At The Del Mar Racetrack 2011

A Day At The Races... GiddyUp Horsey

At The Races And Time To Bet (Page Three)

Ninety minutes later and we are miles down the track ready for lunch and a racing afternoon!

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The aerial view

Did You Know? - The length of the race track is exactly one mile (1.6 km), and races are run counter-clockwise. A 100-mile AAA championship (Indianapolis-type car) race was held at Del Mar in November 1949, but the death of popular local driver Rex Mays in that event caused "big car" racing to disappear from Southern California circuits for another 18 years. (In addition, the horse racing community was deeply resentful of oil-dripping cars being run on the horse-oriented dirt racing surface.)

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Walking back across PCH was an adventure

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We pass through the train station on the way to the bus

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The double deck busses were ready to roll

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Us and a few thousand friends (Courtesy AJ)

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Horses on parade (Courtesy of AJ)

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Up close and personal (Courtesy AJ)

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Enter here yea with all the money (Courtesy of AJ)

We Had Great Seats

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We had four rows right down front

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Two flights down to the paddock

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Great view from the decks up


Guess who flew in from DC just to see the races? (Courtest of AJ)

In Our Seats And Paying Attention!

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Motley crew!


Looking good...

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"I swear only to bet on the winners"


"I swear to tell the truth and only the truth.... most of the time!"

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Irene picks a horse

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Sandy told a good joke

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Betting requires teamwork....

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Studying

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Reading is a good habit.... unless it is the racing form

Did You Know? - The Daily Racing Form (DRF) is a tabloid newspaper founded in 1894 in Chicago, Illinois by Frank Brunell. The paper publishes the past performances of race horses as a statistical service for bettors on horse racing in the United States.

In cooperation with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the National Turf Writers Association, the Daily Racing Form selects the winners of the annual Eclipse Awards.

In 1922, the DRF publishing company was sold to Triangle Publications, which would eventually be owned by Walter Annenberg. The Daily Racing Form currently is owned by Arlington Capital Partners (since late 2007), and is based at 708 3rd Avenue in New York City.

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Wetting down the dirt takes loads of equipment

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Robin is getting the latest

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Getting the scoop

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Did You Know? - Scoop is an informal term used in journalism. The word connotes originality, importance, surprise or excitement, secrecy and exclusivity.

Stories likely considered to be scoops are important news, likely to interest or concern many people. A scoop is typically a new story, or a new aspect to an existing or breaking news story. Generally the story is unexpected, or surprising, and/or a former secret. This means the scoop typically must come from an exclusive source. Events open to a multitude of witnesses generally cannot become scoops, (e.g. a natural disaster, or the announcement of a scientific breakthrough at a press conference). However, exclusive news content is not always a scoop, as it may not provide the requisite importance or excitement. An example of this may be interviews with a local resident about a local event. A scoop may be also defined retrospectively; a story may come to be known as a scoop because of a historical change in perspective of a particular event.

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Calm and cool in the heat of the race.... He didn't bet

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New meaning to "Don't ask, don't tell"

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The happy winners

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Everybody is out betting!

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What is this man thinking??

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Studying the racing statistics

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The finish line... A place our horses never get close to!

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Cleanup begins immediately

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Old (Debbie and Sue) friends get to visit between races... Both retired and having fun

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Yes... They are texting each other

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Starting younger and younger

Did You Know? - Text messaging, or texting, refers to the exchange of brief written text messages between fixed-line phone or mobile phone and fixed or portable devices over a network. While the original term (see below) was derived from referring to messages sent using the Short Message Service (SMS) originated from Radio Telegraphy, it has since been extended to include messages containing image, video, and sound content (known as MMS messages). The sender of a text message is known as a texter, while the service itself has different colloquialisms depending on the region: it may simply be referred to as a text in North America, India, Australia, the Philippines and the United Kingdom, an SMS in most of Europe, and a TMS or SMS in the Middle East and Asia.

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Old friends of many many years

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Ernie, John, Ed, and Kathy are sharing secrets of race betting....

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Serious business it is...

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The old pictures around the track are fascinating

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This is where we hung out....

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We had the first three rows

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The finish line and our horse is on last place.... again

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The tags each had something cute... Kathy's was "Hot To Trot"

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Ed's... Winer(r)

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Kerstin's "Wines constantly"

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Han's... I am hoping for change"

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Pete tries to cast a magic spell on the horses... Doesn't seem to work

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Oh oh... He made Lisa go to sleep

Did You Know? - Magic is the claimed art of manipulating aspects of reality either by supernatural means or through knowledge of occult laws unknown to science. It is in contrast to science, in that science does not accept anything not subject to either direct or indirect observation, and subject to logical analysis, whereas practitioners of magic claim it is an inexplicable force beyond logic.

Magic has been practiced in all cultures, and utilizes ways of understanding, experiencing and influencing the world somewhat akin to those offered by religion, though it is sometimes regarded as more focused on achieving results than religious worship. Magic is often viewed with suspicion by the wider community, and is commonly practised in isolation and secrecy.

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The starting gate rumbles by

Did You Know? - A starting gate (also known as starting stalls) is a machine used in horse racing and dog racing to ensure a fair start in a race.

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Sandy is knee deep in calculating the next winner

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"Who, me???"


It's a black and white world

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They are hanging on his every word.... They will be sorry

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That's FIVE... one and four!

Kerstin Get's Into The Race And See What Happens...

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"I do NOT get excited!"

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"Hans... Shhhhhhh. It's about to start "

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"Their off and running"

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"Maybe applause will help!"

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"Oh please... Let my horsey win... Please!"

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"No... No... He has fallen back"


Fistacuffs???

Did You Know? - Bare-knuckle boxing (also known as bare-knuckle, prizefighting, or fisticuffs) is the original form of boxing, closely related to ancient combat sports. It involves two individuals fighting without any boxing gloves or other form of padding on their hands. The difference between a streetfight and a bare-knuckle boxing match is an accepted set of rules, such as not striking a downed opponent.

Irene Has Just Bet Herbie

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"Please win... Otherwise I have to leave Herbie here!"

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Oh oh... We will never tell

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All our money is gone so we are done....

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