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Day 90: A Day at the Races

In Horse Races, New Jersey, NYC, NYC Sports and Recreation, things to do in NYC on August 29, 2009 at 11:48 pm


Unless you’re up for spending the afternoon at OTB (and chances are, that’s not likely) it means a car-ride. But a day at the track is worth the effort it takes to get there, and not just for the sake of winning a few bucks. There’s the beautiful horses and colorful jockeys, the hot dogs and beer, and of course, the thrill of the gamble. It’s one thing to catch the footage on the tube, but to stand at the mile-long track with only a fence between you and the thoroughbreds, bets placed, tickets in hand, the grandstands full of fans chanting the names of their favorites and the rumble of hoofs in the dirt, the action’s so thick you can taste it. With at least a half-dozen New York/New Jersey venues in close proximity to the city, it’s an easy day away. If you don’t consider yourself to be one in the know, find a friend who’s familiar with the game and tag along under their direction, or breeze through a program for the basics of betting and give it your best shot. Worst case, pick the names you like the sound of, like say, Koka Kola Kitty and cross your fingers they finish first. As long as you keep it for fun, it’s no sweat if you don’t win. But if you do…that wad of cash will feel really nice in your hands.