To The Races (Page Four)
OK, we bet $20.00 and got $0.00 in return... It was a good day! We had to cross the street from the Tidewater, cross the train track via the bridge and then catch the buss.
We walked back across the street and the tracks and then onto the double decker bus which takes us to the track for the afternoon of racing... First race, 2:00 PM.
The bridge of no return (until next year)
The Tidewater Tavern in the distance... Its about a 4,000 calorie walk (yeah, right!)
We Made It
Del Mar Racetrack is an American Thoroughbred horse racing track at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the seaside city of Del Mar, California, 20 miles north of San Diego. Operated by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, it is known for the slogan: "Where The Turf Meets The Surf." It was built by a partnership including Bing Crosby, the actor Pat O'Brien, Jimmy Durante, and Charles S. Howard.
When Del Mar opened in 1937, Bing Crosby was at the gate to personally greet the fans. On August 12, 1938, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club hosted a $25,000 winner-take-all match race between Charles S. Howard's Seabiscuit and the Binglin Stable's colt, Ligaroti. In an era when horse racing ranked second in popularity with Americans to Major League Baseball, the match race was much written and talked about and was the first nationwide broadcast of a Thoroughbred race by NBC radio. In the race, Seabiscuit was ridden by jockey George Woolf and Ligaroti by Noel Richardson. In front of a record crowd that helped make the fledgling Del Mar race track a success, Seabiscuit won an exciting battle by a nose
We thought about tractor tipping but alas, we didn;t get down there in enough time!
Cow tipping is the purported activity of sneaking up on a sleeping, upright cow and pushing it over for fun. In reality, though, cows generally do not sleep standing up.
According to popular belief, cows can easily be pushed over without much force because they are slow-moving, slow-witted and weak-legged, have a high-centre of gravity and sleep standing up. Numerous publications have debunked cow-tipping as a myth.
A variety of calculations have been performed, sometimes with humorous intent, to determine if cow tipping is physically possible. A study from the University of British Columbia concludes that cow tipping by a single person is impossible.
Some consider the attempt to practice it an act of animal abuse. In 2004, a Florida legislator proposed a ban on "cruelty to bovines", which, while not specifically addressing cow tipping, included language that would apply to the practice: "A person who, for the purpose of practice, entertainment, or sport, intentionally fells, trips, or otherwise causes a cow to fall or lose its balance by means of roping, lassoing, dragging, or otherwise touching the tail of the cow commits a misdemeanor of the first degree." The proposal did not become law.
We Check Out The Horses At The Paddock
The Reconfigure The Course Between Races Very Efficiently
Someone's ticket was NOT a winner!
Back To The Bus For A Trip To The Train Station
We had a few extra minutes so we stopped for... you guessed it... a glass of wine!