August 30, 2009

The Fix is In! Travers '09

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.

This year, they got two.

The forecast called for some shitty weather due to Hurricane Danny- but I was in a case of loser denial and still packed my Lilly Dress and skirts for this weekend. Note to self: pay attention to and plan accordingly. Because I basically froze my ass of all weekend. Also- look into investing in a Designer Poncho. Can we just note this man in a pink collared shirt and lime green khaki pants was holding an umbrella for another dude? Too. much. prep. eee. ness. Can't. contain. myself.

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...

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weezermonkey said...

We need rain so badly. Too bad we can't switch weather for a day!

emrlds said...

um, you're the cutest in your hat! and i'm kind of hurt that you don't know what you're singing. failure!
glad you had a good weekend, despite the rain. xo

Kristen said...

Finally, we get to see the hat! It looks fabulous.

hannahjustbreathe said...

Wow! That sounds like one hell of a weekend. Sooo fun!

My favorite moment is the cover band sing-along. You look about as ecstatic as a kid in a candy store. It's awesome.

Katelin said...

okay that sounds amazing and yay for a big win! that sounds like so much fun. and your hat is divine, even if you did freeze your ass off, haha.

Susan said...

So glad you had a great time! I also try to act like what I pack will influence the weather, it never works out...

Gemini said...

Now that is my kind of vacation. Love the hat btw! Tres Fab my dear. Rain or shine.

LiLu said...

YESSSSSSSSS the Red Sox cups are sooooo full of win! Love it!