Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Library Card Winning Ticket to National Museum of Racing

The magic ticket!
We love getting the hook up on free things so when Heather stumbled across the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library website, she was excited when she read about the museum pass program.  Who knew a library card could be your instant access to experience fabulous history, culture and the arts?  We say "Jackpot!"

With Phyllis & Mr. Ed in town, we were trying to make sure they had plenty of entertainment.  Heather snagged the passes to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs and the trio was off! (Brett had to work so he didn't get to go)

Thumbs up to Pat Day!
Big fans of the ponies, the Flanigans have spent lots of time at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  They would meet up with Uncle John and Aunt Bernardine and try to hit it big betting win, place and show.  No one ever really hit pay dirt, but the atmosphere was always fun!  We watched lots of horses and jockeys and it was neat to see some of them in the Hall of Fame.  It seemed like betting on Pat Day was always a sure thing at Oaklawn...although come to think of it, he sure didn't pay for the Flanigan children's college education.

Saratoga Springs is a premier stop for any horse racing fan and The National Museum of Racing is definitely worth checking out if you're there.  The museum showcases memorabilia from America's oldest sport and highlights the careers of several big horses and jockeys.  You'll see tons of stuff from Secretariat, Seabiscuit and Man o' War.  We'd love to show you some of it, but the museum doesn't allow photography anywhere but the Hall of Fame.  Mr. Ed & Heather say "BOO!" to no photography!

Here are some pics we did manage to snap while we were there:

New inductees.
How to make a fashion statement without saying a word.
Hall of Fame horses.
Just like the movie!
Horses were everywhere...even coming out of the walls!
Heather had that same pink shirt in Jr. High
Exhibit where you could ride a race horse.
Statue of Secretariat
The National Museum of Racing...photo taken by Phyllis while hanging out of the car.

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