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Today’s post is a little off the beaten path, but we think you’ll like it just the same! A couple of weeks ago we were invited by America’s Best Racing, a Jockey Club initiative, to tour Arlington Park and enjoy a day at the track. As the NFL is to football, so is the Jockey Club is to horse racing, and both seek to engage our tech/digital savvy generation, otherwise known as millennials. Hence, the invite…
New to the horse race experience we were excited, but also skeptical. Typically when planning group activities our minds don’t navigate towards horse racing, it’s not something we grew up on. That said, all we could picture was Kentucky Derby southern glam, so we were in!
The boys joined in on this adventure (there was whisky and betting, need I say more…), and we gave our best blind shots at dressing the part. It wasn’t quite Kentucky Derby, but that weekend Arlington Park was hosting the Arlington Million, welcoming contestants from around the world, coming in second to the Kentucky Derby in both popularity and grandeur.
Our takeaway? A day at the track is not an activity, it’s a lifestyle!
First of all, no other sport embraces fashion like horse racing– just think of the hats! Secondly, the sport is extremely social.
As novice horse track visitors, we had a lot to learn about the sport, and especially how to best place our bets, but the truth is, we had a lot of fun just hanging out with friends, making new ones, and sipping sweet cocktails while picking a horse/jockey /trainer tri-fecta (see how much we learned!) and cheering them on.
Fun Fact: for a casual day at the track you can pack a cooler and picnic with friends in the garden, and wine is always welcome! So grab your babe or besties and head to the track! If you live in the Chicagoland area, we’ll be hitting up one more race before the end of September, so keep an eye out :)
For track race schedule click here.