We went to the Del Mar horse races today and had a ball! My hubby really likes to go once a year. Our daughter didn't want to have family time today, so it was us, our son and a friend of his (she had never been to the races before). We bet on six different races ... I won $21 ... and our friend won $35! It's always more fun when you win!! It is funny how different people handle the betting strategy ... us women wanted to see the horses before each race, look at them, see how they walked, and see how their jockeys meshed with them when they got on. Some of the more interesting comments ... "I don't like his head being so low, he doesn't look excited enough to win" ... "I don't like the way they tied his mane ... he looks too preppy" ... "I like that he's hyper because that means he's excited to win." Then we would walk back inside where you could bet, always going to the same guy. He was a little crazy (funny!), and we had a lot of fun betting with him and chatting him up.
The men did it totally different ... they only looked at the horses before the first race, then they preferred to look at the odds, and read a paper they had that gave insight into all the horses, how often they had run, jockey's history, etc., etc. Very analytical!
Can I just point out that the girls were the ones with the wins today ... and not the men! Ha, ha ... no matter, we all had a great time and are already planning next year's adventure where us girls have decided instead of placing $2 bets, we're going to bet larger, and win bigger ... $10 bets!!! Wahoo!