Saratoga Race Track: Blogger Day at the Derby

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How did you spend Labor Day Weekend? America’s Best Racing invited me and a couple other bloggers on a Toga Tour to the Saratoga Race Track, about four hours north of New York City. Sure the ride is long, but we passed the time  doing what bloggers do – sharing blog stories, complimenting each other’s outfits, and chatting about Pretty Little Liars.

 

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Once we got to Saratoga, we were treated to a delicious brunch at Fasig-Tipton complete with salad, tarts and endless mimosas! We also got to hear Taylor Rice speak about her experiences as a female jockey – it ain’t easy! – and heard a few insider tips on how to place a bet. Champagne in my system, a jockey to root for and tips on how this betting thing actually works? I was ready for my first horse race!

 

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As VIP guests, we were able to watch the races from a private suite, and had access to the paddocks where we could see and pet the horses. It’s not often I get this close to horses, so I took full advantage, but I wasn’t getting too close cause I look too good in white to ruin this dress!

 

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Saratoga Race Track 3Speaking of my white dress, our day at the tracks wasn’t just about gambling, races are also about high fashion. As soon as I got the invite I pulled out this previously unworn white number and went in search of a hat to complement it. I stumbled upon this gorgeous dark blue sunhat at Glow Accessory and had to have it for my trip to Saratoga! I could’ve kept it simple and wore blue shoes, but since florals are big for the race course I figured this was the perfect time to incorporate my floral pumps!

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Dress – Aqua (this one is cute too!)  | Hat ~ Glow Accessory | Shoes ~ Ivanka Trump | Bag ~ Coach

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Our day at the tracks was also about connecting with other bloggers. I had the chance to see some of my favorite bloggers like Christen Rochon of Divas and Dorks, Kela Walker of Kela’s Kloset and Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey, as well as make connections with new blogger buddies.

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L-R: Christen Rochon of Divas & Dorks, Kela Walker of Kela’s Kloset, Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey and Me!!

 

L-R: Color Me Courtney, Melanie of Lace and Combat Boots, Daisy O, Elena of A New York Love Affair, The Style Phile, Me!, Lisa Rosado

L-R: Color Me Courtney, Melanie of Lace and Combat Boots, Daisy O, Elena of A New York Love Affair, Cara of The Style Phile, Me!, Lisa Rosado

I’m glad I had the opportunity to take this trip with America’s Best Racing. Though I’ve always been fascinated by the Kentucky Derby, I don’t know if I’d have otherwise had the opportunity to visit a race track. I learned a little about racing and got to connect with some really amazing people. If you go I have just two pieces of advice: get dressed up and place a bet! You can wear a t-shirt and jeans any day but rarely can you dress to the nines in your finest fascinator without looking out of place. Bets are cheap, they start at just $1, but you can win anywhere between $2 and $300 so it’s well worth the gamble!

Esta Fiesta is a Brooklyn based blogger with a love of music and finding new shoes. When she's not watching a movie or testing out new hair products she can be found doing Pilates - but only so she can eat from the waffle truck of course! Follow her Tweets at @ItsEstaFiesta