Jean wanted to put something on the calendar that was a little different than our usual outings. She had been to the race track before with another group, and found out what to do to put this event together for us.
We all met at Shipleys Choice Medical Center at Benfield and Veterans Highway, and carpooled in two vehicles to the track.
Jean had made advance reservations for our group, so we were expected. Admission was free as was parking. We purchased and shared several Daily Racing Forms that we used to select the horses we wanted to bet on.
For some background: Strictly a horse racetrack, Pimlico is most famous for hosting the Preakness Stakes. Pimlico's name is derived from the 1660s when English settlers called the area where the facility currently stands in honor of Olde Ben Pimlico's Tavern in London from where they came. Pimlico officially opened in the fall of 1870, with the colt "Preakness" winning the first running. Later the Preakness Stakes were named in his honor.The track is also noted for the match race in which "Seabiscuit" beat War Admiral in 1938 before a crowd of 43,000. Some other familiar horses to have run the tracks are Man of War, Sir Barton, Citation, Secretariat and Cigar. The tracks are a one-mile dirt oval on the outside, and a seven furlong turf oval on the inside.
As you will see from the pictures below, we had two tables back-to-back on the second tier overlooking the racetrack. Though it was a little misty and cool outside, we were very comfortable inside watching the races though the huge windows.
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The betting windows were not far from our tables. All one needed was their horse's "number" and what you wanted to bet for win, place, or show. All was explained in detail in the racing form booklet.
We really had a nice day, which beat sitting at home.