Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ohio Derby (6/25/2016)

Saturday, June 25, 2016
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
Thistledown Grandstand
The undyed beard look...
We were in time for the seventh race of the day, and placed a bet on a horse with a jockey wearing purple.
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
The eighth race was the Ohio Derby, with a purse of $500,000.
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...

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