It has been about 9 months since Zaira and I went to the racetrack and played the ponies. After my experience at the Bay Meadows opener this probably isn’t too surprising. Then again, you might not have noticed the lack of my horse racing posts at all. But Golden Gate Fields most definitely has.
Not a week has gone by since early September (opening day was September 13th) without my receiving something in th email from Golden Gate Fields. But their latest letter certainly got my attention. It included a coupon for free valet or preferred parking and free Turf Club admission for both Zaira and myself. For me, being in the grandstands with the “unwashed masses” is part of the experience, so I won’t be visiting the Turf Club any time soon. Even if I were interested in this ‘elite’ area to watch the horses, free admission wouldn’t motivate me to make the drive.
I will, however, be happy to use them, though when we visit on Saturday, December 13th. That’s when I can cash in the ticket pictured to the right. For those not familiar with betting slips, that’s what this is. This “Mystery Mutuel Voucher” is guaranteed to be worth at least $2.00, but could also bring in $3, $5, $25, $50, $500 or even $5,000! Now that’s nothing to sneeze at.
In addition to being able to cash in this ticket, that Saturday will also be one of three chances (Friday and Sunday are the others) to enter the 2008 Golden Gate Fields Handicapping Contest and win an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to compete in the 2009 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Contest. Of course, as my betting record (and bank balance) clearly show I can’t handicap for squat so the odds are long of my actually winning such a contest. However, even a stoppe dclock is right twice a day, so I might as well give it a shot.