Today could not have been a more perfect day to head up to the race track. The weather was absolutely beautiful! 8-)
Our trip into the track got off to an interesting start. We had all packed a cooler with some food and beverages to snack on throughout the day, but it turns out there’s no glass allowed inside the gates. Seriously, why did we not remember this? It was not new news to us! So we had a couple options…walk it all back to the car, leave it outside the gates, or do our best to drink up what we had.
So at 11am, it was time to crack open a couple beers! Hey, it’s 5:00 somewhere, right? ;)
The girls each managed to get one down, but the boys chugged two in about 5 minutes. Our motto: Beer does not go to waste! I had packed two of my favorite blueberry beers to enjoy during the day, so since I drank one early, I was able to pour the other one into a water bottle. Oh yeah, I was definitely rockin’ the ghetto “beer bottle.”
Once we finished the early morning
chugging beverages, we headed in to attempt to get our favorite spot…and wouldn’t you know, it was totally vacant! Yessss. :)
We settled in, and around 12:30 decided it was time to break into some lunch. Jay and I still had a bunch of leftover snacks from the party, so we packed ‘em up and brought them to share.
On our way up to the track earlier, we stopped into Salad Creations to grab a couple wraps for lunch. I opted for the Boca Veggie which was green bell peppers, carrots, red onions,
mushrooms, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, corn, tomatoes, chickpeas, croutons, romaine lettuce, and balsamic vinaigrette (which I got on the side). Talk about a a lot of veggies mixed into one wrap. YUM!
My plate – 1/2 of my wrap, some pasta salad, and a meatball. I also snacked on some pretzels throughout the day, too.
Finally, it was post time, and the races began! I only did a little bit of betting, thanks to the hubby contributing a little money my way to play with. Honestly, betting gets me very flustered and nervous, so after betting on 3 races and losing, I threw in the towel. That’s totally fine with me though, since I really just love going to enjoy the atmosphere.
Watching the horses prepare for the races. They’re all so beautiful to watch.
For a couple of the races, we actually walked up to the track to watch from the rail, which is always fun and definitely a lot more exciting. Even though I wasn’t betting at that point, I was definitely feeling the adrenaline of the crowd!
On our way back from one of the races, I ran into my friend Sam, who told me she just had a “celebrity sighting” nearby of someone that definitely got my excited. I had my eyes totally peeled, and sure enough, about 3 minutes later, I had the opportunity to meet…
Oh.My.God. I was practically jumping out of my skin with excitement, yet trying to “play it cool” by saying hi and asking if he wouldn’t mind taking a picture. I feel like it took me about 5 minutes to get out what I was actually trying to say…sheesh! But he was totally cool and very friendly. I almost wanted to ask him to fire up a grill for me, although I’m guessing it probably wasn’t in his plans for the day. Either way, it was definitely the highlight of my day!!! :mrgreen:
Had I not met Mr. Flay about 10 minutes previously, I might have said that this was the highlight of my day…
I ordered myself a small cup of raspberry frozen yogurt & cookies and cream. It was fantastic. The price, not so much. But the ice cream, yes. ;)
Out of the nine races that they run for the day, we decided to call it quits after the eighth, since everyone was getting a little tired of losing. But win or lose, it was definitely a great day!
By the time we got home, I was ready to have some dinner, so I broke out the rest of my wrap and had that with some leftover carrots and celery.
The wrap got a little soggy from the cooler, but it was still tasty.
Now I’m saving room to enjoy a cupcake while watching The Bachelorette! Sarah’s coming over to watch it with me, so I’m sure it will be a fun way to end a great day!
Question for the Evening:
Have you ever met/encountered any celebrities?
A few years ago, I met Curtis Martin who used to be the running back for the Jets (and whom I absolutely LOVED) and Herm Edwards, who was the coach of the Jets at the time. I haven’t seen many, but celebrities I’ve seen up close but never “met” are Coolio (in an airport), Martha Stewart (at a taping of her show – front row!) and Chris Berman (the sportscaster, in an elevator).