice payout. We have been going to local horse tracks for many years but this year we decided to go to the granddaddy of them all – Churchill Downs!!  Kentucky is just about a hour and a half drive from Nashville so after the Zac Brown Band concert on Friday we decided to forgo bar hopping with our friends so we could wake up bright and early to head to Louisville.  Even though it was early it was hard not to enjoy the lovely drive, everything was green and lush! Once we drove up to Churchill Downs we found a primo parking spot in the neighborhood across from the track and we were all set for the grandeur of traditional horse racing at its finest!

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{the essentials for the Derby}

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{the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs}

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{the Infield – before it gets crazy}

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[AND one of the reasons the Infield gets crazy}

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{where the horses walk into the Paddock and the jockeys come down the stairs on the left}

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{the Paddock}

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{American Pharaoh – potential Triple Crown winner!}

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{love a horse in pink!}

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{the Red Carpet AFTER all the celebrities had walked through}

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{the BEST Mint Julep E.V.E.R. – and the glass was a souvenir.  P.S. I have 2 souvenirs!}

My husband was the big winner that day. It was the best win he’s ever had at a racetrack and I can’t tell you how happy he was that it happened at such a special event.

This is a vacation I will never forget and I am so thankful I got to experience it!

AND I WILL be going back!

Have a great week!

Sunny with a chance of baseballs

Well my Kentucky Derby picks didn’t work out for me but what do you expect when you pick a winner by their name? LOL! You win some, you lose some but it’s still the most exciting 2 minutes in sports!  Next up is the Preakness in less than 2 weeks!

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My losing tickets! =(

Another favorite sport of mine is BASEBALL!  When I was young my family shared season tickets with other families to the California Angels.  So I grew up going to Sunday homes games, stalking baseball players for their autographs and taking pictures with them and basically following baseball year round. I also liked the Los Angeles Dodgers and in middle school I was so obsessed with them I listened to Spring Training games in between my classes on a little radio, talk about crazy over baseball!?!  Now that we live farther away from Orange County we do not go to many baseball games so any chance I get to go I will take. When our friends were able to get tickets to the Saturday game against the Texas Rangers in a luxury suite just in between home plate and 1st base it was a no-brainer to say HELL YA!

It was perfect and definitely a SWEET SUITE!

20140504-193424.jpgSo you have a room with chairs, counter and bar stools and a sink area with small refrigerator with beer, soda and water which was included with our tickets. Wine and food was available for a additional charge. There was also 2 TV’s in the suite I guess if you didn’t want to watch the game live.

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The view from suite was perfect. There are also regular seats to watch the game right in front of the suite.

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The sun going down at Anaheim Stadium

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An $11 red velvet cupcake ? Really? It wasn’t as tasty I would expect it to be for $11!

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Angels Win!

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Saturday Night fireworks display! AWESOME!

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The usual silliness

What are your favorite sports? Please tell me I’m not the only one who used to stalk athletes!!