Sunday, July 29, 2012

Off to the Races

We live a mere 10 minutes from the famous Del Mar Racetrack which is celebrating 75 years of horse racing & fun. What a better way to spend a Saturday than in the sun, with the ponies & enjoying the Food Truck Festival.

We knew absolutely N O T H I N G about horse racing. We attending the 'Newcomers Workshop' to figure out all the ins & outs. This is Bob. He's an announcer & helps set the betting line. He taught us the best jockeys & trainers. He taught us to go the betting window & say, "Del Mar, Race 7, #5, $2 to place on #8". I was beginning to feel like a pro.

Before the first race got underway we went to the Food Truck Festival. They had 40+ food trucks in the back lot -- It was like heaven on wheels. 

Our first fare -- Philly Cheesesteak from Devilicious -- a local San Diego truck that competed on the 1st season of the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. This was a great sandwich. Notice the lettuce on the as the first layer after the bread -- it was the moisture blocker so the bread never got soggy. Ingenious!

 Next up: The Lime Truck. Also from the Great Food Truck Race:

We had an ultimate taco -- that was so - so, but this drink was HEAVENLY. Passion fruit, coconut & strawberry juices all mixed together.

And then it was back to the races. We proceeded to the Paddock to check on the ponies. We picked our winner & placed our bet.

 We went to the track & watch the official trumpet call of the horses:

And they were off. This would be the winning horse. NOT my horse. My horse came dead last. I did not have beginners luck.

You see all kinds of families, dressed-up bachelorette parties, the rich & famous & the common guy who wants to place his bet. They also host a lot of fun kids activities on the weekend that Keller loved. We will be back to see the ponies again.

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