We previously wrote here about being introduced to the wonderful world of horse racing via Uncle Louie.
And while Uncle Louie may not have been a blood relation, he was somehow integrated as a part of the family.
It was the type of situation where you didn’t ask HOW he was your Uncle until later in life, and by then it didn’t matter.
What did, and still does matter is that he took us to Saratoga Racetrack in our youth.
Some readers may not have had the benefit of visiting the best track in America in your formative years. Thereby allowing you to be introduced to the Sport Of Kings in such a historic fashion.
Regardless of the venue, why would anyone ever want to visit a horse track anyway?
There are some folks that still think; That’s something my grandfather liked to do, but I’m not interested.
Well, we at The Daily Racing Blog think the naysayers should recalibrate their thinking.
To wit: Watching horse racing at the higher levels of the sport is a wonderful experience.
DRB is not much for any other forms of gambling, doesn’t see the fun in losing money in some dark, smoky casino.
But horse racing ? It feels like entertainment, an experience, an outing and you get to see elite athletes perform up-close.
You are outside soaking up the sun and ambience. There is a lot of history and tradition behind it.
Pragmatically speaking, if you want to take the family to a pro baseball or football game, the tickets, food and parking can easily run you $400.
Admission to some racetracks is free, the minimum bet on each horse race is just $2, and you can sometimes (as in Saratoga) bring your own food and drinks.
You get to spend all afternoon and/or evening outside, watching beautiful animals perform at their peak ability. And all this can run you less than a trip to the movies.
And if you’re looking for an affordable, unique date, where you won’t run out of things to talk about, look no further.
This time of year is not the most ideal to visit a local track (especially in the northeast) but if you’ve never spent a day at the races we hope that in the summer of 2023 you will giddy-up and get to the track.
All in all, Win or lose money, a great time is still had at the track, and life-long memories are made.