I thought it was a bit funny that after living in Dubai for so long that it wasn't until I moved back to the US that I went to my first horse race.
As you may or may not know Dubai host the world's most expensive race (surprise surprise) which happens to be the Dubai World Cup for Horse Racing. They have some impressive camel races too but I digress.
My husband called me from work one day and said something along the lines of "Hey we're going to the Kentucky Derby in a couple weeks!"
My reply was something like "Ok cool!"
I'm use to these phone calls out of the blue from my husband. He is a bit spontaneous and I am always willing to go along for the ride.
so of course I got a hat
and I had to check out the paddocks...
...and the steeples!
There were a lot of statues of famous horses...
We could see the finish line! (at least until there were taller people than me in front)
The horses seemed to enjoy parading around and showing off almost as much as racing. But they should because they sure are beautiful
The horses are fast and really exciting to watch. Who knew there were so many races in the day!?!
The whole event is steeped in tradition from the dressed up ladies in their hats to the Mint Juleps being offered every few feet. The horses also have a whole set of events to do. They don't just run around a track but first they show off at the paddock then they parade in front of the spectators, they then race, then parade again and I think they go back to the paddocks.
Overall it was a fantastic way to spend the day and I would love to go again next year.
Good luck Animal kingdom on your next two races... Here's hoping you get the triple crown!!!
photo from here