I don’t even know where to begin. I have never done anything that had so many hashtags and @ users!
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A group of the Boston Bloggers were invited by Dan and Victoria with Americas Best Racing to take a trip to Saratoga and see all it has to offer. I accepted the invitation for this fun adventure along with 18 other bloggers.
We all gathered in Boston at 7:30 am to meet our luxury mini bus that would take us to Saratoga. It was quite comfortable, and we all enjoyed fresh pastries from Saratoga and sipping libations from Richer Pouer.
Of course, I brought my yarn! With a 3+ hour trip there and back, there was no way I would ever be without it. I even brought extra to show Christine how to crochet as well. (She’s a natural)
When we arrived, we were greeted by the owner of Centennial Farms and brought to a private brunch where there were mimosas, bloody Marys, and I think the highlight: macarons.
The owner of Centennial Farm spoke to is a bit about the history of the farm and what it means to so many people. As an added bonus, the trainer of Wicked Strong, was there. He explained to us that his name came from a trip to Boston shortly after the marathon bombings. This horse represents so much to many people, he said “this horse pulled everyone together”. I know I was cheering for him during the Kentucky Derby.
After brunch, we had a lesson in betting, or handicapping, or …. Yea…
No but seriously the lesson was informative and fun. I didn’t end up betting anything, but once I was out there and saw the odds board, the class all seemed to click.
photo by Holly
The track itself was a great experience. We had a little area to relax, we were able to go right up to the fence at the track, and we were able to go to the Paddock area to meet Black Jack, one of the horses.
photo by Christine
For this event I began searching for a hat and I could not find anything that I liked. Nothing was special enough. So I decided to hand crochet my hat just for this event. It took about a week and it was no easy task. I used 100% American grown cotton yarn and made tiny precise stitches. It came out a little floppier than I would have liked, I should have used a wire brim. But overall, I am pleased with the result.
Hat: Salem Style (One of a Kind)
Dan and Victoria were awesome. They answered all if our questions and put up with us taking pictures of everything everywhere. Thank you very much to Americas best racing for the fantastic day and great experience!