Who doesn't love to receive gifts of appreciation from loved ones? Presents are nice to receive during holidays but I'm definitely the type who would prefer to experience something new with my favorite people. Anyone who knows me well enough knows i'm not very materialistic, a homemade card from my two lil' monsters and venturing off to see somewhere new is the best gift you can ever give me, and maybe a digital photo-book that has all the memories from the day in a book, opposed to living on my phone or on Facebook. Yepp, I'm super cheesy that way.
For Mother's Day America's Best Racing invited a few local mom bloggers and their families out to Belmont Park for a VIP experience at the park, cheering on horses and firing up the grill. I'd never been, so it sounded like the perfect way to spend the Sunday with my 3 guys and my blogger babes. Naturally, conversation among the moms focused of course on what we were going to wear. Whenever I think of horse racing I remember Julia Roberts in her polka-dot dress in the classic film Pretty Woman. I definitely chimed in and hoped everyone else was planning to wear gorgeous hats and fascinators. I mean, how often were we going to get to dress up like that, so why not?
My hubby made my favorite pasta salad to add to the potluck and we ended up renting from Zipcar so we didn't have to worry about the commute on public transportation. By now he knows my sissy and I end up a bit cranky after a long day out. It's a quick ride to Belmont Park (in Elmont) from where we are in Queens but we definitely experienced a bit of traffic because it was a holiday. At least folks were out and about celebrating their mama's!
Belmont's backyard was filled with fans who were enjoying their picnics as kids rode ponies and jumped around in the bouncy house. Visitors are also able to see the horses up close before their race in the paddock.
As we toured the area with Dan Tordjman and Victoria Garofalo who are Brand Ambassadors for Team ABR Live we watched each jockey ride around on their horse and some of the kids asked for pics. Meanwhile my animal obsessed four year old's inevitable meltdown ensued. If you could only see his face when we gently burst his bubble when he asked to ride one of the horses. After explaining to him that they were too fast and he wasn't quite big enough he refused to meet the jockey who was standing nearby because he could race on the horse and Tristan couldn't. I felt so bad and tried not to laugh.
We only placed one bet and didn't win, but we did learn 2 great tips from Dan and Victoria: Look for a horse with your birthday to bet on and that you can bet on the all places a horse may come in, 2nd, 3rd etc not just the winning horse.
The afternoon was fantastic! Everyone looked so poised and polished, the food was yummy and the moms truly had a great time! Thank You America's Best Racing for having us.
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What a cool experience. I have always wanted to go to one of the big races - and wear one of those fancy hats!ReplyDelete
I am confused, Mother's Day is in May. I have never been to the horse races. I use to live near a track but never got a chance to see the horses. This looks like a great time.ReplyDelete
I love horse races. The animals are so majestic, and it's a great excuse to wear crazy cool hats!ReplyDelete
I can't believe you got to see one of those races in person. I've always wanted to see a horse race. They look so beautiful when they're all stretched out and running.ReplyDelete
My daughter would have loved that! I hope we can go to a big race like the Kentucky Derby or Belmont someday just for the thrill of it all. It looks like you had a great time.ReplyDelete
That looks like so much fun! It does look like everyone had fun and it also looks like many good memories were made that day. I wish my kids were calm enough to take them to a place like this.ReplyDelete
How fun. I've always wanted to go to a race of any kind. This would be such a fun experience! Looks like you all had a good time! - jeanineReplyDelete
This was the perfect year to celebrate Mother's Day at the races. You can say you were there for a part of history in the making. Thanks for sharing all of you beautiful pictures with us. Glad you had a good time.ReplyDelete
What an amazing experience for you and your family! It looks like it was a great way to celebrate Mother's Day!ReplyDelete
Looks like you guys had a blast and a great Mother's Day! That's the way is should be with family and friends.ReplyDelete
It looks like everyone had a really fun time. I think my son would enjoy going to a big race like this.ReplyDelete
What a fun event. I love the smiles on your faces. It's obvious that you had a great time.ReplyDelete
Nice pictures of your family. Thank you for sharing such a personal moment its nice!ReplyDelete
I know how fun this must be. My family has race horses & my mom + grandpa would always take us to the race track when we were little. Those were really good times. I'm glad that you and your family got to spend time at Belmont Park.ReplyDelete
Sounds like everyone had a great time. Spending time with family and having fun I agree too is better then presents. =)ReplyDelete
We watched the Belmont Stakes race on Sunday and it was really amazing. Good for you that you got to watch a race in person. I would love to watch one someday.ReplyDelete
This looks like so much fun. I want to do a bloggers meet up one day. I had a great Mother's day too. My family cooked my favorite meal.ReplyDelete
It looks like you all have such a great time! What a wonderful way to spend the day!ReplyDelete
Such a fun Mother's Day! I bet you felt really special going to the races, I've never been - but I've always seen it on TV. Last night I heard that 1 horse won all 3 of the main races...which hasn't happened since the 70's!ReplyDelete
Awwww looks like you had a great mummy's day!!! Would be so cool to spend the day at the races!!!! I just love horses :)ReplyDelete
Belmont Park looks like an amazing place to spend the day. I will definitely check it out the next time i am in the area.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, this looks like such a great family day out. My husband is completely jealous of you right now!ReplyDelete
That looks like so much fun! I hope to one day bring my kids to a big race like this!ReplyDelete
What a great way to celebrate Mother's Day! Looks like you all had a awesome time!ReplyDelete
Super fun day! My girls ride horses and they would love an experience like this.ReplyDelete
That looked like such a fun event to attend for moms. Everyone looked so nice, especially the kids. I love an event that mixes fashion with fun.ReplyDelete
Looks like you really had a great time at the park that day! I hope to be able to experience something like this.ReplyDelete
This looks like a great experience. I never been to one, but would love to someday.ReplyDelete