|Had I known, I would have worn my big race hat! Next time, I suppose. Le sigh.|
|Hands-down one of the best mustaches I've ever seen.|
|The names of the horses were, by far, the highlight of the day: Smooth Operator, Cool Arrogance, |
Secret Gesture, Global Bang, Birthday Prince, and my personal favorite: Giant Cat.
|If I were a horse, this would be my job of preference. Eating 24/7... leisurely working... living the horses dream.|
|Some of Bayern-Munich's finest players. They also happen to be some of Munich's finest foxes.|
|My winning ticket! I won a whopping 9 Euros for putting my faith in old Neatico.|
It was one of the hottest days in Munich, on record, which to this Kansas girl wasn't too terrible. But golly, the heat took a toll on a lot of the attendance, leaving us with really great seats and a semi-relaxing atmosphere for me to learn the science that is horse racing.
Though I am a right crap better, I did have luck with the '"race of the day" and went for a somewhat of an underdog of a horse. (Simply because in the warm-up circle, I swear to high Heaven he smiled at me!--The horse, not the jockey.) And what do ya know? Neatico, my pick, came flying in out of nowhere in the last stretch and won first place! I made a scene with my hooting and hollering and dancing in the bleachers, but I couldn't help myself.
I won not only a free canister of Dallmayr coffee, but 9 Euros from Neatico's great perfomance -- and an inside look at the world of horse racing, which I have come to be absolutely fascinated with.
Needless to say, it was an adventure I'll certainly always remember.