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Racetrack Road Trip Checklist

Racetrack Road Trip Checklist

 

Oh man, my girl Groupie Doll is joining the Cigar Mile party. With Goldencents already in, Honor Code Remsen bound, and the Demoiselle and Comely also on the day’s festivities, I can’t help but think that I need to be on any plane or train headed to the Big A on November 30. Or maybe it’s time for a good old fashioned road trip. I can do this, let’s get the racetrack road trip checklist fired up…


1) Gonna need some cash - To bet with, to eat with, and just in case of little things that may go wrong. And oh yeah, those tolls into New York are sinister.  


2) Co-pilots - What’s a good road trip without a partner that knows racing, understands me, and is ready for some fun. Scott Dick? Dave Zenner? Candice Zipse? I’ll do most of the driving if you chip in on the unleaded.


3) Check the Car - Oil change, check the tires. In other words, show some love to the ride that’s gonna get you there.


4) And if the car fails you, have AAA on the ready - I’ve never called them yet, but make sure that new offer that came with the latest car purchase is activated, cause brother, you just never know.


5) Directions - Been awhile since I’ve been to the Big A. I know it’s not too far from Belmont, but there’s no point getting lost on race morning.


6) Hotel Reservations - Aqueduct is every bit of 12 hours, so I’m going to need a place to lay my head the night before, and the night after, the Groupie Doll Mile. If I’m sharing a room with anyone but Candice, I will need two beds. No, “those aren’t pillows!” for this guy.


7) Credentials - I will need to say hello to Buff, and thank Ms. Pope, so I am going to have to make sure I can get inside the ropes for this one.


8) Past Performances - Anytime spent in the passenger seat, means some time handicapping the races. I will not bet against the Doll, but let’s see if I can’t pair her up with some nice prices in this all-graded stakes Pick 4.  


9) Don’t forget the power cords - The computer will need to stay juiced up, and there ain’t nothing worse than having a cellphone with no power.


10) Pack some Gaviscon - Besides a clean pair of undies, I’m going to also need something to settle the stomach. Between the fast, and I mean fast, food on the road, and the off chance that Groupie Doll gets nailed on the wire again this year, it’s best I have something to quell the stomach demons.


That’s it. That’s the list. Let’s do this thing! 

 

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I'm a little concerned about the distance but I love to see the stars race.
Man, love that movie! Drove to Chicago with a bud once a loonnng time ago...ran out of money and clean underwear, which meant is was time to come home. Good luck brother!
Ha! ... I'm going to try!
Oh yea, I love the photo! And what's with #6?
Dude, are you really coming?
Great list! A cellphone with no power - me at Keeneland- very sad. Have a great time.
Brian if you are heading north on the Jersey Turnpike,just follow directions to bridge named for fallen hero (Verrazano Bridge ) Once you get off,take the Belt Pkwy. East. You will pass Coney Island,you can jump off and go to Nathans (i do not mean Aminos house either). Keep going East,when you start seeing signs for JFK,you know you have arrived
I'll see you there then Brian!

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

  
The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.


Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

  
A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

  



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