A Day at the Races
|The races at Del Mar|
I remember going to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. I also remember our annual attendance at the Queen's Plate when we lived in Toronto. Our entire family, including my grandparents, went to see the race the year Queen Elizabeth herself attended. I have many memories of happy times spent with family and friends during these trips. One of the strongest is of Secretariat winning the Belmont by something like 22 lengths. I can remember my dad watching the race and almost running along with this magnificent stallion as he pulled away from the field as though he were the only horse in the race.
Driving down the Historic 101 from Corona we enjoyed the beautiful scenery and downtowns that seemed as though time had stood still. There are a number of quirky little restaurants, coffee bars and bistros to serve locals and tourists alike. Driving along this stretch you can picture what it was like in the 1950's - in a Cadillac convertible of course, one with the big fins in the back. Of course, I would have needed a flowing scarf to keep my hair out of my eyes and a pair of cat eye sunglasses to complete the picture. I wasn't born until the 60's but I can imagine what it must have been like back in the day when Bing Crosby drove down the coast to Del Mar and movie stars would gather for the races.
|Beach at Corona|
We decided to buy seats in a box since we weren't sure how busy it would be and wanted to have a good view. The price was reasonable at $4.00 a seat plus admission. Having a box seat is nice since you get food and beverage service so you can relax and enjoy yourself between races (except for going inside to place your bets but I think you can even do that on a smart phone now.)
It was a great way to spend the day.