The Saratoga Travers was this weekend! The last time I had been was back in '05, where I was blown away by the fancy big hats and crazy gambling fans who make up this prestigious event- oh yeah- and some very fast horses.
The weekend Friday night when we all met up on Caroline Street. Even though it was torrential down pour, we hit up a few fun spots and got to catch up with our friends we do not get to see that often.
Aka, long night of drinking. 'Pinky out, Finkel!'
+ 95% Yankees fans = Massive Headache (and hangover)
LOVE how Dingo took this picture of me watching a cover band. You would think that 3rd Eye Blind was playing 2 feet away from me judging by the intensity singing along to God knows what song. WTF is wrong with me?!
Except instead of sleeping in the next morning, the boys take off for the horse track at 5:30am for the 'running of the bulls' where the place opens and you can claim a picnic table. Random fact: Hubs was on ESPN back in '05 when they were filming the tradition since he had manuevered his way into the front of the line.
Our first win was $6.00. I then purchased a $5.75 bottle of Chardonnay.
Even though hubs and I are were the only Bostonians out of our group, I surprised them with Red Sox cups!! They were not amused (and drank from their cans)
I had gotten through 8 hours of freezing my arse off at the event, and grabbed a ride home when there were still a few races left. Good thing I did, because the boys started winning big as soon as I left! After 5 of them went in on some sort of thing (trifecta maybe? I didn't pay too much attn) for the last race 'the Actual Travers' they ended up winning $1G. Their pact was if they won, they would spend all of their winnings that night - can you tell none of them are Financial Planners?
So we headed up to Doc's, a steakhouse in downtown Saratoga, and no matter how hard we tried, we could not get the bill to even half of that. Please note: no sleep, gambling and wearing a big hat is extremely exhausting!Cannot wait for next year. 364 days away...