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The best that horse racing has to offer is now over and done with until 2015, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get your fix elsewhere—and we’re not talking about off-track betting. In upstate New York there’s a museum dedicated to all things horse racing, and it might just be what you need to get through those moments of sadness and depression.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame does its thing in Saratoga Springs, New York, and right now it’s open to one and all most days of the week—they take Mondays and Tuesdays off until later this summer. The place does its best to share the fun and entertainment surrounding thoroughbred racing in the country, and they’ve got all kinds of goodies to do so. Memorabilia, art, books, videos, and other artifacts all do their thing to shape the story of the ponies in the United States.
California Chrome has two down and just one race to go to win the coveted Triple Crown, making the Belmont Stakes this year's hottest tickets in horse racing.
Adding to the interest was yesterday's vote giving Chrome the OK to use equine nasal strips (think giant Breathe Right strips for horses) at Belmont. This was a relief for the superstitious Chrome team given the horse has won six straight races wearing the strips, including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and they believe it is the magic ingredient. If it is, this will be the first time a horse has won the Triple Crown since Affirmed won in 1978.
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California Chrome might just be the most famous horse in the whole wide world right now, and if you would like to check him out in person the Preakness is coming up. As the second leg of the Triple Crown the race is scheduled to go down on May 17 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
Getting to it is a little bit easier than the hoopla surrounding the Kentucky Derby, but by no means is it any less of a good time. The cheapest tickets can be had for just $70 per person—plus taxes and fees—and that even gets you access to the event’s InfieldFest, which features performances from Lorde, Nas, and Frank Walker and Glenn Morrison—among others.
With the Kentucky Derby only 25 days away, tickets are running out fast.
Procrastinators have just three ticket options left. The first is to sit in the new second floor grandstand that overlooks the Kentucky Derby starting gate, Section 228. These tickets include stadium seating for both Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days, and entry into Taste of Derby on Thursday, May 1 for $590 per person.
The Breeders’ Cup is one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious events, consisting of 14 races with purses and awards totaling more than $27 million.
Now that the Kentucky Derby is in the rearview mirror and the mint juleps have worn off it’s time to look forward to the Preakness Stakes. We’re just shy of two weeks away from the ponies doing their thing in the second leg of the race for the Triple Crown, so now is as good time as any to start planning to check things out in person.
This year’s race is scheduled to do its thing at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on May 18, and if you want to see things in person rather than on television—you’re in luck—there’s still tickets available. There’s way more options from which to choose when compared to the Kentucky Derby, as you can even get access to the Preakness InfieldFest featuring performances by Pitbull and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
If you’re looking for a good time we’d probably recommend the $70 Infield Mug Club tickets, as it includes all you care to drink beer. Just be sure to watch the cash in your wallet, as we don’t want you to bet it all on the long shot.
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If you’ve got your oversized hats and mint juleps ready, then you’re probably aware that the Kentucky Derby is set to do its thing this weekend on Saturday, May 4. Sure you can head over to the local gambling establishment to place your bet, but we’re thinking that it might be a little more exciting to check things out in person.
Thankfully there are still tickets available for this weekend’s events, and things are actually somewhat affordable if you’re just looking to mix and mingle in the general admission area. You probably won’t get to see any celebrities here, but standing room only tickets can be yours for just $40 per person.
Dust off your fascinator or air out your seersucker suit, because it's Melbourne Cup time! The most prestigious horse race in Australia is just around the corner and this one is big. It's so big that Victoria, the state that hosts the cup, gets a public holiday to enjoy the races and maybe place a few bets.
In its 152 years, the Emirates Melbourne Cup has maintained its status as the Aussie horse race with most spectators, highest prize winnings, and most outrageous hats. Not everyone has their binoculars on the thoroughbreds; just like it's Kentucky counterpart, this is the event to see and be seen in your best spring fashion.
When you see ladies in gargantuan hats invade the swanky SoCal beachside town of Del Mar, it means one thing: The Del Mar Racetrack is open for the season. Get ready for an eyeful of head gear that would make even Princess Beatrice's infamous fugly fascinator look tame because racing action starts July 20.
Last year, more than 660,000 people came out for a day at the races. The lovely seaside track becomes the social event of the summer in those parts and tourists flood the area—sometimes for the entire season—just to hang out there.
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Unfortunately 2011 will be another year without a Triple Crown winner, as Shackleford was able to beat out Animal Kingdom in the Preakness over the weekend. However, that doesn’t make the Belmont Stakes any less interesting. This year’s race takes place in just about two weeks on Saturday, June 11 in Elmont, New York—that’s right at the base of Long Island. They’ve been running the Belmont Stakes since around 1867, so you know it’s kind of a big deal.
Thankfully there are still plenty of tickets available, but it’s a bummer that they’re only available through Ticketmaster. This means be prepared to spend your drinking money on service fees and convenience charges. The cheapest seats will get you access to the grandstand for just about $25 per person, which is best for those needing to save some cash for a little bit of wagering during the race.
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We're less than a week away from the Kentucky Derby, or as we prefer to think of it this year, the second time in a month when we'll be permitted to wear big, stupid hats (the first being The Royal Wedding). Although it's a tad too late to score the best boxes where the mint juleps come served in proper silver cups, there's plenty of tickets left for the infield, aka general admission, for the big horserace on Saturday, May 7.
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The Final Four is over, so it’s time to look forward one of the next big sporting events. The Kentucky Derby is just over a month away, so if you’ve haven’t made plans to get yourself to Churchill Downs now is the time to do so. We’ll let you know how to get tickets and access to the first leg of the Triple Crown, but then we're relying on you to figure out where to buy the appropriate hat.
We always kind of assumed that getting tickets to the Derby was going to be pretty challenging, but it’s actually not too tricky at all. There’s still plenty of seats available too, so no need to resort to hitting the ticket brokers and scalpers in the parking lot.