We live only three miles from the Thistledown Race Track, which has thoroughbred horse racing in season. It also has a casino, recently named JACK Thistledown Racino. The track is home to the Ohio Derby, the only graded stakes race in the state of Ohio.
Today was Ohio Derby Day. After parking for free in the new parking ramp, we had to walk through the Racino to the track, meaning Brynne had to prove she was at least 21-years old. Plenty of slot machines and places to eat.
|JACK Thistledown Racino|
|The undyed beard look...|
|Mo Don't No supporters|
|Big bettors Tamiko and Kent (PBB)|
|Our money is on this horse, La Nina Branca|
(actually hidden behind his lead pony)
|And they're off!|
|Down the stretch!|
|Well, the wrong purple won!|
Justalittlesmoke in the Winner's Circle
|The winner gets sprayed down|
|This time we, as Clevelanders, bet on the long shot/underdog:|
Riding in the Wind
|The favorite, Mo Tom, wins|
|The trophies for the day, and a garland of roses|
|Mo Tom gets the garland of roses in the Winner's Circle|
|Presentation of trophies, with four Cleveland|
Cavaliers cheerleaders adding to the group
|As in other sport venues, they throw t-shirts into|
the crowd, and Kent snagged one, which
means we came out even in the betting game...